FOCUS ON CHRIST

To focus is to direct one’s attention or concentrate on something. The word in itself brings a thought of a person struggling to keep his/her eyes fixed on something yet around him/her there are so many distractions seeking his/her attention as well.

The world around us is naturally attention grabbing. At all times it will seek to divert us from the sole attention of our lives as people called after the name of the Lord- the worship and love of God. And He replied to him, you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind (intellect). This is the great (most important, principal) and first commandment. (Matthew 22:37-38) The bible tells us to lay aside every weight (distraction) and keep our eyes fixed on Jesus as we run our race. He is the author and perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 12:1-2) “He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy” (Colossians 1:18). By rights, He should be our focus.

 

Hebrews 2 lists some of the things that Christ has done or is doing for us: He shared our humanity (verse 14), He breaks the power of the devil (verse 14), He frees us (verse 15)-You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free (John 8:32) whom the son sets free is free indeed (vs 36), the power of the holy spirit that we have received through Christ sets us free from all sin and death (Rom 8:2) He is our “merciful and faithful high priest” (verse 17), He suffered for us (verse 18), and He helps those who are tempted in this world (verse 18). Because of all this, Hebrews 3:1, says, “Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest.”  

 

In Mathew 14:25-30, Peter could only walk on water as long as he kept his eyes fixed on Jesus. When he looked aside and saw the waves and the wind and began to doubt, then he began to sink. Focus on Christ alone is enough to keep us going. We have to stop worrying about our needs and circumstances and fix our eyes on Him. Now all glory to Him who is able to do infinitely more than we can think or ask, according to the mighty power at work within us. (Ephesians 3:20)

 
What are some of the distractions that come our way?

 

  1. We’re human, and we tend to be very self-focused. It’s easy for us to get lost in our problems and ourselves to a point where we lose sight of God. When we become too focused on ourselves, we are no longer focusing on God. So much of our time even in prayer is spent on me, I and myself prayers such that we even forget to just sit at the feet of Jesus to listen to what God has to say over our lives. How many times have you taken time to just worship and give thanks to God? Jesus himself is a perfect example of considering others better than even ourselves. Even though he was God, he did not consider this as something to cling to. He instead accepted to give himself fully for me and you, even enduring suffering and a shameful criminal death on the cross so that we might receive salvation. And as a result, this he was exalted above all, and given the name above all names, that at the mention of that name every knee should bow in heaven and on earth, and every tongue confess that He indeed is Lord. (Philippians 2:4-11)

 

  1. Lust and love. We often find ourselves thinking of a crush before we think of God. We find ourselves lost in romantic fantasy or distracted by our partners. We can even get lost in our partner to where we no longer focus on our faith, and we only focus on the other person. Breakups can also be a huge distraction as we immerse ourselves in sadness. Christians are very marriage focused, and the desire to get married can also be a huge distraction from God and His purpose for our life.

 

 

  1. Television, movies, books…they all provide escape from our daily lives. There is nothing that says we cannot provide ourselves a little break from reality by being entertained, but when that entertainment gets in the way of our faith, it becomes a spiritual distraction. We need to cultivate a balance. Our affections should not be misplaced. Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. (1 John 2:15)

 

  1. Material things. Every day, every week we wake up to new gadgets, new stuff. All we need to do is to draw a difference between what we want and what we need. No single day shall we fail to get updated stuff in the market but God has been there, he is there and will forever be there. He is eternal. The bible says that He is God yesterday, today and he will be God even tomorrow. For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. (1 Tim 6:10)

 

                                                                                                            

  1. Academics and work. We all need to go to school and many people need to work. They are an essential part of our lives, but we also need to be careful not to let them distract us from our faith. Now, faith does not give us an excuse to ditch school or not study. To avoid the distractions that school and work can cause, we must be better at managing our time. An out of control schedule is one thing we must save ourselves from. We have to, we must prune our activities. Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. (Eph 5:16)

                                                                                                                                               

  1. Works of service. Even serving God can provide a spiritual distraction. Sure, we may be working for Him, but sometimes we lose sight of God in our struggle of being better and better servants every day.

