THE LOVE OF LIFE IS THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL

THE LOVE OF LIFE IS THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL

Man's love of life is the root of all evil and the basis of every sin. Is it good to go to school; get a good job; build your own house and have...

GOD BLESSES US WITH TROUBLE

GOD BLESSES US WITH TROUBLE

God creates success out of failures. He creates life out of death. He creates wealth out of poverty. He brings joy out of sadness. The wise man...

MANIPULATED TITHES AND OFFERINGS

MANIPULATED TITHES AND OFFERINGS

If you choose not to give, God is not going to deny you of his kingdom. Malachi 3:8-10 is one of the favourite scriptures used by pastors to...

ALL FLESH IS GRASS (2)

ALL FLESH IS GRASS (2)

Adam could not keep his inheritance. Samson could not retain his strength. Solomon became foolish in his wisdom. Beloved Christian: stop...

ALL FLESH IS GRASS (1)

ALL FLESH IS GRASS (1)

Death was Jesus' secret weapon.  Jesus triumphed over life by laying down his life. In Isaiah 40 in the bible, there is a voice crying in the...

THE DISTINGUISHED FAMILY OF GOD

THE DISTINGUISHED FAMILY OF GOD

God's sons are exclusively men and women of faith who do God's will. God is not a Father through creation.  He created so many things to...

FOR CHRIST'S SAKE

FOR CHRIST'S SAKE

It is Jesus' name that is written on the cheques we cash in God's bank. We use the expressions “for God’s sake” and “for Christ’s sake” very...

THE FLAWED RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE OLD TESTAMENT

THE FLAWED RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE OLD TESTAMENT

Moses is not qualified to teach Christians the righteousness of God. Jesus says: “Go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, and not...

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TAKING EXAMS (1)

examsPersecution arises because of the word, and not in spite of it.  The Lord himself sometimes offers us up to the devil.

The university experience is rich and rewarding.  There are so many things a university offers.  You can play sports.  You can go to parties and have a good time.  You can join debating societies and clubs.  You can also study and get a degree.

But you need to be careful with all the choices available.  In the final analysis, a University is designed for a specific purpose; to take exams and get a degree.  So if you spend all your time playing football or going to parties, you will have yourself to blame if at the end you fail your exams.

Beware of those who insist the point of going to university is to have the time of your life; wining and dining and being a teenage nuisance.  Martha, Martha, you are careful and troubled about many things, but only one thing is needful in the university and that is to pass your exams and get a good degree.  I want you to know that Mary has chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her. Add a comment

THE MOVE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT (2)

Hsp2A woman came to our mid-week fellowship and, immediately my wife saw her, she bent over and began to groan in pain.

Have you ever had a prayer-meeting where, instead of praying, you groaned?  Paul counsels that we should: “pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers.” (Ephesians 6:18).  Groaning is a kind of prayer.  When we are pained and we groan, it is transmitted as a wordless prayer to God.  David understood this.  He said: “Lord, all my desire is before thee; and my groaning is not hid from thee.” (Psalm 38:9).

The scriptures record that: “The children of Israel groaned because of the bondage, and they cried out; and their cry came up to God because of the bondage. So God heard their groaning.” (Exodus 2:23-24).  God not only hears, he responds when we groan: “I have surely seen the oppression of my people who are in Egypt; I have heard their groaning and have come down to deliver them.” (Acts 7:34).  “The LORD was moved to pity by their groaning because of those who oppressed them and harassed them.” (Judges 2:18).

There are two types of groaning.  The one is in the spirit: the other is with the Spirit.  The one is initiated by the believer: the other by the Holy Spirit. Add a comment

EMBARRASSING GOD

embarrassmentGod is determined to thwart our purposes in life and to make us the reproach of men.

One day, at three o’clock in the morning, the Lord woke me up to spend some time with him.  In the middle of the fellowship, he gave me a strange instruction.  He asked me to move the settees from my den upstairs into the main living-room downstairs, and to move the ones downstairs upstairs. 

