Copy With Care….

Remember your leaders. They taught God’s message to you. Remember how they lived and died, and copy their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Don’t let all kinds of strange teachings lead you into the wrong way. Depend only on God’s grace for spiritual strength, not on rules about foods. Obeying those rules doesn’t help anyone.” Hebrews 13: 7-9

Copy their faith. That was the line that jumped out at me as I read the above passage. The writer of Hebrews was writing to Christians at a time when all sorts of teachings and ideas were prevalent. Christianity had been diluted with all sorts of ideologies and belief systems and political views and the body of Christ divided into factions.  Sounds like 21st century Christianity doesn’t it?

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Close The Door And Move On…

Everyone has a past. Some more sordid than others. No matter how morally squeaky clean you are, you are not without sin.
But what happens when the guilt of our sins overwhelm us so much that it’s a constant deterrent against our happiness and ability to live free? What happens when we are constantly being reminded of what we did and how we lived by people around us and even our own minds?

What do we do when we can’t enjoy anything because we are constantly trying to make up and apologize for who we used to be? What happens when we feel we have no right to good things now because of the not so good things we did before?

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GUEST POST: Spirituality & Mental Reasoning – By Onyedika Nwoji

Often times you hear that you don’t apply mental reasoning in spiritual matters. You just accept them the way they are and don’t try to overanalyze it. This is true, and I believe this…to an extent.
In as much as I believe human reasoning can’t fully comprehend spiritual matters, I also believe that God didn’t give us our minds without a purpose. You really can’t separate the mind from spiritual matters. But often, people discard reasoning entirely to embrace a spiritual knowledge with little or no understanding of it.

Our minds have been given to us for evaluation. Our minds naturally analyze things, including spiritual matters…Yes, I said it. If it’s not so, then why does God see the need for us to renew our minds?

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How Can We Love Them If We Shun Them? The Question Of 1 Cor 5:11

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I have always read this passage with some burning questions;

How then do we continue to love them if we shun them?  If we “refuse to eat with them”, cutting off all association, where is the place of love and tolerance?  So many Christians struggle with these issues…

How exactly does cutting them off help them?

Can you shut someone out and still pray for them?  What’s the motive of our hearts when we shut someone out?  Does that not elevate us to a place of self righteousness?  Thinking we are better than they are?

Has this theology actually helped a sinner come back?

This is Apostle Paul’s doctrine to the Corinthian church. What would Jesus do?

 

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Let The Shepherd Lead…

The Lord is my shepherd.
I will always have everything I need.[a]
He gives me green pastures to lie in.
He leads me by calm pools of water.
He restores my strength.
He leads me on right paths[b] to show that he is good.

Psalm 23:1-3 (ERV)

“The Lord is my shepherd. I will always have everything I need”.

 It’s a confident statement of assurance. The shepherd as a metaphor for God here is quite descriptive of how God pays particular attention to our individual needs. He loves and cares and protects and ensures that we are properly nourished. He is called the good shepherd. In this world of constant chaos, it’s a good thing to remember that God loves and cares about you and your needs.

“Green pastures to lie in and calm pools of water” in verse 2, is about nourishment and rest. So many times, we are fighting life’s battles and taking on challenges and wearing ourselves out that after a while, we are spent emotionally, spiritually and sometimes physically.  God sees that and makes us chill out. He stops us in our tracks, separates us from the familiar scene of chaos so we can rest and rejuvenate.

We might not even realize what he’s doing sometimes, and we might struggle against it but if we listen to the holy spirit we will realize he just wants us to chill out and be refreshed.  And verse 3 cannot happen without verse 2.

Without rest and nourishment, strength cannot be restored. When your spirit and soul is rested and nourished, you can hear God better and be led on the right path.

The Lesson here is to be willing to submit to the Good shepherd. He knows what he’s doing and he has only good plans for our lives because he truly loves us.

 

I Cannot Afford To Go Hungry!

