Who is my Neighbour?

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I heard a story of a Muslim fundamentalist who was hell bent on travelling on a journey to kill Christians. On this journey, he had a serious car accident. As God would have it, it was a Christian family that stopped by to help the man from the wreckage. They took him to hospital and pay the bills. This act of kindness surprised the man, changed his views about Christians,  and later gave his life to Christ ; become a devoted christian and a minister of the Gospel.

On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'” “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.” But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Luke 10:25-29 NIV

The scriptures above was a story told by Jesus in response to the questions asked by a religious expert (Lawyer) as a test for Jesus. But thank God this question was asked because the meaning of this parable teaches us a great lesson.

The question was about how to inherit eternal life. Jesus answered and said, ‘love is the answer’: The love of God and love of man. The prove of loving God is how you love people.

The second question the man asked was so interesting. He asked, ‘who is my neighbour?’ Jesus answered this questions by telling the Parable of Good Samaritan. This story can be found in Luke chapter 10 from verses 25 to 37

From the Parable of the Good Samaritan there are three characters to study.

  1. The Priest
  2. A Levite (Temple assistant)
  3. A Samaritan

Priest: Surprisingly, One would think this man as a man of God, representing God, would be quick to help and show compassion to this victim. I believe it was divinely arranged for him to be the first person to show up, still he walked away and distanced himself from the plight of this man. Despite this man was in great pain (possibly crying for help), still, the priest shows no empathy.

Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. (Gal 6:2 KJV)

I believe we can relate this story to the disposition of many priests, man and woman of God in our day. Many are like this priest; no compassion, no kindness. They would prefer to build an empire than to help even the church members. If Church shy away from helping members how would they help the outsider. The church could be of help to families and communities, where governments have failed.

 

  1. A Levite: In the old testament, all priests are Levites, being taken from the tribe of Levi, but not all Levites are priests. Levites helped the Priests in their duties (Numbers 1:50; 3:6, 8; 16:9; Ezra 3:8-9). Just like the priest, a Levite also represents religious person. If the Priest could ignore, no wonder the Levites. Probably they listen to the same sermons and practices the same doctrine. This tells us that many church members may not take any action until they see the church leaders taking part. No wonder the body of Christ are negligent in this area because the church leadership is not taking any step in this way. The church and believers should be at the cutting edge in serving the poor, widow, orphans and the destitutes. We don’t need to wait till we are bidden. If the plight is obvious the need is obvious.

 

  1. A Samaritan: Thank God this man shows up. He had compassion on the wounded man and stopped to do the needful. God will always get His job done. When the people that are expected to fulfil the desires of God refuses, He doesn’t waste time in replacing them and use somebody else instead (Luke 19:40). This Samaritan did what is required of us, he stopped,  applied first aid treatment,  lodged the victim in a safe place, get him fed,  and also left him enough money for sustenance. This is compassion at his best!  This is what the victim need and that is what he got.

 

A great lesson must be learned by all of us as Church (Leadership) and believers. Our neighbours are not necessarily people that attend our churches, but also those outside the four walls of the church. They need a practical assistance we can provide. It is our practical assistance that will make Christianity attractive to the unbelievers. The needs of the needy must be our concern.

“I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”  …Mahatma Gandhi

In conclusion, Jesus asked the man who among those three guys treated the wounded man as a neighbour. The man’s answer was the obvious one, it is the Samaritan. But Jesus statement to the man was profound. He told the man,‘You go, and do likewise’. When we love our neighbours as ourselves, just like the Samaritan, it is then we will inherit eternal life. Anything short of this is not acceptable to God. We are commanded to go and do likewise. All the actors from this story are individuals. We can all individually change our world for the better if we all play our part very well.

Matt 25:45 (NLT) “And he will answer, ‘I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me.’

Who, then, is my neighbour?

  1. Any individual in need (financial, emotional, spiritual, physical)
  2. Anyone who requires the gospel of salvation of our Lord Jesus Christ.
  3. Any individual who is, hurting, in distress, suffering.

 

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It is still by Grace

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I know you worked very hard to get that job, buy that house, car, and to attain that good life of yours….but regardless of all that, I like to tell you that,” It’s still by grace’‘. Christian life is full of abundance of grace. The grace that open door of salvation, grace to live righteously and grace for success in our chosen field. There is nothing we can do without grace. It is not just an unmerited favour, it doubles as human enabler. Grace is to be believed, prayed for and valued.

