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Ours is a worldly, sinful, wicked, wild world, and you must be victorious, triumphant, and successful, in the way of God, despite the odds.

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Despite the declining numbers, Christianity remains the dominant religion, but how being victorious in the Christian race is the ultimate goal of genuine Christian adherents.

To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.” (Rev 3:21).

Christianity is all about mankind having a perfect understanding of the truth that “The Lord is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” Genuine Christians have indeed come into this repentance, and marching in faith through God’s marvelous grace as Pilgrims unto Heaven..

The love of God for man is so great, proven by offering His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, and that whosoever believe might be saved, and not perish in this life.

Unfortunately, lukewarm-ness and doubt has engulfed Christianity in the modern world to the point that Christian power as of old and the fire of the Gospel remains threatened from time to time.

It is not as if Satan, the devil, and the world can win or overcome the power, the purpose and the plan of God, NO, Never, but many Soldiers of the Cross are lukewarm, lethargic, indolent, and are neither hot nor cold to contend for the faith once delivered to the Saints.

The naked church in the Bible is Laodicea, a so-called Christian assembly or fellowship filled with unsaved church members whose souls are closely knit to the world, fixated on worldliness, and its sinful nakedness.

These church people say with their mouth that they are of Christ but are not born again in their soul, neither are they covered in their heart with Christ’s robe of righteousness.

The lukewarm churches in Laodicea are worldly churches, not part of the spiritual Church of Christ.

Therefore they dress like the world in its fads and fashion, live like the world in its materialistic pursuit and desire, speak like the world in its sinful terms and filthy language, supporting the sinful causes of the world rather than the Gospel Truth of Christ.

From such, turn away!

Standing upon His Truth and His promises alone, being on your guards against false teachers and heresies, you will surely win the battle over the devil and the world, and secure your victory in a sinful world.

Unfortunately, lukewarm attitude has eaten deep into the lives of so-called believers who are famously known as Christians but lack the transforming power of the Gospel of Christ.

It is the duty of Christian ministers, preachers, teachers, mentors and the general Christian laity to consistently point the world and sinners to Christ by their character, their lifestyle, and the virtues they project to the world at large.

A godly mentor models Christ’s character, and leads the world to Christ and the Gospel truth, teaching us to completely surrender our will and desires to God’s will for eternal gain and glory.

And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.” (Act 11:26).

Christ’s true Disciples are people who had made the firm decision with serious thought to embraces the religion of Christ, to uphold His faith, to believe His promises, and make His calling their chief ministry in life.

It is very sad and disappointing that big names in Christianity and high office holders in the visible church and large Christian assemblies are hobnobbing with worldly systems, opening and brazenly playing with the fire of the anti-Christ.

But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains:” (Mar 13:14).

The church in Laodicean era is lukewarm and suffering from a serious spiritual malady, and only Jesus Christ, the great sin Physician, with a complete and perfect healing remedy, can provide adequate panacea.

The church in Laodicea era is the church of the present modern age which is rich and prosperous in material things but bankrupt spiritually.

And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.

But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee.” (Mat 11:23,24).

The church in modern era has greater light as a result of expansion of knowledge and advancement of technology to reach further and wider than the time of the Apostles and early believers.

Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:” (Rev 3:17).

There can be no greater sin than self-deception.

Christians in the Laodicean era boast of wealth, health, prosperity, power, popularity, wide acceptability, great membership and followership, and big churches and cathedral.

But, in actual fact these lukewarm Christians and assemblies are “wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked”. Nothing else in life can be so offensive to man and God, dangerous to the human soul, as pride and self-sufficiency.

There is no stronger delusion than that which makes men believe that they are righteous and accepted of God, while at the same time they are sinning against Him, and are in a deplorable spiritual condition.

Rather than exhort Lesbians and Homosexuals to repent and turn to Christ, Pope Francis is urging the church to accept gays, lesbians, same-sex marriages and the LGBT community.

The Church of England is no longer the strong defender of the Faith of Christ and hard-core biblical doctrines anymore.

Why is the Anglican Communion sympathizing with sinners such as gays and homosexuals, rather than come out to condemn the sin and preach the sinners into repentance?

What kind of Christian leader does one make of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, outspoken critic of the apartheid regime in South Africa, who declares, ‘I’d pick hell over an anti-Gay Heaven’.

Is he an Archbishop in the church of Christ or the church of this world?

