Happy New Year in advance

John 7:37 KJV
In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.

Today is the last day of the year 2015. It had its ups and downs, but by the grace of God we sailed through, and are hopefully stronger and wiser through all that happened. On this last day of 2015, Jesus is calling unto us. If you didn’t give your best in 2015, He is asking you to come and be filled for 2016. And if you gave your all in 2016, He is likewise calling unto you to be refilled for the next year. If you heed His call, no matter how 2015 has been, the glory of your next year shall be greater than that of the previous. 💥
Happy New Year!!!🎊🎉🎈

Knowledge

Hosea 4:6 KJV
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.

Recently I have been tempted to ignore my own quiet time to listen to radio ministries on the go, but as Joyce Meyer says, listening to others’ take on the Bible, no matter how anointed they are,  is so not enough for your and mine spiritual journey. 

When we pray the sinner’s prayer at first, after a while, like a serial dater who finally decides to settle down in marriage, our vows feel like they are for status only and not for real. 

Why do I say this? 
Because everybody who is a Christian first receives Christ as His Lord and personal Saviour. Why then should we, after accepting the salvation of God, leave it to others to grow for us?

2 Peter 3:18 KJV
[18] But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

 God meant it when He said for lack of knowledge His people perish (to become destroyed or ruined : cease to exist; Merriam-Webster). That means a child of God can perish (in my opinion, go to hell) for lack of knowledge. 

It is a personal responsibility to receive Christ as your Lord and Personal Saviour (though He is Saviour of the whole world), but it is also your personal responsibility to grow in Him. 

An Illustration
I read about a so-called man of God who told a young couple who didn’t know each other from Adam in order to receive healing, to have sexual intercourse five times in his presence, which they complied. If you have the Word of God in you, you will know that that is foolishness! 

Jesus Christ is the King of kings and Lord of lords. A day is coming that we will reign with him as kings. How can a king begin to reign successfully without the “message of Christ dwelling among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom” now?(Col. 3:16)

Fear

When Is It Okay To Fear?
2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, love and of a sound mind”(KJV).
It’s clear enough that as Christians we should not fear. But yet…sometimes we do fear. Well, I do. I used to be afraid a lot; of people, standing in front of people to do whatever I have to do was a big problem. In my opinion, there are two kinds of fear: first, the correct one, which is the Fear of God. Throughout the Scriptures we are commanded to fear God.
Ecclesiastes 12:13 KJV
“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.”
This is a kind of fear everybody is required to have, saved or not, since God is the God of all mankind. Interpret this to mean to cower or to shiver(which some atheists use as an excuse, that God is a God of love so there should not be any need to “fear” Him) , or as to reverence or obey, (which is more like it), but there is nothing wrong with this kind of fear. The opposite is true. So to answer the question, the only One to fear is God.
When Is It Not Okay To Give In To Fear?
But then there is this other kind of fear, which is not healthy at all, both spiritually and physically. This is the kind of fear that prevents most of us from reaching where we are supposed to, from fulfilling our purposes in life. Many talents are wasted because of this kind of fear, or at least diverted in order not to ‘offend anyone’. But the Bible says, “The fear of man bringeth a snare…”( Proverbs 29:25, KJV). We have different types of this kind of fear. Fear of man, fear of the future, fear of risk or failure, or even of success (some people will rather die than let others know what they are really capable of). It doesn’t make sense when you think about it , but it’s real. Giving in to these fears give them power over us, and that is not okay.
What Cause Fear?
There are many things that cause fear. Some people are brought up in negative environments which pre-dispose them to fear even before they have something to be afraid of. Some natural temperamental dispositions make some people prone to fear more than others. Sometimes too, there are real failures we may have had in the past that makes us afraid of doing the same thing again. These are but a few of the causes of fear. They don’t matter as much as overcoming them is.
What Is It At All?
Unlike shyness, fear is a spirit, not just a feeling we can overcome by ourselves or ignore, as some self-help experts might say. “God hath not given us the spirit of fear…”(2 Tim. 1:7, KJV, enphasis mine). Fear is a spirit that does not come from God. And if it does not come from Him then where else? Yeah, you got that right. The devil. One of those who claim to have seen heaven and hell say they saw, in hell, the spirit of fear chasing a certain woman there. This is not to scare you but to open your eyes to the reality. Some people are afraid of the dark, spiders, germs, and such. There are some phobias whose sources are difficult to comprehend. But research shows that the fear of public speaking (or of men, if you like) ranks the highest among them.
What  Does It Do To Us?
Fear enslaves us to its power. But this is an offence to Christ because we are His slaves. And a man cannot serve two masters and love them both the same. Fear stifles faith, whether it’s of spiders or heights. And the Bible says, “And without faith it is impossible to please God…”(Hebrews 11:6a, NIV). And also, “Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all we ask or think, according to the power that worketh within us”(Ephesians 3:20, ASV). It’s not healthy to have fear as the power that works within us. And that is an understatement.
So How To Overcome It?
“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love”(1 John 4:18, NIV). But Jesus has already taken away whatever punishment we should have had: “…The Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”( John 1:29, NIV). So there is no need to fear if we just trust God enough to obey Him by the power of the Holy Spirit, who is the Spirit of “power, of love , and of self-discipline”(2 Timothy 1:7, NIV). He is the opposite of the spirit of fear. We should also love God above all else, our pride and self-consciousness included.
“But I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desires of the flesh. For the flesh has desires that are opposed to the flesh…for these are in opposition to each other, so that you cannot do what you want.” (Galatians 5:16-17, a Bible app). And I bet you want to overcome whatever fear you have. Non?

