Be warned!!!

Luke12:55-57
“And when ye see the south wind blow, ye say, There will be heat; and it cometh to pass.

Ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that ye do not discern this time?

Yea, and why even of yourselves judge ye not what is right?”

2 Timothy  3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

2 Timothy 3:2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

2 Timothy 3:3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

2 Timothy 3:4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

2 Timothy  3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

2 Timothy 3:6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,

2 Timothy 3:7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

2 Timothy 3:8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.

2 Timothy 3:9 But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was.

2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

2 Timothy 3:17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

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The Sword.

Just same way GOD hates the sin in the sinner, is same way He loves the sinner. The only way He can destroy the sin without destroying the sinner; separates the sinner from the sin…is through the cross; by sending His Son to shed His blood for us.

Isaiah  7:14 “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”

P.S: If you put a sword into the ground, it looks like a cross. “The Sword” separates the sinner from the sin; cuts the sin away… And this can only be done if it’s permitted to by the sinner. i.e, The Sword will only work when permitted. He is knocking… You sure you haven’t closed the door back in His face? #food for thought#

Rev 13:10 “He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.”

Revelation  2:16 “Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.”

N.B: Bible knowledge is nothing if one doesn’t have a heart for Jesus.
Shalom!

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THE SECRET. (by CJ Akers Jr.)

Season’s Greetings to You all. Just had to share this “eye-opener” from CJ Akers Jr.

Psalms 25:14 The SECRET of the LORD is →WITH THEM← that fear him; and he will SHEW them his covenant.

What is THE SECRET?

Luke 10:22-23 All things are delivered to me of my Father: and→no man knoweth→WHO← the Son is, but the Father; And →WHO the Father is←, BUT the Son, and →he← to whom THE SON will →REVEAL him. And he turned him unto his disciples, and said PRIVATELY, BLESSED are the eyes which see the things that ye see:

NOBODY knows WHO God the Father is Except →The Son and since He is the ONLY ONE that can reveal the identity of the “Who”, that means the identity of The Father is →THE SECRET<– of the Lord.

Notice that Christ turned to his Disciples and told them in PRIVATE →”blessed are your EYES…”, meaning only they were going to have the privilege to see and understand certain things.

He only reveal His Secret to His Disciples which are them that Fear him because they continue in his Word and discover THE TRUTH.

John 8:31-32
31) Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye CONTINUE→in my WORD, →THEN← are ye my disciples indeed; 32) And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

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Merry Christmas! Jesus Christ; the reason for the season.

My response to all the ‘hullabaloo’ about “Christmas”;

The term Christmas appeared in Old English as early as 1038 A.D. as Cristes Maesse, and later as Cristes-messe in A.D. 1131. It means “the Mass of Christ.” This name was established by the Christian church to disconnect the holiday and its customs from its pagan origins. As one fourth century theologian penned, “We hold this day holy, not like the pagans because of the birth of the sun, but because of Him who made it – i.e, created the day and night; sun and moon.”

Although it is true that many traditional Christmas customs find their origins in pagan practices, these ancient and forgotten associations are far removed from the hearts of Christian worshipers today at Christmastime. So much so, it seems a pointless concern. If the focus of Christmas is Jesus Christ and his gift of eternal life, then what harm can come from such a celebration? Moreover, Christian churches now, see Christmas as an occasion to spread the good news of the gospel at a time when many “unbelievers” pause to consider Christ.

Church leaders then may have also had theological reasons for choosing the date of Dec. 25th. The Christian historian Sextus Julius Africanus had identified the 25th as Christ’s nativity more than a hundred years earlier. Chronographers reckoned that the world was created on the spring equinox and four days later, on March 25th, light was created. Since the existence of Jesus signaled a beginning of a new era, or new creation, the Biblical chronographers assumed Jesus’ conception would have also fallen on March 25th placing his birth in December, nine months later.

I am compelled to respond with a few simple questions of my own though: Why do we celebrate a child’s birthday? Why do we celebrate a loved one’s birthday? Is it not to remember and cherish the significance of the event? What other event throughout all time is more significant than the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ? It marks the arrival of Immanuel, God With Us, the Word Become Flesh, the Savior of the World—His is the most significant birth ever. It is the central event in all of history. Time chronicles backward and forward from this moment. I find myself wanting to ask, how can we fail to remember this day with great joy and reverence? How can we not celebrate Christmas?

Romans 14:14
“I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean.”

It is a thing of the heart not ‘worldly’ knowledge. Who comes to mind when 25th of December arrives? Don’t know about you but to me, it’s definitely not any other god’s celebration but JESUS CHRIST Who is the reason for the season. So if it is “unclean” to you, so be it but just don’t go around expressing your folly by trying to impress your ‘ill-gotten’ information on others.