But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus–the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God. Acts 20:24 (NLT)

The focus of this post is on the necessity of appreciating the work of grace in our lives. To think your achievement is all of your effort is to frustrate the grace of God bestowed on you. Your success and achievement is made possible by God.

                       WORK IS PART OF LIFE

God does command us to be hardworking in whatever we do. He strongly warns against laziness and idleness. He exemplified this by working for SIX days and He’s still working to this day. A good christian should love his or her work. Do it with sheer loyalty and commitment. Knowing that whatever we do, we are doing it as to the Lord. Col 3:23

In his defense Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.” John 5:17 (NIV)

Having said all that, in spite of our diligence (even though that is required), the grace of God is what gives us the strength and ability  behind the scene. As believers, it is in Christ that we walk, move and have our being. It is also God that works in us both to will and to do for His good pleasure. Phil 2:13.

                     GOD MUST BE HONOURED

It marvels me when I heard some people talking about their accomplishment without making any reference to the grace of God (most especially the unbelievers). Of course I know they don’t believe in God, still it makes me sick in my belle.  They boast of their qualifications, efforts, certificates and smartness. While someone like Apostle Paul will stop at nothing to appreciate the grace of God in his life.

But whatever I am now, it is all because God poured out his special favor on me–and not without results. For I have worked harder than any of the other apostles; yet it was not I but God who was working through me by his grace. 1 Cor 15:10 (NLT)

If lessons must be learned, Nebuchadnezzar experience would be a valuable resource. The Bible says he,’reflected‘ on his achievement and conquest, as he walked on the roof of his palace and he began to praise his efforts. And whilst he was still talking, a voice came from heaven (God cannot condone a proud person. James 4:6)  to depose him of his position. The point is, God will always resist the proud. And when a man refuses to appreciate the grace of God he is proud.

Every man also to whom God hath given riches and wealth, and hath given him power to eat thereof, and to take his portion, and to rejoice in his labour; this is the gift of God.(Eccl 5:19KJV)

               AGAIN, PETER CAUGHT NOTHING!!

Peter for some reasons would not PROCEED in the ministry of evangelism committed to him and other disciples (Matt 28:19-20). Decisions that caused others six disciples to join him to go fishing. Jesus appeared to them in the morning after another failed EFFORT to catch fish. For Peter, it’s ”DEJA VU!!”. They later caught a multitude of fish after heeding to Jesus instructions.

Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you have just caught.” John 21:10 (NIV)

        GIVE GOD THE GLORY WHEN PEOPLE GIVES YOU THE CREDIT

People will always give you the credit for your achievements. But don’t fall for it, right before their eyes quickly ascribe the glory to God. From the scripture above, Jesus gave the disciples the credit for catching the fish. But you and I know from the story that it wouldn’t have been possible without Jesus intervention. As children of God, we get blessed by God for following His instructions and ideas. People may not SEE God in the process, but we KNOW God is part of the process. So when we get results, they may not see God in it, still we know God is in it. That call for you and me to let them know that, ”it’s all by GRACE”.  Let’s not be like King Herod, who failed to glorify God.

They shouted, “This is the voice of a god, not of a man.” Immediately, because Herod did not give praise to God, an angel of the Lord struck him down, and he was eaten by worms and died. Acts 12:22-23 (NIV)

 

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Working in God’s VINEYARD

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In the time of ancient Jews, vineyard was a source of livelihood (selling produce as a source of income or as food) for the family. It is an essential part of the agricultural economy. Likewise God encourages the ‘HAVES’ to share with the ‘HAVE NOTs’: the alien, widow and the fatherless. (Deu 24:21)

The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard (Matthew 20:16 NIV)

20 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. He agreed to pay them a denarius[a] for the day and sent them into his vineyard.

“About nine in the morning he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace doing nothing. He told them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’ So they went.

“He went out again about noon and about three in the afternoon and did the same thing. About five in the afternoon he went out and found still others standing around. He asked them, ‘Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?’

“‘Because no one has hired us,’ they answered.

“He said to them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard.’

“When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the workers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last ones hired and going on to the first.’

“The workers who were hired about five in the afternoon came and each received a denarius. 10 So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive more. But each one of them also received a denarius. 11 When they received it, they began to grumble against the landowner. 12 ‘These who were hired last worked only one hour,’ they said, ‘and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.’

13 “But he answered one of them, ‘I am not being unfair to you, friend.Didn’t you agree to work for a denarius? 14 Take your pay and go. I want to give the one who was hired last the same as I gave you. 15 Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?’

