FOLLOWING AFTER GOD

Great God

Thank you for what you’re determined to do in us, and through us.*

Thank you for the spice of your Word, as it spices our destiny tonight to the glory of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen

We’ll be examining a critical Ailment in Christendom which is *Following After God*

I’ll be sharing here some very powerful secrets the Father in his Mercy has made me know.

I salute all Generals in the house, God bless you in Jesus Christ name. Amen.

I’ll like to start by saying that *”The quality of our lives as believers’ is dependent on the quality of our walk with God“*

As a branch desiccates on disjoining and fracturing from a stem, so is our lives outside God* You don’t need to loud it that you are following God, we will know by the fruitings of your life

Hear this;

The best of Leaders ever produced were the best of followers ever known

To know a great leader, check if he/she had been a great follower.*

Digest this

*John 15:5* *NLT*

Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.

One verse too powerful a meaning.

The reason why most Christians are where they are is because they have refused to follow God and those that God has placed as watchers over them. Have you noticed that it’s hard to find a cub of any great or giant animal walking alone? It’s always found in the company of older and fierce seniors. Then after several years of maturity, we shouldn’t be surprised to see what was once a *Cub* is now a *Terror* to other animals. The secret was in its enduring followership. As I try to round off tonight, it disappoints God and it disappoints me to see believers living as beggars and unbelievers as princes. Paul who first caught this mystery wrote to the Corinth church.

*1 Corinthians 11:1*

Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.

He unravelled a mystery that many of them didn’t understand. The reason why Nigerian Christianity is the way it is, is because only few people are truly following God. Following God is not in going to church every Sunday, it’s what we do behind closed doors* It’s not in being a General Overseer of a movement, it’s in what we do when no one is watching*

I’ll drop the pen here tonight to finalize tomorrow.

*Questions and contributions will be much appreciated*

*Thank you Yahweh for rekindling fire in our heart. Cause it to burn, and spread to souls around, to the Glory of your dear name Jesus Christ. Amen

We thank you merciful God for another show of love by the release of your word, rearrange fallen alters tonight, turn smoke to fire, and liberate our minds in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen

I’ll like to start by saying that

There’s no limit to what God can turn a man into, the limit is in man’s cooperation with God”

Simply put, ‘Your life can be better than this if you can listen to God”

Let’s try to digest this;

*John 12:24*

Verily, verily, I say unto you, except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.

It takes a seeds cooperation with the ground to become a tree. That implies that *until a seed dies, it can’t become a tree’. This is so powerful on my heart, I pray I’ll be able to deliver it. All the farmer can do is plant a seed to the ground. It’s left for the seed to die or not

Hear this wise people

*God cannot change YOU without YOUR consent and cooperation*

You see, while we are playing and whiling away time, nations are waiting for us to manifest. The Deliverance of so many men is tied to our rising

*Now hear this; ‘The best version of you is hidden in God’

What you’ll become in Life depends on how tight you hold on to God. We’ll come to that shortly by God’s grace

*Now hear this*

*There’s a better place for you if you are ready to follow God*🤔

*God is not limited in power, it is man that is limited in following.

How then can we follow and press after and into God? Please Digest this*

*Hebrews 12:4*

Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.🤔

*Daniel 1:8*

But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.

The problem is.. *The resolve of many Christians to follow after God is weak* A man who is truly hungry will do anything to eat, what more a believer who is truly hungry for God

The truth is this.*our hunger for God in this generation is low* you can’t eat more than your hunger level. That simply means that; the level we are spiritually is a reflection of our hunger level towards God. No amount of fasting and prayer can take you deeper in God than your hunger for Him. Many preachers have pointed out that it takes fasting, prayers etc. to get deep in God, as true as that is, yet, the foundation of all those activities is actually our hunger for God. As I round off tonight, God does not reward the seekers but the diligent seekers* Heb 11:6

*It’s not enough to want God, Desire Him and he’ll come. Hallelujah, I love Jesus

Quick Test

If God blesses you ALL ROUND, will you still be going to church, will you still be waking up at midnight to pray?

Brethren, God calls us tonight. He calls us into personal reawakening. He calls us to fan the smokes to fire 🔥. He calls us to stir up life within us. Let’s get fed up with this level, and look to him for life.