 

 

 

 

How then do we maintain a focus on Christ?

 

True fellowship requires us to put to death all that is earthly (fornication, impurity, evil passions, covetousness- adultery) and bring to life the heavenly (compassion, kindness, lowliness, meekness and patience). Striving daily to die to self and be alive in the spirit can be really helpful. “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” (col 3:1-4)

 

We can only be focused on Christ when our private lives are in order. Developing and constantly observing the basic spiritual disciplines of bible study, meditation on the word, daily quiet time, a never ceasing prayer cycle and a petrous hard faith can be of great help:

 

Here are some practical ways for a born-again believer to stay focused on Christ:

  1. Commit to reading the Bible. It is impossible for a believer to be consistently in the Word without having his attention drawn again and again to Christ: “The Scriptures point to me!” Jesus said (John 5:39, NLT) Then He said to them, this is what I told you while I was still with you: everything which is written concerning Me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled. Then He [thoroughly] opened up their minds to understand the Scriptures, and said to them, Thus it is written that the Christ (the Messiah) should suffer and on the third day rise from (among) the dead, (Luke 24:44) (Hebrews 10:7). To focus on the Word of God is to have the Son of God brought more into focus. Note that when Jesus was tempted by the devil who sought to divert His focus on God, he used the scripture to overcome him. So, reading and memorizing scripture is very key for our focus. We get more focused on God when we meditate upon the scriptures day and night (Joshua 1:8)
  2. Develop your prayer life. Prayer is a communication with our heavenly father. When we communicate to Him in prayer, we definitely focus on Him. If you want to know how to pray, read Jesus’ instructions to His disciples in Luke 11:1–13. As you speak to the Lord throughout your day, you will naturally be more focused on Him. Little things, big things—we can come to the Lord with any and all of our cares. The command is to “pray continually” (1 Thessalonians 5:17), to always be in an attitude and atmosphere of instant prayer.
  3. Trust the Lord as your only protector: “My eyes are ever on the LORD, for only he will release my feet from the snare” (Psalm 25:15). Once we understand the spiritual dangers we face every day, we will focus more on Christ, our one and only Savior, who alone has the power of deliverance.
  4. Recognize your constant need of the Lord as the source of all good things: “Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of a maidservant to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the LORD our God, till he has mercy upon us” (Psalm 123:2, ESV). The world offers various means of obtaining love, joy, and peace, but they are destined to disappoint. The believer should understand that love, joy, and peace (and a many other fine gifts) are the direct result of his relationship with Christ (Galatians 5:22–23). As some put their trust in horses, chariots and their own might, we put ours in the Lord. (Psalms 20:7)
  5. See the world for what it is: a sin-filled place of desperate need. The darker the world is to us, the more clearly the light of Christ will stand out. It’s not hard to focus on a light in a darkened room. And we have the prophetic word [made] firmer still. You will do well to pay close attention to it as to a lamp shining in a dismal (squalid and dark) place, until the day breaks through [the gloom] and the Morning Star rises (comes into being) in your hearts. (2 Peter 1:19). Those who stay focused on Christ will find their perspective on worldly things changing…And the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.”
  6. A daily quiet time with expectancy, reverence, alertness and willingness to obey. “O God, you are my God. I earnestly seek you.” (Ps 63:1) Mark 1:35- Early in the morning Jesus separates himself to a quiet place to have a focused time with His father. Acts 2:1-2 peter and John went to the temple to have a time in prayer. Don’t try to serve God with your leftover time. Have a time specifically set for Him.
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OF WHAT BENEFIT IS THIS SALVATION?

Why should I get born again? Why should I receive Christ and give Him my life instead of I myself keeping it? You too might be wondering why everywhere you go evangelists are always persuading you to get born again.

There are many benefits to serving God. David lists some of them in Psalm 103:1-6. These are God’s paycheck with a bonus for being a blood washed, born-again child of God. Oh yea, the world and the Devil offer benefits as well, but the paycheck is woe, misery, sickness, depression, death, and, oh yes, don’t forget about the bonus — an eternal hell fire. Satan and the world will whine and claim that there is nothing to this, but God has given us a wonderful salvation for all to see and it is free of charge to anyone that is willing to come and humble themselves before a holy and righteous God.

