Esteem Yourself In Jesus

2018-09-10 18-06-26When Jesus died on that cross that fateful day, like a whirling wind, the sin of the world cycloned into His glorious body. All our weaknesses, depression, low self esteem and insecurities crashed into Him. When I take a postmortem on myself, so many miniscule and gigantic flaws come to life. This can result to actually being depressed but I thank God for what He did. I always  make reference on what Jesus did after He was resurrected. He visited the disciples where they were hiding in fear of the Jews, He told them to be at peace and showed His pierced nailed hands, this brought a sense of easement to the disciples. So this is what do when I need to see Jesus and not myself. Envision Him and His bruised body, now glorified and on the right hand of the Father.My esteem should be on what He did for me.

1Corinthians 1, 17: “For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.” Let’s take a look at Paul. He says that he doesn’t want to make the cross of Christ of non effect by depending on his ability of delivering a good speech. Paul is so assured that his esteem should not come from what he does. No. Isn’t that what we do as people, we turn to take great pride in the title of a job we have. We feel highly esteemed when we have a good looking life partner. When the kids are straight A students. It’s not wrong to have all that in perspective but it’s wrong when we lean our confidence and  esteem on them.

I know that social convention dictates that we should have good things and I am not insisting that we dream any less about increasing ourselves but we should be careful that our esteem shouldn’t be high as a prerequisite of having much or having a good career.

1 Corinthians 1: 31: “That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.” Paul seemed to be so much about really taking joy in Jesus. What I want is for us to be like Paul, let’s glory in God, that is where we take our esteem. If we let our esteem lean against how we look like, where we work, what kind of job we work in, what we are going through right now, then if things go down South, against the expected results, depression leaks in. Depression is real and it seems to be taking it’s toll in these modern days.

Depression is when you think you won’t ever be happy in your life.  When you see a clear cut vision of stangnancy in your unfortunate time and you see no resolution for the problem at hand. It will start as a low self-esteem which will depreciate into depression. Depression then results in suicidal thoughts. I know of people that decided to take their lives due to depression. I believe that once we turn our eyes away from us and focus intently on Jesus, low self-esteem would deteriorate. The Gospel of Jesus is the key to breaking such bondages. Writers, let’s be unapologetic about the effect of the cross of Jesus. Likewise to evangelists, preachers, film directors. Let’s deliver this good news with the power of Jesus.

Romans 1, 16: For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. Indeed the power of the cross is undeniable. Just like Paul. Let’s put this in our minds and be assertive about it.

Take pride in what Jesus did. Busk in it and enjoy it to the full. Jesus has mastered and taken all the depression and insecurity of all people of this world on His bruised body. Just  one person kills himself, he can’t handle his burden and he decides to end it, if only that person knew that his troubles are on Jesus already. So just imagine the insecurities and depressions of the entire world on Him while a single person can’t deal with their own troubles. Jesus took your troubles and insecurities on HIMSELF. He didn’t just do that, He took the entire world’s worth of burden.

Jesus, Our Net Of Peace

2018-09-06 10-48-52Matthew 4, 18:   “And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.19:And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.  20: And they straightway left their nets, and followed him.”  This is what happened to the fishermen. Jesus told them to follow Him, knowing very well that these men depended on fishing. They certainly have been fishermen for a while, however, they were struggling to have a catch. These men had their families to take care of, but still, Jesus all knowing, omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent insisted that this pair of fishermen to follow Him.

Then just after He asked them to follow Him, He came to another pair of striving fishermen, in anticipation for a catch in order to support their loved ones. Matthew 4, 21: “And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them.22: And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him.” They were fixing their nets. Things seemed not to be going well for this pair of fishermen. Jesus seeing their struggle, He called them and without hesitation, they followed Him.