This world may approve and accept lesbianism and homosexuals a million times over, but the Bible and the Word of God condemn it as abomination, and that is it!

Many Christians nowadays are evolving into modernity while moving away from the life and teachings of Christ, the doctrines of the faith entrenched in the Bible and committed to the Apostles and early fathers.

Prince, the “Purple Rain” musician, is rated to be probably the most famous Jehovah Witness member.

Katherine Jackson, matriarch of the Jackson family, mother of the old Jackson Five band boys is reputed to have raised all her children in the Jehovah Witness faith, and that Michael Jackson with Janet Jackson were at some point in their lives very active members of the Kingdom Hall assembly.

Does Jehovah Witness faith accommodates all these modern ideas, such as seen in the lifestyle, music and public image of Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson, their sibling and their offspring?

How have their lifestyles, their larger-than-life fame, power in the music industry and other sectors, position and influence impacted genuine Christianity or serving worldliness, while they are still Christians?

Venus and Serena Williams are unarguably world leading lawn tennis players who have dominated the scene for quite some time now, and are actively practicing Jehovah’s Witness members, who often thank Jehovah after winning matches.

Christians doctrinally give glory to God for successes in life, breakthroughs, and achievements, while we pray to Him in times of trouble.

One wonders aloud if the life of Serena Williams and Venus Williams has supported the Great Commission or projected them and Christianity in a bad light to the world through their private and public lives.

  1. S. President Donald Trump has ever been a popular man as a successful business mogul. The contest for the Presidency, and performance so far as the consummate U.S. President, has projected him as a crusader against Muslims, illegal immigrants, refugees, and a host of other institutions, even the Pope.

He openly support white supremacist, as against colored people, yet a Christian!

Between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton is ‘A Tale of Two Corinthians’ – he, wrongly referring to “two Corinthians” instead of “second Corinthians.”  The former Secretary of States getting it right in quoting “First Corinthians, 13, which happens to be one of my favorite passages”.

Which of the two Christians really gives more to the Gospel and the Great Commission evangelism than politics and business?  You be the judge!

From President Barrack Obama, the Christian U.S. President whose Christian faith evolved into signing same-sex marriage into law, to Prince Charles of England, leading light of the Church of England, whose biblical understanding of marriage permits divorce and questionable remarriage, is the failure for many so-called Christians to recognize their spiritual poverty.

The Laodicean message is a last-minute call by the Lord upon modern Christians and last-days believers to expose the folly of imagining that they are spiritually wealthy and in need of nothing, when they are actually wretched, miserable, poor, blind, lukewarm, and fit only to be spewed out of the mouth of Christ, as an object of loathing.

Lukewarm Christians are Laodiceans who, in their public lives, are neither hot nor cold for Christ and His true Church, and in their inner souls, too compromised to contend for the faith, and too lazy to seek urgent remedy for their spiritual malady.

Modern Christianity places her focus upon her material progress in prosperity, philanthropy, growing church membership, progressive church projects, constructions, crusade, and seminars.

However, all these material progresses are taking place at the expense of failing spiritual upliftment.

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.

And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.” (1Co 13:1,2,3). 

True love to God and man is a benevolent and charitable heart to obey and hearken to the commandments of God and treat fellow mankind the way you wil treat your very self.

How are those deluded who look for acceptance and reward for their good works, which are as scanty and defective as they are corrupt and selfish!

While modern Christians are getting on well on prosperity and the good life, their core state of moral power, core Christian virtues, biblical understanding and scriptural knowledge, sanctified life, and fulfillment of the Great Commission, are dwindling and falling apart. Whither then is the Christianity in the man?

The present age has been described as an age of scientific progress, human achievement, and tremendous advancements into new frontiers of technology.

Ours is a modern world, an age of moral and spiritual crisis, yes more and more people are trooping in en-mass into the churches, devoid of salvation.

This is the era of phenomenal increase in crime, war, and drug addiction, universal preoccupation with sex, nudity, homosexuality and gay life style.

There is general disregard for authority; there exist great social upheavals and racial strife all across the nations, and abysmal lack of moral understanding and concern.

We find ourselves living in an age analogous to the dark ages of the Judges when “every man did that which was right in his own eyes” (Jud 21:25).

The great apostasy of our day and the perilous times in which we live were foretold by the Apostle Paul as characterizing the last days:

This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof.” (II Tim 3:1-5).