I conclude finally by saying that God’s will aren’t enough, our cooperation in needed.

Thank you Master for life being diffused into our vessel tonight Thank you. Grant that in years to come we’ll be found standing and burning for the name of Christ Jesus. Amen.

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HOW REAL IS THE BIBLE

HOW REAL IS THE BIBLE

Brethren let us Pray

Dear Father,

Bless our conversation this evening and edify us as we go through this In Jesus Name. Amen.

Ok this evening

We would thread the paths of apologetics, reasoning and the scriptures I would love you to join the Ride this Evening. ‘How real is the Bible?’

Well I would take this question in the following perspective; ‘is the Bible real…?

Let me start like this; To the atheist and agnostic, and perhaps other kinds of non-believers it’s a book of fairy tales and myths. To the believer, especially to the born again believer in Christ, it’s God’s book to His children (not everyone is a child of God; only the saved people are). It’s historical, practical for today, and prophetic. It’s only able to be spiritually discerned by those who have the Holy Spirit living in them. He is the one who gives us understanding of the Word. None of the unsaved have Him living in their souls, so they can only understand the Bible in a cursory way.

The original writings were inspired by God writing through men who were led and filled with the Holy Spirit. We do not have the original writings. We have many thousands of copies made in the very early times by scribes. They were so meticulous in their copying that when the proof reader found an error in the writing the whole page was destroyed and then rewritten.

To compare the superiority of the New Testament writings if you compare the writings of Pliny, Plato, Euripides, and Caesar they don’t have anywhere near the evidence that they are accurate than the NT does. For instance Aristotle lived 384–322BC; the earliest copy of his writings came 1400 years after he wrote. There are 49 copies. For the New Testament which was written in AD 50–100 it was less than 100 years when the first copies were made. There are 5600 copies and it is considered to be 99% accurate. No one knows if Aristotle’s writings are accurate, but they are all accepted as being accurate with no questions. The NT has far more credibility for its copies, but people want to question it. You may go to /Christianity/bible/illustration-bible-text-manuscript-tree-and variant-readings to cross check this information. We know that most NT and OT translation of the Bible may have some errors, but they are not about anything important to the message that God gave to mankind. The King James Bible uses the word “Easter” in the book of Acts, but Easter was never conceived until many years later. That’s not a major error. *The Bible is for real.*

*Another Point Of View*

The Bible isn’t a single book. _It doesn’t even claim to be a single book._ It is more like a library, containing several different departments, each with a variety of books in them, written at different times and by different people.

Some are purely religious texts.

Some are legal texts.

Some are history (as understood by the writer, the same as all history). Some are stories.

Some are songs.

Some are prophecy for the future.

Some are legends.

Some are myths (i.e. stories that explain things).

Some are poetry.

Some are “lifestyle advice”.

Some are records of what people said and did.

Some are letters.

Some are effectively sermons.

There is even one that makes no mention of God at all.

So the question is rather meaningless. For a lot of these books, the concepts of “real” or “fake” make no sense.

How can you have fake poetry? I suppose you could ask “Is the Book of Exodus real or fake?”. That would be a valid question, and could be approached through historical study and archaeology. It’s worth noting though, that a lot of people went knowingly to their deaths defending the truth of these texts, right from the beginning when many of them would have had personal knowledge of the events described. It’s Not very likely to defend deliberately a fake instruction for Life. Some people has the Acronym of Bible like this;

B- Basic

I- instruction

B- Before

L- Leaving

E- Earth

*(Presuppositions – is the Bible real?)*

For some the Bible is real 100% (these are usually the Christian fundamentalists), for others is like 50% (people who believe in God but they also have a degree of historical knowledge and they think that many passages are symbolical), for others is like 10% (these are the people who think of the Bible only from a historical point of view), and for others is 0% (these people never read the Bible and they don’t even care what it says in it. They say that the book is full of rubbish and they don’t even bother to select the information). Now, if you expected an answer in which someone takes book by book or chapter by chapter and analyses them and say what is real and what is not, that is never going to happen. Ok let’s me go deeper.

But really “Is the Bible truly God’s Word?” or “Is God really the author of the Bible”, then that is a decision that you must make on your own. That’s why they often call religions “Faith”, because it takes faith to believe something with no evidence.