 

The benefits of serving our wonderful God include, but are not limited to:

  1. He forgives all our iniquities. If we confess that we have sinned he is faithful enough to forgive us. (1 John 1:7-9) When our sins are forgiven, we are able to approach His throne of grace in our times of need and ask for help. When we are full of sin, this favor is denied. We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him. (John 9:31). The LORD is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous. (Proverbs 15:29)
  2. He heals all our diseases and we enjoy good health. How can a child of the Most High suffer these common ailments? Never, for He will rescue you from every trap and protect you from the deadly disease. (Psalms 91:3) By the stripes of Jesus we are not only saved but we have access to divine healing. Nevertheless, I will bring health and healing to it; I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security. (Jeremiah 33:6).
  3. Our lives are redeemed from eternal destruction. Now every redeemed soul can sing with confidence, “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?” (1 Corinthians 15:55). We are saved from the death and destruction that we deserved.
  4. He crowns us with loving kindness and tender mercies. God is love and we as His children get to enjoy the full measure of His love to the point that on the day of judgement we shall be confident to stand before Him. His perfect love that casts out fear. For we are not given a spirit of timidity, but of power, love and sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7)
  5. He renews our youth like the eagles. But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31)
  6. The LORD executes righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed. When the enemy (Satan and the world) comes in like a flood God answers the cries and prayers of those that call upon Him because of the oppressor. He is too righteous and just to close His ears to their cry. When you become a child of God. He quiets the oppressor so that he is never heard of again.
  7. He satisfies us with good things. If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? (Matthew 7:11). Be it financial provision, be it peace of mind, He is able to do exceedingly, abundantly above all we can think of or imagine. (Ephesians 3:20)

What are you waiting for? Receive Christ today as your savior and begin a journey of personal faith in Him. For sure you will never be disappointed.

Say this prayer and believe if you wanna be born again:

Heavenly God, with understanding I confess that I have not lived to the mark. I have been lost in sin and worldly ways. Today I pray that you may forgive my sins. Search me Lord, and see my anxious thoughts, lead me to your way everlasting. Thank you for giving your son to die for me and my sins. I give myself to you. Take me and reside in me. In Jesus’ Name. Amen

HOW CAN WE RECEIVE SALVATION?

Mankind, as recorded in the Bible, is born in a state of sin because of the original sin of Adam and Eve. We are therefore not just sinners because we sin but instead, we sin because we are sinners by nature. While we may have the freedom to choose our course of conduct, we still lack the freedom to fully avoid sin. Sin is inherent in each choice we make. It is only God’s choice to extend His grace to us that salvation is possible.

John 3:16 -17: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved. “Then as one man’s trespass led to the condemnation of all men, so one man’s (Jesus) act of righteousness leads to acquittal and life for all men. For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by one man’s obedience many will be made righteous.” (Romans 5:18-19)

Salvation comes first by us confessing that indeed Christ died as a sacrifice for our sins and that He rose again from the dead and is now alive seated at the right Hand of the Father. If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth, one confesses and is saved. (Romans 10:9-10). When we confess Jesus Christ as Lord, we place ourselves at the foot of the cross in absolute surrender to God who, through the Lord Jesus Christ, has made it possible for sinful man to be reconciled to a holy and righteous God.

Secondly, we have to believe and prove our faith by total submission to God. We should surrender our wills to the Lord Jesus Christ and trust in Him as the only hope of our salvation. By grace, we are saved through faith. (Ephesians 2:8)

Grace gives us the justification, but faith gives us acceptance before God. And without faith, it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. (Hebrews 11:6) the bile puts it so clear that when Abraham believed, his faith was credited to him as righteousness.

Salvation, however free it is, comes with strings attached. After you are born again, your old lifestyle has to go with all its sinful behaviors and tendencies. “You then take up a new Christlike self. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:  that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.” (2 Corinthians 5:17-20)

WHY DO WE NEED SALVATION?