16 “So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”

The above scriptures is about a vineyard owner looking for someone to employ to work and earn money.  They happily responded and faithfully carried out their duty. Here we see a scenario of an employer who needed the services of others to carry out probably their professional services which he may not have been able to carried out by himself or rather too enormous to do . It is a relationship of win-win situation.  The relationship started off by agreement on the service required,  price and the duration of the service. Nevertheless, due to the enormity of the task at hand and the urgency to get the job done on the day, the vineyard owner continuously going to the wayside calling out for somebody to employ at every interval of a period of time. Essentially, each group has what to expect at the end of the day. It was during payment of wages that every group got to know they were being paid the same sum of money. A decision that didn’t go well with early birders so to speak. The early birders who took off  before others protested for being unfairly treated.

 

What can we learn from this parable

1.The vineyard owner is God

2.The vineyard is the Kingdom of God

3.The labourers were called to work (salvation and service)

4. They were paid at the end of the day

4.There is a promise of reward

5. Display of envy by the early starters.

     THE VINEYARD OWNER IS GOD

The vineyard owner is the representation of God, showing an expression of His attitude and desires.  GOD is daily looking for the unsaved to be saved. He is unrelenting in his call. He uses Holy Spirit,  Angels, Men to bring people to his kingdom and whoever responded shall be saved. His call is for every tribe, tongues, and nations.

THE VINEYARD IS THE KINGDOM OF GOD

God  calls the outsiders (sinners) to become the bona fide citizens of His Kingdom. If you are reading this post and you have not accepted His call to become one of His Children, this is another opportunity  to do so. From the parable, every one that responded was employed and taken care of. Likewise, if you will surrender your life to Him today, He will gladly welcome you.

LABOURERS WERE CALLED TO WORK (SALVATION, AND SERVICE)

The labourers were called for only one thing- work . They are working for the master. They were ready for whatever the master would have them do.
Are you a believer? Since the time you have committed your life to Christ, what services have you RENDERED?  Do you make yourself available for master’s use? God’s interest is to see people saved. And since you have become citizens of His Kingdom, do you join the master in spreading the message of the kingdom?  the message of salvation to others?  What are you doing to promote and advance the kingdom of God?  He called people to work not be idle or play around. You are called to serve the Lord with all your heart and mind, to be diligent to the work of the Lord.

   THEY WERE PAID AT THE END OF THE DAY

This is the area we must all be careful and take seriously. We can understand from the parable that the payment was made after the day. It then means that for any of the labourers to be qualified for any payment they have to work till the end of the day. Little wonder the Bible says only those that finished their spiritual race to the end shall be saved. I like to think that the landowner used this as a big factor.  Considering the fact that they didn’t all started at the same time. To him, to finish well is what that matters.  I remember during my time in higher institution, whilst few of us were very committed to the campus church fellowship, some of my course mates would not give a hoot. A few of them even make a fun of us. But to the glory of God, many of them are now very committed to serving God. Imagined if someone like me has backslid. My commitment of the past would have been a waste. Be committed to God and serve Him to the end.

 

       THERE IS A PROMISE OF REWARD

Like the vineyard owner who paid all workers, their full wages, God is also a rewarder of those diligently labour and serve in the Kingdom. His judgement is just. He will pay everyone according to their labour. Because whatever a man sow he would reap. God rewards us in this world and the world to come. Your diligence to serve God and people according to His will, will not go unnoticed, and shall never be in vain. So, live your life to please Him, by following His purpose and ways. You shall be blessed spiritually, physically,  financially, emotionally and intellectually.  Above all, the crowns of reward are waiting for you in heaven. My prayer for you is that you will not miss it in Jesus name.

   DISPLAY OF ENVY BY THE EARLY STARTERS

The protest of this group of people is that, the landowner was too generous and unfair to pay them the same amount with the others who started late. They couldn’t get their heads around with why others should be blessed like them. They see themselves more qualified.  As believers, envy and jealousy should not be mentioned among us. It is God who gives freely to whom He  chooses.  Of course,  all the workers worked for their reward, but for us, regardless of our efforts and services in the Kingdom of God, everything is still down to the grace of God. We must learn to appreciate the grace of God upon each other instead of seeing ourselves more righteous,  holier and religious than others. Thereby creating an envious spirit of merit-mentality. Our works are good,  but everything still down to the grace of God. It is not of works, so that no one can boast.  We are what we are by the grace of God.  Celebrate that brother who just bought a car !  Celebrate that sister who just got her dream job. That is the spirit of the kingdom of God.  Let us keep celebrating one another !