Hebrews 11:1 says “Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see”.

It does not take faith for me to believe that I own a TV if it is standing right in front of me. We have faith that God exists, even though we cannot see Him; or rather, because we do not see him, but are sure that he is there”. I have some for us to read from the scriptures, but it takes faith to believe that what you will read is in fact true.

2 Timothy 3:16–17 “All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work”.

This means that the Bible comes from God’s mouth, and that God has breathed life into it, not man. It is God’s Living Word. I will also add that Hebrews 4:12 also begins by saying “The Word of God is living and active”. God gave it life, God created it

2 Peter 1:20–21

“Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophets own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

I will use an amusing comparison to explain this scripture.

‘My dad was a big businessman. If he talked into a Dictaphone, he could then give the recording to his secretary, who would then type up what he said into the Dictaphone and mail it to he tells her to mail it to.

In the case of this scripture, *God is the boss, The Holy Spirit is the Dictaphone and the prophets are the secretaries who wrote it down.* we are the ones who God sends it to. Do you believe what the Bible says about it being God’s Word? If yes, then that is called Faith.

Do you not believe what the Bible says about it being God’s Word? If no, then that is called Doubt.

But nobody can make that decision for you. Do you believe in an unseen God, His unseen son, and the unseen Holy Spirit? *Then you need to believe that God wrote the Bible. It’s package deal. All or nothing.* you either believe or you don’t. I hope you do.

Finally Brethren, Let me talk about the *Authority of the Bible* or maybe I should make it tomorrow. The authority of the Bible is on a high note, So I would love to treat it in the afternoon. But I would love to ask if you have ever read the Qur’an. You would observe its order and notice of there are any chronology noted. I would stop my submissions here.

QUESTION

  1. Is the bible God’s word or it contains the word of God?

ANSWER

  1. God’s Word is settle in heaven for ever Amen. And the Bible is Authoritative in it. Jesus read the written word compiled. And he used it against Satan.

The question is did he read the word of God or did he read something that contained the word of God

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Implication of sin on man

WHEN THERE IS NO SIN (cont)

IMPLICATION OF SIN ON MAN

Good evening family..

Trust we all had a beautiful day. We would be concluding our gist today on *when there is no sin* And we will be sharing knowledge on the implication of sin on man.

Prayer;

Sweet Holy Spirit our teacher
We pray that you guide our understanding tonight and you lighten up your word in our hearts. That we won’t only be attentive but we will live your word and our words shall be gift to men.
In Jesus name we’ve prayed. Amen

We’ve been talking about sin for the past 2weeks, So I feel we can skip that for tonight even as we look at it implication on man. To me Bukola man represent 3 different things but for our topic tonight I’ll share just one;

*M.A.N*

M represent morning
A represent Afternoon

N represent night
And every man must pass through this stages

Morning can also represent Origin. Everyman or thing is traced to an origin, and to us God is the origin/source of man.
Afternoon is when we become aware of ourselves. This is a revelation of myself to myself. A time when we understand things easil, when we can master the works of our hands.
Night is the time of reflection. A time to get credibility and consequences of our afternoon. To most of us here I think it is our future.
Morning can also represent the spirit of man. And spirit is the foundation.

Afternoon can be seen as the soul of man, It is the mid point of everyman. It is the power house.
A man is that thing within and not the body.The body is a lifeless image without the soul. In creation God is an “image”. He said let us make man in our own image. Then He breath in the image the breath of life and we became living *souls*. Not dwelling on the morning because most of us have passed that stage. Not dwelling on night because most of us ain’t there yet. Moreover it is just a time/season of harvest reflection….
Dwelling on the *Afternoon* because it is the most delicate season of a MAN that is why is in the middle. To be guided and protected.
The soul of man which is the afternoon has our *WILL* in it emotions mind…..Jesus is concern about our soul the devil is fighting for a soul because of the understanding of this content. Both them can’t have it at the same time. So who own your soul is a reflection of your action and the consequence of the action will be so obvious at night which is the end of *M.A.N*
Our will can be linked to our thought as a man is his thought according to Proverbs 23:7a As a man thinketh so is he…. As we know that sin starts with a thought before the act, We think with our mind and our mind is also in the soul. Last week we gisted about grace and mercy, renewing our mind because we are reflection of it. Therefore we need to go and tarry so we can carry a renewed mind and our mind can be renewed after you’ve received mercy and found grace. And we know it takes grace and mercy for all to go well with one in this our generation