It is a time when, even among professing Christians, being “accepted” by the group seems to be more important than being accepted by God and the distinction between the sacred and the secular is rapidly becoming more difficult to discern.

The need of the hour is for Christians to experience once more a personal encounter with the Holy Spirit, and to rediscover His blessed ministry in their lives.

The continuous indwelling of the Son with the Father was the secret of the Lord in gaining victory over the world.

Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel.”( oh 5:19,20).

When the soul surrenders itself to Christ, a new power takes possession of the new heart. A change is wrought, a supernatural work, bringing a supernatural element into human nature is done, which we can never accomplish by ourselves.

The soul that is yielded to Christ, becomes His own fortress, which He holds in a revolted world, and He intends that no authority shall be known in it but His own.

Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning:

And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.

Who knoweth if he will return and repent, and leave a blessing behind him; even a meat offering and a drink offering unto the LORD your God?” (Joe 2:12 -14).

Points to Ponder:

  1. Ponder about your professional, career, and business life. Does it glorify God or tarnishes the label of Christianity you adorn in public. Does your shrewdness, craftiness, acumen, and sagacity glorify god or dishonor Him.
  2. Ponder about your family or relationships. Is your wedding in line with Christian standards, your marriage fulfilling the purpose and plan of God, your spouse loved and beloved with care and faithfulness, and your children and home Godly, goodly, and Christianly?
  3. Is your life a channel of blessing to the vineyard of God and His sheepfold? Is the love of God flowing through you unto the saved and unsaved mankind, telling the lost about the love of the Savior, daily fulfilling the Great Commission, getting ready daily for the Rapture?

“And Samuel spake unto all the house of Israel, saying, If ye do return unto the LORD with all your hearts, then put away the strange gods and Ashtaroth from among you, and prepare your hearts unto the LORD, and serve him only: and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines.

1Sa 7:4  Then the children of Israel did put away Baalim and Ashtaroth, and served the LORD only” .( 1Sa 7:3)   

The proposal of Christ to Laodicea involves a complete union of the human with the divine as the only hope of victory in a sinful world.

Rev 3:19  As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

Rev 3:20  Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

Rev 3:21  To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.

Rev 3:22  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

The plea of Christ to you is for reconciliation, for union, for reunion, and for seamless communion with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost unto eternal life.

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It takes absolute faith in God to be truly brave and bold in this world.

Absolute assurance in God is real confidence, while a lack of faith in Him means a lack of power, leaving you exposed to danger, and making you feel insecure, helpless, weak, even unsure of yourself, and afraid to make the next move.

A man’s belief in God as his supernatural protector serves as a buffer from that man’s fear of all things in nature and in life.

Your belief in a heavenly inheritance through Jesus Christ makes you stronger and bolder to strive and go through life passing the “narrow way” without a fear of Satan, demons, enemies or even death.

Fear is as old as man himself.

Of all the diseases known to man in biblical days, leprosy was most dreaded because of its incurable and contagious character, and more so because of its horrible effect upon its victims, it filled the bravest of men with fear.

Fear is a painful response to physical and emotional danger, a response to acute stress, anger, angst, anxiety, fright, horror, joy, panic, and sadness.

There are so many situations and circumstances that we face or confronted with in life which makes us become fearfully cowered. Some of our fears are real, concrete, objective, and are thus Constructive fears.

Others are subjective, unreal, imaginary, and made-up, built up through our motions or emotions, or calculated by way of our momentary feelings and submissions, and are thus Imagined fears.

Because you think you might not know enough and could make mistakes, people sometimes become so paralyzed with the fear of making a wrong decision that they panic and lose sight of starting what they need to accomplish. Being hindered by fear, they end up doing nothing.

Feelings of inadequacy create the fear that leads to failure.

Self-confidence could only boost your ego, lift up the id, and massage your self-dependability. However, when we suffer feelings of inadequacy or failure, where can we put our confidence?

Self-confidence can wax and wane as we wade through life. No matter how lowly we may be, as depraved sinful men and women, the Lord is ever faithful and willing to deliver us out of every fear if we could call upon Him in faith at every time of time of distress.

How sad the religions of the world focus on giving forced and coerced reverence and worship to fearful gods, mindless deities, and devilish demons to explain creation and human existence.

Fear upon fear will always end up in fear. This is the reason the world is in fears most of the time. It is impossible to get peace in the world in any life or culture without the power and name of Jesus Christ, no matter how we try.

