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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A humble heart – humility


A humble heart

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(2). Maintain a closed proximity with God through the altar of prayer – the highest display of arrogance is to be prayer (spiritual) irresponsible. A prayer house is a power house. The entire world believe there is no a mountain that a prayer can’t made plain.

Matthew 17:20 KJV
“And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.”

1 Thessalonians 5:17 KJV
“Pray without ceasing.”

Luke 18:1 KJV
“And he spake a parable unto them to this end , that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;”

(3). Maintain a praise lifestyle : Praise is one of the surest platforms where the supernatural grace flows. If you are not joyful you will be fretful. For instance, King David who faced the most incessant oppositions during his reign but had victory over them all as a result of his praise lifestyle. He danced shamelessly to king; even with his Royal apparel – breaking all royal protocols.

It’s foolishness to be shameful of what is gainful. As you put on the garment of praise and dance before the king irrespective of your age, class, position or  tiltle; you are riding majestically into the thrown of favour. No battle of life will overcome you. Amen.

 

 

 

A humble heart – humility


 

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(4) You need humility because it secures your access to divine provisions. Wait a minute, Lion isn’t the greatest animal; sheep is the greatest animal. Reason? The scripture says that the lion lacks and suffers hunger but the sheep’s welfares are catered for.

Psalm 34:10 KJV
“The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing .”

Matthew 6:6 KJV
“But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.”

Sheep will always obey his master. Obedience is the master key to all the blessings in this kingdom.

Deuteronomy 28:1-3 KJV
“And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: [2] And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God. [3] Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field.”

How can I be humbled?

(1). Obey God’s commandments : Anything can fail; obedience to scriptural instructions can never fail. God is a commander. God operates basically on commandments and attached rewards for obeying them.

You as a partner with God; play your part of the deal and let God play His part.

James 1:22 KJV
“But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.”

Your tomorrow is determined by the level of your obedience today. You cannot be dedicated today and not be decorated tomorrow.

Philippians 2:7-11 KJV
“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; [11] And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

Jesus Christ operated on this principle during His earthly ministry and He was enthroned.

To be continued…

 

 

 

 

A humble heart – Humility


A humble heart

Merriam Webster defines humility as the freedom from pride or arrogance: the quality or state of being humble.

Humility is the quality or state of being unassuming in the estimation of one’s ability. Synonyms: Lack of vanity, lack of pretension, self-consciousness, timidity, meekness.

Why do I need humility?

(1). Humility is the hallmark of wisdom.

Proverbs 11:2 KJV
“When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.”

Wisdom is the trademark of an end time believer.

Isaiah 33:6 KJV
“And wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times, and strength of salvation: the fear of the Lord is his treasure.”

Wisdom is knowing the right thing to do and doing it. For instance, God has given us the mandates to pray on behalf of the lost and reach out to them on the harvest field.

Matthew 6:6 KJV
“But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.”

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.”

It’s foolishness to neglect these responsibilities since we understood that these platforms of service are our bail out in hard times.

(2). You need humility because God does not lift the proud. He demotes the proud while lift the humble. God is the lifter and builder of man. Nothing is in us but grace and if we don’t want our grace to turned disgrace we must remain loyal and humble to His instructions and prescriptions (Prov.11:2).

(3) You need humility because the level if your greatness in life cannot supersede the level of your meekness. The meekest Moses was the greatest Moses.

Numbers 12:3 KJV
(Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.)

Exodus 11:3 KJV
And the Lord gave the people favour in the sight of the Egyptians. Moreover the man Moses was very great in the land of Egypt, in the sight of Pharaoh’s servants, and in the sight of the people.

To be continued….

 

 

The fear of God


The fear of the lord is the beginning of wisdom

From the scripture, we were told that the fear of God is the point where wisdom starts from.

Proverbs 1:7 KJV
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

This word hit me like a thunderbolt. “Servitude is a product of foolishness.” They don’t make  fools  kings (only the wise are made kings). Wisdom is to know the right to do and do it.

Isaiah 33:6 KJV
And wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times, and strength of salvation: the fear of the Lord is his treasure.

Wisdom is the stability this time that we are now(if you lack wisdom in this era, you will crumble to the floor). It’s my prayer that you won’t sink in life.

