Judging? OR Correcting?

I’ve been having this thought for a while now and would love to share.

It’s all about articles, preachings and talks on living right. We all have different views on that but I believe that as a “believer” we ought to conform to God’s way NOT the world’s way of “living right”.

It’s mostly saddening when our efforts to correct each other in the body of Christ is mostly seen/taken as “being judgmental.”

2 Timothy 4:2
Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

Nobody is perfect, not even the person passing on the message of “living right”. But if every prophets, pastors, men of God focus on their “imperfection” when GOD is using them to pass the WORD across, I don’t think we will all have the luxury of miracles, prophetic words, etc.

Exodus 3:10-12
“Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt.
And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?
And he said, Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain.”

Even Moses never saw himself as “perfect”. But did he allow that to derail Him from working for GOD?, even correcting the Israelite whenever they erred.

Please let’s always listen to and learn from scriptural messages given to us via fellow brethren; Study the “WORD” coming from the Preacher and NOT the Preacher!

2 Peter 2:18-22
“For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error.
While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.
For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.
For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.
But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.”

I was sharing with a fellow brethren of recent that when listening to preachings from Men of God, I pick that which is edifying, discarding the rest after much deep study(with the help of the Holy Spirit).
If every believer can reason this way, the ratio of being influenced negatively by “supposed” Men of God will be very minute. What most people still don’t realize is that even the preacher learns from the message he is passing across.

1 John 4:1
Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

One must be spiritually fit enough to be able to “test” spirits (discerning). Matt 16:3
Please let’s tune-in to the Spirit in us. He is speaking, most are not hearing because they’re tuned-in to the “world”. And for some, they’re yet to be a carrier of the Holy Spirit.

Please let’s pray for the in-dwelling of the Holy Spirit and also pray for forgiveness in whatever way we might have erred and caused Him to vacate our “temple”

1 Corinthians 2:14
“But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”

Let us individually, be watchful and vigilant of the devil’s devices. Let’s pray for that deep hunger for GOD that comes from within because it’s only then we can begin to see and do things God’s way and not man’s way.

Luke 6:39
“And he spake a parable unto them, Can the blind lead the blind? shall they not both fall into the ditch?”

You can only be led by the “blind” (non-Spirit led preachers) if you allow it (due to being “blind” yourself)

Matthew 15:14
Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.

Don’t forget; Our ability to “see” (not to be “blind”) depends on our daily fellowship with the Holy Spirit.

Shalom!

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We all, saints and sinners, NEED Jesus!!! (by Kenny K’ore)

John 14:26 “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”

John 15:26 “But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:”

Matthew 11:29  “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.”

The world teeths at the edge of insanity
The churches reels in the turmoil of identity crisis
And you’re now claiming to be a life coach?!
As in…you…coach…life???!

ARE YOU HOLY SPIRIT???!!!

You NEED Jesus
We all, saints and sinners, NEED Jesus!!!

Christianity today simply needs to go back to the Master plan;

Believers respond to current societal trend, and fad more than they respond to the statutes of GOD, unfortunately this isn’t going to take us anywhere. It’ll further compound the problems.

A man calling himself a pastor and a life coach, is like a man calling himself a singer and a vocalist. It is nothing but semantics or at best tutorlogy meant to confuse us.

Christianity is a society of people who should cater to each others needs according as is due based on the word of GOD.

Institutionalising our christian roles to each other would lead to abuse {as it is, every dick and harry now is a life coach}, why?, because of money; {life coaches don’t coach for free}

Institutionalism provides professionalism ; once you have professional life coaches, you’re going to have professional lives perpetually needing to be coached; depending on fellow falible men rather than on the Holy Spirit and the Word of GOD.

The Bible says in the book of 2nd Peter 3;“According as HIS divine power has given unto us all things that pertains to life and godliness, through the KNOWLEDGE OF HIM {Jesus} that has called us to glory and virtue.”
Everything that we need has been provided for in the knowledge of Jesus Christ. if knowing Jesus hasn’t done the job it is because we only THINK we know Him but in actual fact don’t know Him at all.

Note: Life coaches don’t teach Jesus, they teach psycological ideas that ranges from truth gotten from the Bible to lies peddle by New Agers.

Civilisation in the 21st century isn’t beyond the help of GOD according as it is in the Bible.

People live in a metropol like Lagos and uses the peculiar challenges of life in the city to create ideas that is antithesis to the central message of the Bible which is JESUS, as if the Bible is obsolete or outdated for the challenges of city life. This is nothing but a sign of the end times.