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. He also created man in his own image and likeness. (Gen 1:26-30) He then gave man dominion over all His creation and allowed him to eat from all the trees in the garden except only one tree-the tree of knowledge of good and evil. (Gen 2:16) Then, man enjoyed unlimited fellowship with God. The Lord God would visit Adam and Eve in the garden just to see how they were faring on. (Gen 3:8)

Then comes the serpent who deceives Eve to eat the fruit from the tree that the Lord had forbidden. Instead of remembering the lord’s instruction and refusing to be deceived, Eve gave in to the deception and ate the fruit. She even gave some to her husband who eats as well. All of a sudden, they discover that they were naked. And so, sin came into the world as a result of Adam and Eve failing to meet the standard that God had set for them. They missed the mark! (Sin means to miss a mark.)

Now man is kicked out of the garden of Eden where he used to enjoy Gods presence. As a result of sin, man and God are separated.  With the following generations, man grew to be more evil to the extent that God decided to wipe the whole human population with a flood. (Gen 7)

Later on, man tries getting back to God through Human interventions. They offer animal sacrifices for the atonement of sins but it just couldn’t work. Animal blood could only last a short time and they therefore had to offer such sacrifices periodically for them to receive forgiveness of sin from God and for peace (Lev 7:1-3, 11-13). Offering animal blood was like sacrificing that animal’s life for them to receive forgiveness of sin. Blood represents life. (Lev 17:14) Only Jesus’ blood was able to grant eternal forgiveness.

No one is righteous. “Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned.” (Romans 5:12) “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) “There is none righteous, not even one.” (Romans 3:10).

Even our best deeds are tainted before Him. So, there is no way we can attain salvation, forgiveness of sin and reunion with God by our own deeds. Many people try to earn a place in heaven by performing good deeds such as attending church, giving money to the poor, being a good person, or by getting baptized or christened. The truth is many good and generous people will live in hell, being eternally separated from God because the penalty for their sin must be paid. It is impossible to earn entrance into heaven or to earn salvation. In Matthew 7:22-23, Jesus said, “Many will say to me on that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? And in thy name cast out devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works? And then I will profess to them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

Because of our sin, we all deserve death. The bible states, “The wages of sin is death.” (Romans 6:23). While the physical consequence of sin is physical death, that is not the only kind of death that results from sin. All sin is ultimately committed against an eternal and infinite God (Psalm 51:4). Because of that, the just penalty for our sin is also eternal and infinite. What we need to be saved from is eternal destruction (Matthew 25:46, Revelations,20:15)

New Life at Work

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20, NIV)

“In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 6:11, NIV)

Christ can live and continue his ministry through us while we are still in this world. These two verses encapsulate these “secrets” of the kingdom to us. If we grasp these truths, in faith, our lives will be in for radical change. We can become “overcomers,” no longer helpless victims enslaved to sin.

We must be crucified with Christ, counting ourselves dead to sin. Yes, sin lurks inside of us, always trying to reassert itself. But the good news is we no longer have to surrender to its control. The following verses verify this spiritual truth:

  • “Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it.” (Romans 8:12, NIV)
  • “For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin.” (Romans 6:6, NIV)
  • “For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.” (Romans 8:13, NIV)
  • “So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.” (Galatians 5:16, NIV)

Can we accept this truth in faith, believing it is true? We must do so if we are to experience the new life in Christ. As far as Paul was concerned, the old Paul was dead. He no longer lived, but Christ lived in him by faith! We are to have the same belief and faith.

These are verses for us to meditate on and memorize. Practice saying the following to yourself:

  1. I am crucified with Christ. The old________ (your name) is dead.
  2. Christ lives in me! He has taken up residence in my heart, and He is now in control.
  3. The life I live now in my body is by faith in Christ.

When we mess up from time to time, we then confess, for “if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9, ESV)

CALL TO SEXUAL PURITY

On this Sunday evening, I was just relaxing in my room after church thinking of how I would spend my week. The sermon on that day about sexual purity was just dope, and I couldn’t wait to start putting it to practice soonest possible.