Hear this: Christianity without demarcation will not stand the test of time. You can’t beat them by joining them – you will remain under them. The day of judgement is coming when the sheep will be separated from the goats.

Malachi 3:16-18 KJV
Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another: and the Lord hearkened, and heard it , and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the Lord , and that thought upon his name. [17] And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. [18] Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.

My dear readers, please be different. Choose to be different. Things that will impress you won’t expand you, things that will expand you won’t impress you. God doesn’t speak to impress people, He speaks to expand people.

 

You can't beat them by joining them, you will remain under them

 

Wait a minute, God saw this dogged determination in this three Hebrew boys that they wouldn’t bow down for any thin god expect the greatest God that they had known and God heartbeat was like “I must rescue my children today.” Did you know what happened? He delivered them.

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed–nego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. [17] If it be so , our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. [18] But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.

Listen to me: because others are doing it doesn’t mean that you should be doing it. The fear of God is your bail out in this generation.  Joseph flee fornication and he became a prime minister. Daniel was faultless and remained relevant during His time. Get this straight: you can’t fear God and be useless.

Since the days of the Patriarchal until now, those who have  reigned in life are those who fear God  (Men that carry heart for Christ). Hates whatever God hates; disapproves whatever God disapproves. This is the secret of rest.

It’s a restless world, it’s the jet set age. Whether consciously and unconsciously even believers are caught up in the web. Only those who will abide in Jesus by obeying His commandments will be at peace.

The fear of the lord is the beginning of wisdom (very correct).

 

 

Understanding the power of faith


A graphic of understanding the power of faith

What is faith?

Let first define faith by stating what faith is not:

  • Faith is not waiting.
  • Faith is not a believe system.

Faith is putting God’s word to work.

“But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your ownselves. 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: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. 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.” Jms.1:22-25

“Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works….But with thou know, O vain a man, that faith without works is dead.” Jms.2:17-18/20

Faith is an action. It means to take scriptural calculated step in all spheres of life’s affairs

“And behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment. For she said within herself, if I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole. 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.” Mat.9:20-21

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Why do I need faith?

  • You need faith because faith is our authentic life wire that connect us the our authentic power source (God). men live by faith.

“For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.” Rom.1:17.

“Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.”  Hab.2:4

  • These scriptures are not coincidental. Faith is the fuel that keeps the aircraft of our life flying. With faith, you are on the go, there is no stumbling block on the way. All mountains are made plains.
  • You need faith because faith is our purchasing power in the miraculous market.

“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.” Heb.11:6.

“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavereth; for he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive anything of the Lord. A double-minded is unstable in all his ways.” Jms.1:5-8.

  • You need faith because faith confers rest in a seemingly impossible situation. Seeing into the spiritual realm always bring about. You will so settled about issues that you can’t be daunted by the empty threat of the devil.

This was why Jesus could afford to sleep in the midst of storm even while His disciples were wearing out themselves frantically in a bid to save their lives. But when they remembered to invite Him into the issue, He calmed the storm. Until you remember to invite Jesus into your issues don’t expect the storm over your life to be calmed.

“And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him. Master, carest thou not that we perish: and he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. Mark.4:38

Understanding the power of faith.

A time came when the Syrian was waging war against Isreal, whenever they tried to made war plane the secret got leaked into Elisha – the Prophet of God – through spiritual intervention.

The Syrian army were sent to arrest the prophet, Gehasi – the prophet’s servant was almost paralyzed with fear because he couldn’t see into the realm of the spirit. But, when the Prophet prayed for his eyes to be popped open.

Gehazi too could see the host of angels of God that encamped them. They were both at rest. And our God who is a consuming fire responded.

Fear and anxiety are the cardinal evidence of doubt. Doubt is the opposite of faith. Anytime you find yourself fidgeting, it’s a sign of lack of faith. You can’t be faithful and be doubtful.

How do I build my faith?

  • Take a daily dose of God’s word.

“So the faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Rom.1:17

  • Engage in love with Christ. Obedience is the hallmark of our love. Simply put love in this way,  as a combination of what we receives, believes and obey.

