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Is it foolishness to still be following the doctrine Of Jesus Christ? Are the words of Christ true? These and many more are the questions raging through the heads of people. But a man called Paul has the answer to these questions. This post aims at using the words and life of Paul to answer whether the doctrines of Christ is worth following.
For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me – 1 Corinthians 15:9-10 (KJV)
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing – 2 Timothy 4:7-8 (NKJV)
For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I cannot tell. For I am hard-pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better – Philippians 1:21-23 (NKJV)
People keep wondering why Christian believers still preach the doctrines of Christ. Some people see it as foolishness, while others see it as sign of joblessness; just like in the days of the apostles, to the Jews it was a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God – 1 Corinthians 1:23-24
Let’s consider Paul now, who tested both sides and gave a conclusion whether the doctrines of Christ were worth following.
In Acts 7:58, when they cast Stephen out of the city, and stoned him, the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man’s feet, whose name was Saul, who was giving consent to his death. And in Acts 8:3, Saul made havoc of the church, entering every house, and dragging off men and women, committing them to prison.
Also, in Acts 9:1-2, Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.
Then, on his way to Damascus, Saul encountered Jesus whom he was persecuting and his life changed. He became a disciple of Jesus and joined the group of those who were being persecuted for the doctrines of Christ – Acts 9:1-30.
Saul, now Paul, increased in the knowledge of Christ and became a great apostle of Christ to the point that he labored more than the rest of the apostles, though he was the least of them all – 1 Corinthians 15:9-10. He wrote 2/3 of books of the new testaments based on the revelations he got from Christ Himself – Galatians 1:11-12. (more…)
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Do you want God to bless you financially? Or are you wondering why you are not prospering the way you want to prosper? God wants to bless you but He has His own reasons for blessing people, which if you agree to them you will be in a better position to be prospered by Him. This post gives the reasons why God takes pleasure in the prosperity of His children.
Let them shout for joy and be glad, who favor my righteous cause; And let them say continually,
“Let the Lord be magnified, who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.” – Psalm 35:27 (NKJV)
And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus – Philippians 4:19 (NKJV)
I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing – Genesis 12:2 (NKJV)
Poverty is not of God! God who created all things cannot be associated with lack. It is a curse that came with the fall of man. When God created Adam and Eve, He put them in a garden, full of abundance. Adam didn’t need to toil until he was banished from the garden: a result of eating the forbidden fruit. Therefore God has no delight in His children lacking anything; instead He takes pleasure in the prosperity of his servants – Psalm 35:27
The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him – 2 Chronicles 16:9. And He, more than a man will for you, wishes above all things that you prosper and be in health even as you soul prospers – 3 John 2.
God is a God of purpose, whatever He does has a reason for it. Even so, God has a purpose for blessing His people financially.
Reasons why God blesses financially
- To show His love
You can give without loving but you can’t love and not give. God so loved the world that He gave His only Son that whosoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life – John 3:16. And in Romans 8: 32, God tells us that if He didn’t spare His Son Jesus but gave Him for us all, how shall He not with Him freely give us all things, including wealth and riches.
God blesses us to shower His love on us. No wealthy father who loves His children leaves them in lack and want, so also our Father who loves you and is the wealthiest will not leave you in lack and want. Whatever God does is out of His love for you. (more…)
What is that dead thing or situation in your life? Rejoice and be glad for when it hears the voice of the son of God it shall live! Christ is able to swallow up death in and around you by His word. This post encourages you to make use of the power of Christ’s words over dead or dying situations or things around you. They hear Him and live and not die.
Believe Me when I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, the time is coming and is here now when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear it shall live – John 5:25 (AMP)
He will swallow up death [in victory; He will abolish death forever]. And the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces; and the reproach of His people He will take away from off all the earth; for the Lord has spoken it – Isaiah 25:8 (AMP)
The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows) John 10:10 (AMP)
You may be faced with challenges centered around dying or dead issues; it could be your health, business, career or relationship. But whatever it may be, know that when it hears the voice of Christ it must live because Christ’s words to you are spirit, and they are life – John 6:63. Jesus carries life and whatever receives His words receives life.
Everything created has ears to hear His voice. When you speak the words of God in faith to them, they hear the voice God and they must obey – Psalm 18:44-45. They cannot resist the words of God. In Luke 8:26-39, when the demons in the possessed man saw Jesus, the issue was not whether they will go or not but where should they go, because it was certain that they would go once He asks them to.
