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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COUNTERFEIT CHANGE

changedNigerians will soon begin to realise what it means to vote against good luck.

If you have been following the debate during the just-concluded elections, then I don’t need to tell you my preferred candidate was President Goodluck Jonathan and not General Buhari.  I wrote quite a number of articles warning Nigerians about the candidature of General Buhari in particular and the APC in general.  Now that the elections have been won by the APC and lost by the PDP, some triumphalist APC supporters have been asking if I intend to go into exile.

No such luck!  Since they did not go into exile in the era of Jonathan, neither will people like me go into exile in the era of Buhari.  I intend to remain here in Nigeria, the country of my birth, asking when the president-elect will make the naira equal to the dollar, as he promised grandiloquently during the election campaign; and when he will unilaterally increase the international price of oil. 

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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

MANIPULATED TITHES AND OFFERINGS

titheIf 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 cajole people to give in churches.  It says those who withhold tithes and offerings are robbing God.  It further maintains that they are cursed and that their resources are subject to the ravages of the devourer. Finally it is says the windows of heaven will be shut against them ensuring that they are denied of divine blessings.  Thereby, Christians are frightened into giving large sums to churches.

Jesus says divorce was not God’s will: “From the beginning it was not so.” (Matthew 19:8).  Moses only gave the law permitting divorce because of the hardness of the hearts of the Jews.  The same thing applies to Malachi and the compulsion to give tithes and offerings.  From the beginning, people of God were not compelled or threatened to give.  Indeed, the insistence of pastors on tithes and offerings today is anachronistic.  It is tantamount to putting Jesus’ new wine in old bottles.  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

GOD BLESSES US WITH TROUBLE

troubleGod 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 says: “The blessing of the LORD brings wealth, and he adds no trouble to it.” (Proverbs 10:22).  However, trouble is often the instrument of God’s blessing.

I used to own the largest chain of video shops in Lagos.  In early 1990, I got the entire business computerized.  Nevertheless, I lived in constant fear that suddenly, without warning; the system would break down, leading to loss of valuable data and income.

One day, the very thing I feared came upon me: the system broke down.  Worst of all, it happened in my most profitable shop in Victoria Island.  I tried all the different “fixes” prescribed by the program manual, but to no avail.  After a while, somebody put on a children’s Christian video and, at the end of my wits, I just stood there staring vacuously at the film. Add a comment

ALL FLESH IS GRASS (2)

grassAdam could not keep his inheritance. Samson could not retain his strength. Solomon became foolish in his wisdom.

Beloved Christian: stop evaluating yourself after the flesh.  For the man or woman of God, it no longer matters whether he or she is good looking or tall or smart or rich or poor.  Those distinctions of the flesh are vain and of no importance whatsoever to God.

In the new life of the spirit, such superficial distinctions are done away with: “In this new life one's nationality or race or education or social position is unimportant; such things mean nothing. Whether a person has Christ is what matters, and he is equally available to all.” (Colossians 3:11).

 

Spiritual supremacy

In the final analysis, all the knowledge of man is useless.  The knowledge of man is irrelevant vis-à-vis the knowledge of God.

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