IGNORANCE

Thank You, Holy Spirit.

Luke 12:47-48(NLT)

47 “And a servant who knows what the master wants, but isn’t prepared and doesn’t carry out those instructions, will be severely punished. 48 But someone who does not know, and then does something wrong, will be punished only lightly. When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required.”

“Ignorance” is having a fore or hind knowledge about the Truth and ignoring to do anything about it. The fore or hind knowledge can be via being evangelized to, given a word-filled track or having a Bible and ignoring to open and learn of its wisdom-filled words.

“Unawareness” on the other hand is being totally devoid of the Truth. Having no fore or hind knowledge about a matter, and it is because of the total avoidance of this (unawareness) that the Truth has to get to the ends of the earth before Jesus comes to take His own.

Matthew 24:14(NLT) And the Good News about the Kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, so that all nations will hear it; and then the end will come.”

Brethren, “I didn’t know” won’t be an excuse on THAT DAY, it will either be ‘you KNEW’ or ‘you IGNORED’. There’s still time now for repentance. Remember; NO ESCAPING THE STRIPESPunishments.

Luke 12:43-44(NLT)

43  “If the master returns and finds that the servant has done a good job, there will be a reward. 44 I tell you the truth, the master will put that servant in charge of all he owns.”

Further Bible reading: 1 John 3:3-18

Shalom!

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THE NARROW PATH – 4 things every believer should know.

Thank You, Holy Spirit

1 Corinthians 9:24-27

“Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win. Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air; but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.”

Matthew 7:13-14

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”

Imagine having to take a narrow path bridge atop a cliff; you and I know that any misstep will bring one tumbling down into the abyss.

When taking the NARROW PATH, Wisdom, Focus, Determination and Discipline are four very important things we must have so as not to fall into the abyss of sin, depression and destruction.

WISDOM (Prov 4:7, Rom 8:6): Wisdom is sure needed when taking the NARROW PATH; Detailed planning and understanding of the intensity of the journey about to be taken.

FOCUS (Luke 9:62, Heb 12:2a): Focus is a dire need for anyone taking this path because one has to be totally focused; not getting easily distracted which can serve as a source of misstep.

DETERMINATION (1 Corinthians 9:24-27; 2:2, 1 Thessalonians 3:8, 2 Timothy 4:7, Heb 12:1, Luke 9:62): Before beginning this journey at all, one has to be strongly determined to see through to the end come what may because the devil whose aim is to devour will surely try his best to put a dent in one’s determination.

DISCIPLINE (1 Timothy 4:7, Rom 8:1-6; 13:4, 1 Corinthians 9:24-27, Heb 5:14, Psalms 119:9-11): Now, this will keep one through the journey and will surely help in overcoming any form of weakness, weariness, or undue tiredness as you proceed on the NARROW PATH.

Shalom!

JONAH (Jonas)

Thank You, Holy Spirit.

Luke  11:32 “The men of Nineve shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here.” Mt 12:41.

Proverbs  3:11-12
“My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction:
For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.”

We have heard so much “sleeping” stories about Jonah that most have come to tag anyone with a sleeping issue as “Jonah”. But there is more to that story than that.

Move with me as we delve deeper into the life of Jonah the Prophet.

Jonah 1:1-3←In this verse the “Word of the LORD” came to tell Jonah to go to Nineveh and Jonah rose up to flee to Tarshish.
Why did Jonah do this? Let’s see what he has to say in Jonah 4:1-2.

Jonah was asked to go to Nineveh to warn the people of their wickedness against God and Jonah fled the scene because he wanted the people to be severely punished by God and knowing of God’s tender mercies and forgiveness, he knew very well that should the people cry to God for mercy before/during his arrival at Nineveh, God will forgive them. (Jonah 3:4, 3:10, 4:1)

Lessons to be learnt;
# Selflessness: Not being self centred when working with GOD. Jonah, by his act, was trying to satisfy his own will against the WILL of God and he was severely chastised for it. Jonah 1:17

# Discipline: God disciplines His own, putting them to order when they exhibit character flaws – i.e, emit characters contrary to His…Jonah’s was selfishness. 

# Obedience: As God’s own, we’re expected to be totally obedient to His commands else we will be made to obey the hard way just like Jonah. The Word Jonah didn’t obey in Jonah 1:1-2→3, he obeyed (after a harsh dilemma) in Jonah 3:1-2→3.