Recently, my attention was drawn to the famous story of Esau and Jacob in the bible. Everyone remembers how Esau was the guy who made a really bad decision and had to live with the terrible consequences. He gave up his entire inheritance in exchange for a bowl of beans because he was hungry and couldn’t control himself.

There’s so much more to the story of Esau and Jacob I’m sure you know that. (Especially if you were raised in church and attended Sunday school) but I haven’t been able to stop thinking about how like Esau I can be if I let my guard down.

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Truth is several times without number, I have acted just like Esau; giving up important treasures because I needed immediate gratification.

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What I Want The Most.

Do you know it’s possible to stray from God without even realizing that you have strayed? I’m not talking about straight out backsliding into sin and decadence, but the gradual subtle leading of our desires from the basic “seek ye first…”

We do Christian things, go to church, write Christian articles, teach a bible class, sing in the choir but our attention is diverted by those things we do. So we are overwhelmed with thoughts of success in those things, we want to do it perfectly; we are so set on working the gift that the giver of the gift is forgotten.

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God Is Not All About ‘Vetoing’ Your Plans…

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“You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail.” –  Proverb 19:21

Some people have interpreted this verse to mean that no matter the plans we have, God’s purpose and plans always trumps it.

Taking it rather literally, they believe and have convinced many others to believe that our plans are always different from God’s purposes and so, God’s only duty is to veto every plan we make. That’s how you hear things like: “man purposes but God disposes”.

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He Brings True And Brave Men…

Do you know that when God gives you an assignment, a job, or a mission, he supplies all that you need to do it? Apart from preparing you mentally, he prepares you spiritually and even gives you the physical support needed.

Read the story of the very first king of Isreal in 1 Samuel chapter 10. God selected Saul from a particular tribe, and then led him to prophet samuel to be anointed. Look what happened:

1 Samuel 10: 1-2 (MSG)

 1-2 Then Samuel took a flask of oil, poured it on Saul’s head, and kissed him. He said, “Do you see what this means? God has anointed you prince over his people.

And see what the prophet told him:

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Christmas! Teach Your Kids About Jesus; NOT Santa Claus!

Christmas has always been a holiday celebrated carelessly. Even by Christians. Over the years, various customs and traditions have found their way into the church and the 21st century Christian does not even realize that a lot of these traditions are unscriptural. As you read this, please bear in mind that I do not intend to ruin anyone’s fun, be legalistic or rain on anyone’s parade. I only seek to draw attention to who we have been called to be and remind those who have forgotten that though we live in this world, we do not belong here.

For Christians, Christmas day is the day we celebrate the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ who was sent from God to be the ultimate sacrifice for our sins and bring us into relationship with God. It’s the ultimate sign of God’s love for us. (John 3:16). This love compels us to celebrate Christmas by showing love to everyone around us, hence, the distribution of gifts and “Christmas cheer”.

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Social Media Christianity (3): “Learn It Before You Tweet It”

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If you’re a social media enthusiast like me, you’ll know that the struggle to sound “deep and profound” is very real. People can easily shift from die hard arsenal fan to PDP goon and back to relationship therapist faster than you can spell your name. On social media, it’s easy to see “deep” quotes, “spiritual” and “motivational’ tweets from everyone and anyone.

As Christians on social media, I must say most of us are guiltier of this than anyone. We are the ones who want to “share our faith” and “encourage and inspire” our followers and friends, while impressing our fellow Christians with how “deep” and “spiritual” we are.

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What Being Really Rich Is About…

How interesting is it to know that one of the most discussed topics by Jesus was the area of finance and money. If you have read the Bible and know the character of Jesus, you’d know that He wasn’t grooming people up to give their money to Him.

As far as we know, He never even went out of the way to ask for a money offering. The prime reasons why He discussed money was because nothing more comes in the way of our spirituality than money. Money is something that can easily misguide us before we even realize it.

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