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Don’t Give Away Your Vineyard

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Naboth for me, is among those people worthy of emulation for their godly character and allegiance to divine instructions. This man’s story is really short but his fearless decision left a substantial legacy to be emulated. Here is a man that would not compromise his godly stand and standard to give in to the King’s offer. He would rather fear God than a mortal King. He chose to risk and lose his life where others could have chosen to save theirs. For me, this man was bold as lion for saying NO. He was ready to face the consequence of saying NO to the SUPREME RULER KING AHAB.

Whoever tries to keep their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life will preserve it. Luke 17:13 (NIV)

Someone else, might say, but Naboth lost his life, did he really preserve it? . My answer is, I believe his life is preserved in heaven, because he died a godly man. He stood for the truth and died for it. Naboth represents a godly man who valued his God-given inheritance more than anything. It is a birthright he would not sell for a morsel of meat unlike Esau who regrettably sold his.

See that no one is sexually immoral, or is godless like Esau, who for a single meal sold his inheritance rights as the oldest son. Hebrews 12:16 (NIV)

From the above, Bible called Esau godless for selling his birthright. Naboth knew no Israelite is permitted to sell their inheritance: God had warned them not to. Ahab was probably testing this man’s mettle. As a king, he knew he had no authority over somebody else’s vineyard because it was rightly belong to them, therefore he decided to make an offer to buy it or for exchange; which Naboth refused. This is nothing but a true character of a godly man. The bible did not tell us this man financial status. Who knows, he might actually be in a condition of great need, but he would rather say ‘NO‘ to the King unholy advances than compromise his godly standards.

 

GOD WARNS AGAINST SELLING AND COVETING ANOTHER MAN’S INHERITANCE

(In Scriptures)

No inheritance in Israel is to pass from one tribe to another, for every Israelite shall keep the tribal inheritance of their ancestors. Numbers 36:7 (NIV)

But Naboth replied, “The LORD forbid that I should give you the inheritance that was passed down by my ancestors.” 1Kings 21:3 (NLT)

Moreover the prince shall not take of the people’s inheritance by oppression, to thrust them out of their possession; but he shall give his sons inheritance out of his own possession: that my people be not scattered every man from his possession. Ezekiel 46:18 (KJV)

Woe to those who plan iniquity, to those who plot evil on their beds! At morning’s light they carry it out because it is in their power to do it. 2. They covet fields and seize them, and houses, and take them. They defraud people of their homes, they rob them of their inheritance. 3. Therefore, the LORD says: “I am planning, disaster against this people, from which you cannot save yourselves. You will no longer walk proudly, for it will be a time of calamity. Micah 2: 1-3 (NIV)

WHAT LESSONS CAN WE LEARN FROM NABOTH AS CHRISTIANS

  1. Believers are to value God’s instructions above everything. The first statement of Naboth is, ‘God forbid‘… (verse 3). He declined because he revered God. He put a high value on the instructions of God. He would not fear Ahab above God. This must be our attitude. No policies, regulations, orders from workplace, communities and government that contravene the word of God is to be clung to, we must refuse them like Naboth. God’s instructions must take supremacy in our life.

2.  Believers must live their lives to please God. The only person Naboth wanted to please is God. He had made up his mind that whatever decisions he made, it is to please God. Likely the benchmark for most of his life’s decisions. Because if he could refuse the King (the number one citizen), he could refuse anybody. Galatians 1:10 (NLT) Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant.

3.  Believers are to live ready to face persecution and human threat because of the Gospel.   Naboth was ready for the consequences.  He was ready for whatever punishment his actions might attract.  Standing up for biblical truth may come with persecutions, threat, intimidation, punishment, loss of job,  e.t.c,…. as promised by Jesus (Matt 10:22, Matt 5:11, Matt 24:9). Mentally, believers should prepare themselves for persecutions so that when it occurs, they will welcome it with their minds already fixed.  2 Tim 3:12 (NIV) In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,

  1. Believers are to guard their inheritance in Christ jealously. For us to keep it, we are to take our relationship with God more seriously. Jesus died and resurrected to secure a divine inheritance. Those inheritance is based on  biblical promises to be enjoyed now and in eternity. As a child of God, you have the right to those promises, because you are in Christ. Promises like good health, healing, financial prosperity, divine presence, peace and so on. They are wholly ours to claim. Galatians 3:18 (NIV) For if the inheritance depends on the law, then it no longer depends on the promise; but God in his grace gave it to Abraham through a promise. Galatians 3:29 (NIV) If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