This goes to most of us today, we turn to be so busy fixating on making a living just as the likes of Peter. We could be soaked in our careers and yet we seem to be lacking peace, joy, true liberation and total fruition. True meaning of purpose is not only about being consumed in our careers. True meaning of life , 2000 years ago was following Jesus, the world of life. Still, to this day of millenials,  true meaning of life and joy is possessed through the word of God. The ultimate way today of following Jesus today is loving and soaking in His word. JESUS, THE WORD MADE FLESH.

One other way we turn to be thwarted from joy and a liberal life is being like the like a of James. Too hectic fondling and trying to patch where our career lack in order to have our own catch of fruition. I am not saying it is wrong to try and improve on your desired career to make a better living, 100% no. You can, like James,try and neat pick your career to perfect it and lack so much peace and joy or you can like Peter,try your utmost to pocesss more and still lack so much peace.

This may be controversial to say, but nonetheless so true, Jesus our keeper of peace is  so much more valuable than our careers can ever be. The word of God is so valuable.Regardless how fruitful your career may be, you can lack so much peace and life, but Jesus will make you enjoy your career to the highest heights. On the other hand, you can struggle and not be abounding in the physical but Jesus can cause you to have peace while you believe for your breakthrough.

Jesus Is Lord

Temptations

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I remember as a kid, about 7 years old, my mother bought me three huge cookies as my lunch meal for school. They were really my favorite cookies, very friendly to my mouth. She put  them in the cupboard, she then stepped outside for a couple of minutes. I couldn’t stop thinking about the cookies that were put in the cupboard. Not just cookies but my favorite cookies. I could not hold the desire. I tiptoed to the cupboard, I took a pinch. After a few minutes, I took another pinch. Then the second pinch was preceded by a couple more pinches until  3 cookies were down to just one cookie. I was not able to hold the urge that danced in my salivary glands. Then reality hit, I felt so guilty, so condemned.

This is how temptation starts. A week ago, I heard a rather erroneous concept. It got me thinking and wanting to find whether or not it’s true. The person who was delivering this information read from Matthew  4:1: “Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.” He said if Jesus was led by the spirit into the wilderness to be tempted, then we as well will be led into temptation by God. It really didn’t sit well with me. “How could God do this?” I asked myself. I,  in an affirmed contradiction believe that Jesus was led by Spirit to be tempted so that today, we could not face that. He was taking us out of that curse.

Yes, it’s no secret that we do get tempted, but that is not something that is led by God AT ALL. Matthew 6:13:  “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.” In the words of the King of Kings, He said when we pray, we should pray that God should not lead us into temptation. Why would He be led by the Spirit and just two chapters ahead tell us to pray not to be led into temptation. He knew that what He was led into, God would not  put that unto us.

James 1: 13:  “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man.” Let’s take a look at this scripture, it is so simple and straight forward, God would not tempt us in what so ever way.  James 1:14: “But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.”  So simple, just like when I was drawn by my own lust of the cookies. My mother did not in way put the cookies in the cupboard to tempt me. No, definitely no ways. My lust of cookies caused me  not to stop thinking about the cookies. God would not say, “I will put this lady who is not your wife before you just to test whether you really love your wife.” Definitely not. Only your lust will jump out to desire the woman who is not your wife.

1 Corinthians 10:13: “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”  If it were possible that God tempts us, why would He lead you into temptation and then create an escape way path. James 1:14:  “But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.” It does not say every man is tempted when God leads them into temptation.

God is a God of Peace and Grace. Jesus paid and did so much that we could not face that. And always, His Grace Is sufficient to create an escape for you when you are tempted.

Psalms 23

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I was not raised in a Christian family. I did not even know a single verse growing up. The one thing I remember that my mother taught me was to pray before I sleep,  and that was the Lord’s Prayer. She taught me that when I was about 5 years old and that lasted with me until I grew into my teenage stage. I did it religiously but it was a great lesson nonetheless.

