Archive | October 2019

What Defiles! The Heart!

Again Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen to me, everyone, and understand this. 18 Nothing outside a person can defile them by going into them by going into them. Rather, it is what comes out of a person that defiles them.Mark 7:14

My first thought when reading this was a question, “What about sex, alcohol and drugs?”

But then I got my answer in verse 18 ‘Are you so dull?” he asked.. “Don’t you see that nothing that enters a person from the outside can defile them? 19 For it doesn’t go into their heart but into their stomach, and then out of the body. 20 He went on:

What comes out of a person is what defiles them. 21 For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come – sexual immorality, theft, murder, 22 adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. 23 All these evils come from inside and defile a person.” Mark 7:20-23

This is where most of us are caught, our thought life, not seen, secret, but very potent! This is where we plan to kill, steal, murder, manipulate, commit sexual sins and all. The sin that easily beset us occurs here, in our hearts. I have caught myself many a time and I must say, very disappointed that such thought could even come to me. The battlefield of our minds!

This is why King Solomon said in Proverbs 4:23 Keep your heart with all diligence for out of it flows the issues of life.

Premeditated murder, adultery, fornication, covetousness, manipulation – sorcery, envy, jealousy and all kinds of evil stem from that little seed sown, watered, pruned and nursed to fruition – this is what defiles.

I don’t know about you but I am asking for mercy here. I have had some very bad thoughts and the Holy Spirit does check me and I will be like, “Where does that even come from?” I mean, I am holy, righteous, redeemed, speaking in tongues, why would such thought come up within me?

This is where I demolish every arguments and every pretensions that sets itself up against the knowledge of God for my life and destiny, and I bring every thought captive to make it obedient to Christ. And then I am ready to punish every act of disobedience, because my obedience is complete in Christ Jesus. 2 Corinthians 10:5-6 personified.

Father, I know that there are at least one other person with me saying I don’t know why, but often than I want to acknowledge, I have entertained bad thoughts, passed lewd comments, acted in certain ways that does not befit me as an ambassador of The Gospel, I ask for mercy today Lord, forgive me and help me by your Holy Spirit to nip evil thought in the bud.

Almighty God, let evil not fester in my heart, saturate my being with your presence, Holy Spirit I ask in Jesus name.

Thank you Father for pruning and molding us to be Christlike! We are open Lord for your correction, and thank you for a receptive heart.

Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!

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The Elderly!

I wonder how success is truly measured in God’s sight!! Hmmmmm. Can anyone be regarded as successful, though they have all the similitude of success, cars, houses, huge funds investment, savings etcetera if they have or are not taking care of their parents? Mark 7:5-13

The religious always hold unto the mundane, neglecting the weightier and most important law of the Lord. Loving God, our neighbors, and ourselves is more important than any other for upon this is all established.

Many parents are in nursing homes with no visitation, many are there in abject poverty while their kids are swimming in everything money can buy! Friends, if you are too busy to visit, employ someone to visit on your behalf for crying out loud!

Seriously, take time out to visit your parents, they cared for you and you should care for them now! Let them crossover knowing they were and are loved and that you are proud of who they are!

In some cultures, a parent that died in penury is buried in coffins worth $50,000 with the elaborate ceremonies of another $50,000. Can such children be termed successful? No! That child is but a failure!

Jesus when he was leaving the earth made provision for His mother even though he was not the only child of Mary. He said in John 19:26 ” When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman, here is your son,” and to the disciple,Here is your mother.”

Please friends, there is no excuse to neglect our parents! This is the first commandments with a promise of longevity!

Go show some love please!

Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!

Anchored!

Mark 6:53-56 When they crossed over, they landed at Gennesaret and anchored there. As soon as they got out of the boat people recognized Jesus. They ran throughout that whole region and carried the sick on mats to wherever he went – into villages, towns or countryside – they placed the sick in the marketplace. … ALL WHO TOUCHED IT WERE HEALED

Friends, Jesus is everywhere and anywhere you call His name. He has anchored in your backyard, front yard and in your heart! He is at that troubled office, home, congregation, conglomerate etc

Will you call upon His name today for the salvation of your soul? Healing of your body, and emotions? Will you call on Him who is able to restore your marriage, career, ministry, ………. and self esteem?

