​LEGENDS ARE BORN EVERYDAY

I began to think on some present phenomena as I commuted from home to work one morning. One that really caught my attention was the recent peaceful upheaval about which month produces legends. There has been ceaseless arguments concerning this. I must admit I have been involved in this argument before. And for those who know me, I surely would use scriptures to argue it out. It’s neither landed in any real fight nor chagrin to the best of my knowledge. We thank God for that. I believe it is just an opportunity for people to have fun in trying to exalt their months of birth over that of others. 

While others try to be abstemious, others take it ‘world cup’ as it is commonly termed. They go right up to the acme any argument could get one into until they are debilitated. You would hear statements, pictures and prints such as, MAY BORNS ROCK, LEGENDS ARE BORN IN JANUARY, YOU CAN BECOME A MEMBER OF SEPTEMBER…and so on. It’s very interesting I would say. 

I will be out of scope to produce facts of legends born every single day of any year, for the argument has been which month overrides the other. To delve into that will be very tasking but it’s rather a fact that legends are born every day. No single day is higher than the other because the grace of God does not run dry a particular day and shoots up in supply the following day. Psalm 23:6 declares, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.” Also, Psalm 68:19 says, “Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation.” 

Who are legends by the way? I would define a legend as anyone who stands out to represent a positive change in his or her life time. Anyone who sacrifices the personal aggrandizement for societal, national or cosmopolitan advancement.  I will provide a few names for every single month of the year since that has been the argument. There are billions of names I could mention but time and space will not permit any of us to take up that project. Even a single person from each month is enough evidence that it is not the month that makes a difference but people who responded to the potential in every human being to be a legend. 

You can do a search about their lives and see for yourself how they became and still are legends. Time will not permit me to tell of their lives.

January: John Piper, Rick Warren, Martin Luther King Jnr.. February: Christiano Ronaldo, Abraham Lincoln, John C. Maxwell. March: Pastor Adeboye, Ravi Zacharias, Smith Wigglesworth, John G. Lake, Albert Einstein. April: Myles Munroe, Guglielmo Marconi, Paula White, Jackie Chan. May: Kathryn Kuhlman, Archbishop Nicolas Duncan-Williams, Bishop Dag Heward-Mills, Mark Zuckerberg. June: Rafael Nadal, Joyce Meyer, Lionel Messi, Georgina Theodora Wood. July: Maria Woodworth-Etter, Henry Ford. August: Rev. Dr. Bernard Mensa Adams, Charles Finney, Derrick Prince. September: Bishop David Oyedepo., Kenneth Erwin Hagin, Danny Nettey, Ben Carson. October: Bill Gates, Theodore Roosevelt. November: Ellen G. White, Donnie McClurkin. December: Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, Benny Hinn, Denzel Washington.

These are just to prove that at least, every month has a legend born in it. And if we go deeper, we will find legends for each day. My point is everyone is born with the potential to be a legend but only few decide to walk the path of greatness because there is a price to pay. Some decide to express theirs on a higher scale, others choose a county scale. It is left for you to decide. Do not let anyone or anything make you give up in life. The fact that you were born in the first place means the world needs you no matter the circumstances that surrounded your birth. Legends are born every day and they have every day to decide to keep walking the path to the expression of the fullness of their potentials.

Raphael Mandela Mawuli Kpeli. (born – 10th May)

Written: 10th May, 2017.

why call the day of Jesus’ death “Good Friday” instead of “Bad Friday” ?

This morning i couldn’t help but think about this! Why do we have to be so excited about the day Jesus died ? What is so good about “Good Friday”? Especially when it commemorates the crucifixion and death of our Lord Jesus .
Thinking about this opened my eyes to a lot of truths and i couldn’t help but share !

Romans 5:8

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

What the Roman soldiers did to Jesus was definitely not good ,but good hear denotes his love for us to the extent he had to die for our sins.
When you think about it ,we have every reason to thankful for today . Even though it may seem like a bad day ,a true understanding of the original intent of Our saviours death and resurrection gives us every reason to say it’s a good day .
Jesus’ death did not only save us from eternal damnation in hell ,it also rekindled the once lost relationship we had with our father in heaven .
Insomuch as this may seem like a counter intuitive ,in some cases a “bad Friday”( as i would have called it ) is good because it had to happen for us to experience the true meaning of joy in Christ .

1 Peter 3:18 tells us,

“For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit.”