I had erred on several occasions as pertains to the topic and therefore the session was just an eye-opening experience for me.

Sexual purity is not just about being able to withhold that urge to have sex till one is married. It involves mental and emotional purity as well.” This sentence kept ringing in my mind.  It made me think of the many ways I had failed to please God in the area of sexual purity. For sure I have never had sex with any woman whatsoever but my thoughts and emotions concerning this are among the few things I cannot dare scatter in public. They are just very immoral, for lack of a softer word to use.

Pornography, masturbation and premarital sex are among the things that are taking the current generation by storm. So many youths are falling into this, so many are being deceived, so many young girls are losing their futures, so many children are being born in questionable circumstances, so many children are being raised up by single parents yet some are being raised even by elderly grandparents. And as if this is not enough, so many youth and even elderly people are failing to please the Lord and are falling into this trap of immorality. We have given the evil one a loophole into our lives, we are allowing him to destroy our generations and separate us from our Savior. Families are breaking up and so many parents displeasing God because they haven’t understood what God wants-sexual purity. God himself created sex and scheduled it for a specific time in one’s life. Sex is meant for marriage!

One blogger once wrote on her blog,” I am addressing an issue of great importance. I believe that we have abandoned biblical standards of sexual behavior, to our great harm and detriment. Our Christian mind has been invaded by the moral degradation of the world around us that we have become indoctrinated with pop culture rather than indoctrinated with God’s truth.”

Just because every other person is doing sin that doesn’t justify you to engage in the same; just because everyone around you has tasted that which God designed for marriage even before its time, this doesn’t mean you too should try it out. It is not fun at all to sin. It displeases Him. Peer pressure should never drive you. Be different. Do not blend, stand out instead. God isn’t looking for a crowd, he just needs that one person who will love him and keep his commands. He wants you to keep yourself holy for his use.

The Bible in Romans 12:1-2 states it very clearly, “I appeal to you therefore brethren, by the mercies of God to present your bodies as a living sacrifice holy and acceptable to God. Do not copy the behavior and customs of this world but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you which is good, pleasing and perfect.” (NLT)

Just the other day I met this young man who happened to share with me his sexual life history. He wasn’t actually seeking advice from me but was instead trying to make me see how man enough he was. Well, he confidently and shamelessly told me that he had had sex with nine ladies…and the list was still growing longer maybe. He actually could mention the names of each and even remember the dates as if this was something very prestigious that everyone should know. Since when has manhood been measured by how many ladies we sleep with? Is this not just a consequence of some of our back-wayward cultures and beliefs that we must disconnect from so as to please God? I know it clearly that real men don’t take ladies to bed, they instead take them to Christ.

Well, is sexual purity just for the chosen few? Is it for priests or pastors? Obviously, no. It is for us all since we are all God’s creation created to represent Him both in our thoughts, speech and actions.

Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy spirit within you which you have from God? You are not your own. You were bought for a price so glorify God in your body. (1 Corinthians 6:12-20). All other sins are committed outside the body but sexual sins are committed against the body itself which is the dwelling place of the Holy spirit of God. So, whenever we commit sexual sin we too drag the Holy spirit through that ordeal and this degrades Gods spirit within us.

 

Deterioration of moral standard in our societies has been speeded up by:

  1. Sexual revolutions have come to be accepted as normal whereby sex is not attached to any responsibilities whatsoever. These revolutions were too against biblical laws regarding sex. A Christian ought not to subscribe to these. Sex biblically binds too people permanently as husband and wife in the spiritual realm. That’s why the bible in 1 Corinthians 6:15 states that he who unites himself are one and the same thing. We should not be united with anyone before Gods appointed time.

I have been trying to imagine; if sex binds two people together permanently and here with me is one young man barely 19 years old who has already had sex with nine ladies or maybe a 17-year-old girl who has already engaged in the act with 5 men, how do these two look in the spiritual realm? Aren’t they shapeless? Or maybe they are just in a chain reaction. While they are physically single, they are already polygamous in the spiritual world!