5. Believers are to pass on the godly virtues from them to the next generation. Inheritance is meant to be generational. They are to be kept, preserved and bequeathed to the next generation. Naboth having obtained the vineyard from his ancestors, he was committed to not loosing it during his own time. He made it clear to Ahab why he could not afford to sell nor exchange it. 1 Kings 21:3 (NLT) But Naboth replied, “The LORD forbid that I should give you the inheritance that was passed down by my ancestors.”. For us as believers, how do we transfer our inheritances to the succeeding generation? I believed by prayerfully committed to educating our children to hold out a godly life like us. Let’s be committed to train our children in the way of the Lord for the trend to continue to the next generation. Concerning Abraham, God actually made a profound statement that he had confidence in him to command’ his children and household to walk righteously. I hope God would be able to say this concerning us. May God help us to be successful in this area. Genesis 18:19 (KJV) For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgement; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.

 

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All You Need Is A Mustard Seed Faith

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I have seen few people worry about the level of their faith, they worry if the level of their faith is substantial enough to get results. Sometimes they think the reason they have not received responses to their prayers is because of the level of their faith. Personally, I don’t believe that is what Jesus teaches. He only qualified peoples faith based on their expressions of their beliefs at the point of their needs. He never told or taught anyone that they will not receive answers until they have great faith. Instead, He encouraged them to have a mustard seed faith. It is God’s power that works miracles and as long as the faith of a man focuses on the power of God, it will bring the results he so much desires.

The Lord answered, “If you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘May you be uprooted and thrown into the sea,’ and it would obey you! Luke 17:6 (NLT)

From the above scriptures, the power of faith is likened to the mustard seed. The mustard seed was used as parables in all the synoptic gospels (Matthew 13:31-32; Mark 4;30-32; Luke 13:18-19). The common denominators in all the gospels where the seed was used, was used analogically for a situation with potential massive growth from small beginnings: This is why faith is compared to a mustard seed. We must know that faith in God progresses through steady and steadfast trust in the power of God to move mountains (challenges). Consequently, all faith in God is capable of getting results. It is faith in God that makes tremendous power available when you believe. In as much as your faith is not in self, man and things, but concentrates on God and God alone….. He is no respecter of persons, He only respects our faith and responds to it accordingly.

“What do you mean, ‘If I can’?” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if a person believes.” Mark 9:23(NLT)

Jesus often times would say,’only believe’. Whilst growing up spiritually,  I personally have struggled with the notion that people didn’t get results probably because they have small or little faith. Those times,  I keep blaming myself for not getting results in some areas of my life, thinking I didn’t possess enough faith. Because this was what I was made to believe as a doctrine. It made me feel as if I must reach a certain point to be able to convince God. Thereby made me see some categories of people better or more spiritual than me.

While Jesus was still speaking, some people came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the teacher anymore?” Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” Mark 5:35-36 (NIV)

Undoubtedly, faith is what pleases God. And when a man exercise faith couple with his right standing with God, God is provoked to react. I believe when your faith is void of doubt, fear and anxiety, and you hold on to what you believe God can do, for me that is likened to what Jesus called great faith: It is faith that persists with patience. Just like a Mustard seed, when planted, it grows and grows and become big.

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Hebrews11: 6 (KJV)
My encouragement to you is, don’t worry about what level your faith is, but rather avoid anything like alternatives, worry, fear and doubt, to get in the way of your faith; those are the terminators of faith. If you walk right with God and your faith is in Him alone, I can tell you that you have what it takes to have your testimonies and breakthroughs.  Nevertheless, don’t forget to imbibe patience along with your faith. Because it is God that determines when it will happen.

We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised. Hebrews 12:6 (NIV)

 

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Living A Triumphant Christian Life (Part 4)

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You are welcome to the concluding part of this series. Please check the preceding parts in order to grasp the complete understanding of the whole series. But on this part, its all about attitude: The way we come out to others.  The kind of emotions we display. It truly does matter.  Because you cannot say you are victorious, and  live and talk as if you have been defeated. Your attitude must match what you allege in your lip. These two must come together.

Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. 1John 3:18(NIV)

To live a triumphant life is not to mean there would be an absence of trials and challenges. What every believer must recognise is that, Satan is constantly after your joy and happiness. He doesn’t want anyone to enjoy their lives. That’s why the Bible says he has come to steal, kill and to destroy. He will fight hard to make it happen and we must not give him a chance.