God has given you a mouth as an instrument for enforcing His will on dead or dying things or situations. He has given you a mouth and wisdom which your enemies cannot resist or contradict – Luke 21:15. You must use it to change that situation. They have ears and they must obey Christ’s voice through His words, spoken in faith. Keep declaring God’s word over that situation and it must come alive.
The centurion in Matthew 8:8 understood this truth well and said to Christ, “speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.” The distance is never a barrier, speak the word only and that thing or situation will hear and live, no matter the verdict given by man.
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How do you know when you lack the peace of God? What should you beware of if God’s peace is to remain intact within you? The peace of the Lord is the checks and balances of a glorious, fruitful and successful life. There are numerous signs or products of the absence of this peace.
Now in the second year of Nebuchadnezzar’s reign, Nebuchadnezzar had dreams; and his spirit was so troubled that his sleep left him- Daniel 2:1 (NKJV)
In the day you will make your plant to grow, And in the morning you will make your seed to flourish; But the harvest will be a heap of ruins In the day of grief and desperate sorrow. – Isaiah 17:11 (NKJV)
It is important that you are quick to identify the consequences of lack of peace of God. This is because dealing with them promptly will prevent them from growing into more destructive products. God wants you to be free of these manifestations in your life.
Some of these consequences are inward manifestations, and would have been eating up the victim before manifesting outwardly. That’s the reason why they must be identified early and dealt with without delay.
These consequences can be subdivided into spiritual, emotional, mental and physical afflictions:
Any child of God who loses his peace is open for the enemy’s attacks. His major attack will be your source of strength: your prayer life and your desire to study God’s word. When you pray and study the word less often, you lose contact with your helper and the wisdom of God. You will be more carnally minded than spiritually minded.
Lack of spirituality will take you further away from your solution. You will tend to make poor or wrong choices most of the time. It is wisdom when you lose your peace due to any challenge whatsoever to hold unto God tightly because He is the one who will help you to bounce back. Letting go of God at this time is to plunge yourself further into the deep pit, full of darkness.
Spiritual weakness opens the door for more afflictions from the enemy. But when your spirit is consistently fed with the word of God and your communication channel with God remains very effective, it wouldn’t be long before you fully recover.
An emotional breakdown may be mild or severe, however whichever is the case it is not healthy for you. If it is not checked immediately it will lead to mental and physical afflictions (more…)
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To be empty of God’s word is to be engulfed by the feeling of emptiness. This is a feeling that makes existence unbearable. Life has a lot to offer you but if you lack the words of God, you will get nothing out of it but empty life. This post gives you the reasons why you should not be void of the Lord’s words.
It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life – John 6:63 (NKJV)
And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord – Ephesians 5:18-19 (NKJV)
For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart – Hebrews 4:12 (AMP)
Emptiness is a feeling of lack of meaning or purpose, it can get to a point of emotional numbness, frustration or despair and it can be as a result of bereavement or a sudden change in life. Emptiness is a sense of hopelessness, low self esteem and lack of motivation.
Many people have tried to fill this empty feeling through eating, spontaneous shopping, immorality, drug addiction and bullying. Unfortunately, these ways never help; instead they leave you worse off than how you were before.
However, the word of God has proven to be the solution to the feelings of emptiness. The word of the Lord is so energizing and powerful that it has the ability to attend to your spirit, soul and body. It is able to expose, analyze and judge the very thoughts and purposes of the heart. The Psalmist in Psalm 119 understood the efficacy of God’s word and took time to reveal the wonders in His word (Psalm 119:18). I encourage you to read and meditate on Psalm 119.
The reasons why you should not be empty of God’s words
- The Lord’s words are spirit and life – John 6:63
This world is governed by spiritual forces and you can only make it by walking in the spirit. The word of God is spirit, so walking in God’s word is to understand the principles of the world and subduing it – Genesis 1:28. Also when you have the word of God within you, you have life: life in your spirit, mind, bones and marrows and organs. Life within you extinguishes any emptiness. That is why God encouraged us in Ephesians 5:18 to be filled with the Spirit who gives life.
- God’s word is settled forever –Psalm 119:89
As Amplified version bible puts it, God’s word stands firm as the heavens. Since God created the heavens, it has been and there had been no alteration whatsoever; even so God’s word has been and whatever He said is what happens. Also heaven and earth may pass away but the word of the Lord will not pass away, it remains forever – Matthew 24:34-35. Therefore, when you are full of the Lord’s words, you are sure of your life, your future and all that concerns you because His words in you will always prevail over any contrary circumstance. (more…)