Dear God, I Wish

That Christians would become perfect                                          
Immediately after conversion.
Or better yet
Be immediately raptured into heaven.

That prosperity preachers are right,
And that whatever I wish,
Whether Your will or not,
You will relinquish.

That Christianity is utopic;
That no sickness nor poverty,
Nothing that is catastrophic
Will ever happen to me.

That everybody will like me;
Friends and foes, strangers and family.
I’m sure that would make me more happy,
Every single day.

That Christians had their way in this world,
That every leader, those in authority,
Will have dwelling richly in them the Word,
Reflecting perfectly in their policy.

That I could turn back the hands of time
Towards some particular moments.
If given even a nick of that time,
Some mistakes I would prevent.

That all time would cease for just a sec,
Within which whatever I do
You would reject
And pretend You didn’t see me do.

BUT I thank You that all these are just that,
Silly wishes.
For if You grant some of that,
The world will go to Hades.

The rest it will be nice if You so choose,
Like every leader being on Your side.
But we make that choice,
Starting in Eden, where we chose the other side.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yours truly,
                                                                                                                                                                                                            ASeDa.

 Hebrews 4:16 KJV
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

WHO AM I?

For a long time I had an identity crisis. Being from a broken home, two years younger than my average classmates, and being a little on the short side, most of the things I heard about myself were negative, at least the ones I remember anyway. And life has taught me that whatever problem I’ve had has been someone else’s, whether in the ancient times or contemporary times or the not so distant past. And I’m not talking about the fleeting psychological sense of ‘identity crisis’: not only adolescents experience identity crisis. I believe it’s okay to ask ourselves who we are. Jesus once asked His disciples, “What do people say about me?” The disciples answered, “John the Baptist, a resurrected prophet, etc.” The Master went on to ask “Who do you say I am?” Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.” (Matt. 16:13-20)

Jesus did not need Peter’s validation of Himself; He knew who He was already so He was able to confirm correctly what Peter had said and even compliment Him. If Jesus had had an identity crisis He would have responded, “Er, erm, really, are you sure? I mean it’s true but do you really believe it? I’ve had people tell me I’m Beelzebub, my own hometowners don’t believe in who I am. But do you all twelve believe I’m the Son of God? Really, truly?”

Inasmuch as we ask ourselves who we are, we should be able to answer that question correctly. And I believe the best answer is: Who I am is who God says I am. That might be hard to swallow, since we don’t see God telling us who we are in broad daylight whilst on the other hand, people keep telling us what they think about us, some good, some bad all the time. But He says it in the Word. There are so many scriptures indicating how God sees us. For example, Isaiah 43 verse 1 says “But now this is what the Lord says, He who created you, O Jacob, He who formed you O Israel: ‘Fear not, for I have redeemed you, I have summoned you by name; you are Mine’.”

It’s as simple as that. We (Christians) are God’s. He has claimed possession of us in the Word. What is more sobering than this thought: that the Maker of heaven and earth, who is “no respecter of persons”, has chosen us to be His? Unless we see ourselves this way, it would be difficult for us to enjoy our status as Christians. As long as we are on earth people will continue to tell us what they think of us, and try to get us to believe them.