In retrospect, I thought I was a good kid in front of God due to my ritual nightly prayers;then my younger brother and I visited a family friend to our family. We visited for about a week. In our first night there, I saw something really amazing, before the family would go to bed, they gathered and would share scriptures to one another. I felt a rather juxtaposition feeling, I was both in awe and shame. When a 5 year old boy shared the whole Psalm 23, I felt like hiding under a rug. “I am 12 and don’t even know the whole of the10 commandments,” I thought to myself. Now that I am in the light,  I fell in love with the Psalm 23 and it speaks so much truths.

Psalms 23: 1 “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.” Jesus is the true Shepard who would leave the 99 to look for you, the only one, the only one missing sheep. You will not lack for peace or joy. Proverbs 14: 30 says that a heart at peace gives life to the body. More than anything, Jesus is our keeper of peace and He has come so that we would not lack any peace.

Psalms 23:2 “He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.” Our Lord Jesus has come to give us life and life in abundance indeed. Already the still waters are available, already the green pastures are available, all He does is to lead us to these beautiful things he has already prepared. Colossians 2:10 says that we are complete in Him who is the head of all principality and power. Already we are complete, joy, love, abundance of life and wealth is in completeness. All that is left is just to allow ourselves to be led into all that has been provided. Let’s allow ourselves to be unveiled to all the goodness of God that complete and perfect.

Psalms 23: 3: “He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.” Our soul is that part of us that is responsible for our emotions, how we feel when we are sad or happy. God didn’t bring Jesus just to restore our spirit. Jesus is interested in us wholly. God works in us to be keen and will to live a life that reflects His glory for the world to see Him in us.

Psalms 23:4 “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”  One of the most assured gifts that God gave us is a sound mind that knows that we are encamped in His beautiful love and heaven feel embrace everyday that kicks fear away from us. No matter the dull moments that we walk in or going through, we should be assured that His love has led us through.. 2 Timothy 1:7 “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”  You, yes you, Do not have the spirit of fear.

Psalms 23:5, “Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.” There is a beautiful scenario that occurred in the book of John where the disciples had locked themselves in an enclosed area after the death of Jesus. They were in fear of the Jews, and what a glorious thing that happened, Jesus appeared to them after His resurrection. In as much as He appeared to them, He said as much as He was sent by God, He sends them, He gave them such absolute assurance and told them not to fear and to be at peace regardless them surrounded by their enemies. He fed them peace, and authority.  In the book of Matthew, He says God has given Him power in heaven and in the world, instilling a sense of ownership to the disciples as well the power that Jesus has been grunted. So know that no matter what is against you or in fear of your enemies, Jesus has empowered you already, He has fed you already with authority, tap into it and own it, be unveiled to the truth. On top of what Jesus fed them, He blew unto them the Holy Ghost. Anointing them with Holy oil. When you came into believing in Jesus, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise. This Oil is with you wherever you go and indeed, it overflows like the river Jordan, busk and be forever sandwiched in this beautiful anointing.

Psalms 23:6, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.” We don’t follow goodness, this goodness follows us. Jesus told Simon Peter to follow Him and He(Jesus) will make him(Peter) fishers of men. There is one thing that is needful, what is that you ask.. That is setting our focus on Jesus and He being all capable, causes the goodness to follow us. Are you a minister or aspire to be a minister, set focus on the one True Vine and just beautifully witness the fruits sprout without effort and sweat.  Isn’t that what the plants do, they just suckle on the water and necessary nutrients and the fruits just bloom without effort.

This book Psalm really speaks to me in dimensions I can’t fully detail out. And I am so grateful to Jesus that now, I am well able to memories it and just enjoy it. I may have not known it by heart while I was growing up but I thank God that now, I have been given the Grace to do that now. Thank You Jesus.

