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Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
According to Luke, this is Jesus’s last word to his disciple, and to you and I. Jesus is saying even now that when the Holy Spirit comes upon us that we will be witnesses in our locale and to the ends of the earth.
Is this true of us believers today? Are we truly Christ Jesus ambassadors? Are we truly representing Jesus to the unsaved, lost, weary, discouraged, downtrodden? Is your answer in the affirmative? I guess not! You and I know that the Word of God is powerful and able to transform lives. We know how to wedge the word to dislodge everything contrary to Christ Jesus, however, it seem the world is not changing, our society, community, families and lives are still what it used to be. We have not changed! We lack integrity!
Integrity! It means saying something, meaning it, and doing it. Integrity refers to your actions matching your words. Many times we say one thing and act another thing. This makes us not to be taken seriously. We are prone to speak from two sides of our mouth, I mean we say something and actually mean another. We have become two-faced! This need to change for us to impact our world effectively and efficiently for the Lord.
As a parent, you ought to know by now, and as a friend, colleague, part of a group, you must know by now that when someone lack integrity, those in contact with you take your words with a pinch of salt, for it is just mere words. You do not inspire the best in others around you if your words mean nothing to them.
The Word itself carries depth of meaning and powerful by itself, however coming from you, hmmm, may connote a different meaning because your actions do not often match your words. All this is seen and heard clearly!
As a child, my dad very often will come with the driver, a chauffeur to pick us up after school. Dad will always have one stop or another to make along the way home. We lived about 40kms from our school, in the outskirt of our city. Dad will always want to see one or other of his relations, friends and acquaintances on the way. Dad will say, ” children, I will be back in a minute or two, and be gone for half hour. We were an okay family, so most times there is always refreshment in the vehicle with us. There was always a cooler with Maltina and a bag with Nasco biscuit to snack on, but we want to go home and play or something. You know children! We were typical children, restless when in one place.
After a while, we stopped believing dad’s 1 to 5 means just that. We were actually surprised one day when dad took just about 5 minutes or less. We clapped when he joined us in the vehicle.
Most of you must have been in that situation. You can relate to this scenario right? My children these days ask, “are we just going home after church or do you want to stop by the groceries or something mummy?” Can we just go home please?! “You can do that on your way from work tomorrow mummy!” Guess I took after my dad eh. 🙂
Where am I going with this? As a bible believer who desires to be a true ambassador of Christ, we must endeavor to match our words with our actions! If we say ABC, then we must act ABC! We must not say ABC, and act DEFG.
We must start living the word, not just saying it, preaching it, shouting it at the top of our lungs. We must be living it day in day out. The Word is powerful by itself! It can really change lives, transform minds and heart! Why don’t we allow it to transform us, renew our minds, so we can truly say something, mean it, and back it up with our actions.
There are too many professing Christ, but very few Christ redeemed, ambassadors of faith. We can all turn a new leaf today. Jesus Christ is able to transform you and I!
Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!
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Just wondering! How many Naaman’s do we meet daily? How many of us are like Naaman? I mean, we do not have leprosy, thanks be to God! We however have somethings like leprosy, be it an ailment of the heart, mind, body, financial, relational, career wise, that thorn, or that which bounds, a burden, limiting us in one way or another.
No one knows about this ailment for we have mastered concealing it over time. It is visible even to ourselves only when no one else is present. 2 Kings 5:1 Now Naaman was commander of the army of the king of Aram. He was a great man in the sight of his master and highly regarded, because through him the Lord had given victory to Aram. He was a valiant soldier, but he had leprosy.
How could Naaman have conducted himself, such that no one in the battalion of soldiers and high ranking officers, and the King of the land himself without any hint?
It seems only his wife and the young slave girl knew that this powerful man had leprosy. God must have hidden this from all but few! How could Naaman be leprose and it is not readily vicible? Not even under his armour, a piece of flesh giving his secret away!
And the slave girl! Well, one day she had to take the wash basin into the bosses quarters. She thought she heard the master beckon her come in, in response to her knock! Alas, there she stood frozen, face to face with the Master just few steps apart!
Her Master! Leprose? It can’t be! Blinking, for her mind was somersaulting within her chest, really! Master! What ails you? She must have asked with compassion! This compassion did not go unnoticed by Naaman, even in the midst of his embarrassment. Compassion from a heart filled with love! Compassion was what stopped her from been sent to an early grave.