3John.1.2 – Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. [NKJV]

So is the soul I.e afternoon that carries the prosperity we enjoy at night. A man that makes an habit of sin by not renewing his mind in the secret place makes an habit of death..for the wages of sin is death not compulsorily instant physical death but we see people loosing so many precious valuables to them when they are older. God didnt want us in sin not for himself only but for us, because sin is the foothold for satan to oppress, deny and annihilate the destiny of any man. For righteousness exhalt a nation but sin is a reproach to any people. You want exaltation, choose righteousness because the gift of God is eternal life. So nothing would die in your hand because you’ve not worked/walked in sin therefore you not qualified for it wages.
In conclusion,I believe we dont want reproach so we won’t choose sin and it death such as sickness failure poverty and all. I pray God will help us do His will at all times. In case of any question, please they are welcome and appreciated.

The Spirit of God we say thank you for helping us to see light in your word We pray you will help us live it to glorify the Father
In Jesus name we’ve prayed
Amen

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IMPLICATION OF SINS ON GRACE AND MERCY

WHERE THERE IS NO SIN PART2

IMPLICATION OF SINS ON GRACE AND MERCY

It is a great privilege to share a part of what I’m opportune to know with us again today. I hope my fathers and mothers in the house will add their parts to make it whole.

Sweet Holy Spirit our dear teacher, we pray that you teach us yourself that we know more of you with the understanding that those that *know* their God shall do exploit

Today we gisting on ‘Implication of sins on Grace and mercy’ which is the continuation of “where there is no sin.” guess we know we can’t talk about *grace* without mentioning *mercy* because it is *mercy* that qualifies us for grace.

Heb.4.16 – Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may *obtain* mercy, and *find* grace to help in time of need. [KJV]

We can say the scripture talks about us coming to the throne of grace *boldly* but the fact that we come boldly isn’t a guarantee that we will obtain grace It is mercy that will help us see that grace we are finding. Boldly there means come freely and fearlessly. Grace is access through our personal walk,
Mercy is a gift at the throne of grace , and dwelling in sin won’t give the confidence/boldness to access the throne of grace to receive mercy. Many times we covet MOGs grace without walking MOGs walk…..
Back to our discussion (this time is running o) David was a man that enjoyed mercy so that his name provokes mercy Luke 18:38 The blind man understood that mystery and he gained his sight. David didn’t visit the throne of grace rather he made it his permanent address. That’s why we can talk about the sure mercies of David today. As we’ve learnt last week that the wages of sin is death and we’ve seen the implication of it on glory which was linked to light. I want to remind us that God’s blessing is sure but isn’t for all. David’s name pulled mercy. What is your name pulling? Bukola what is your name pulling?

Ps.1.1 – Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. [KJV]

This explains who God’s blessing is for even though everybody sings Abraham blessings are mine.
For us to receive mercy, we need to dwell in the secret place like David did. The secret place isn’t necessarily a location as we all know but to me I think it is a state of mind. The mind is a place of reasoning and opinion. So you can be in your prayer zone without praying and you can be in a commercial bus and your spirit is praying. It takes genuine brokenness to stay in the secret place because it is a place you surrender your all. Where you acknowledge your weakness and inabilities and ask for help because it is those that *wait* upon the lord that their strength is renewed and like I enjoy saying
‘proud people don’t pray’ David’s prayer point in psalm 51 which is one of my favorite scripture wasn’t
Have mercy on me because I’ve been dancing before you or because I’ve fasted for 41days drinking only coconut water. He asked for mercy according to God’s loving kindness and tender mercies.
We can’t be dwelling in the secret place of the most high and still dwell in sin because that is where we are transformed by the renewing of our mind. The way our mind is, is the way you receive things and where our mind which is the place of reasoning and opinion have been renewed. Then the grace we covet can land because we’re reflection of our mind.

Rom.6.1 – So what do we do? Keep on sinning so God can keep on forgiving? [MSB]
Heb.10.26 – For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,(KJV)

Heb.10.26 – For if we go on sinning *deliberately* *after* *receiving* the *knowledge* of the *truth*, there *no* longer remains a *sacrifice* for sins, [ESV].