  1. The media carries this message blatantly and subtly. Sexually arousing media are everywhere all the way from the news presenters on TV to the websites we visit. The movies we watch and the music we listen to all suggest sexual immorality. We have to avoid any sexually suggestive media by all means for it is out of the abundance of the heart that the mouth speaks. What we feed ourselves with is what expresses exteriorly. (Matthew 12:34). Isaiah 5:20 says, “woe to those who call evil good and good evil; who put darkness for light and light for darkness…”
  2. The death of shame. People in current world just don’t have any sense of shame at all. We have to be different. We are sons and daughters of the light and the light in us should shine to the whole world. To raise a child without shame is like to raise one with no immune system against evil.

 

What does the bible say concerning sex and sexual purity?

The seventh commandment states that thou shall not commit adultery. Any sex outside marriage is a sin. The Bible does not approve of this.

Sexual immorality in the bible refers to premarital sex(fornication), sex outside marriage(adultery) and all the other sexual misbehaviors as described in Leviticus 18 – sex with a relative, gaysm, lesbianism, homosexuality.

It also includes obscenity on movies and on TV and even foolish talks and silly jokes about sex. These should never be mentioned about the people of God-the chosen generation and royal priesthood of the Most High.

“Let there be no sexual immorality or impurity or greed among you. Such sins have no place among God’s people.”                                                                                  – Ephesians 5:3

 

Benefits of living sexually pure are:

As Christians and even every other person, we all believe in existence of a supreme being-God, be it the Hindus, Muslim or even all other religions. The supreme beings here will always have conditions which we must obey so as to be in line with them.

God loves us all and expects us to love Him back. But then we cannot love God when we do not obey His commands. Sexually purity stands as one of the areas we have to please God in.

Apart from pleasing God and fueling our relationship with Him, sexual purity will protect you from diseases, it will prevent you from being overcome by the guilt and shame that follows sexual sin. Gives you credibility both now and in future- we’ll all want to have daughters and sons who are morally upright and not that loose girl or gent. Keeping ourselves pure now will make our advice to them credible when that time comes.

Consequences of sexual immorality are:

  1. You can never imagine this: sexual immorality makes you lose the glory of God in you. Tamar after being raped by her brother lost her glory. She mourned and tore apart her precious clothes. She was no longer of worth.
  2. As if this is not enough, our fellowship with God is too obstructed. The freedom from guilt and our holiness before God usually present us with some confidence before Him. Whenever this purity is lost, guilt comes in and we find it hard to fellowship with God again. After Adam and Eve had sinned they were chased from God’s presence-the garden of Eden.
  3. It also brings us bad memories and regrets which may not go even after we have repented and have been forgiven by God. By this, premarital sex always has a bearing on problems that occur during marriage. Why destroy your future happy marriage that God has prepared for you by tasting a fruit that isn’t mature yet? Unripe mangoes are bitter, you too can testify this. Be patient.

What then for you who has fallen to this already?

Our God is a God who gives a second chance to all of us as long as we get back to him with a broken heart. He promises us in 1 John 1:9 that if we confess our sins before Him then He is faithful and will forgive us but if we say we have not sinned we make Him a liar and therefore the Holy Spirit is not in us. This means that if we feel the regret about what we might have done and seek His forgiveness then He hears and will forgive us. If we become arrogant then he has no business with us.

You can put God’s principles to effect in your life wherever you are just today wherever you are. You can start over again and live a sexually pure life if you want to:

  • If you are in that illicit relationship, don’t think twice, don’t seek advice, just break it today.
  • If your relationship is heading in that direction just end it today.
  • If you aren’t in a relationship and want to have one someday than set for yourself high standards of conducting yourself and write then down.
  • Keep off all those sexually arousing movies you have been watching and the music you have been listening to.
  • Stop that TV channel that doesn’t honour God.
  • Avoid all joking and coarse talks about sex.
  • Stop those sex-chats you have engaged in and in fact delete the messages plus the contacts altogether.
  • Keep off all bad company-in this case all people who do not subscribe to biblical principles and who do not have high standards as yours.
  • Make a covenant with God to start where you are and walk by His principles. Pray daily so that God gives you strength to do this. It is not impossible, it is in fact the doorway to freedom, joy and happy life.