Shalom!

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Sins of the perfected Saints. (by John Igbinovia)

Saw and read this enlightening article written by a Friend. Please read and be blessed.

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Sometimes, there’s the confusion about dealing with sin. I’d like to voice certain views based on MY EXPERIENCE and my CURRENT understanding of scriptures…

The saint is in the flesh – and by flesh, I refer to the fallen nature because the body is NOT evil.
However, though the body is not evil, it is often the medium for the expression of certain desires, which actually originate in the mind.
“It is not what goes into a man that defiles…”

Now, while we are truly saved by the sacrifice of Jesus, the believer will still sin. This is simply because he is trapped in the unregenerate flesh. Many times, he flounders as he struggles to overcome sin – and this very struggle,while from the grandest motivation to please God, can also re-enthrone the flesh through pride a subjugation of grace.

The question then is, how does a believer who is bound to sin find true release?
The answer, of course, is God.

But I will ATTEMPT to break down how that reformation of an ASPECT of one’s sinful nature tends to unfold.

I will use the sexual since it is easy to relate to – and is a powerful and popular point of weakness for many. Though there are the more subtle horrors like envy and bitterness, the latter being one of the most destructive of sins to body, mind and spirit…

The complication of sin often comes from the same mechanism that helps us live on earth: Brain function. Just like fear is God-given to keep us alive and run when we see serpents, there is also the aberration of that same mechanism that makes us fear man or fear for the future because of a lack of faith.

In the same vein, we learn by seeing – and by repetition. Every time an action occurs, synaptic action fires in the brain. The more the action is performed,the more “skilled”, the individual gets at it. Over a period of time,when the bonds are strong enough, the individual can perform the action with”no effort”. Like playing a G chord…..

Even after many years without practice, most guitar players can strum a G chord effortlessly. Hence, due to a great amount of investment in strengthening the synaptic framework in a certain way, the player can play effortlessly.

Same applies to the “player”

At first, the player finds it hard to talk to a girl. He sweats when a lady he’s attracted to talks to him. His fingers tremble when he holds her hands and his heart pounds when they embrace.
At first…

As he persists, often due to chemicals designed to ensure reproduction, as well as the pressure of society, he learns to manage these fears. He cracks jokes easily, he learns to make a woman laugh first, which opens the door for other things to follow. He makes “innocent” suggestions to gauge her reaction and learns the effective fall back plan when she seems astonished or offended at his innuendos. He learns how to bring her home a few times and just watch movies, translate gist to play fights, to peck and sex…..

All the time, the mind is learning and reinforcing complex skill.

Soon, it comes easy. Most people these days flirt almost unconsciously. Movies teach us, society reinforce these actions which abound in the workplace, at school – and even in the choir. The naïve pastor often does not see it happening.

Complex skill has been learnt and skill tends to lead to an outcome – a performance. 
The guitarist learns to deliver a skilful solo. The player learns to lay ladies easily.
And like it.

The problem is that, over time, a habit is formed and habits ensure dependency on certain acts

So when a person comes into God, what happens?

The spirit is truly saved.
The soul longs for God – but they are both in a flesh with “archived files”.
So, like Saint Paul’s quagmire, the spirit and soul long for God in a body that works out what it has been used to.The dilemma for the believer is that not sinning goes beyond saying, “I won’t sin”.

In the same way you learnt to type, sew, walk, jog, cook,write a program, you can also learn to fight, lie, deceive and commit sexual immorality. Salvation does not rob you of already learnt skill, whether the skill is good or bad.

And here is where the crazy grace of God comes to the fore.
Scripture says: “if we confess our sins, he is able and just to forgive us”

But the powerful portion that is (often) tear-evoking for the saint who struggles with sin is the next part…

“And to cleanse us from ALL unrighteousness”
If you DARE to believe this, what it means is, Jesus has forgiven you, but he WILL break those synaptic bonds and sin patterns……if you allow him.

And this is right where there is often a world of confusion.

We are supposed to “work out”our salvation with fear and trembling – and yet, it is God who works in us to will and to do. Aren’t we supposed to WORK….do something.

Yes, we are.
And No, we are not

When a person accepts Christ’s sacrifice, he becomes perfect– and that involves God embedding a desire to please God. Hence, a true saint can NEVER be happy about sinning or advocating sin – even when he is sinning. Now, as the saint walks with God in an organic and authentic relationship, which is a natural behaviour because of what God has ALREADY done on the inside, gaining awareness and being sensitive, God will shine his light and heighten awareness about areas sin in your life. This, naturally, will frustrate you. You will sin over and over and over again. Yes, you will. Mastery of the skills to beat specific sins will ONLY come after repeated failures. Often, those who are strongest will flounder, will fight, will plan, will join alcoholic anonymous or whatever…….