Reach out in faith friends, He is nearer than you think!

Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!

Watch, Pray, Be Expectant!

Later that night, the boat was in the middle of the lake, and he was alone on land. 48 He saw the disciples straining at the Oars, because the wind was against them. Shortly before dawn he went out to them, walking on the lake. He was about to pass by them, 49 but when they saw him walking on the lake, they thought he was a ghost. They cried out, 50 because they all saw him and were terrified. Immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” Mark 6:47-50

Okay Lord, I do not understanding why you waited till just before dawn to come towards me when you saw me last night straining. You saw the strain of my situation and circumstances discomforting me. You knew I was having difficulty at the beginning of this endeavor, this business, this pregnancy, relationship,this career, this ministry, this marriage, health, whatever OARS means to you put it there friends. Yet you waited Lord! You did not come to me right away! Why!!!! Why!!!!

And then when you decided to come, you acted like you were passing me by. You could not speak to me from afar, announcing that you were on your way, you scared me Lord! I thought you were a ghost. I mean, I couldn’t sleep all night, troubled, tossed here and there, my energy sapped, my will weakened, and you were going to walk by me? Mark 6:47-50

Jesus! You knew all things. You knew I was afraid. I almost pissed in my pant! Why did you walk on the water like that? You could have waited longer till day break so I could see that it was you, I mean why come just before dawn? Mark 6:47-50

Friends, whatever situation and circumstances you are in, the Lord knows and He is coming, maybe already there! You also need to remember that He showed up the last time you needed a miracle. The Lord want us to pay attention always to every event. He want us to watch and pray Mark 14:38

If we are not watching and praying, and expectant, there is no way we will see the miracle, signs and wonder we are waiting for. Watching alone will not give us result, at best we will see all and everything that scares us. When we pray, our spiritual antenna comes up to sensitize us to see what natural eyes cannot see, we get an understanding of the times like the children of Issachar 1 Chronicles 12:32. When we are expectant, it shows that we believe what we have asked for1 John 5:14-15

I announce to you today that if you believe, you will see the glory of God – John 11:40

Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!

Social Responsibility! He Fed!

By this time it was late in the day, so his disciples came to him. ‘This is a remote place,” they said, ” and it’s already very late. 36 Send the people away so that they can go to the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.” 37 But he answered, “You give them something to eat.” They said to him, ” That would take more than half a year’s wages! Are we to go and spend that much on bread and give it to them to eat?” 38 ” How many loaves do you have? he asked. ” Go and see.Mark 6:35-38

When the disciples came back from doing exploit, Jesus took them to a solitary place so they can rest, regain the virtues they have expended. However, multitudes saw them leave in a boat and followed them. When it was late in the evening, the disciples asked Jesus to send the people away so they can go and have supper.

Correct me friends if I am wrong. This is exactly what is going on in African, and Black American Churches – These are the ones I am familiar with okay. The people put in their cents and dollars in the offering basket day in day out, years after years and when there comes a need for that money to be spent for the good of all, the people are then referred to go sort themselves out! Where is our social responsibility? Where is our compassion like Jesus taught? Be reminded: The disciples made the same mistake, and Jesus corrected them.

The continent of Africa is riddled with poverty and our Men of God are numbered among the wealthiest in the world, amassing wealth but not giving back to the pocket from which these funds came from. The old time Churches built schools, provided scholarships, rehabilitated those handicapped by illnesses, equipped hospitals etc.

I saw this first hand growing up but these days, I have not seen anything of worth done in the last few years for the people of The Kingdom. Men are just amazing wealth in the name of Christ for self glorification and not The Kingdom of God! Consciences have been seared1 Timothy 4:2

Every major city has mega Churches and yet the people are none the wiser about the gospel, what it means to be a Bible believing Christian. The traditions of men has replaced the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ. You cannot see Christ in most Christians, there is no difference in us and the world. Lord help me to reflect you! Oh, help us!

Secular organizations know what social responsibility means, they sponsor events, take up causes and support research for the betterment of the environment in which they do business. I have seen Mega Churches lined about by impoverished neighborhoods and congregants without an iota of concern. This is not Christlike!