We don’t need another Hero, we don’t need another saviour. Humanity can not solve it’s own problems. You cannot help yourself {go and burn all those self help books}, I cannot help myself either {I hate self help books}.

We all simply NEED Jesus. Saints and sinner alike, we all NEED Jesus. We need the ministry of the Holy Spirit, not self help and definitely not some philosophical, psychological voomvoomvamm!
READ YOUR BIBLE, MEDITATE, PRAY, & OBEY GOD…Kuorire

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GET WISDOM!

Dan Miller in his book No More Dreaded Mondays tells a delightful story about a farmer in a village in India who had the misfortune of owing a large sum of money to the village moneylender. The old and ugly moneylender fancied the farmer’s beautiful daughter, so he proposed a bargain. He would forgive the farmer’s debt if he could marry the farmer’s daughter.

Both the farmer and his daughter were horrified by the proposal, but the cunning moneylender suggested that they let providence decide the matter. He told them that he would put a black pebble and a white pebble into an empty money bag. The girl would have to reach in and pick one pebble from the bag. If she picked the black pebble, she would become his wife and her father’s debt would be forgiven. If she picked the white pebble, she need not marry him and her father’s debt would still be forgiven. If she refused to pick a pebble, her father would be thrown into jail until the debt was paid.

They were standing on a pebble-strewn path in the farmer’s field. As they talked, the moneylender bent over to pick up two pebbles. The sharp-eyed girl noticed that he had picked up two black pebbles and put them into the bag. He then asked the girl to pick a pebble. Now, imagine that you were the girl standing in the field. What would you have done? If you had to advise her, what would you have told her?

Careful analysis would produce three possibilities: (1) the girl could refuse to take a pebble–but her father would then be thrown in jail. (2) The girl could pick a black pebble and sacrifice herself in order to save her father from debt and imprisonment. Or (3) the girl could pull out both black pebbles in the bag, expose the moneylender as a cheat, and likely incite his immediate revenge.

Here is what the girl did:

She put her hand into the money bag and drew out a pebble. Without looking at it, she fumbled and let it fall onto the pebble-strewn path, where it immediately became lost among all the other pebbles. “Oh, how clumsy of me,” she said. “But never mind, if you look into the bag for the one that is left, you will be able to tell which pebble I picked.” Since the remaining pebble was black, it would have to be assumed that she had picked the white one. And since the moneylender dared not admit his dishonesty, the girl would have changed what seemed an impossible situation into an extremely advantageous one.

I read that story and think to myself, “Why didn’t I think of that?” The ability to make good decisions is what the Bible refers to as “wisdom”, and when we face a difficult decision in life, we all desire wisdom. Solomon wrote, “Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her.” (Prov. 3:13-15)

James Draper has said, “Wisdom is the skill to live in a way that is pleasing to God. It is not simply information in our heads. It is information that we put to use — where we live, where we work, and where we play.”

Be assured that godly wisdom is not something that you will stumble into by accident. It’s a pursuit. It’s a search. It requires an attitude that says, “I want to learn from God how to live, and I want to apply those principles to my life.” James assures us, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” (James 1:5)

“Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom!” (Proverbs 4:7)’

Have a great day!

Alan Smith Helen Street Church of Christ Fayetteville, North Carolina

A Great Lesson. (Copied!)

Psalms 118:8-9

It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.

It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.

I saw this note on a friend’s facebook wall and I’m sure it will really help in our relationships.

“Biyi hasn’t worked for that long?” Dayo’s voice drips with resentment. “For real?” “He’s been trying,” I say in feeble attempt to defend my husband. “You know how the economy is.”

…My husband and I had vowed never to bring in a third party into our relationship but with a bank account screaming for revival, I need to share my burden with someone else. I grip the phone. Dayo is unusually quiet. “You still there?” I ask. “Hello?” “I am here,” she says. “I just didn’t know things were this bad. And all this while, I thought Biyi was providing for the home.” But he is, I argue silently. Well, maybe not financially for now, but in every way else, Biyi is a rock. “It’s not that bad.” My words sound frail. Dayo clucks her tongue. “You might as well be a widow.”

The words hit me like a fist. “Na you I blame,” she continues, oblivious to the damage her words have caused.

“Me? Why?” She is blaming me for this? Seriously?

“Why do you keep paying the bills?”

“Because there is no one else to do it,” I protest, upset.