“He that hath my commandments, and keepth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my father, and I will love him, and manifest myself to him.” Jn.14:21

“This is the love of God, that we should obey His commandments and His commmandments are not grevious.”

  • Renew your mind – You are what you think. In the realm of the spirit, any thought that you allow to hold grip upon you is regarded accomplished. God thinks and He thinks positive, if you are truly sons and daughters of God, then think positively.

“As he thinketh in his heart so he is.” Prov.23:7

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you. Saith the lord, thought of peace, and not evil, to give you an expected end.” Jer.29:11.

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  • Make bold declaration – It requires boldness to move God to confirms His word. Speak inline with what you believe. In the spirit realm, David already chopped off Goliath’s head with his mouth before the actual killing took place. Make positive sounds, decrees according to the way you want it in life. Watch out for what you release into the atmosphere. Remember, The angels are your servant and they will make sure that execute whatsoever you say.

Thou shall decree a thing and it shall be establish unto you” Job22:28

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” Prov.18:21

“For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.” Lk.21:15

Your mouth is a destiny molder.

  • Pray in the Holy Ghost – The subject Holy Ghost is seldom discussed but is one of the most crucial topics. Build up your faith by engaging the Holy Ghost in your prayer life. Connect to the spirit world by speaking in tongues. The Holy Spirit is the spirit of obedience, excellence, revelation, etc.

”But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost.”  Jude.1:20. Don’t get it twisted, you need the help of the Holy Spirit more than anything else.

The scope of this is topic is limited to discussed fully who the Holy Ghost is. I will drop a link where you can learn more about the Holy Ghost and watch out for my subsequent posts – i will be discussing in details who is the Holy Ghost?

The Holy Spirit One Spirit Diverse In Its Operations.

 

 

 

 

 

The Results


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Results are the capital proofs of our genuine covenant walk with God. Christianity without results is a mockery. If the proofs of serving God have not become realities in your life mockers will ask where is your God?

It’s  good to serve God, it’s better to serve God and see the results. Results will inspire you to serve God the more. It’s good to know about God, but it’s better to practice about what you know about God. It’s the practical steps that you take concerning the instructions of God that produce practical results. Nothing works in theory. It’s the implementation of the word of God that cause things to happen in life(Deu.28:1-3). Results are the authentic evidence of our subscription  to scriptural commandments.

Christianity become too cheap to accept when there are results to show.

The cardinal proof of obedience

The battle field of life

Life is a battlefield. Life is a contest between good and evil, light and darkness, breakthrough and breakdown, sweet and sweat, abundance and hunger. Since the fell of the fallen man, there have been two forces governing the earth – God and devil – one is powerful than the other. God created lucifer. The creature can’t be powerful than the creator. You belong to one. There is no middle way. Ever since the fell of the wicked, he has been on the  mission to upturn all the good things that God created.

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

So, man has been thinking evil since the fell of the devil. You see, this is why will have to renew your mind for the positives. Like i said in my previous post “you are what you think.” Prov.18:21

Life is where we fight the devil for our results (birthrights) through the instrumentality of faith. You will disappoint Jesus if you remain poor.

Understand this: the gospel of Jesus has zero tolerance for poverty.

“The spirit of the lord is upon, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor, he hath sent me to heal the broken-hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight of the blind, to set liberty them that are bruised.” Lk.4:18

The spirit of God was upon Jesus to preach the gospel first to the poor. There is no poverty where you came from -if you are a true representative of heaven you are not meant to be poor. This is why you must put up a fight by fighting the good fight of faith. “The scripture says fight the good fight of faith” 1.Tim.6:12

 

Be Hungry for God

Whatsoever you hunger for will define you. God is not cheap. You must be responsible to see Him. In this generation God have nothing to do with irresponsible Christians. There is principality in every locality. All men must be thirsty for God no matter where you live on the planet.

O God, thou art my God; early will i seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is.” PS.63:1

The hotter our level of love the hotter we are in life. Pulling others out of fire is our only bail out in these perilous times. When you connect to the right source(God),you will be releasing blessings upon yourself and others. When you connect to the wrong source of life (devil),you will be releasing curses and magics upon yourself and others.

The cardinal proof of obedience

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