 

 

 

©Kavulavu Brighton 2017

PRAY IN A GROUP OR ALONE?

By the way is any of these prayers better than the other? I have always wondered over this too until I got the revelation just the other day. I love the way God answers my worries, questions and concerns even before I ask Him at times.

I love the way God answers my worries, questions and concerns even before I ask Him at times.

We usually have fasting and prayer for our church and the whole church at large on every Monday, and then a corporate prayer in the evening from 7pm to 8pm. Now on this Sunday I was very tired and was not sure if I would fast the next day.

I had been finding it difficult to attend corporate prayers in the morning and evenings. I actually preferred praying alone so that I could have time just between me and my God and pray concerning my life and get to know what His will for my life really is.  I always enjoyed this and found it so spiritually refreshing than ever!

That evening I visited my mentor and had some nice time with Him. Then just before I left for my room we prayed together. I was first to pray, I prayed. He then prayed. In his prayer, he was addressing and declaring to each day of the week one by one. To Monday he declared, “We declare that no bad news shall come out of the day and that Lord, you shall leas us in knowing you more.” To all the days he kept repeating the phrase and mentioning even the church events on each day. It was nice.

Well, I slept still unsure on whether to be part of the fasting on Monday or not. I too was undecided on whether I should attend the evening corporate or not. I was like confused.

This was a night of its own type. Of late I hadn’t been having dreams but on this night, I had one. In the dream, I was walking from my room going to church at night with my friend and passed by this road bent at which we met a ghost! Yes, I mean a ghost. I can’t remember clearly its image but it was more like the ones we see in the fiction movies. With the confidence I had in my faith, I commanded it out of my way alone and for sure it did. We continued with our way to church. Just at the church gate, there was another one. This one looked stronger but I still had confidence to command it. Of course, the other one had obeyed so I expected this one too to follow suit. I did as I had done to the other one but this one just stood there looking at me, in fact it started moving towards me. So, I decided to stretch out my and continue declaring to it but it seemed to overpower me. I told my friend to join me in it and it took us some time, now both of us. Anyway, at last we made it and it was out of our way. We entered the church and gave thanks. Indeed, it had been a long and trying walk of just 200 meters.

From this I learnt of how strong we are when we stand together in faith, when we combine our prayers. Together we can do more! This experience changed my view ant the next day I had a reason enough to join other church members in fasting and praying for the church.

This however does not mean we neglect personal prayers. It is good to have personal devotions and quiet times, just we and our God alone but it is important too to supplement with corporate prayers.

 

 

 

Bible Bite: Faith to Move Mountains…

Of how great and important faith is to a christian, accompanied by the correct interpretation of scripture.

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There are a bunch of passages in scripture that I used to ignore, mostly because I didn’t know what to do with them.  I’m guessing that you’re possibly like me; you know that certain passages are there but you’ve never really tackled them satisfactorily.  In a discussion I had with a noted prosperity preacher (who shall remain anonymous), one specific passage came up and I got thinking about how he twisted it.  He seemed to be making a fairly simple observation, but it was a text that I knew I had never sorted through and now I was forced to deal with it.

The text was Matthew 17:20.

What does a person do with Jesus teaching on faith in Matthew 17:20?

“…if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be…

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Faith To Move Mountains.