And you will fail…

Or, of course, become a hypocrite as you try to “blend in” and look good externally.

However, every now and then, as your UNDERSTANDING of his role in your life deepens, He who is at work in you will fly by your broken raft that’s tossed to and fro on the sea of sinful passion and he will give an extended hand of grace.

 

Simply put, you will sporadically get ‘’breaks’’ or a season where your pet sin doesn’t really seem so attractive. This is God at work,providing a “way of escape” from sin patterns and habits formed over years. It provides an opportunity to begin to learn to live in a different way or pattern from what you have been used to. It can be total loss of a desire to masturbate, some degree of irritation when a person speaks in a coarse manner that used to be fun, a ‘’burst’’ of love for people who have wronged you and who you were used to feeling bitter about, etc. That grace will come by every now and then and at some point, you will know it for what it is – power to gain control over ONE (or more) area(s) of sin in your life. And when you submit to God, you will find there’s less desire for that sin. This process can take years – and when you gain mastery over that area, the Light will shine again into another area that needs to be purged.

“And every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it  may bring forth much fruit”

So who rescues from sin? God
Do we have a role? Yes
Do we undo sin on our own? No. We will never be able to.

But when he comes by on his rescue chopper, simply lift your hands and fly – for it is GOD who works in you (and I) to will and to do after HIS good pleasure…

The power of the cross is so powerful, so much so that it invades our lives in a real way. It’s not some sweet story, but a reality.

“Taste and see that the Lord is good…”

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Little drops…

The heart is a small section of the whole body. It only takes one to damage the heart to get the whole body damaged.

This is the same strategy the devil uses with the world. All he needs is to get a member of a family, OR the family; small section of the whole world damaged.

We should always have these at the back of our minds before complaining about the state of the country; Is the state of the ‘small section'(family) of the country we’re in good? (“little drops of water makes a mighty ocean” just as “little drops of evil makes a mighty evil”)

Before ‘casting the first stone’, saying, “the leaders are bad”, lets always endeavor to ask ourselves first; ‘am I a good leader?, am I not also corrupt in my dealings?, am I not also self-centered? (which mostly results in greed), do I love my fellow human beings enough? because believe you me, it all starts from You and I. The country being a good place to live, the leaders being able to lead appropriately, and the world being able to become better all depends on You (and I), a team member in the small section (family) of the world.

In order to win the trophy, all the members in a football club work as a “team”. The mid-fielders, strikers, defenders, etc, all have their role to play individually but still depend on each other at some certain point in order to have a successful match.

Though the team work together, the scorer of the ‘winning’ goal which leads to victory in a match is most celebrated (at times raised high on shoulders and carried round) not the ones that has been scoring before hand (although they are noted too). The name of most players become popular because of the large amount of success that they have brought to their team by scoring winning goals against the opponent.
Same goes for we believers; It’s not about the ones that has been scoring before hand (although they are noted too), it is about those scoring the ‘winning’ goal; about those who will still continue to work hard at scoring till the end of the match (life).
Matthew 20:16 → So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.

In order to disrupt the success of a ‘winning’ team, all the opponent need do is sow seeds of discord amongst them which results in unseemly acts → superiority amongst players, instead of teaming up each wants to do it all alone (which mostly results in the failure of the team).
And just same way, the enemy also uses the “divide and conquer” rule to bring down believers.

It is not the beginning that matters most times (even in a match) but the end (Ecclesiastes 7:8 → Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit). Still fervent for God?

At the end of the match, gold medals are given to each player on the winning side; Same way, “gold crowns” will be given to each believer who played hard on the field (world) – [was kicked hard on the field, pushed, fell and got injured, received insults from opponents as well as team mates, etc…] 2 Timothy 4:8, 1 Peter 5:4, Revelation 2:10.

Revelation 3:11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.

Are you still fervent at scoring against the opposing side? OR have you given up?(which is what the opponents wants you to do anyways…)

#food for thought#

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No Holiness without Love… (by Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke)

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Why be holy? Why bother with integrity? Some seek holiness for power, for profit, for gain and for fame. But holiness is not holiness if it has any motive except being holy. Holiness is love and love does not love for what it can gain. If we love God to get spiritual gifts or to succeed in the ministry, it is artificial love and hollow holiness. Love’s reward is as wide as heaven and as endless as the skies. It seeks nothing and gains everything. There is no holiness without love, and no love without holiness. God bless you. REINHARD BONNKE

 

1 Corinthians 13:1-13 (NLT)

If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it;[a] but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.

Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages[b] and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever! Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture! 10 But when the time of perfection comes, these partial things will become useless.

11 When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. 12 Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity.[c] All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.

13 Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.