I’m a Christian or am I?


 

Christianity is not a religion

The followers of Jesus were first called “Christian” in Antioch

Acts 11:26 KJV
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.

literally means, “belonging to the party of Christ” or a “follower of christ”

Jesus is our perfect examples. A genuine christian shares the same gene and character with Jesus. Any character (fornication, adultery, stealing, corruption, etc) that can’t be found In Jesus is not permitted in you.

Also, Christianity is not a religion neither a philosophy; it does not belongs to any organization. It’s the release of the life of God into human vessels. It’s the manifestation of God’s power in man.

What the 3 proofs of a genuine believer

(1). The proof of love
(2). The proof of results
(3). The proof of faith

The proof of love – There is nothing mystical about love. Simply put love as the combination of the word that we received, believe and obey.

John 14:21 KJV
He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

Obedience is the cardinal mark of love. The devil can preach. It’s not about preaching it; it’s about doing it. Your being a walking bible who can reel off 100 memory verses per second isn’t a proof that the word of God has gained entrance into you.

Don’t receive God’s word in your head; receive it into your heart because your heart is the good ground (There is no amount of watering that would allow the word in your head or under your pillow to produce fruits).

 How can I love God?

Carry a heart for Christ – How can you say that you love someone if you don’t know His interest. God’s heartbeat is the life of the unsaved/lost. Until you allow this to become your priority on earth don’t expect to become a true believer.

John 15:16 KJV
Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.

There is nothing theoretical about serving God. Serving God in truth and in deed requires practical. Until you demonstrate the commandments of the scripture results are farfetched.

James 1:22-25 KJV
But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. [23] For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: [24] For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. [25] But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein , he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

(2). The force of results – Christianity with nothing to show is a sign of disobedience and God is ever ready to revenge all disobedience.

2 Corinthians 10:5-6 KJV
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; [6] And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.

Sickness, poverty, sweat, stagnation, frustration, darkness and mountains are all in the list of disobedience.

This is the reason many – though born again christian – are still groveling in poverty. They experience the same buffetings and intimidations that the world experience from the wicked one.

Listen to this: irrespective of your age, title, position and the numbers of years that you have spent in church if you don’t start taking responsibilities you will die as liabilities and God won’t come for your rescue.

Collect the blessings from your ‘parents’ by being responsible!

The force of faith – faith is what distinguishes between a winning and losing Christian.

If you love God you will trust Him. When God saw this dogged determination in these three Hebrew guys His heartbeat was like “I must save my children” Nothing works without faith.

Hebrews 11:6 KJV
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.

Simply put faith as seeing the invincible and believing the impossible.

Hebrews 11:1 KJV
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Move with the cloud, everybody is moving. Give up the impossibility syndrome.

Matthew 19:26 KJV
But Jesus beheld them , and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.

Greater than Jonas is here. Greater than John the Baptist is here.
John 14:12 KJV
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

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Discouraged, but not alone


Discouraged but not alone

Discouraged means to make someone feel less confident, enthusiastic, and positive about something, or less willing to do something

Many believers are giving up on God because many are serving God based on contract and not in truth and in deed.

Don’t question God question yourself; don’t blame God blame yourself. God has integrity. Everyone is responsible for the outcome of his/her life.

Numbers 23:19 KJV
God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it ? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?

*Reasons not to be discouraged*

(1). God is always at present – Many are sincere but only few are sensitive.

The lack of the consciousness of God’s presence is the major cause of discouragement.

Many are victims of ignorance more than anything else.

Matthew 28:20 KJV
Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Gehazi was almost paralyzed with fear when the Syrian army came to arrest Elisha. But when his eyes popped open He could see the angels of God that encamped them, he was at rest.

Seeing into the realm of the spirit will always confer rest in the life of a believer.

(2). The future is great – that ugly situation is not going to remain like that forever. There is always a light at the end of a tunnel.

There is no weeping that is permitted to go beyond a night. Where you are is smaller than where God is taking you to.

Psalm 30:5 KJV
For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.

Habakkuk 2:3 KJV
For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.

(3). Complains and worries will never move God – understand this truth, God is only moved by our faith.

Hannah was fretted and worried. Until she put a seal on her request, went home rejoicing her desire was not in view.

God hates Murmurers and grumblers. These category of people are programmed for destruction.

1 Corinthians 10:10 KJV
Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.

Philippians 2:14 KJV
Do all things without murmurings and disputings:

Murmurings will further mess up your situations while complains will further complicate your matters.