Concluding Remarks

However ,instead of remembering Christ’s death on a certain day, once a year, the Bible instructs us to remember Christ’s death by observing the Lord’s Supper.

1 Corinthians 11:24-26 declares,

“…do this in remembrance of me…for whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.”

CAN MAN CHOOSE GOD?

Free- will is defined by most people as the ability to choose freely. But the question is that, Is our willingness to choose God what we consider  free will ? If so then ,our willingness to choose God in the first place isn’t free at all.

First of all ,it is not man who chooses God ,in that man in his very nature prior to his salvation can never make a right choice of choosing God.

We will look at this further in two aspects.

1. MAN’S NATURE

Man’s  nature prior to salvation is death. Dead to sin. Being depraved in sin,it only means that our whole being is corrupted with sin  and there is nothing good in us .

Even our good deeds are filthy before God .We will only choose that which bears witness with our nature . Due to this , we are limited by our nature to choose God .

When given free will man would only choose sin and not God because it’s our nature prior to salvation .This therefore means We can never choose God unless he chooses us ,neither can we draw close to him if he hasn’t drawn us close .

The truth is before you could even get the idea of accepting Christ and believe him ,God first works within us through the Holy Spirit and draws us close so that we in turn follow him .

Think of it  like this . God in his nature is Holy .He is faithful and just.He does not lie. That’s  who God is.Hence He can’t lie ,or sin or even cheat . When He does that it will be of inconsistent to his nature .

2. FREE WILL 

Therefore if man had anything called free will ,be assured he wouldn’t choose God but  sin .

We are unable to choose anything godly . It’s simply not in our nature to do so . This means that even before  we could ever have the idea of choosing God ,He might have already chosen us unto salvation ,and given us the ability to exercise free will. This doctrine is  called prevenient grace .

A.W Tozer in his book “THE PURSUIT OF GOD ” Wrote “God is never found accidentally . Before a sinful man can think a right thought of God  ,there must have been a work of enlightenment done within him. We pursue God because he first put the urge within us that spurs us to the pursuit ”

John 6:44

No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me   draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day.

ASTROLOGY IS SIN !

Have you ever looked at the stars and moon with so much admiration and wondered how they were made ?Well  ,that practice may be termed as astronomy . 

In so much as it isn’t  what am here to talk about ,I propose we know the difference before we begin .

Astronomy is a science that studies everything outside of the earth’s atmosphere, such as planets, stars, asteroids, galaxies; and the properties and relationships of those celestial bodies.

Astrology on the other hand, is the belief that the positioning of the stars and planets affect the way events occur on earth.

 If you are interested in the solar system and the planets, other celestial objects like asteroids and comets, other galaxies and the rest of the universe, what makes up space ,etc, then Astronomy may be the field you’re considering and not astrology .

It’s okay to admire the heavens and the planets and  to be in owe of our creator when we consider the works of his hands .Just Like the psalmist ,as he gave reverence to his maker after considering  how beautiful the stars,the moon and the planets were . Such astronomical art may not be considered evil since it ends in reverence  to God .
However ,Astrology is a means of divining the heavens . It is considered a divination art because of its teachings that the relative positioning of the planet ,skies ,sun ,moon has influence on individuals and the course of their affairs . Divination means foretelling the future events ,revealing secrets by means of signs and omens or other supernatural agencies . 

Astrologist are of the Claim that the art

1. Gives guidance to life 

2.Gives  information about the future 

Based on the times when one is born and the relative position of the sun and the moon .
This may sound new to you like it did with me when I discovered this . God prohibits astrology and the bible speaks against it . Astrology is sin .

 

Leviticus 19:26

‘You shall not eat anything with the blood , nor shall you practice divination or soothsaying. 

 

 

 

Deuteronomy18:9-11

9 “When you come into the land which the Lord your God is giving you , you shall not learn to follow the abominations of those nations. 10 There shall not be found shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire , or one who practices witchcraft , or a soothsayer , or one who interprets omens , or a sorcerer ,11 or one who conjures spells , or a medium , or a spiritist , or one who calls up the dead. 
Conclusion 

So let me say this plainly it’s sin to be interested in daily horoscopes published on the internet and other popular websites . The fact is that many people out of curiosity find themselves practicing the art . With the intention to understand the perplexing philosophies of their lives and situations . 

That isn’t the way to go . As a Christian it is below our standard to base God’s will for us on an astrological event or daily horoscope .We must forego  the evil ways of astrology and depend on Gods word for guidance .
 