The thief cometh not, but that he may steal, and kill, and destroy: I came that they may have life, and may have [it] abundantly. John 10:10 (ASV)

                          NEEDFUL ATTITUDE

  1. Self encouragement . At a time when the David colleagues were blaming him for their loss (despite he was at a loss too), they came down on him, accused him for the cause of their plight.  David could have resulted into self-pity, self-blame, sorrow, etc. Instead, he lay on a sheer look of self-encouragement. Obviously,  no one to turn to for encouragement. These uncommon attitudes are what gave him the right perspective and analytical mind to come out with the right step to take. Right attitude will always proffer right thinking.

And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God. 1Samuel 30:6(KJV)

  1. Constant prayer for direction: David turned to the Lord when he did not get any consolation from others. The fact of the matter is, depending on people for sympathy or comfort is not the best approach to douse your plight because it may not come as expected and you might end up disappointed and heartbroken. The Holy Spirit as a Comforter should be the root of our consolation. Praying to God like David did, will open up a new direction that guides to recovery and relief from any challenges.

And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; John 14:16

  1. Be bold to face your Goliath: Among other things, what gave David victory was his boldness to challenge Goliath eyeball to eyeball. His boldness I believe gave Goliath something to think about. Because he has never been challenged in that way. Irrespective of what we believe in God and His words, we nevertheless need to exercise boldness to claim, declare and obtain them. The forces of darkness will take you for a joke if this is not your attitude.

So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the LORD your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.” Deuteronomy 31:6 (NLT)

I really want to thank you very much for journeyed with me on this series. I like to believe you have been blessed, one way or the other. I encourage you to put to use everything you have read. May you go on to be a perpetual triumphant Christian in Jesus Christ name.

 

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Living A Triumphant Christian Life (Part 3)

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He said: “Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the LORD says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s. 2Chro 20:15 (NIV)

To live a life of TRIUMPH is to allow God to be the fighter. For He is the Man of war. Our fight is never a physical conflict. GOD is the fighter. The minute we begin to see people as the enemy we will proceed to give Satan a ride in our lives. The situation you are going through might have been caused by an act of man…….But the situation is beyond the physical realm. Whatever the case may be, the battle belongs to God and don’t ever thought of engaging in the fight or revenge on your own. Believers fight is the fight of faith. The only fight recommended! (1Tim 6:12) The fight of faith is by letting go of the fight into God’s hand while you hold your peace. (Exo 14:14). If this is your attitude, there is no way you will lose.

But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1Cor 15;57 (NIV)

It is believers’ faith that gives them victory. The victory that was accomplished by Christ, made available to us through  FAITH. Faith has been likened to a legal tender currency for  heavenly transactions. The only language heaven understand is a voice of faith. It is what pleases God. God is present where there is a display and demonstration of faith. God Himself operates in faith and He commands His children to live their lives in faith. You cannot say you are a child of God and not dwell in faith. Every child of God must walk, live and fight in faith. We obtained the finished work of Jesus on the cross by believing them. Such as victory,  dominion, salvation, abundance,  etc.

For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our FAITH. 1John 5:4 (NLT emphasis is mine)

 

NO ROOM FOR DOUBT

DOUBT triumph in the absence of FAITH. What Satan enjoys doing is to suggest to believers that VICTORY in CHRIST is for a selected few. In other words, it’s unattainable by all. He suggests doubt to deprive people of their inheritance. When Satan succeeds in keeping anyone in doubt, he has succeeded in keeping such people under his control. By always reminds them of their SETBACKS, FAILURES  and CHALLENGES. Swinging their minds back and forth. Eventually,  what you get is an unstable mind, which receives nothing  from God.

6 But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. 7 Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do. (James 1:6-8 NLT)

 

Next post is the concluding part of this series. There I will reveal how ATTITUDE is crucial to Living A Triumphant Christian life. Satan is in trouble!

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Living A Triumphant Christian Life (Part 2)

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There was a tale of a lion that was raised among the sheep from the cradle without any cognisance of him recognising that he was a lion. He bleats like a sheep, he’d eat grass like a sheep.  One day they were drifting at the border of a great jungle when a mighty lion lets out a great roar and bounded out of the woods and right into the middle of the flock.  All the sheep scattered and ran away. As the jungle lion watched and saw this other lion among the sheep, then, he gave a chase.  He grabbed him up and took hold of him.  Here we have this lion cringing in front of the king of the jungle.  And the jungle lion said to him, “What are you doing here?”

