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WHAT'S YOUR MESSAGE?

ONCE A WHILE

Once a while its good as a Christian to pause, take stock and assess our lives.

1. Am I TRULY a Christian( assurance of salvation: have I confessed and received Christ as my Lord and Saviour) 
2. Am I growing in my faith? 
3. Am I living to please God: Living sacrifice? 
4. Am I a good example to others in the Christian faith: If I don't even say it, will people identify me as a Christian?
5. Am I walking in God's will: pleasing God or pleasing myself?
6. Are there areas in my life that needs attention, improvement, adjustment, repentance etc.?
7. Am I sharing my faith?
8. Is it Faith alone or I am working my way to heaven
9. Am I ready? Rapture or death?

NINE DAY WONDER

Matthew 1320: “But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and ANON WITH JOY RECEIVEITH IT; 21: Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.23: But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.“
“The message was good. The message was brillant --- straight on point. The speaker didn't mince with words at all and the environment was electrifying“ These words are typical and can be heard on the lips of many after hearing an inspiring or thought provoking message. But attempt to ask: “what exactly did the speaker say?“ and many of us will be caught flat footed---Nine Day Wonder.

A word, an exhortation, or an inspiring message I believe can be handled on three levels to prevent a Nine Day Wonder result.

1: R…

HOPE IN THE MIDST OF GLOOM

It is of the LORD's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.(Lamentations 3:22-23).
Lamentations, as the name of the book suggests, is a book that paints a gloomy and seemingly terrible picture of the destruction of Jerusalem. The name Lamentations is also the Hebrew equivalent “Eikhah“ which translates in English as “How?“. Its quite strange to find such comforting words in a scripture that has gloom as its storyline. Lamentations 3 itself sounds too sad and hopeless: very horrible. See:
Lamentations 31:I AM the man that hath seen affliction by the rod of his wrath.2: He hath led me, and brought me into darkness, but not into light.3:Surely against me is he turned; he turneth his hand against me all the day.4: My flesh and my skin hath he made old; he hath broken my bones.5: He hath builded against me, and compassed me with gall and travail.6:He hath set me in dark places, as they that be dead of old.…

BE YOU: THERE'S NO NEED TO PROVE A POINT

...If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. (Matthew 4:3).
Amazing piece of scripture. Is it really the case that the devil was not aware he was dealing with the Son of God? What on earth was he trying to get Jesus to prove Himself as the Son of God? The devil has not changed his schemes. He used the same scheme of “identity proving“ to floor Adam and Eve in Genesis 3:5: “For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.“

A second look at the scripture above reveals the scheming nature of the devil. See the identity thing at play again: “...ye shall be as gods...“ This is incredible. These folks have already been created in the image of God--- they carry the image of God; they were as gods! In fact, they were in charge on earth carrying a God mandate: “I have said,.Ye are gods...“ (Psalms 82:6).In 1 Chronicles 21:1, the devil showed up with the same identity trick s…

RIGTHEOUSNESS

... righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. (Romans 14:17). Rightheousness in very simple terms is having a right standing with God. It is a state of justification, where we are declared not guilty of our sins under the laws of God. This state of justification only comes through faith in Christ Jesus. (Romans 1:16-17). 

For the Christian, rigtheousness is more than morality --- it is more than ‘dos and don'ts“ --- its the cleansing power of the blood of Jesus (Ephesians 1:17; 2:13). Our best efforts to be rigtheous without faith will produce what Isaiah calls “filthy“ rags (Isaiah 64:6). Does that excuse our behaviour and sins then? Obviously, no, that will be irresponsibility and abuse of the grace of God. “...Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?God forbid...“ (Romans 6:1-2).

I believe you might have already encountered the struggles and dissappointments of trying in your own strength to be rigtheous in your Christian walk. You try to read yo…

KEEP THE RIGHT PERSPECTIVE

KEEP THE RIGHT PERSPECTIVE.

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.“ (Hebrews 12:2).
Life can be tough. In fact life is tough and I believe nobody will argue that---its a fact of life.

Although affliction cometh not forth of the dust, neither doth trouble spring out of the ground; Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward (Job 5:6-7). ....man is born unto trouble: There are challenges, failures, disappointments, heartbreaks, rejections and many more other issues that makes life itself complicated. But despite these challenges our perspective---how we look at life will determine how we will live our lives.

1. FOCUS ON JESUS

“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith...“ :When we keep our focus on Jesus, when we begin to see things in His perspective, our lives becomes meaningful and purposeful. He …

GUARANTEED PROMISES

Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you (John 14:1-2).
1: ANCHOR YOUR HOPES IN GOD'S WORD

The Scripture above is one of Jesus‘ conversations with His disciples before He was crucified. We can describe it as a “death bed conversation“ --- last words. I strongly believe Jesus had this conversation because He detected worry and fear in the hearts of His disciples. They have walked with Him, experienced a ministry filled with miracles, power and words of hope.

They have left everything to follow Jesus and suddenly He started talking about His death. Fear is now setting in. Their heart is getting troubled. But one phrase stands out in Jesus‘ statement which needs much emphasis: “If it were not so I would have told you“. The statement reveals the nature of Jesus. He speaks truth. His words are a guarantee. They are a ‘surety…

PRICELESS GRACE

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast (Ephesians 2:8-9). Grace---God‘s unmerited favour: That is what brought us into the Kingdom. That is what will sustain us in the Kingdom. When life is done with on earth, its grace through faith that will give us access to eternal life.

Our relationship with God is based on grace. Our Salvation is grace. The life we have is grace.

It's humbling to look at life from the perspective of God's grace---“it is the gift of God: Not of works lest any man should boast“ --- It is a free gift. We did nothing to merit it. We contributed nothing towards it. It is God who took the first step to reconcile sinful humanity unto Himself :“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us“ (Romans 5:8).

While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 

Christ didn't wait for us to first put our lives together…

COME JUST AS YOU ARE

For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence.“ (1 Corinthians 1:26-29).
I have been in the corporate world for sometime now and its evident; corporate success is about hiring the best candidate --- the most qualified. The rule is: show us what new thing you will bring on board and we will hire you.

On the flip side of the corporate world however, there's a massive recruitment that goes on in life that overlooks qualifications. I am talking about God's recruitment. On God‘s team, qualification, experience, technical know how and competence d…

THE CHURCH

And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together...“ (Hebrews 10:24-25). ...I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. (Matthew 16:18).
The word Church is from the Greek word “Ecclesia“ meaning “called out ones“. It denotes a gathering or assembly of “called out ones“: “Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:“ (Colossians 1:13).

The Church is not a mere religious organisation, it is not just an ultra modern plush edifice. The Church is a gathering of people who have been purchased by the blood of Jesus from sin and translated from the kingdom of darkness into the Kingdom of light. When you join a church therefore, you have not signed up to a social club or welfare association. You have joined a group of believers where together we serve the King of Kings, Jesus Christ, the soon coming King; who is the …