What was odd about this instruction was that the settees in question were ragged and literally in tatters.  Surely, it was not appropriate to put them in the main living-room where we entertain guests.

 

A veiled promise

Nevertheless, I was very excited by the instruction.  I felt it could only mean one thing: the Lord was planning to replace the old furniture with new ones.

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GATHER UP THE FRAGMENTS OF YOUR LIFE (2)

fragmenYour life is like a jigsaw puzzle that God assembles.

Once, the police arrested my business manager on trumped up charges.  I had to go to the station to see what I could do.  Before I left, I said a short prayer asking God for help.  I asked him for the favour of God and the favour of man.  When I got to the police station, I spoke to the arresting officer.  The man listened to me intently for a few minutes and then decided to release my manager.  Then he gave me his reasons.

He said to me: “I am releasing him for three reasons.  I am releasing him because I have a lot of respect for people who have grey hair, and you have lots of it.  I am releasing him because I understand you have a doctorate, and I just have lots of respect for people who have doctorates.  I am releasing him because I understand you are a pastor, and I just have a lot of respect for pastors.” Add a comment

RECEIVING THE BREAD OF LIFE

breadIf God says he will give you a car, rejoice in the word and not in the car.

If God promises to give you a car, can you receive it?  Don’t be quick to answer.  In the first place, what should you receive if God promises to give you a car?  If you receive a car at the promise of God, you might miss real the car of promise.  God does not give what man gives.  Neither does he give like man gives.  Jesus says: “I do not give to you as the world gives.” (John 14:27).

The peace of God is different from the peace of man.  The joy of the Lord is different from the joy of the harvest.  Therefore, the car of God is bound to be different from the car of men.  God says: “My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.’” (Isaiah 55:8-9).

 

Rejecting the God-given

Many Christians cannot receive the “car” that God gives. Add a comment

THE MOVE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT (1)

Hsp1I first observed the manifestations of the power of God in the ministries of J.T. Kalejaiye and Uma Ukpai.

“While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus. There he found some disciples and asked them, ‘Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?’ They answered, ‘No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.’” (Acts 19:1-2).

I grew up in a Christian, church-going family.  Nevertheless, I never heard of the Holy Spirit until I was 41 years old.  The Anglican Church today is different from the Anglican Church of old; at least I hope it is.  In my youth, I never heard anyone preach about the Holy Spirit.  But then, glory be to God, at the age of 41, I finally received the Holy Spirit, and he changed my life completely.  Therefore, I find it necessary to talk to others about this wonderful gift of God. Add a comment

THE LOVE OF LIFE IS THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL

lovelifeMan's love of life is the root of all evil and the basis of every sin.

Is it good to go to school; get a good job; build your own house and have lots of money?  Not according to Jesus.  These things are highly valued by men.  But Jesus teaches that: “What is highly valued among men is detestable in God's sight.” (Luke 16:15).

Therefore, it is not surprising that Jesus had none of these accomplishments as a man.  In his doctrine, they are the preoccupation of Satan and men.  Therefore, they are offensive to God.  Jesus told Peter that the things of men are the things of Satan and not of God.  He said to him: “Get behind me, Satan! You are an offense to me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.” Add a comment

GATHER UP THE FRAGMENTS OF YOUR LIFE (1)

fragYou are too important to God for him to leave your life just at the whims and caprices of the devil.

The Lord sent word that I should wait on him for three days; he had something important to tell me.  On the third day, he said to me:

“Femi, there are only two kingdoms, the kingdom of God and the kingdom of darkness.  Everybody you are ever going to meet will come from one of these two kingdoms.  It is your responsibility to determine which kingdom the people you meet are from.  If the person is from the kingdom of your father, you must determine why I want you to meet him.” 

“Every person you meet, you will meet for a reason, and you will meet by appointment.  Nothing that will ever happen to you will be coincidental.  Nothing will ever happen to you by happenstance.  Everything that will happen in your life will happen for a reason.  It is your responsibility to determine precisely what the reason is.” Add a comment