And unless we say with David, the man after God’s own heart that, “Lord, You are the Lord, my only source of well-being” (Psalm 16:2, emphasis mine), we’ll go through the unnecessary emotional burden of people-pleasing. Giving our lives to Christ is an end in itself, not a means to an end. For “in Him we move and breathe and have our being.” No matter how hard we try, we can’t do anything without Christ; our very respiration we depend on Him for! We can only acknowledge who Christ is, then who we are, then what He expects of us. Otherwise, though Christians, we would be like “a wave of the sea (of life), blown and tossed by the wind (of public opinion)”. (James 1:6, mine in brackets)

You Either Pray or You Praise; No Room For Depression

James 5:13 says,“Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise.”

Life is like a see-saw; it goes up( the good times), and it goes down( the bad times). That’s the way it is. Some people have been driven to suicide because of the latter. Some have lost their faith because of the same. But what do we (who want to serve God forever) do? The Bible says in the above verse, “Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise.”
This sums up our lives as Christians. As Christians we are not called to be buffeted by wherever life takes us.
“PRAY”
Whenever we go through bad times, we don’t have to go to anybody. We should pray to our Father in heaven.
Jesus depicted this clearly in the garden of Gethsemane when He prayed to God in the time before His gruesome death. “If any one is in trouble let them pray.” PRAY, not complain, not give up, not darken other people’s doorsteps with our gloomy trouble, but to pray. Prayer takes our perspective from ourselves and unto God. Jesus was led to say, “Not my will, but Yours be done” when He prayed in a time of impending trouble. We are often tempted to try everything within our power to resist troubles when they come, and leave God as our last resort. But when we pray, we acknowledge that we are only so able, and leave everything in God’s capable Hands.
 “PRAISE”

Jesus provides another powerful example of living through happy times by praise: “At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure.” (Luke 10:21, NIV)

Jesus being (more than just) happy showed His joy by praising God {Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus (Phil. 2:5)}. That’s the way we are called to live. Either you are praying or you are praising at any particular moment of your life…

Is Christianity Utopic?

Galatians 5:16 KJV
[16] This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.

Ray Boltz, Katy Perry, get the picture? These people were once Christians, but decided they “couldn’t do it anymore.” Listen to the the radio, you hear pastors who fornicate with church members, who steal, etc. and one wonders: What is Christianity really about? Is it some sort of a joke? Or some kind of game? We know it’s not, but we live as if it is. We sometimes use our humanity as an excuse, as to why we do certain things, but sometimes I wonder how much more God is going to take.
The Old Testament Era II?
In the old Testament era, people did things that God actually overlooked. For example, the priests were “forgiven” for working on the Sabbath, or for entering the Most Holy Place. Also, a good example is King David who had more than one wife, who fornicated, and though he was not allowed to build a temple for God, was still a man after God’s own heart.
The strength of Samson did not leave him after he slept with a prostitute. Judah slept with his own daughter-in-law without (seemingly) any repercussions. 
We hear of pastors and gospel musicians having affairs among themselves and writing songs and sermons as a way of apology to those whom they “may have offended”. I’m writing this because I myself  wonder if I can’t do these things as they do and still be okay. Afterall, they are still alive, and most have their marriages intact after everything.
What’s The Big Deal?
If the so-called big-shot Christians are making bigtime mistakes, what about me? I am not expected to be any better than these talented and experienced Christians, can I?
Unfortunately, no. 
Because inasmuch as God loves the world so much as to send His Son, insomuch as He is not going to pretend wrong is right after sending Jesus to do what  He did and go through what we He went through.

Jesus Christ did not die in order to give us a license and good conscience to sin.
In short, it’s not about the pastors, the gospel musicians and whatnot. In the end, it’s all about Jesus and what He did on the cross for us, and how we allow ourselves to be changed by it. It’s not about self, because the Bible already warns us to die to our flesh. It’s not about our humanity because the Bible admonishes us to walk in the Spirit so that we will not gratify the desires of the flesh. In the end there is no excuse.
Also, every action has consequences even here on earth. Though we are forgiven our daily sins, the results of our actions can never be wished away. For example, fornication can be forgiven, the guilt taken away, but God is not going to remove an unwanted baby miraculously.

Galatians 6:7 KJV

[7] Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.