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Life is war!

Living is a great battle if you want to be someone of note.

Life is full of conflicts that must be won, if one is to live well here, and gain the glorious eternal heritage.

Despite the daunting challenges and recurring difficulties in life, the future yields, more so always, to the brave, to the bold, and to all people of righteous faith who must contend for the Truth once delivered to the saints.

The future yields to the brave and bold man, woman, boy or girl:

  1. Who refuses to settle for business as usual!
  2. Who has consecrated himself to run to the battle of The Lord!
  3. Who has put on the whole armor of Christ to confront evil in its many forms, and refute all the works of the devil in its various permutations!
  4. Who has resolutely committed himself, through prayer and entire sanctification, to the Way of The Cross!
  5. Who has the singular focus to make Heaven when this life finally ends!

The future yields to the brave and bold Christian:

  1. To receive genuine salvation, holy sanctification, and enduement of Holy Ghost power, not for show-off but to enlist as soldiers for Christ,
  2. To so live, preach, and capture prisoners from Satan and his evil enclave into the Kingdom of God,
  3. To earnestly contend for the faith once delivered to the saints, without giving room to any form of heresy and false doctrine.
  4. To boldly live for Christ, and only for Christ, solely for Truth, in this evil world, never mind the persecution, affliction, tests and trials, and all sorts of antagonism from Satan and the world.
  5. To vehemently fight in truth and spirit to fulfill the Great Commission, win the world for Jesus Christ the King, and receive the Savior’s “Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

The best days of your life still lies ahead, but you must need hold fast to fulfill the dream and gain the glory.

Satan will not just get away from detracting, deceiving, assailing, and beguiling you from attaining the great future of Christ’s calling and commission, but you must hold fast your godly vision to attain the holy mission.

Let him that thinks he stands high take heed and be brave unto the Lord in the day of temptation and in times of peace, because the enemy is prowling here and there like a roaring lion seeking for who to devour.

The key to gaining self-control is yielding control of the self to the control of the Holy Spirit.

When you yield your entire self in spirit, body and soul to the guide and direction of the Holy Ghost, your life is so transformed and wholly redeemed that the great future and its glorious heritage is yielded unto you!

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How You Can Become Brave, Bold and Valiant

 

The best days of your life lies ahead.

It is up to you to desire it, to want it, to root for it, to anticipate it, and to work hard for it, with resolute determination and strong faith in God, who has promised it, who also will do it.

God is ever the same, yesterday, today, and forever!

God has a Grand Plan for all His created beings, especially you and I, the crowning glory of all His works.

No matter what you have ever attained in life, you have only scratched an infinitesimal portion of the great and wonderful things the Lord has created you to achieve.

Your best days still lie ahead.

Since death is certain, you need to live well, making the right choices.

Since decease is inevitable, you need to be brave, living in sound health and wisdom, to receive the glorious future and eternal inheritance.

Take it or leave it, you are quite responsible for the way things turn out for you in life.

You are responsible for your own destiny.

Destiny results from “intention” rather than the false claim that our fate is predetermined either by our genes, by our environment, or by some form of divine foreclosure.

The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars. But in ourselves, that we are underlings.”

“Men can be masters of their fate. It is not destiny’s fault, but our own faults, that we’re slaves.”

God has revealed and prepared all good things for mankind, but the choice is personally his own to appropriate the provisions and endowments of God unto profit or loss.

Thy people also shall be all righteous:

They shall inherit the land for ever,

The branch of my planting, the work of my hands, that I may be glorified.

A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation:

I the LORD will hasten it in his time.” (Isa 60:21,22).

Your destiny is the spiritual will within you which drives you to do and accomplish what seems impossible.

The greatest thing that you can do is the power to choose. Your liberty to exercise and make a choice in life is perhaps the greatest thing that you can do.

Your destiny is absolutely determined by your correct or incorrect use of the power of choice, and one of the greatest things you can do is to make proper decisions.

Ultimately, you are responsible for your own destiny.

As rational human beings, we are mostly bothered on how we resolve to improve ourselves, how to better our situations materially, physically, and financially.

Our major concerns in life are usually centered on how to transform from moments and times of peril and difficulties to times of peace and tranquility.

We often strive to change our trying times and unfavorable  circumstances in order to come out shining bright, radiant, or emerge a conqueror and a champion.

