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Maturity Makes A Model!

Philippians 3:15 All of us, then, who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. 16 Only let us live up to what we have already attained. (Let us live by the truth we already know)

17 Join together in following my example, (Pauls) brothers and sisters, and just as you have the apostles us as a model, keep your eyes on those who live as we do (authentic believers).18 For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things. 20 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.

When you mature in your faith, living the Word, without any false righteousness, you will inadvertently become a role model. Others will see your authenticity, weakness, faith, vulnerability and all without guile.

The world needs more of such!  

Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!

Maturing! Feed Nutritiously!

Ephesians 4:7 But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.This is why it says: “When he ascended on high, he took many captives and gave gifts to his people.” (What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions? 10 He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.) 11 So Christ himself gave US the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 Why? to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. 

authentic worship14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, Only then will we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. 16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

AmosWhatever that is done in Christ’s name without truth, nothing but the truth will benefit none. We all need to transcend “do as I say, not as I do”!

To impact our world we need to be true, be vulnerably true, authentic, and comfortable in our own authenticity. Only then can we have an impact!

The world is looking at us and seeing duplicity! Our speech is not backed by the corresponding action! They can see through our presentation! Oh Lord have mercy!

Friends, let us be true to ourselves, Christ word will transform us from within to be what we are supposed to be! A change agent, as in when we behold him, 2 Corinthians 3: 18 ….with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!

Finishing Well!

King Saul, chosen by God, ordained as the first King of Israel, disobeyed God and fell out of grace. He preserved Agag the Amalekite God asked him to kill, he listened to the voice of the people around him more than the voice of God –1 Samuel 15.

finishKing Saul consulted a medium 1 Samuel 28:7. He went to the Witch of Endor to inquire and ended up having his last meal at her house – verse 23 He refused and said, “I will not eat.”But his men joined the woman in urging him, and he listened to them. He got up from the ground and sat on the couch. How the mighty has fallen. This was the same Saul who banished witches from the land. At the end of his life he sought one out.

finishing wellFriends, may we end well in this race. May we not fail, may we not fall. Oh Lord God, may your chosen one not end up like King Saul. May we not end our life like Ahab – 1 King 22 and Jezebel – 2 Kings 9:30-37. May we not die with our enemies like Samson – Judges 19:23-31. May we not pierce our soul with the reward of betrayal like Judas – Matthew 27: and Acts 1:18. Oh Lord may we not be like Ananias and Sapphira who died for lying against the Holy Spirit in Acts 5. May we never leave your presence Oh Lord!!

Oh Lord, Psalms 19:12 

But who can discern their own errors?
    Forgive my hidden faults.
13 Keep your servant also from willful sins;
    may they not rule over me.
Then I will be blameless,
    innocent of great transgression.

14 May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart
    be pleasing in your sight,
    Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.

Have mercy on us Oh Lord. Cleanse us of all unrighteousness. Forgive us of all errors and help us to retrace our steps. Let the light of your countenance overshadow us always. May every darkness in and around us receive the light of your presence. May our eyes be enlightened Oh Lord that we may see and behold wondrous things in your word.

Be magnified Oh Lord our God in Jesus Christ mighty name we pray.

Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!

Testimony! Yours And Mine!

What is your testimony? What is my testimony? The experiences of your life, your successes, and failures, your pain, disappointments and all. The sum of all your experiences, has it in anyway served to advance the gospel? Have you even thought of the positive impact it would have? A pure reflection of an awesome God, full of love, mercy and compassion! Or has it only been a roller coaster of pity party?

Apostle Paul, having been imprisoned, gave a testimony in Philippians 1:12- 19 that what has happened to him has actually served to advance the gospel.13 As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. 14 And because of my chains, most of the brothers and sisters have confident in testthe Lord and dare all the more to proclaim the gospel without fear.15 It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill. 16 The latter do so out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. 17 The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains. 18 But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice.Yes, and I will continue to rejoice, 19 for I know that through your prayers and God’s provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance.

The events, the happenings in a life yielded to Christ Jesus must of necessity glorify God. Your life, my friend and I should reflect an aspect of Christ’s presence, like the burning bush Moses witnessed in Exodus 3:2-3.

I sure hope and pray that unbelievers and believers likewise are been encouraged by your life and mine. Or are they been discouraged? Do they really want to know the God we profess? Your character and mine, our way of life, is it worthy of emulation?

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Friends, let us allow Christ to be exalted in our life. Be a good example of a true disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ, full of compassion, kind and gracious. Receive grace to live a life worthy of Christ’s calling on your life. Philippians 1:27 Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.

Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!

Living For God?

Brothers and sisters, the harvest as our Lord said is plenty and the laborers few. We are in a season of desperation clothed in calmness. People are afraid, confused and heavily burdened. Desire for the things of God that many saved soul had before are waning. The signs are there telling us there is change coming our way. Are we prepared? When the Lord comes will He find faith on the earth?.

This is a call to redeem the times for the days are evil! This is the hour to look inward and act outwardly doing the will of God as contained in His Word. What has God entrusted into your hands? By all means do what you are called to do regardless of physical and spiritual obstacles. Our God is faithful that promised He will never leave nor forsake us. Praise God with all your mind and heart in spirit and in truth, publicly and privately. Let Christ praise saturate your being. Are you called to teach? Then teach, and so on.

Do everything to the glory of God the Father. One thing we have all been called to do is to preach the gospel to every nation baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We’ve also been charged to pray God’s kingdom come and  His will be done on earth – life, marriage, family, Church, city and so on as it is in heaven. Let us faithfully live the Word. May we all really be an epistle that others will read and come to the light of Jesus Christ.

Jesus is Lord!!!!