 

 

Emblems Of The Gospel

2018-08-27 00-26-31After the death of Jesus,  all the disciplines were dismayed. Down in the dumps and seemed to have lost all hope. John 21:3: “Simon Peter saith unto them, I go a fishing. They say unto him, We also go with thee. They went forth, and entered into a ship immediately; and that night they caught nothing.”  Let’s look at this scenario, after Jesus had been buried, Peter who was so close to Jesus, who had seen Jesus raise up the dead and heal the sick, he saw Jesus give hope to the hopeless. Peter had gone back to fishing, all hope was gone, once Peter had hope so much that once he suggested that they should fight back when the soldiers huddled around them in pursuit of Jesus. He stood by Jesus. All hope was in him and after Jesus’s death, he just decided to go to his old career,fishing.

John 20:19: “Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.”  The disciples were in fear, and Jesus appearing to them didn’t even mention the war they had  to fight with the Jews, He didn’t mention the turmoil that was around them at all. Already the disciples being in fear of their lives, Jesus didn’t magnify the problem at hand, instead He lovingly told them to be at peace. Before I magnify this point any further, let’s see what Jesus did next.

John 20: 20: “And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the LORD.” Beautiful isn’t it?  He showed them what He did for them. After He told them to be at peace,  He focused them to Himself. I can just forsee the hope that started bubbling in their guts. Just imagine the chills and goose bumps that flooded their mortal bodies. This just shows how Jesus wants us to zone in on Him no matter how the frustrations that are raining in our parade can be. Jesus is our source of Peace. Let’s not magnify our troubles rather magnify our vision of Jesus.

Here is one thrilling point I wanted to paint ever so colorfully, John 20:21: “Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.” Jesus repeats the peace gesture and says one more remarkable phrase. He sends them to do what? Tell people what He did? Tell people about Him? His crucifixion? His easy yoke? His perfect Love? The liberty He offers? His ability to restore hope?  To turn sorrow into joy? ABSOLUTELY YES.

Matthew just displays it this way 28:18: “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.” An incredible way of Jesus enforcing undeniable hope and faith in the disciples’s hearts. Jesus in simple terms tells them that He will inject them with this ability and power. This tells me that Jesus wants His essence of Life being known to the world at large. He wants us reaching out to people and telling them about His amazing saving Grace. His love and peace. More than anything, God needs us to be His emblem. Sharing this good news. Matthew 28:19:  “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.”  We are His mouth piece, either by writing, by holding crusades, singing, directing movies, residing poems and many more other platforms. Let’s do it.

John 20:29:  “Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.” Jesus told Thomas after he needed to see Jesus to believe His ressurection. We do not need to see Jesus in flesh for us to be able to tell the nations about Him. Jesus is the word of God made flesh. We have the Bible to be able to tell the world about Him. We are so fortunate to have this  opportunity to own Bibles, the disciples only learned the old Testament and yet we today have an opportunity to learn and see Jesus revealed in the new Testament. Having the Holy Spirit to reveal to us even more from the scriptures.

Without fear and favor, let’s vagarously deliver this word around the world and reveal Jesus to people and indeed be emblems of the Gospel.

The Ways Of Love

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Humanity moans for affection, that is one thing I have come to realize. Love indeed is a crucial aspect of our lives, either being in the receiving end of the love give away or at the giving side of the love give away. 1 Corinthians 13:8: “Love never fails: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.” This in essence shows how love is an integral part of both the world and heaven in totality.. Love,  whether right here and now on earth or in heaven, love will continue to exist and everlastingly continue to exist.

In continuation of this beautiful subject of love, 1 Corinthians 13:13: “And now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” This verse strongly insists that the greatest of these is love, Love in itself has so many outcomes through which people can express availability to each other. It could be encouraging, why? Because you hate seeing someone feel down and just by loving the person, you exhort. Providing a hug when one hurts, why? Because you hate what the person is feeling and you just display love in an action form by extending your arms to comfort. There are numerous ways through which love can be displayed.