And we know the sacrifice for our sin is the blood of Jesus. Conclusively sirs and MA’s, Willfull/deliberate sin after we’ve received the knowledge of truth seize our confidence/boldness and cut us off from the throne of grace and hereby hinders us from receiving mercy. For the next 1min I have left can we give glory to God and ask for mercy. Thank you Jesus Glory to God Amen.

Question

1. Is there a limit a man can walk out on Grace with no hope of returning?

2. How then can we balance this topic with tapping into the covering of Grace from mentors and father’s i.e. owning that men want to walk in MOG’s Grace and not ways. What then is the array of possibilities for a man to be under a covering Grace of his/her mentor? Is there actually a possibility to be under this shield, without applying their principles?

ANSWER

  1. I think there is no limit once you can realize and come back. You can only be chastised. Moreover, a father chastises whom he loves. The chastise is the punishment for your misbehavior which can be linked to the scripture I sent last where you pay for your sin yourself. The prodigal son was accepted when he came back even though there was a condition. How much more our heavenly father. There will just be a restriction to what you can be trusted with Repentance sir but there is punishment for disobedience. Just as there is reward for obedience.

  2. To my understanding of your question sir. Nothing is free everything has a price. The price can be act of service, sacrifice among others. So the grace flows where you connected to and serving. Psalm 23 says Thou anointed my head, My cup runneth over. It is the head that was anointed but it is a cup that has nothing to do with part of the body that runneth over. I call that *connection* sir. ‘‘Your connectivity determines your collectivity” “To be prophetless is to be profitless.”

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THE POWER OF INFLUENCE

THE POWER OF INFLUENCE

It’s a privilege to be here. I’m grateful

Dear heavenly father, we ask you navigate us by your spirit, that your purpose be established tonight. Let words of man’s wisdom be subdued in Jesus name

I trust God to help us decipher his thoughts tonight so as to do his pleasure.

Let me reawaken us to the truth that God is purposeful, He looks for means to bring his agenda out. Tonight we will be looking at a broad and sensitive issue

THE POWER OF INFLUENCE

REFERENCE SCRIPTURES proverbs 29:18 (msg translation) and Hosea 4:6.

One of the less emphasized matters of concern in the life of believers is the power of influence (we will understand why I said so).

Our father and maker recognized the power of influence and how it can work either positively or negatively, that’s why scriptures say …bad company corrupts good manners. Let’s note that influence isn’t more of the negative than positive.

Hosea 4:6 amp My people are being destroyed because they don’t know me.

Since you priests refuse to know me, I refuse to recognize you as my priests. Since you have forgotten the laws of your God, I will forget to bless your children

Have you ever asked why God choose the Israelite as his people? And what was in his mind for such action? Think on this, what was their qualification to be chosen as his people? Let me quickly run this: Its visible with the way he related with them. His eternal plan has always been him as King over the earth not just heaven. He wanted people he will enrich with certain values, understanding, and way of life. So that when other nations sees them, they see what they are missing and come into the family.

What’s INFLUENCE?

INFLUENCE: Webster defined it as the power to change or affect someone or something without directly forcing them to happen I.e. they change because they decided as a result of a force. Synonyms includes – sway, impact, affect.

How many of us remember this statement? ‘KNOWLEDGE IS POWER’ so we see where we are driving at now. Emphasis is KNOWLEDGE but don’t be quick sha, something is coming. They say you can’t give what you don’t have but we know what you have is a result of what you have come to know as a result of exposure to knowledge. Am I right? But hear this brethren; You can’t give or impact (synonym of influence) another what you haven’t had understanding of. That is you can’t influence another with what you have not understood fully

How do you influence another with what you have no sufficient knowledge of? You can’t talk about influence and not talk about understanding. Let’s see some of our reference scripture –

Proverbs 28:18( msg bible)

If people can’t see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves; But when they attend to what he reveals, they are most blessed.

Proverbs 29:18 MSG

So the question again is Do believers understand what God is about or doing, Do they know what their Christianity is meant to achieve?

Let me deviate a little. The earth walk/work of a believer isn’t to make heaven but to reproduce God on earth.