To the many that have stumbled in over the years into the masters quarters, they never lived to tell the tale. Many were shocked when the executioner came for them, silenced forever from revealing what brought tragedy their way when the blade fell!
This girl from Israel! She saw a man burdened, and in need of a cure! Her Master, nice and always joking around with the little children whenever he was home. The best slave Master in the entire area. Many slaves pray their master will send them over to help for a little while in Naaman’s yard whenever he is hosting the soldiers.
Just one night at Naaman’s house and off to war! Many are prone to wish. Better die a gallant than live as a worthless slave treated worst than an animal.
Friends, what does Naaman’s leprosy represent in your life? God forbid any disease or infirmities in your quarters in Jesus mighty name. What is that thing, that thorn in your flesh, visible to you, yet not unto others? What has bound you, while you walk like a freeman in the society?
What is that thing? That issue, hidden in our hearts eating us away? Broken heart? Broken dreams? Worry? Unforgivess? Insecurity? Greed? Anger? Pride? Envy, and jealousy , amongst many vices.
Tell it to the King friends! As this slave girl faced her master, his shoulder slumped for a twinkle of an eye and the many years of military training set in, and he uttered, tell no one” as he picked up his robe and walked out unto the patio overlooking the lake.
This girl gingerly positioned the water basin well on its stand and walked back out, but she never forgot what she saw. Since that day she looks at her Master differently, her compassion ultimately spoke to Madam Master and the rest is history! 2 Kings 5:3 She said to her mistress, “If only my master would see the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy.”
Speak to the King friends! Your healing, deliverance, upliftment, provision, understanding, wisdom, increase, joy, peace, marriage, relationship, and all that you could ever want, most especially, eternal life, is a reach away! Speak to the King of Kings, Lord of Lords, the Alpha, and Omega!
Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!
Nothing is as soothing and calming to your soul as a being than to know that you are known, inside out and loved all the same. Your imperfection, weaknesses, inadequacies, all your shortcomings and much more is what qualifies you to be who you are! If you are without all those squirms, you actually are not qualified for a touch from him, Christ Jesus.
Christ came for the lost sheep of the house of Israel first, he gave the command to take away all squirms. Matthew 10: 5 These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. 6 Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel. 7 As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ 8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.
Last Testament – Christ Jesus also said in Matthew 28:18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Friends, He knows you! Jesus knows you deeply! He knows all about you and factored you in before the foundation of the world was made. In all ramification, you are washed cleaned by his blood! You are made whole and complete in Christ – Colossians 2:10
Are you a Jew or a Gentile? All nation are called, all with physical, emotional, mental, relational and all sort of infirmities are called! This is the gospel!
Those that know this must proclaim so that those others will hear and come! John 10:14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me—15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also.
Psalms 139:1 You have searched me, Lord,
and you know me.
2 You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
3 You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
4 Before a word is on my tongue
you, Lord, know it completely.
5 You hem me in behind and before,
and you lay your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.
Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!
I am so honored! Thank you Racheal’s Novels, for nominating me! Here’s is the link to rue202’s website: https://rachealnovel.wordpress.com
- Thank the blogger that nominated you and give a link to their site.
- Do a post to show your award
- Give a summary of how your blog started
- For all new bloggers, give two pieces of advice
- Select at least 15 other bloggers for this award
- Let each nominee know you’ve nominated them and give a link to your post
TO THE ONES I WILL NOMINATE: YOU DON’T HAVE TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS IF YOU DON’T WANT TO. IT IS ENTIRELY VOLUNTARY.
How I Started blogging:
I have always remembered writing things and having papers all over my house growing up. I dream a lot and write down the ones I remember which over the years seem to be a foretold of what will be. With moving houses and all sort, I lost most of my notes.
Then the Lord found me one day and spoke to me. Yes, He did and told me to get a pen and paper and write down what He was about to tell me. I did not want to lose this information, neither did I want to put it all out there, yet I know I must speak what He says! For what He says to one, He says to all, Watch! Mark 13:37
At this point, I knew that as God was transforming me, what He reveals to me in His words and my daily everyday living must be shared with others like me out there, who may not be very fortunate to hear, see, and feel what I experience almost on a daily basis. This is what gave birth to Joansanusi.com. aka Radiant Glory of God
- Be real! Be authentic! Share from your heart! Be true!
- You have something that many people need. Do not deprive them. Share what you know! Also, be open to learning from others!