(4). Continuity is the golden rule – Continuous, tireless and unrepentant obedience are the hallmarks of a true believer.

James 1:25 KJV
But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein , he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

Both in dry and raining seasons you must continue in your covenant walk with God. You must remain committed to His instructions. That’s the way it works. It works like fire!

Your tomorrow is determined by the level of your obedience today. (Phil.2:7-10)

Habakkuk 3:17-18 KJV
Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: [18] Yet I will rejoice in the Lord , I will joy in the God of my salvation.

Finally, God is not a taskmaster, He is a paymaster. God does not use people; He blesses people.

Psalm 126:5-6 KJV
They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. [6] He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him .

Imaginative faculty – mind


Your mind can either make you or break you

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(4). You are what you think

Proverbs 23:7 KJV
For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.

Listen to this: you can’t think of failure today and wake up tomorrow to see success.

You can’t think of poverty and wake up tomorrow with a life full of abundance and prosperity.

Everybody gets what they think.

This is divine setting: God can’t break this principle because of you

(5). God answers thought just like He answers prayer.

Ephesians 3:20 KJV
Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,

For instance, the woman with the issue of blood in the bible didn’t had to pray before she took her healing. God answered her thought (thought preceded action).

Matthew 9:21-22 KJV
For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole. [22] But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour.

Great minds discuss ideas

(6). A future that you can’t picture don’t expect to be featured in it

Whatever that you can see from Genesis to Revelation through the instrumentality of faith can be yours.

Genesis 13:14-16 KJV
And the Lord said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward: [15] For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever. [16] And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered.

God did not expect Abraham to see all his seed; He must be talking about another kind of eye. “The Imaginative faculty.”

Super human project like the pyramid of Egypt, Hanging garden of Babylon and the light house of Pharaoh were accomplished through the power of Imaginative faculty.

I wish you could understand how powerful your Imaginative faculty is

You need to renew your mind. Let there be a casting down of all mind debris, traditions and cultural orientations.

God has the final says

Whatever the scripture says concerning that issue is the final

Man’s view is a man’s view

Job 22:29 KJV
When men are cast down, then thou shalt say, There is lifting up; and he shall save the humble person.

I will stop at this junction.

Imaginative faculty – mind


Your mind can either make you or break you

Mind is the element of a person that enables them to be aware of the world and their experience, to think and feel the faculty of consciousness and thought.

Mind is someone ability to think and reason: the intellect. Synonyms: Power of thought, mentality, perception, brain power and reasoning

 Why must someone renew his/her mind?

(1). The mind is the battle ground. This is where all the battles of life are fought and won. The devil’s object of attack is the mind so also the word of God can only gained entrance into you via the mind. That is why the scripture says,

Proverbs 4:23 KJV
Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

(2). Ever since the fell of Lucifer, men thinking pattern have been evil continuously.

Genesis 6:5 KJV
And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

This is why you must deprogram yourself from this negative pattern into the positive pattern. Watch out for what you allow to stay on your mind.

In the realm of the spirit, any thought that you allows to hold grip on you is regarded accomplished.

Your mind can either make you or break you.

Great minds discuss ideas

(3). God thinks and He thinks positively

Jeremiah 29:11 KJV
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord , thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

3 John 1:2 KJV
Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

Understand this: the law of the universe demands that every natural force duplicate itself into its offspring.

During creation, God subjected Himself to the same principle.

that creepeth upon the earth. [27] So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

The son of a goat is a goat; a cow can’t give birth to a dog. Likewise in living plant, a mango tree can’t produce a cashew fruit.

It follows that the sons and daughters of God are gods.

Psalm 82:6 KJV
I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.

If your father thinks and He thinks positively; you have no choice than to think positively.

This is different from the positive thinking of psychology. It is drawing life from the fountain of revealed truth.

 

 

The wisdom from above – divine wisdom


The wisdom from above

Wisdom is the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgement; the quality of being wise. Synonyms: sagacity, sageness, intelligence, understanding, insight and foresight.

Wisdom is applied knowledge

Wisdom is knowing the right thing to do and doing it.

 

3 types of wisdom

 3-Types of Wisdom

(1) Intellectual wisdom
(2) Diabolical wisdom
(3) Divine wisdom

(1). Intellectual wisdom is a type of wisdom that is based on the knowledge of man. This kind of wisdom can be generalized based on theories. It’s prone to failure. It’s based on fact.

1 Corinthians 2:11-14 KJV
Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. [13] Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. [14] But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them , because they are spiritually discerned.”

(2) Diabolical wisdom is also known as devilish wisdom or demonic wisdom. It’s the wisdom from the devil.