My main focus in this article however is showing love through giving. Extending a hand to give. Giving fueled with hot core boiling love. You see a fellow Christian,neighbour or stranger  suffering and you have something to give, you may not have more than enough but you witness the dire need of this individual. What do you do? look in your bag to see whether you have more than enough before you could give? Let’s just pause on that by putting a pin on that point. John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Let’s just imagine this, what if God would have looked in His Kingdom before He gave His Son, and actually come to notice that all He had was Jesus? Let’s say He diserns that the only Son He had is Jesus and converses within Himself, “Jesus is the only Son, My only begotten Son, can I spare my only Son, just to safe mankind? I can’t give away all I have.”

Just visualize that?  How would the world be, where would we have our hope in if God hadn’t given all He had just for us? Would we even have church today if God really considered the fact that all He had is Jesus?  We would still be in the old covenant. Just imagine the heavy duty that would still be on some of us who would have to slaughter sheep, bulls and doves just to be in perspective with God. However, gaining this perspective with God,then  would have to be a continual and on and off progressive ritual to avoid damnation.

Jumping back to the former point, lets pick out that pin. So actually looking whether or not you have more than enough to help a family member, a fellow Christian or even a perfect stranger is not really flowing in the wave of love in action. So I do affirm you ladies and gentlemen to,whenever there is a desperate need of love, portray it, bearing this in mind, you are excersing what God portrayed. Even if you have nothing to offer, touching a shoulder, giving a smile is love in itself.

In closing, one fellow Christian performed a really remarkable display of affection. It really shook me to the core. I can not go into details but will try to pass the message effectiveness, she met a lady who was so much in need at church, this individual was a guest at our church. She just let the Romans 5:5 come into existence, “And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” The love that the Holy Spirit brings alive into our heart was so tangible. She comforted this person, gave her all the savings she had and she made our senior pastor aware of this challenge the person was in and help is indeed coming in the way of this person that this fellow Christian met.

So beautiful, all you could even do is to make your elders at church aware of the need that one is encountering.  This is love. Stop looking at what you have or what you will lose, give a hand and let love live forever here on earth.

Yes, Complete!

2018-08-22 16-03-15In continuation of the last post. I was at a point of actually emphasizing what happens when one is born again. The jist of the last post entitled COMPLETE is that I had gone from actually not having understood what it really meant to be born again. The second jist being that even after I was born again, I didn’t quiet walk freely in the redemption.

So picking it from where I left of. Romans 6, 1: What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? Paul asked this question as a form of a rhetorical question. I will personally take this as a conversation between Paul and I. Well,  I definitely do not think we should continue in sin just because grace abounds where sin abounds. But then again, I would have to ask Paul this question basing my reference on this scripture. Colossians 2, 11 “In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ.” How is it possible that we continue in sin even when we are born again, yet the scripture clearly says that our body of sin has been rid off by the death of Jesus?

Romans 6, 2 “God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” Paul starts of by saying this. So this constitutes that though we have been born again and that our spirit has been born again, we should not continue in sin. I believe that we can not be perfect morally but our spirit has been perfected. Romans 6, 5 “For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection.” This passage of scripture just amplifies the truth that we have been converted from having a sin nature to nature of purity and magnificence.

1 Peter 1, 3 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” How lovely is this, because of His resurrection, we have been given a new life, hence being born again.

Yes morally and practically we may not be perfect but by just knowing in our minds that our spirit is just as perfect as Jesus is, we ought to change our mindset and begin to firmly transfix our entire imagination on the reality that we are as Jesus is. Paul says it this way,  Romans 12, 2 “ And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God”. It is all in the mind, for us to be even morally like Jesus, all we have to do is to rest in His finished work and consider ourselves according to what has happened in our Spirit..

 

The finished work of Jesus is a magnificent deal in itself. So let’s embrace the reality that Jesus planned such a beautiful transformation for us,not just by singing about it that our spirit is perfected but also that our works can glorify Him. That can be done by really purposely putting a focus on the mind and renewing it. The mind is a powerful tool.