Quickly the definition of UNDERSTANDING: According to REV PAUL NATHAN UTOMI,

UNDERSTANDING: It is the comprehensive insight into the nature of things.

2. Its knowing things by their nature and not their appearance

Hear this; To be a successful child of God, you must have sufficient knowledge about/of God and the kingdom you have been brought into before you can influence another. The seemingly advancement of wrong influence in Nigeria is because those whose shoulders should bear the responsibility of providing good (godly) influence are dormant. Just like the saying that evil prevails because good men sleep. Have you asked why God kept us here when he is aware of the corruption here? It’s a battle of two kingdoms like we already know which one’s influence would be dominant.

Let someone help me with Romans 12:2

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Romans 12:2 KJV

Where you see world in the above scripture, it’s not referring to a geographical area

*Rom 12:2* Don’t copy the behaviour 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 and pleasing and perfect.

But a governing principle (influence). For example the underlying emphasis of the governing principle of this world is addiction to worldly pleasures, its self-governance, worship the creature than the creator. Brethren, before we can effectively influence people with rue culture of our kingdom, we must have sufficient knowledge (understanding) of what the kingdom is about. As we are rounding up, please this is angle the Holy Ghost is showing us. We could have come or delve into other aspects or context but because of time. Brethren, the only possibility for a life of influence is sufficient knowledge of him and his kingdom. So the question again is, how much knowledge do you have or have come to understand about the kingdom you want to influence another with?

Like Paul said “I know whom I am” He wasn’t making a general statement.

Finally my brethren, the proof of knowledge is in lives you have influenced positively or negatively because a tree is known by its fruit.

Thank you so much for your time. I have to stop here because the time given me has elapsed

Dear lord, let our eyes be flooded with light tonight as a result of your word. Amen

QUESTION

  1. Well-done Sir, please are there signs of failed influences to look out for?

  2. Hmm, so how come the world has more influence than the church, isn’t this unsagacious?

ANSWER

  1. Yes sir. By your fruit sir

Like we are aware, people watch us often unknown to us. And something happens, then they open up that they have been watching you closely, taking note all this why. Also you measure your level of influence via.

  1. Spiritual growth, development and maturity.

  2. How like him in office you have become ( faithful priest, good shepherd, godly parent and spirit led leader)

  1. Because the church don’t understand what they are about. Like the reference scripture Proverbs 29:18. Sometime, I heard someone saying, just tell me what to do to enter heaven and am good, the rest isn’t necessary. Remember the definition of understanding; seeing things by their nature.

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WHEN THERE IS NO SIN

WHEN THERE IS NO SIN

Good evening wise people

Father please teach us, Help us to have understanding

Once again I appreciate my father as I do call him for the privilege to share my idea with the Family

Our topic for tonight is *When there is no sin* our focus tonight will be the implication of sin on man’s glory

To me as a Christian, sin is any act contrary to the instruction I’m given. Sin is lawlessness 1 John 3:4 Sin is a major disruption of God’s order and we know what God is ordering us to do through the Holy Spirit. Your order is different from my order.

So what is a sin for you might not be for me. Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness [ignoring God’s law by action or neglect or by tolerating wrongdoing—being unrestrained by His commands and His will]

Although we have basic standards as believers, certain boundaries we know we dare not cross

This is a clear definition of what a sin is. Even if you *tolerate* wrong doings it is a sin. So if your friend is fornicating and you tolerate it, you’ve sinned. [Focus is on the implication of sin on man’s glory. I would love us to dwell on the popular scripture we recite.

All have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Rom 3:23)

I’ll love us to share many versions as possible.

KJV stated that all have *sinned* and *come* short of the glory of God

Sinned is past tense, Come is present tense

Rom 3:23 Amp since all have sinned and continually fall short of the glory of God

Sinned past tense, continually is a continuous tense

And fall short of the glory… I think it should be all have *sinned* and *fell* short of the glory.

Why should the punishment of the sin be continuous? Why not one sin one punishment? Coming back to that. I want to remind us that to carry the glory is to be a shining light. To fall short of the glory is that the light is getting dim and since the implication of the sin is continuous, the light gets dim continuously and might eventually go off that is die since the wages of sin is death

ROM 3:23 msg version states that sinners are utterly incapable of living the glorious lives God wills for us.