“For real? He drives your car too?”

“He needs it,” I mutter. “To attend job interviews and stuff. He gets back late sometimes.”

“How late are you talking?

“Nine, ten…ish.”

Dayo pauses for a second. “I hate to say this gurl, but your husband spending your money on another woman.” Whoa! Hang on. Where did that come from? “Haba, Dayo. Biyi would never—” “Look, I know men,” she slices in. “You are his moneybag and he will take you for a ride as long as it takes. Where is your dignity, gurl?” Ride. Dignity. Moneybag. Ouch. “But he’s a good guy,” I manage. Can my husband be using me? It had never crossed my mind in the past, but I now wonder if Biyi is actually having an affair.

“I trust my wonderful Dennis…,” Dayo is saying. I barely listen. My eyes are on the clock. It’s almost midnight and Biyi isn’t home. I force myself to hear what Dayo is saying about Dennis Ono, her multimillionair­­e-oil- company-golden-­­ husband. Gosh I envy her life, her perfect marriage. “My marriage is wonderful,” Dayo says, as if in affirmation to my undeclared words. “But only because I show Dennis who the boss is. He cannot try nonsense with me. Abi, you think it’s easy to get ten thousand pounds a month as pocket money?” She really gets ten grand a month? That’s like, my entire annual salary in my crappy job plus bonuses. Life is unfair. Honestly. “I am Biyi’s wife,” I say. “I cannot just desert him.” Or can I? At this rate… “In that case,” there is an edge to her voice now, “give him an ultimatum. He gets a job in two weeks or you are out of that marriage.”

“I—”

“Look, I know his type,” she says with conviction. “He conveniently won’t get a job as long as you keep dishing out your money.”

“But—”

“Starve him,” she adds. “No sex. Make life hell. You are not an ATM machine.”

Keys jangle in the hallway. Biyi is home. “Talk later,” I say to Dayo. “He’s back.” “Stand your ground,” Dayo whispers menacingly. “Ultimatum. Two weeks.” I hang up with a sigh. My husband is leaning against the door frame. For a second my heart falters. He looks tired, drawn. But Dayo’s words punctuate my compassion. “Where have you been?” Biyi gives me a side smile. “No hug?” I jerk my head at the wall clock.” Its midnight.” “I had a job interview in Birmingham,” he says. “I called you tell you I was stuck in traffic but I kept getting your voicemail. What’s wrong?” I cock my head. Is that a whiff of female perfume? It is. Dayo is right. He has been with another woman. With my car. Spending my money. My head spins. “Biyi,” I glare at him, “Where are you coming from?” He steps back, surprised. “I went to Birmingham—”

“Did you get it?” I screech. “The job?”

Biyi shakes his head. “I didn’t—”

This is the last straw. I wrench my hand out. “My car keys.”

He gives me a hard level stare. “What is wrong with you, Toni? Did I offend you?”

“Pass my keys!”

He thrusts the car keys to into my palm. I push past him, grab my duffel bag and stuff my overnight things into it. I know I am acting crazy but I have to show him that I would not be taken for a ride. That I am not a moneybag. That I have dignity. I zip the bag up and spin around. My husband is staring at me. “Is everything all right with you, sweetheart?”

“Get out of my way.”

“Where are you going with that bag?”

“I need to clear my head.” I am still yelling.

“Can we talk first?” Biyi suggests.

“I don’t want to talk. Get out of my way.”

He moves out of my path. I swipe a hand across my face, smearing my cheeks with mascara. “Don’t look for me. I will be back when my head clears.” I rush out of the house, jump into my car. My rage doubles as the feminine scent permeates the car. He has been with a woman in my car. I feel like an idiot.

* * *

I pull up in front of Dayo’s mansion. Her husband’s Porsche is in the driveway, and the porch lights illuminate my dreary form as I reach the door. I ball my fists to knock, but a scream freezes the motion.

“Kill me!” I hear Dayo scream. “Good for nothing idiot. Womanizer of the century!” Whoa. Momentarily, I am unable to move. My hand hovers in the air. Dull thuds, muffled screams. Dennis curses. “I warned you never to serve me stew that is not freshly cooked!” “Am I your slave?” Dayo yells back. “If you want fresh stew, get your PA to cook it for you. Or you think I don’t know about her? You think…”

Dayo’s words are silenced by another thump. My hands fall to my side as a flurry of blows stifle her cries. I want call the police, do something…anyth­­ing. But I cannot move. And so I shut my eyes tight and listen as my friend is pummeled by her husband. The beating stops. I should dash to my car, but something holds me back. “I am sorry I got you upset darling,” Dayo finally says. Her voice is laced with pain. “It is my fault. I should have cooked for you. I…Toni wouldn’t let me get off the phone…its her fault.”