About fasting, prayer, seed sowing, tithe and offering – Christ expects us to do all these and more. However, he also taught us to be our brothers keepers, be truthful in our business dealings, work to earn, be kind and compassionate towards each other!!!!

Isaiah 58: 6 Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen; to loosed the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? 7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter – when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?

I think every believer should read Isaiah 58 again and again, meditate on it, I believe the Holy Spirit will revive us as at the first to be Christlike!

Are we afraid of running out of funds? Christ Jesus is able to multiply whatever we have in our hands as long as we are engaging it in pursuit of His Kingdom and her people Mark 6:41-43

Christians!!! It is time to start being Christ-like. This is what can and will change our world, not the amassing and boasting of wealth gathered by greed and shenanigans.

Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!

Get Some Rest!

Mark 6:31b “come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”

Jesus sent his disciples out in twos to do exploits. They came back, gathering around Christ Jesus excitedly reporting all they had done and taught.

There were other people coming and going interrupting this meeting that Jesus felt it was good to take them aside to rest.

This says to me that in whatever we are doing, we do need to rest. As Christians, after every exploits which I believe is daily, it will be good to cultivate a time alone with Christ where we unburden, and take up his strength.

This weekend dear reader, find time to unwind, rest, breath deeper, and relax in His presence!

Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!

What A parent! A guardian! A Leader! An Influence!

Prelude: John the Baptist, the forerunner of Jesus Christ had finished his assignment and it is of necessity for him to be removed, he already pointed Jesus out and therefore no longer relevant. Woe though to him/her through whom John departed!

Mark 6:14 King Herod heard about this, for Jesus’ name had become well known. Some were saying, “John the Baptist has been raised from the dead, and that is why miraculous powers are at work in him.”15 Others said, “He is Elijah.”And still others claimed, “He is a prophet, like one of the prophets of long ago.”16 But when Herod heard this, he said, “John, whom I beheaded, has been raised from the dead!”17 For Herod himself had given orders to have John arrested, and he had him bound and put in prison. He did this because of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, whom he had married. 

Herod committed sacrilege, he violated the institution of marriage, he took his living brothers wife. If he were to be dead, no problem, but he was living, I mean, alive! And to cover up, Herodias did the unthinkable!

Well, fast forward to verse 21, the woman at the heart of this evil, Herodias, a willing participant, got the opportunity to silence John’s criticism so to speak, she instructed her daughter to request for Johns head! What a mother! A parent! A guardian! Mark 6:23-25

Mark 6:23-25

This I see many times over and over again, and the young ones involved are just a means to an end. An evil one!

Many a time when adult have issues and want to get at each other, their pain, hurt, and desire for vengeance blinds them to good judgement and they use their children, wards, and others they can influence to do their dirty job. Parents use their kids against each other, keeping kids away from one parent to inflict pain, teaching kids to lie, disrespect and all sort.

In Churches, congregations all over, the board, bishops, pastors, people in authority, when they have issue with someone, they instigate others, using them as pawn to malign, ostracize, spread rumor, and ill treat this particular person, family, group among others things.

This happens in politics too. Lately we all heard about the impeachment procedure or whatever it is called in the United States. Apparently, President Trump cut aid, withheld aid that had passed through congress approval from Ukraine to somehow force them to investigate his democratic opponent. Power does corrupt, and absolute power corrupt absolutely!

My message to young ones that may read this, do not let anyone influence you to disrespect, or ill treat another person, old or young. See, the adults/leaders are old enough to fight their own battles. Do not follow multitude to commit evil.

And to adults, parents, guardians, that have influence on young ones, teach them to stand up for what is right, just, and true. You have to stop using these children, wards as pawn, mortgaging their good conscience for your own evil satisfaction.

You young adult that you may have been influenced to disrespect the women in your Churches that your Pastors have a dispute with, you better repent now. These people are old enough to fight their battles by themselves. You must not start your life being a pawn. You are somehow blocking the good things from flowing seamlessly to you.

On this note I rest my case! Galatian 6:7 Do not be deceived; God cannot be mocked. A man(woman, parent, young adult, leader etc) reaps what he sows.

Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!