For so long the Israelites stayed in the wilderness on their way from Egypt to the promised land of Canaan. This was barely a distance that could be covered in a very short time but it had to take them forty years. During that period, the generation of the people who left Egypt, the ones who always complained even when God was doing good to them all had to be wiped out so that the generation that entered the promised land was a very new one.
During all this time, God was there for them. He provided water in the wilderness in mysterious ways and provided for them food in a place where food could not be found. He in addition offered them protection from their enemies and even granted them victory in battles they could never have won on their own. He made a way for them where there seemed to be no way at all. They crossed the Red Sea on a dry ground!
As if this was not enough, the children of Israel still had not developed full reliance on God. Even after he promised them that whatever ground their feet stepped on they shall possess, they still had to doubt. They still found it necessary to send spies, twelve young and energetic men, one selected from each community to go and spy the land and bring feedback to them. They wanted to rate and see if what God was giving them was good. They lacked faith!
“…Every place that the sole of your feet shall tread upon, that I have given unto you, as I said unto Moses.” -Joshua 1:3
Even after God promised that the whole earth would be saved through a descendant of Abraham, they still did not believe in Jesus. Their expectations were just the exact opposite of what the will of God was. For instance, while God’s plan was to bring salvation from sin and freedom from the bondage of legality to the whole of the human race, they expected to get a mighty earthly ruler who would establish Israel as a super power kingdom here on earth.
Today God has put this in me, that faith is very key. I have experienced times that made me doubt his greatness. I have lost phones severally and now after losing the last one, about 4 months ago, I have been praying that God gives me another one. For sure I need one, I seriously need it. For all that long I have waited but He has remained mute. Is it that he doesn’t exist? Or is it that he doesn’t hear my prayers? Is it that he doesn’t have the ability and power to deliver a result to my prayer? Is he just a good for nothing God? For sure he isn’t useless. He isn’t powerless. He has ability and authority.
How many battles has God won for us? Has he not been there for us at all times? Has he ever at any point left us to make our way alone? It’s a bare fact that our living, in whatever conditions or circumstances we are living in is just by Him. It his Him that wakes up every morning. It is Him that ensures we are alive and healthy and even when we get unwell, it is still Him that heals us and restores our normalcy. Is this not enough for us to trust Him fully? Has he not done enough yet to earn our trust?
He has revealed to me how our human desires and expectations are not in line with His anytime we are not standing at our rightful positions with Him. We pray and ask God for things, both great and small, but we forget that He too has His requirements and desires that He wants us to fulfil. Do we ever get time to just ask God what his will for us is so that we may fulfill it?
Many at times we pray and fast asking God to stretch His healing hand over us or our loved ones. We do this with faith and full trust that he will grant the desires of our hearts, but what then what happens when he chooses to do otherwise? Do we lose trust in Him? Does this make Him a liar?
It is impossible to please God without faith and worse still, it is impossible to obtain anything from Him without having faith. The word says that when we pray and believe that we have received it, then we shall have it. God wants us never to doubt Him the way the Israelites doubted.
“…and a prayer of faith will save the sick man and the Lord will raise him up.” -James 5:15 (RSV)
Elijah was a man just like us but he prayed that it might not rain and for three and a half years it never rained. He prayed again and the heavens gave rain and the earth brought forth its fruit (James 5: 17-18-RSV). He had faith and was walking right with God. The bible says that the prayer of a righteous man avails much. The winds too obeyed Jesus because he was full of faith. (Matthew 8:27)
“He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.” -Matthew 17:20
God is so faithful to His word that when we seek Him we shall find Him, when we knock the door shall be opened to us and when we ask of Him then he will give unto us, but this is only possible if we develop total, I mean total reliance on Him. We should never at any point doubt His promises. We’ve got to have faith!
©Kavulavu 2017

Command that Mountain in Jesus’s Name!

For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he says shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he says [ Mark 11:23 , Matthew 21:21 , Matthew 17:20 , Luke 17:6 ].
In the life of believers,mountains are guaranteed.He did not promise us a smooth ride;but He promised to be with us and to bring us out safely.The cornerstone of a believers walk of faith is the “the power of believing,the power of faith”

Learn to speak to your mountains. Two things there are;if u dont speak to your mountains, they will speak you.If you don’t tell them to move,they will command you to move.
Allow not your mountains to put yoi down and pluck you from your God that you love.Speak to your mountains. The key to your victory you got;Faith!it is right at your lips.Speake to your mountains. Be encouraged in the Lord.Mbarikiwe.

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