Here are my nominees:
To everyone, I say thank you.
Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!
Romans 12:6-8 If you preach, just preach God’s Message, nothing else; if you help, just help, don’t take over; if you teach, stick to your teaching; if you give encouraging guidance, be careful that you don’t get bossy; if you’re put in charge, don’t manipulate; if you’re called to give aid to people in distress, keep your eyes open and be quick to respond; if you work with the disadvantaged, don’t let yourself get irritated with them or depressed by them. Keep a smile on your face.
9-10 Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good. Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle.
11-13 Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder. Help needy Christians; be inventive in hospitality.
14-16 Bless your enemies; no cursing under your breath. Laugh with your happy friends when they’re happy; share tears when they’re down. Get along with each other; don’t be stuck-up. Make friends with nobodies; don’t be the great somebody.
17-19 Don’t hit back; discover beauty in everyone. If you’ve got it in you, get along with everybody. Don’t insist on getting even; that’s not for you to do. “I’ll do the judging,” says God. “I’ll take care of it.”
Let these words find a resting place in our hearts Lord!
Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!
An ancient Chinese proverb says “The fire you kindle against another often burns you more than it will ever burn another. To keep your temper under control is the toughest kind of discipline it says.
This story goes thus. A boy named Woo Sing was on the field like all little boys playing. His father came home from a long trip while Woo Sing was not home, with a mirror. Woo had never seen a mirror in his life. This mirror was hung in the main room, and when Woo came home, he did not know what it was. He thought his father had brought home a boy just like him. A friend?
The thought made him happy as he took steps towards this other boy before him. Woo spoke to this boy but the boy did not answer. He smiled and waved and the boy did the same.
Woo stopped, deep in thought, does this boy not hear? Maybe, I should go closer. As Woo walked towards this boy, the strange boy walked towards him, mimicking his every move.
Woo Sing was livid with anger, “This boy mocks me; he does everything that I do.” The more Woo thought about this strange boy, the more irritated he became. He was so enraged that he took a long stride towards the boy and struck him, the boy in the mirror, ouch, Woo felt a searing pain and watched in shock as the boy in the mirror crumbled in pieces all over the floor. He ran to his father crying.
His father said to him, “The boy you saw was your own image.” This should teach you an important lesson, my son. Do not lose your temper with other people. What you see in them is in you! You struck the boy in the glass and hurt only yourself. And broke my mirror!
The moral of this story is that “In life when you strike without cause you will hurt yourself most of all”
2 Corinthians 13 asked us to5-9 Test yourselves to make sure you are solid in the faith. Don’t drift along taking everything for granted. Give yourselves regular checkups. You need firsthand evidence, not mere hearsay, that Jesus Christ is in you. Test it out. If you fail the test, do something about it. I hope the test won’t show that we have failed. But if it comes to that, we’d rather the test showed our failure than yours. We’re rooting for the truth to win out in you. We couldn’t possibly do otherwise.
We don’t just put up with our limitations; we celebrate them, and then go on to celebrate every strength, every triumph of the truth in you. We pray hard that it will all come together in your lives.
10 I’m writing this to you now so that when I come I won’t have to say another word on the subject. The authority the Master gave me is for putting people together, not taking them apart. I want to get on with it, and not have to spend time on reprimands.
Just own up! Own up to your mistakes, your assumptions, and miscalculations! Own up to the fact that you do fall into errors like everyone else! Come off your high horse, my friend!
You reveal so much about your character, who you are in your core by the way you treat others, especially those you think are beneath your social class or are disadvantaged. Repent!
Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!
It is a pity that the Leadership in “Churches” of this age do not see the handwriting on the wall. Like the days of Martin Luther and the then Catholic Church, the masses, though ignorant are been awakened! The Spirit man is being enlightened! The Truth is made known by the Holy Spirit poured out in these last days!
We must study history to understand the present, and prepare for the future! The Spirit of man once awakened will not go to sleep, this we all must acknowledge and adjust ourselves to!
Change is coming! Change is here! If the present day “Saints” do not repent and amend these evil ways, God’s elect prepared and immersed in “water” are about to rise up like a mighty flood! A call out to “The Establishment”! A call? A warning? Take it as you may!
Repent of your evil ways ‘cos God will require of you and I, recompense for the distortion of The Truth that are leading many into damnation!
A word for the discerning! Open your heart and hear what the Spirit is saying!
Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!