This is the wisdom of going through short cut in life. Stealing, bribery & corruption and money ritual, etc are examples of diabolical wisdom. The end result is destruction.

Proverbs 10:22 KJV
The blessing of the Lord , it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.”

(3) Divine wisdom – Divine wisdom is the wisdom that comes from above. It’s anchored on established truth. Truth is superior to fact. While fact can fail; truth can never fail.

James 3:17 KJV
“But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.”

To be continued…

Marriage is honourable


Marriage is honourable

Psalm 68:6 KJV
God setteth the solitary in families: he bringeth out those which are bound with chains: but the rebellious dwell in a dry land .

God is the ‘setter’ of solitary in the family. If you’re

genuine sons and daughters of God; that means your marital destiny isn’t far from  being blissful. Marriage is honourable; It’s a good thing. The word of God says, He that findeth a wife find a good thing; two are better than one, it isn’t good for a man to be alone. A tension free (hitch free) marriage answers to God’s favour.

Proverbs 18:22 KJV
Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing , and obtaineth favour of the Lord .

Genesis 2:18 KJV
And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.

Remember, you’re what you think; if you think that marriage is a relationship between cat and rat (as a bachelor) that is how it’s going to be when you’re married.

Proverbs 23:7 KJV
For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.

If Jesus Christ could manage His relationship with the twelve disciples without a fight; I don’t see any reason why a marriage of a believer  should be filled with incessant arguments and fighting. If I don’t fight as a bachelor; marriage should be able to take me far away from it.

Most good things are not beautiful most beautiful things are

Life is a choice; a marriage without Christ will be full of crises. Choose wisely today! Never choose to marry a  guy or a lady just because of his or her beauty. Beauty without wisdom is destruction. Be wise!!

In our culture, many men who are controlled by their parents; whatever their mother says is the final: This has been the reason why many marriages are unsettled today. He is an adult; but he can’t make decision of his own because he lacks authority over the issues of life.

Listen to me: If you choose not to abide in Christ today; you will be gathered by people like firewood and casted into the fire for destruction (you will be mishandled by fellows humans).

John 15:5-6 KJV
I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. [6] If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.

Finally, secured you marriage in Christ; God’s principles are the best. Let the word of God be the yardstick of measurement. By so doing, your marriage will be free from any form  pressure and attack.

 

 

Prayer


A prayer house is a power house and a power house is a prayer house

A prayer house is a power house; a power house is a prayer house. A growing church is a praying church and a praying church is a growing church.

Whatever we pray for others answers back to us. Prayer is a spiritual seed that yield open rewards. Prayer is a sure way to seek lord. Seeking that lord is the pathway to all round blessings.

“The young lion do lack and suffer hunger but that seek the lord shall never want any good thing.” – Psalm.34:10.

Hannah, at 84, served God with prayer and fasting in the temple night and day (And she was a widow of about four score and four years who departed not from the temple but served God with fastings and prayers night and day – Lk.2:37 ).

‘Non-self-centered’ prayer (a prayer on behalf of the heathen, lost, unsaved, discouraged, country, etc) is one of the cheapest ways to serve the lord. The platform of service is the platform of sacrifice. It takes a sacrificial approach to collect anything from God.

Wait a minute: If Jesus Christ the Jesus Christ (who was not given the Holy Spirit by measure) could subjected himself to this principle before he could be enthroned, then you and I have no choice than to follow the same principle (You can’t be dedicated today and not be decorated tomorrow).

Philippians 2:6-10 KJV

Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: [7] But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: [8] And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. [9] Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: [10] That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;

Knowledge is priceless. It's the key to freedom. It

This is a mystery that works. It works like fire. David was a servant (he was in charged of his father’s sheep) before he killed Goliath and latter became a king. Joseph served before he became a prime minister. The alter of sacrifice is the alter of sworn blessings (this alter connects us to ‘Abrahamic‘ covenant of greatness through our lord Jesus Christ).

Galatians 3:14 KJV

That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

Therefore brethren, take responsibility! Be on the go for Christ, follow His instructions. This is the surest way to secure a destiny for yourself and the upcoming generations.

Get involved, pray for the growth and expansion of your church and God’s kingdom. Intercede on behalf of the heathens, discouraged believers; stand in gap for your nation and intercede on behalf of the anointed men of God. These are the examples of the kind of prayer that attracts God’s attention.

Engage! Be part of this prayer revolution. It’s my prayer that every of your secret tears will engenders open rewards (Mat.6:6).