It has been willed we aren’t struggling for the glory o. sin made man utterly *incapable* of living that life. A sinner isn’t capable of living a glorious life because the light is not bright enough for us to see with. Therefore we tend to lost direction of our destination. Trying to rephrase Rom 3:23

I think I can say

*All have not sin and continually increase in the glory of God* If sinning will continuously make us fall short of God’s glory. Then righteousness should continuously increase the glory upon our lives. Proverbs 4:18 made us realise that the path of the righteous shines brighter and brighter I.e. the shinning is continuous. So if our path is meant to shine brighter and brighter, it means we don’t BLOW we GROW. If you blow suddenly you’ve shinned the brightest. Then what is left.

Obviously sin affects all areas of one’s life. It means one shouldn’t finish before starting. Gods plan is for us to shine brighter and brighter and his plan is the real definition of success. The journey is not sprint but marathon. A past sin is capable of eating up finance when it is done

It moves to health when it is done it moves on and on because the effect is continuous. Just the way righteousness too have the capacity to spread into all ramifications of life because the scripture says the path shines brighter and brighter. So if one’s health is bright enough, it moves to finance and on and on because the instruction is a righteous man’s path should shine brighter.

No restrictions, it has to keep shining until sin comes to dim it and the dimming too it continuous until it dies which is the wage of sin. Therefore we can’t be in between, we are either wrong or right

Wrong = sin = dim light = death at the long run

Right = Righteousness= brighter path = eternal life

In conclusion, we’ve seen that one way or the other we’ve sinned, either by tolerating wrong doings or by our own wrong doings. Can we pray for God’s mercy to avoid our light been dimmed. Having understand that to live in light is to live in glory.

I thank you sir for this opportunity, I do not take it for granted, God will honour you too sir.

A very big thank you to all wisdom place family members. May God guide us in his path of righteousness for our light to keep shinning In Jesus Name.

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PRICE FOR THE PRIZE

‘PRICE FOR THE PRIZE

Ancient of days, we just want to say thank you for another opportunity on this platform tonight

Father grant us the wisdom. Let us not just be the hearer alone but the doer of your word. In Jesus mighty name we pray. Amen.

We are looking at the TOPIC – ‘PRICE FOR THE PRIZE’. It is not bad to dream or to be ambitious in life, but it is evil to refuse to wake up from the dream and work it into reality. That amounts to ‘living in a fool’s paradise’. Today, there are many people including believers who are not committed to anything, not even the spiritual things, and they are not even ready to pay any price but they want results (prizes). Many desire to be great or do great exploits but fail to count the cost. Others know the cost but fail to pay it. It is not also bad to attempt great things for God and at the same time expect great things from Him ‘GOOD soup, na GOOD money make am’.

Let us know the definition of ‘Price’: It is the cost required to gain possession of something. It can also be defined as the cost of an action or deed. Nothing is actually free, somebody must have paid for it somehow. On the other hand, ‘PRIZE’ is defined as an honour or reward striven for in a competitive contest; anything offered to be competed for, or as an inducement to, or reward of an effort. The prize is like the salary one receives for a work done, while the price is the work done. The PRIZE is anything worth striving for, a contest for a reward. If we have understood the two key words, let us forge ahead. For every prize, there is a price to pay, no matter how insignificant it may be. Don’t be deceived, the price of greatness is really great. This price makes the feeble hearted to prefer mediocrity and shy away from the better things of life. God cannot do for you what you MUST do for yourself. Let us look into the bible John 3:3:7. God has given us His only Son to die for our sins. To be a Christian, one must be born. You cannot claim it.”

… Do not be surprised because I tell you that you must all be born again. (John 3:3,7|GNB-http://b-bq.eu/John/3_3,7/GNB)

John 3

[3]Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.”

[7]So don’t be surprised when I say, ‘You MUST be born again.’

Many are still joking with their eternal destinations. Some are still not sure whether they are prepared for heaven. The price for heaven is to be born again. Following Jesus has a price.

Luke 14:25-34

[25]A large crowd was following Jesus. He turned around and said to them,

[26] “If you want to be my disciple, you must hate everyone else by comparison—your father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even your own life. Otherwise, you cannot be my disciple.