And the other lion said, “Have mercy on me.  Don’t eat me.  Have mercy on me.”  But the king of the jungle dragged him off saying “Come along with me.”  And he brought him to a lake and he said, “Look.”  So, the lion who thought he was a sheep looked and for the first time he caught his reflection.  He understood his own real image.  Then he looked at the jungle lion, and he looked at the water again, and he let out a mighty roar. From that day henceforth, he stopped to regard himself as a sheep. His paradigm changed!

29 . But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. 30 “But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’ 31 “My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. 32 But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’” Luke 15:29-31 (NIV)

It is not enough to be born into the family of God.  You must know your right….. Your right of VICTORY. In the school of triumphant living, knowledge is vitalYou cannot appropriate what you don’t have the knowledge of. The above scripture is from the popular story of the prodigal son. The elder brother could be seen jealous of his younger brother who moved back home after unscrupulous living away from family; having collected up his birthright previously. The older brother was resentful and envious of the way his brother was kindly cared for. Nevertheless, his father called him to order and warned him not to lose focus. He enjoined him not to FORGET that his birthright is intact and has never been tampered with. Consciousness of your birthright will save you from  envy and jealousy. Knowing full well that whatever the other believers have possession of, you have the right to it likewise.

EVERY BELIEVER START OFF ON THE SAME LEVEL AT THE POINT OF SALVATION BUT THEIR EXPERIENCES DIFFER BY THE LEVEL OF KNOWLEDGE OF GOD

Still on knowledge. It is exclusively only in God that believer starts off or confront the battles of life as a conqueror even before getting into it. Your victory is ordained and declared long before your trial and difficulty. Unlike in sporting events, such as Boxing, Weightlifting, Marathon, etc., no matter how good you were in the past, your next contest requires an optimal level of performance. Winning or losing all depend on what happen on the day. Whereas, in Christ, you are born to win and never to lose. Your triumph is sure and rubber-stamped. The knowledge of this, should give you confidence.

DAVID’S TRIUMPH OVER GOLIATH 

David is typical to this analogy. It amazes me how this young man had a verbal face-off with Goliath by telling him what he would do with his head. David doesn’t have a sword, but he knew Goliath’s sword will be used to cut off his head in the end. This young man knew he was born to win in God. He recognised God was on his side therefore he cannot lose. Knowledge of his right to victory gave him confidence and assurance.

So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him.
David ran and stood over him. He took hold of the Philistine’s sword and drew it from the sheath. After he killed him, he cut off his head with the sword. When the Philistines saw that their hero was dead, they turned and ran. 1 Samuel 17:50-51(NIV)

I will continue in this series in my succeeding posts. Please do follow me on this teaching. In the next posts, I will reveal how  ATTITUDE and  FAITH crucial to us  living a triumphant Christian life. Satan is in trouble!

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Living A Triumphant Christian Life (Part1)

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There was a heavyweight boxing bout recently between Anthony Joshua (British) and Wladimir Klitschko(Ukrainian), in which Anthony eventually won on a knockout. As for such fight, you must be in it to win to be crowned the champion. No one is conferred a champion or a winner without entering a boxing ring. You’ve got to fight before you win. Notwithstanding, with God, everyone is a winner with or without a fight. Believers in Christ are the only set of people crowned with a victory even before a fight. They only enter into a fight to claim their victory. When I say a FIGHT, I mean battles, troubles and challenges of life.

Moreover, no one who is an athlete wins a prize unless he competes according to the rules.  2Timothy 2:5(ISV)

Perpetual victory is the birthright of every believer. We are born to win in every struggle of life. To overcome a spiritual attack and the forces against our health, monetary resource, marriage issues and so on: your present situations not withstanding.  I’m not oblivion here. Of course, I recognise you might be living in a spot that makes you feel DEFEATED. I’m not in any way disputing that. Rather let you know that the word of God is not at the mercy of our feelings or conditions. The word of God reigns supreme over our challenges….. And cannot in any way invalidate what the word of God promises.