You’ll agree with me that obedience is sure better than sacrifice (1 Samuel 15:22) and this GOD is still the same today and forever. He hasn’t stopped chastening. So, brethren, you’ve still got the chance to repent of your disobedience now.

Mark  8:38 “Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”

Proverbs  8:33 “Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.”

Shalom!

GOD’S WISDOM

 

Romans 11:33-36

“Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom andknowledge of God!
    How unsearchable his judgments,
    and his paths beyond tracing out!
“Who has known the mind of the Lord?
    Or who has been his counselor?”
“Who has ever given to God,
    that God should repay them?”
For from him and through him and for him are all things.
    To him be the glory forever! Amen.”

 

We will note in this scripture – Romans 11:1-31 that the Israelites (firstfruits) whose hearts were hardened towards the good news of Jesus got cut off by GOD. Which goes to say that if the firstfruits can get cut off due to unbelief, then we the lumps will not be spared same fate If we follow same route.

Reading with the understanding needed, we will not fail to note that GOD caused the Israelites whose hearts were hardened to be so because He wants to graft in all other Nations (Gentiles) into His fold.

 

BEWARE! You cannot continue in sin and expect GRACE to abound.

 

Romans 11;

21 For if God did not spare the natural branches, he will not spare you either.

22 Consider therefore the kindness and sternness of God: sternness to those who fell, but kindness to you, provided that you continue in his kindness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off.

Shalom!

 

Bible Reading

Romans 11

 I ask then: Did God reject his people? By no means! I am an Israelite myself, a descendant of Abraham, from the tribe of Benjamin. God did not reject his people, whom he foreknew. Don’t you know what Scripture says in the passage about Elijah—how he appealed to God against Israel: “Lord, they have killed your prophets and torn down your altars; I am the only one left, and they are trying to kill me”[a]? And what was God’s answer to him? “I have reserved for myself seven thousand who have not bowed the knee to Baal.”[b] So too, at the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace. And if by grace, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace.

What then? What the people of Israel sought so earnestly they did not obtain. The elect among them did, but the others were hardened, as it is written:

“God gave them a spirit of stupor,
    eyes that could not see
    and ears that could not hear,
to this very day.”[c]

And David says:

“May their table become a snare and a trap,
    a stumbling block and a retribution for them.
10 May their eyes be darkened so they cannot see,
    and their backs be bent forever.”[d]

Ingrafted Branches

11 Again I ask: Did they stumble so as to fall beyond recovery? Not at all! Rather, because of their transgression, salvation has come to the Gentiles to make Israel envious. 12 But if their transgression means riches for the world, and their loss means riches for the Gentiles, how much greater riches will their full inclusion bring!

13 I am talking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch as I am the apostle to the Gentiles, I take pride in my ministry 14 in the hope that I may somehow arouse my own people to envy and save some of them. 15 For if their rejection brought reconciliation to the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead? 16 If the part of the dough offered as firstfruits is holy, then the whole batch is holy; if the root is holy, so are the branches.

17 If some of the branches have been broken off, and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root, 18 do not consider yourself to be superior to those other branches. If you do, consider this: You do not support the root, but the root supports you. 19 You will say then, “Branches were broken off so that I could be grafted in.” 20 Granted. But they were broken off because of unbelief, and you stand by faith. Do not be arrogant, but tremble. 21 For if God did not spare the natural branches, he will not spare you either.

22 Consider therefore the kindness and sternness of God: sternness to those who fell, but kindness to you, provided that you continue in his kindness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off. 23 And if they do not persist in unbelief, they will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again. 24 After all, if you were cut out of an olive tree that is wild by nature, and contrary to nature were grafted into a cultivated olive tree, how much more readily will these, the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree!

25 I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in, 26 and in this way[e] all Israel will be saved. As it is written:

“The deliverer will come from Zion;
    he will turn godlessness away from Jacob.
27 And this is[f] my covenant with them
    when I take away their sins.”[g]

28 As far as the gospel is concerned, they are enemies for your sake; but as far as election is concerned, they are loved on account of the patriarchs, 29 for God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable. 30 Just as you who were at one time disobedient to God have now received mercy as a result of their disobedience, 31 so they too have now become disobedient in order that they too may now[h] receive mercy as a result of God’s mercy to you. 32 For God has bound everyone over to disobedience so that he may have mercy on them all.