[27]And if you do not carry your own cross and follow me, you cannot be my disciple.

[28] “But don’t begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost to see if there is enough money to finish it?

[29]Otherwise, you might complete only the foundation before running out of money, and then everyone would laugh at you.

[30]They would say, ‘There’s the person who started that building and couldn’t afford to finish it!’

[31] “Or what king would go to war against another king without first sitting down with his counsellors to discuss whether his army of 10,000 could defeat the 20,000 soldiers marching against him?

[32]And if he can’t, he will send a delegation to discuss terms of peace while the enemy is still far away.

[33]So you cannot become my disciple without giving up everything you own.

[34] “Salt is good for seasoning. But if it loses its flavour, how do you make it salty again?

Have you hated yourself? You cannot follow Jesus with your ‘self’. You cannot rightly serve Jesus with your human senses. You must allow him to be Lord over you. Some person have not even ‘hated’ the girlfriends they had before they repented. Others have failed to hate the negative influences of siblings and parents. God simply doesn’t want any rival in the control of your life.

Philippians 3

[14]I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.

Paul understood the price for getting to heaven. We must not look back until we get to heaven Luke 9

[62]But Jesus told him, “Anyone who puts a hand to the plow and then looks back is not fit for the Kingdom of God.”

Matthew 24

[13]But the one who endures to the end will be saved.

In the journey to heaven ‘nearly’ is not an option

Luke 17

[32]Remember what happened to Lot’s wife!

Things we need to get to the prize include:

DREAM/VISION

Without a vision, you are a catastrophe waiting to occur. Every one of us must know why we were not miscarried from the womb of our mothers. You may need to go to God to guide you on this. See Habakkuk 2:2-3 Depend completely on God. See Proverbs 3:5-6

DETERMINATION/PERSEVERANCE

See Daniel 1:8 and Ezra 7:10

DISCIPLINE

See 1 Corinthians 9:27

But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.

1 Corinthians 9:27 KJV

AMP: But Daniel determined in his heart that he would not defile himself by [eating his portion of] the king’s rich and dainty food or by [drinking] the wine which he drank; therefore he requested of the chief of the eunuchs that he might [be allowed] not to defile himself.

Daniel 1:8

For Ezra had prepared and set his heart to seek the Law of the Lord [to inquire for it and of it, to require and yearn for it], and to do and teach in Israel its statutes and its ordinances.

Ezra 7:10

Habakkuk 2:2-3

_And the LORD answered me, and said, write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it._

_For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry._

HARD WORK

Ecclesiastics 9:10, James 2:26.

_Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest._

Let me conclude the teaching. We were on ‘hard work’, as one of the tools required to gain the prize. The place of hard work cannot be overemphasized in our pursuit for excellence/the prize

‘Success’ comes before ‘work’ ONLY in the dictionary. A life of prayer and study of God’s Word is also needed for the prize. Joshua 1:8 says it all. Do you really want the prize? Then take a quality decision not to just be a speaker of the word but a doer. In other words, get acquainted with the word of God; study it, meditate on it and do it so that you can develop spiritual stamina against the wiles of the enemy. Beloved, I encourage you to know and do the word of God, because it is the truth that you know and do that will set you free. Prepare and wait for your time. Learn a new skill, take a new course, read a new book, listen to new messages… Improve you value, improve your CV, add to yourself… Invest your money on things that can improve you. God is still looking for men and women who are worthy to play great roles in the extension of His Kingdom on earth. Make yourself one of them. Submit yourself for a thorough upbringing. Don’t be in a haste to ‘manifest’. Refuse to go ‘nowhere’ fast.

Acts of the Apostles 4

[13]The members of the council were amazed when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, for they could see that they were ordinary men with no special training in the Scriptures. They also recognized them as men who had been with Jesus.

Being with Jesus was the only noticeable difference in Jesus’ disciples. Improve your spiritual and physical CVs. 2 Peter1:5-15. Also improve your talents 2 Timothy 1:6. Let me stop here.

Getting the prize may not be easy but is possible, only refuse to lose sight of it as you continue to press towards it like Bro Paul.

Thank you Lord for helping us through this teaching, also help us not to lose sight of heaven even as we strive for excellence in our different endeavours in Jesus name, Amen.

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