The greatest thing that you could learn and teach in the whole wide world is how to make good decisions, how to make good judgment, especially, how to make the ultimate decision in life, deciding on Jesus Christ.

Look unto Abraham your father, and unto Sarah that bare you: for I called him alone, and blessed him, and increased him.” (Isa 51:2).

Come to think of it, can God testify of you as He did for Abraham?

Does God know you as intimately as He spoke of Abraham and Sarah?

Can you confirm or testify that God has called you as He called Abraham, blessed you as He did for Abraham, and increased you?

I know you will castigate the questions above as religion, but they all have nothing to do with religion, but the true essence of life and destiny.

As long as you know how to make proper decisions your portions in life will be just fine because you will possess the wisdom and understanding to make the right decisions.

He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief;

but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;” (Rom 4:20).

There is a very special link or relationship between every human being and God, his Creator.

There is a very special purpose for the creation of each one of us, and that purpose is known by God, and often revealed unto us by God Himself.

To experience that special link with God and discover that special purpose of God for you require that you oil or fine-tune your relationship with God through His very clear revelations.

Out of a very large number of all the people in Ur of Chaldees in Mesopotamia, Abraham received the promise of God through the righteousness of faith.

He discovered the call of God, saw the purpose of God for his life, and did not stagger at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strong in faith to embrace the plan of God for him, glorifying God for the wonderful revelations.

Because he was brave through faith, a great future yielded to Abraham to become the Father of faith.

It is such unyielding resolve and faith in God that nurtures us with the hope of an unfailing breakthrough in our darkest moments in life.

It is such bravery through faith in God that enables us to dream of better days as promised by God, and not of ourselves, and encourages us to cast our lot by faith in that faithful God.

It is such boldness in His assurances that makes us lays our fulfillment upon God as the only place where we are destined to find real meaning for living.

In autosuggestion, you are taught to carefully and regularly deposit positive thoughts in your subconscious mind so that the subconscious mind records those positive thoughts and suggestions, and invokes the aid of infinite intelligence to turn these suggestions into action.

However, since you must make wise decisions to be right and correct, the decisions that you make at the critical points of life, at the turning points of your very existence are very important.

Therefore, you must make decisions that impact wisely on your destiny.

This is where we have limitations for autosuggestion!

One single decision is enough to determine a person’s destiny, either to success or failure, either to righteousness or to sinfulness, either to make heaven or end up in hell fire.

Rather than carnally drop positive thoughts on the subconscious mind, we follow the path of faith as did Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Joshua, Caleb, Peter, Paul and a host of the Lord’s faithful saints.

As children of God, we need that direction. And that direction comes from heaven.

For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.

To day if ye will hear his voice,

Harden not your heart, as in the provocation,

and as in he day of temptation in the wilderness:” (Psa 95:7,8).

Autosuggestion, the witch of Endor, horoscopy, necromancy, soothsaying, and all other forms of magic and fortune-telling may be the lot and dessert of unbelievers to determine their destiny.

It is not the way of God nor is it recommended for His children.

Jesus Christ is the great and good Shepherd of Christians and all bona-fide born-again believers, and as such, He remains our guide when we are lost and in disarray, within the thorny maze and rubbles of this world.

Jesus Christ is the Good Shepherd who gives the best direction and guides that comes from Heaven to all sheep within His pasture.

And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying,

This is the way, walk ye in it,

When ye turn to the right hand,

And when ye turn to the left.” (Isa 30:21).

We need that voice.

We need that direction.

And that direction comes from Heaven.

  1. Jacob did not eventually win Esau over at the very terrible moment of his life because he was smart or because he depended on carnal wisdom, but because he learn to take his problem to a God who was bigger than Esau, and greater than Jacob’s terrifying situation.
  1. Joseph did not march from the prison to become a Governor at the palace of Pharaoh as a result of his scheming and tactical planning, but rather because Joseph chose to wait in faith on God.
  2. Joseph refused to partake in illicit love affair according to the inordinate system of the world. Joseph, in turning down the amorous enticement of his master’s wife declared,  “how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?” “and he left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out.

And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end:

That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” (Heb 6:11- 12).

Rather than indulge in the sinful pleasure of a twinkle moment, Joseph took the wise but difficult decision to hinge on good things promised all faithful believers by God.