For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith.1John 5:4(NLT)

DON’T GIVE UP YOUR BIRTHRIGHT 

God is ever a winner, A man of war and has never lost a fight. Being born again enlisted us to a family of God. Of course, when a child is born into a family, it automatically entitled him access to that family inheritance.  You don’t have to pray for it.  Of course, the portion allocated may vary due to the position in the family and the child being in the good book of either or both of his/her parents who owns the heritage. In the Bible days among the Jews, the first born of the family has the right to the lion’s share while the balance is dealt among other siblings. But this position could be modified for many different causes. Reuben and Esau were typical cases where their rights were handed to someone else, despite the fact that they were both firstborns: but in both cases, they were at faults…… Esau sold his and Reuben slept with his father’s concubine. Hence it’s very possible for one to lose what rightfully belong to them. May it not happen to you in Jesus name.

See that no one is sexually immoral, or is godless like Esau, who for a single meal sold his inheritance rights as the oldest son. Hebrews 12:16(NIV)

”IF YOU DON’T SEE YOURSELF AS A WINNER THEN YOU CANNOT PERFORM AS A WINNER”…. ZIG-ZIGLAR

As a child of God, you are born into a triumphant family. The transformation from the realm of darkness to light was our first victory (Mk 3:27). At the point of Salvation, every believer is born to triumph in life. And that doesn’t change regardless of what the world might throw at you. It doesn’t alter your nature, it doesn’t change your personality in Christ. You are born to ride over every storm of your life. You are above, not beneath. You are the head and not the tail. Why? Because you are on the Lord’s side. The side of victory. You are a victor because God is your father. The one that makes Heaven and the Earth. Nothing will befall you without the knowledge of God. Your test and trials must pass through the TABLE of God Almighty for VETTING. If He allows it, it’s because He recognises you are capable of defeating it.  Don’t consider yourself defeated nor as a victim. Whatsoever you are going through has come to PASS.  This you must know this you must believe.

No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. 1Corinthians 10:13(NIV)

I will go forward in this series in my succeeding post. Please do follow me on this teaching. In the next series, I will spill the beans about why, FAITHKNOWLEDGE and ATTITUDE matter to defend our victory in Christ. Satan is in trouble!

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My DADDY is the Train DRIVER

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I heard a story of a small boy seated all by himself in one of the train carriages, late in the nighttime. Out of curiosity, a couple who just jumped on the train asked him if he was not worried being alone. The young boy said, ”NO!”. The couple was amazed, asking among themselves, ‘how come a young boy of this age gave a confident response like that?’. They went further to ask him, ”why?” The boy with a smiley face said,” because my DADDY is the train driver”!

What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31 (NIV)

If only we can wholly have the consciousness of the ever-abiding presence of God about us, we would be equally confident as this little male child.  Confident even in the thick of the raging storm and tumult waves of uncertain future. I reckon the boy was relaxed, feel comfortable and probably glued his eyes on a video game device. Less concerned, about his loneliness and the dark sky view from the window pane. The gumption of his father in charge of the ascendancy of the train undoubtedly gave him no cause to harbour any fear.

So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. Hebrews 10:36 (NIV)

 STAYING CALM IN THE MIDST OF A STORM 

Matters that are written down in the Bible are written for our lessons and instruction. (1Cor10:11) One day Jesus and His disciples were in the similar situation like that of the little boy, only instead of the disciples to remain calm they panicked. They were in the same boat with Jesus when the storm was raging. Whereas Jesus was sleeping during this period. The disciples were restless. They ran to Jesus for help but He was not pleased with their decision. He required them to be calm like Him. (Matt.8: 23-27)  It then implies that in that respect could be things we constantly pray for,  that may just be all we need do is to address the situation by ourselves knowing full well that God is on our side. We must develop an absolute trust in God and His promises. At that place could be stormy but that would not change His promises.  If we truly give Him control of our lives, there is no ground to dread what the enemy or circumstance would do to us.

They do not fear bad news; they confidently trust the LORD to care for them. Psalm 112:7 (NLT)

PAUL’S ATTITUDE IS WORTHY OF EMULATION

Apostle Paul’s attitude to raging storm is worthy of emulation. Paul on his journey to be tried in Rome, travelling with others faced with the impending catastrophic situation. The waves were so strong to the extent that everyone believed they might die except Paul. Paul is acting as the only man in the village, persuading others to remain calm…. Begging them to eat their food. Paul’s attitude here is worthy of emulation. How many of us could respond like that under such circumstances?  What gives Paul confidence? He was confident because he was persuaded in his spirit; impressed by God. (Acts 27:1-38) Everything still comes down to knowing the will of God in every situation. The word of God should be the root of our assurance and sureness. Hence, if you know your DADDY is the one driving the TRAIN, you don’t NEED to worry!”

And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6 (ESV)

 

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