“Next time you talk to me like that, I will tattoo a punch on your forehead,” Dennis growls. “Get into the kitchen and make me fresh stew. And do something about that leech you call a friend.”

That is enough for me. I sprint back to my car and drive home.

* * *

A knock sounds on the window. Biyi. I wind down and he gives me a smile. “Head clear now?” he asks. “Leave me alone,” I mutter. Dayo’s wonderful Denis beats her up? And she never mentioned?

“I will leave you alone in two seconds,” Biyi says. There is a twinkle in his eyes. “But first, get out of the car.” I oblige, grudgingly. “What?” He reaches under the car seat and pulls out a small basket. “I didn’t come home straight from the interview. I stopped over at the Perfume shop to get you this.” He hands the basket over. Inside is a range of exotic feminine perfumes and a small card. I pull the card open, read the words: “Thank you for your support during the hardest times of my life! I love you.”

“That’s why I was late,” he explains as he pulls me into a warm embrace. “You have been so good to me, Toni. I couldn’t have asked for a better wife.”

I couldn’t reply. My throat was lumpy.

“When you left the house to clear your head, I got a call back from the recruiter,” he says with a beam. “God answers prayers, babe. I got the job. It’s a package you won’t believe. Let’s go in. I’ll tuck you into bed and you can tell me what’s bothering you?”

* * *

I awaken to a text message from Dayo. “Denis is flying me to Seychelles this weekend. This is what you get when you stand your ground. You have to be a no-nonsense gurl! Don’t you just love my life? Ciao sweetheart xxx.”

I type a quick response back: “Ciao!” and I deleted her number right away.

Now, this is one story every “woman” and “man” should read. “Communication” is very important in any marriage. The grass is never greener on the other side, you best believe that. No matter how good a friend’s marriage is, NEVER EVER compare it with yours. It’s DEADLY and could cost you so much! Have a great day peeps……………….!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Righteousness.

Isaiah 50:11
“Behold, all ye that kindle a fire, that compass yourselves about with sparks: walk in the light of your fire, and in the sparks that ye have kindled. This shall ye have of mine hand; ye shall lie down in sorrow.”

Compare Isaiah 50:11 with Luke 12:15-21 below
“And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.
And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully:
And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?
And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods.
And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.
But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?
So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”

True life experience:  Ecclesiastes 1:14; 2:11,15
    “I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit.”
Ecclesiastes 2:11
    Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labour that I had laboured to do: and, behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun.
Ecclesiastes 2:15    
    Then said I in my heart, As it happeneth to the fool, so it happeneth even to me; and why was I then more wise? Then I said in my heart, that this also is vanity. 

Advice; Proverbs 10:2
  “Treasures of wickedness profit nothing: but righteousness delivereth from death.”

Shalom!
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Stinking?

 Isaiah 50:2
    Wherefore, when I came, was there no man? when I called, was there none to answer? Is my hand shortened at all, that it cannot redeem? or have I no power to deliver? behold, at my rebuke I dry up the sea, I make the rivers a wilderness: their fish stinketh, because there is no water, and dieth for thirst. (compare Romans 1:28)

 Psalms 38:3-5    
 “There is no soundness in my flesh because of thine anger; neither is there any rest in my bones because of my sin.
For mine iniquities are gone over mine head: as an heavy burden they are too heavy for me.
My wounds stink and are corrupt because of my foolishness.”

Heard this from the Preacher in Church yesterday and would love to share; “As a believer, when you ‘stink’ in the realm of the spirit (due to SIN), You attract demons (‘stinking’ spirits).”

Like seriously, One can’t be the “righteousness of God” and be ‘stinking’ (unclean) or allow any form of uncleanliness whatsoever. Think about it.

 Matthew 9:16    
    No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up taketh from the garment, and the rent is made worse.

2 Corinthians 12:21  “And lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and that I shall bewail many which have sinned already, and have not repented of the uncleanness and fornication and lasciviousness which they have committed.”

 Revelation 7:13-15 
 “And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?
And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them.”

Shalom!

Friend of God.

James 2:23
And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.