The blessings promised by God to all who depend upon Him is made sure because those assurances are made by the omnipotent , omnipresent, omniscient God and eternal Father, Son, and Holy Spirit  of god Himself who cannot lie.

  1. You need to resolutely intend to go somewhere and make a difference, the type that Joseph, Caleb, Samuel, David, Daniel, Peter, and Paul made.
  2. You need to set forth at the dawn of each new day to advance, to make progress and get nearer to your goal in such a way as Joshua, Samuel, David, Solomon, set out early in life.
  3. Plan well in advance for every twist and turn in life affairs and matters, and renew your commitment and resolve not to waive from your set dream, always casting your faith in God as David did to regain Ziklag.
  4. Pray that God help you to live right, and to apply your plan unto godly success, as did Joshua after the death of Moses, as did King Solomon at the beginning of his reign.
  5. Forge ahead in life with absolute trust in God, unflinching faith in His promises, while you hold forth doggedly to His Word, His Way, and His Will without doubt in accordance to the Patriarchs and Prophets of God and the early Apostles and Disciples.

The Lord God who blessed Job’s later life even more than his earlier bitter life, and changed Jabez’s sorrowful circumstance to a happy ending, surely has great blessings in stock for you.

Your best days are still ahead.

Today may be fine or bitter, but your best days are still ahead.

Your best days are not behind you, they are ahead of you.

You might have hit some rough patches lately, but don’t lose hope, never give up because there is hope in Jesus.

When you hold fast in regular prayerfulness and watchfulness, when you hold firm the promises of God and the immutable assurances of His Word, the glorious future will eventually yield to you.

Arise, that we may go up against them:

for we have seen the land, and, behold, it is very good:

and are ye still?

be not slothful to go, and to enter to possess the land.”

There is a land that is fairer than day, there is a special place in history created by God just for you, just for you.

We all might envision it and know it, but you are the only one who can claim it and have it. Never give up!

Hold fast the dream so well, so high, and with good focus, so that Satan, will not drive you away from the King’s Highway, and so that you will not miss the great future and the glorious crown.

Never give up!

God is Love!

“Beloved, let us love one another:

For love is of God;

And every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.

He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.” (1Jn 4:7,8).

Love is not a mere warm feeling as many people in the world often term it to be.

Love is an attitude or disposition that reveals itself in our attitude, action and disposition towards other people, such as an intimate partner, parents or siblings, friends, colleagues, acquaintances or outright strangers.

God is the Source of life, and He is also the Basis of human love, therefore it is impossible to truly love or be in true and genuine loving relationship without first loving God and having true relationship with Him.

This is a very serious departure from the way the world and people of the world prefers to love. By human nature, we love someone because they fulfil a required condition or meet a need or standard in our life.

By the nature of man, our intense affection for another person is based on the fulfilment of some conditions by the other party.

This implies that humans in general love conditionally. Someone has to meet or fulfil an expected circumstance before we can love them.

I love you because you love me and understand me, because you support me and assist me, because you trust me and refuse to doubt me. I love you because you make me feel good whenever we are together.

I may also love you just for who you are, what you mean to me, and because of a lot of reasons that makes me accept and appreciate you.

The Bible speaks very much about God and His great love for mankind, despite our great shortcomings. As the Creator and Maker of man and his universe or environment, God is also the true embodiment of life and love.

As the standard of truth and the full measure of love, God’s love for man is without condition.

He loves man to give him every good thing essential for his joy and happiness in the Garden of Eden. It was out of love that he created man with a freedom of choice, rather than give him an existence like a zombie’s.

When man misused his freedom of choice, and fell into sin, God drove sinful and fallen Adam and Eve from Paradise.

Nevertheless, out of immeasurable love, God also created alternative plan to save the world and redeem humanity from iniquity, back into His marvellous love and light.

God loved man so much as to sacrifice His only begotten Son for us. Our God is LOVE in person, and not just TRUTH and WORD personified.

“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.” (Joh 3:16).

Jesus Christ is also our perfect example of what it means to love.

According to Christ, “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” (Joh 13:34,35).

Love ideally is a strong feeling of affection with emotion and concern, between husband and wife, between parents and their offspring, between friends and close acquaintances, and between faithful believers and God.

All the people who taste of the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ on the cross do not remain the same any more, but are regenerated and reformed to become sons and daughters of God.

Such people are called out of sinful life into holiness. They stopped living the life of sinfulness and iniquity and begin to live a new life of righteousness by the grace of God.

