Did you know?
Right about now, some people you know are waiting for you to fall sick or have a major problem in life. They aren’t your much-touted “village people”. They are “church people”.
They are hoping you run into serious life troubles because they know you don’t pay tithe.
They want their “god” to punish you for not paying your firstfruit.
They want to be able to say “I told you so”
They are particularly expectant that evil will befall you because you dare oppose their spiritual daddy’s teachings. They are still wondering how you survived 2018 without the wrath of “God” coming upon you.
For daring to oppose the false teachings of their daddy, they sincerely hope you won’t turn out well in life. They believe, for challenging the teachings of popular daddies, you are “touching the anointed”. They don’t know they are equally anointed because they have no clue what the anointing is. With bottles of Goya oil redefining what Christianity is, in our land, it is normal for people to think the anointing is a liquid substance.
These are thoroughly brainwashed tongue-talking Bible-carrying religious folks. Beneath their Pius looks lies abominable wickedness towards other people.
However, it is okay to forgive them, because you would have been in their shoes, had you not seen the light.
Much like the disciples that Jesus rebuked, who wanted to call down fire “like the days of Elijah” because some people resisted them, these people don’t know “the manner of spirit they are made of”.
They have been thoroughly fed with teachings bordering on the law of moses and not of Grace, hence, they are afraid. They live far behind time, by reason of the teachings they listen to. They are afraid of their papas, much like idol worshippers fear their dieties. But they wonder why you are not afraid.
There was a time a serpent wrapped itself around the hands of Paul as he tried to gather sticks during one of his shipwreck experiences. Even though he shook off the snake into nearby fire, some bystanders, despite their kind gestures were waiting for him to swell up and drop dead. To their disappointment, he didn’t. They later changed their mind. Acts 28:1-6
Friends, there are confused bystanders who see you as troublemakers and are hoping some evil will happen to you. But, they lie!
They will wait forever, unless they repent and allow the light of the glorious gospel of Christ to shine in their hearts. This is because your Father in heaven, the keeper of your soul does not sleep, neither does he slumber. He disappoints the devices of the crafty and makes it impossible for their hands to perform their enterprise.
He said “Behold, I have created the blacksmith Who blows the coals in the fire, Who brings forth an instrument for his work; And I have created the spoiler to destroy. No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord , And their righteousness is from Me,” Says the Lord .
Isaiah 54:16-17 NKJV.
Friends, as bearers of light of the gospel of Christ, you are at perils of false brethren from time to time: people who are squarely sold out to religion. They are in church every now and then but they are not in Christ Jesus. So when you say the message of the church is “Christ plus nothing”, they will oppose you.
But the “die is cast”. We would rather obey God than obey man.
I love these words of Paul:
“Therefore, seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;
“But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.
“But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
“For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.
“For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
2 Corinthians 4:2-7 KJV
It is a new day!
~ NINYO OMIDIJI