“Show me your friend and I’ll tell you who you are”… Abraham and God had something in common; Offering up of ‘the only begotten son’.

There are so many children who aren’t “friend” of their Father…
Are you a “friend of God”? (Faith + Works)

#food for thought#

Heb 11:17
By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,
James 2:21
Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?

Titus 1:16  “They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.”

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Heirs.

Hmm….
A popular Yoruba adage (when it comes to making money) says; “Teach me how to ‘fish’, don’t give me fish to eat.”

Jesus Himself came to teach us (and is still teaching us) how to ‘fish'(for men) not giving us fish to eat(which results in dependency, idleness and laxity). Jesus wants us to be independent like Him, working at getting in more souls into the Kingdom of God, so as to be abundantly favored by God now and also be worthy owners of “crowns” on that day.
Philippians 2:12  “Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.”

Romans  8:17 “And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.”

Being “joint heirs” with Jesus entails so much. We have to be ready to accept and conquer trials and tribulations like the “Soldier” we ought to be… (2 Corinthians 12:10)
We ought to start (if we haven’t yet) preaching the Word, liaising with the Holy Spirit, loving everyone irrespective of who they are, not repaying wickedness(evil) with same, etc.(Mark 7:21-23)
Remember, not all “Sons” are “Heirs” and some “heirs”(through birth right) have been known to loose their heir-ship to their brother (who the Father saw fit for it)

 

You REALLY want to be Christ-like?, Then begin to emulate  Jesus Christ, not the Pastors, Prophets, Apostles, Teachers, etc whose “anointing” came from God and who, when God decides to remove the “anointing”, are just mere humans like everyone else.
John 14:26  “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”

Pray for the in-dwelling of the Holy Spirit in your life. Surrender all to Him so that He can start teaching you all things. Tell Him you want to learn and is ready to be taught.

N.B: Please don’t just pray and forget about it. Let there be a yearning in your heart. Even if it will take you to fast&pray on it. Ensure you get results, be at alert for the response from God.

I’ll leave you with this Bible verse;
Matthew 5:6  “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.”

Shalom!

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Still Married? or Divorced..

Ephesians  5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.

Just as Marriage between couples doesn’t end on the day of the wedding but is a continuous process – till death; So is being a ‘convert’ in Christendom not just “a day” thing(when we give our lives to God) but it’s a continuous process also – till death unite us with God.

Most couples who lack the understanding of being Married – joined as one, rush into it and still fail to understand & make amends even when in it, opting for divorce and separation. Most of these couples already have a “polluted” orientation about marriage even before entering into it which aids divorce and separation.

Ephesians 5:31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.

Ephesians 5:32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

The continuous negative actions of one of both parties in the Marriage lead to divorce oft times i.e, serving two masters at a time (adultery). This is caused by either having a lackaidasical attitude, OR taking for granted, the deep love of the spouse.
James 4:4
Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

…This is just the same way most believers get divorced or separated from their first love ‘Jesus’ (getting out from under the ‘covering’) and the devil is having a field-day, disciplining them.

Rev 2:4
Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.

Rev 2:5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.

Shalom!

The LIVING WORD.

There are times we feel so alone, wearied by people’s reaction to what we stand for “the Truth”. These are the times when those who ought to be ‘friends’ casts the first stone (and several more other stones) at us, Just like the Pharisees did to Jesus.

The Holy Spirit’s work is to comfort us and teach us, enabling us know better. But it is so sad that just the same way the Pharisees held on to the law they had, ignoring “change” when Jesus came then, so is same way the believers now hold on to the Bible, reading it with their understanding; not wanting to learn, to know the hidden mysteries of the WORD which can only be accessed via the Holy Spirit.

Isaiah 48:6
“Thou hast heard, see all this; and will not ye declare it? I have shewed thee new things from this time, even hidden things, and thou didst not know them.”

1 Corinthians 4:1
“Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.”

Matthew 13:11
“He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.”

Revelation 2:17
“He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.”

The letters in the Bible are just simply that – letters. The Holy Spirit is the one who gives life to those letters, turning it into a “Living Word(Jesus)”. At this stage – when the Holy Spirit is teaching, we become a carrier of not just ‘mere letters’ but ‘Living Word – Jesus’.

2 Corinthians 3:6
“Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.”

It is only when the letters we have digested is being ignited and turned to a Living Word via the Holy Spirit, that we can truly and boldly say “I am a Christian(Christ-like), a carrier of Jesus (the Living Word).

Shalom!

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