This spiritual transformation through the death and resurrection of Christ makes the erstwhile sinner, who now has a current experience of salvation, become a genuine Christian, member of the body of Christ popularly called the church.

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2Co 5:17).

A wonderful feature and characteristic of genuine Christians and all true believers in Christ is the ability to have the love-nature of God in them. As transformed children of God, genuine Christians are endowed to manifest practical love amongst the brethren and towards unbelievers.

Genuine Christians have the capacity to love the very way The Lord command us to love. Such kind love goes beyond all the boundaries of race, status, nationality, age, culture and tribe.  “As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.” “This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.” (Joh 15:9,12).

Such love will not only bring unbelievers to Christ, but it will also keep believers strong and united in this hostile world.

While this kind of love and loving remains a mystery to the sinful world and material men and women, it is, nevertheless, the expected standard of true love.

God’s love is unconditional.

God’s love is sacrificial.

God’s love is eternal

God’s love is enduring.

Jesus Christ stirred up the hearts of believers to practically get into the life of loving one another selflessly, unconditionally, and wholeheartedly. It is practiced and lived out of goodwill, confidence, and mutual trust and understanding.

On the other hand, worldly love is selfish, suspicious, envious, and demonstrated in malice and much untruth.

Valentine Day’s celebrations are lustful, sensual, and sentimental, with reveling and party spirits.

Valentine Day celebration of love reminds me of a Reader’s Digest story: – “When I was growing up, there was a saucepan in our house with a lid that did not fit rightly. When steam began to rise, the lid would shake, rattle, and make a terrible noise.

Of course, the lid was doing no good. In fact, it was allowing the steam to escape, but it made quite a racket and impressed you as being very busy and very important.”

Valentine Day’s celebration of love makes so much noise every February 14, but has little or no bearing to true love, genuine affection, or godly marital relationship.

Attempts to place sexual lust and sinful orgies on the pedestal of love can never meet the principles for which God created man and woman.

 

The ways of God are quite different from the pattern of men, but there are great riches and abundant blessing in the quest of any man who strive in truth and in faith to seek God, who come in faith to understand God, and search for His judgment.

The best of human creativity on earth is still very far from the perfect works and awesome creativity with which God has endowed every man and woman. Therefore, it is difficult to experience true happiness with a sinful lifestyle, a selfish heart, and a perverted and unsanctified mind.

O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God!

How unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! “ (Rom 11:33).

No matter how he tries, the unsaved and unsanctified soul can never find lasting happiness and enduring joy in sheer humanity, carnality, worldly wisdom, godless learning and teaching, in her writing and reading, in her arts, culture, and general humanities, in her music, movies and the media, and in many other material as well as mundane affairs of man.

Man’s sensational life is as most comprehensive, and as highly complicated. Those who know most in this imperfect state, feel their own weakness most. This convinces us of the vanity of the world, and that it cannot make us happy.

The vileness of sin, and its certain tendency to make us miserable, are the tools of Satan to ensnare and buffet us upon the earth, and rob us of any lasting joy and happiness. The heart of man is in recurring demand for insatiable wants and desires, and no human creativity can satisfy the yearnings of the soul.

True happiness and lasting joy could only be found in God when your heart is led unto Christ Jesus through the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God.

Christianity is all about coming to Christ and becoming a new creature by His transforming power.
This is a realistic and yet mysterious wonderful experience by which a hitherto sinful man or woman, youth or reasoning child, is brought into meaningful and real fellowship with God.

Jesus Christ declares,
“Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.”

Religious people attend masses and services in the churches of the world.
Only genuine Christians would be Raptured with Christ at the end.

Circumcision of the heart, body, soul, and spirit is the solemn pledge and covenant of the Christian to his God.

He consecrates his life to serve God at all cost throughout his life until he dies for Him at his duty post.

“Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.” (Lev 18:22).

Should your homosexual orientation be the Isaac you could not give up for God?

To run riot of your sexual orientation and sin against God might get the approval of the government and blessings of your community, but definitely, voice populi voice Dei does not change the laws and standards of God for His faithful children.
“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; But he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.” (Mat 7:21)

Though Christianity has been misconstrued and misunderstood by the world and people who would like to satisfy their selfish goals, it is serious contradiction to the Word of God as well as the life and teachings of Jesus for any homosexual or anyone in the LGBT lifestyle to claim to be a Christian.

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