A REASON TO BE THANKFUL

I decided to take a blogging break  to work on some  personal issues, however  as I was lieing  on my bed this evening and reflecting on how I had spent the year then I had  an impression to write this short article .

I have come to understand that there’s a reason to be thankful to our maker ,If not for anything at all ,the fact that we are alive. 

This year has seen quiet a number disasters and accidents that led of deaths and  

This is what was reported on the news today .


Five persons are feared dead in an accident that occurred on the Tema-Motorway on Thursday, December 25 – Christmas Day.

(Source myjoyonline)


Nine persons died and several others got injured in a lorry accident at Tua, a village on the Tamale-Yendi road on Christmas Day, police sources in Tamale confirmed. 

(Source Ghanaweb)


Also Statistics show that a total of 2249 people died last year due to accident and 14181 others injured .it involved 21817 vehicles comprising of 10587 commercial vehicles,2440 motor bikes and 

8790 private vehicles .


In other sad news In Sierra Leone ,The deadly Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone means no festive parties at the beach, no carolers singing at night and no church gatherings on the Christmas Day .

Authorities this year have banned any activities that could further the spread of the highly contagious virus now blamed for killing more than 7,000 people in West Africa over the past .(source yahoo news )

Looking at these sad news happening around us ,we can only be thankful to God .


The fact that we are alive alone is a miracle .

If you aren’t thankful for anything at all ,at least be grateful for your life .It’s the best Christmas gift you could ever get .

Merry Christmas !


15 lessons from 2016

​2016 to a degree came with a number Challenges. Fortunately, with all these challenges I learnt some truths and lessons about life .  As I share these truths ,I hope you learn some lessons too . 

Lesson 1

The greatest honours are reserved for those who endure the greatest struggles . 

It’s almost impossible to go through life without being beaten down by some of life’s struggles . If haven’t experienced struggles yet ,which i doubt you haven’t, then it’s because you haven’t bumbed into the devil yet .lol. But seriously though life comes with struggles and everyone will experience them . In so much as these challenges hurt us ,they are there to also build us . Imagine a teenager like David having to fight a giant Goliath.  It seemed like a herculian task . David had nothing to lose and coukd have easily run away yet decided to face the very thing everybody was running away from . What you must know is your struggle determines your honour. 



Lesson 2

Enjoy life . Happiness isn’t dependent on an event but a choice we make. 

When i talk about enjoining life ,am mot refering to the  chilling out with friends and all that but rather  living life with joy and peace and not having to bother or worry about every other thing . When we rejoice In the lord by meditating on his words ,them we can experience perfect peace .

Lesson 3

Love people for no reason . No conditions at all !

People usually love for one or two reasons. Our parents will love us perhaps because we have a good conduct . Our teachers will recommend and us with good remarks probably because we behave well . The world puts conditions  on love . If you don’t have your acts together, then they won’t love you . But that’s not how God commands us to love . God wants us to love everyone without any condition. 

Lesson 4

The battle of life is mostly the battle of the mind. If you can win in your mind then you will emerge victorious.

The mind has always been the battlefield. The devil attacks our mind to  destroy us. The bible says we become what we constantly think about.  If you are depressed, worried ,bitter or angry it is because you have planted death in your mind .  

Lesson 5

Don’t try to be someone else . Be you !! 

God set you free so you can be yourself. Not someone else . I mean he sees righy through you and knows all those flaws . He isn’t shocked when you make a mistake . He loves you just the way you are .

Lesson 6 

There’s a price to pay for everything. 

Every dream comes with a price. We are in a constant trade with life and we would have to let go of somethings before we can have what we desire .To get to where you want to go ,you must drop who you used to be !!

Lesson 7 

Everything happens for a reason

Every effect has cause !! If you are successful it’s probably you what was expected. If you are sick is because you aren’t exercising. Everything happens for a reason . 

Lesson 8 

Quit worrying!

Yes just quit worrying!!

Lesson 9 

Trust God even when you don’t feel like it ! 

When you don’t feel like it ,that’s when you need to trust him the more . His ways are always perfect . 

Lesson 10 

Words are powerful. We get what we say!

If you life is not what you expected it to be or if you aren’t experiencing God’s goodness ,check your daily conversation. What we say has the potential to acquit us or condemn us . 

Jesus Christ or Santa ?Claus?

I searched for santa in the Bible, but to my disappointment he was not in there.

Confused, I thought to myself “what in the world is Santa doing here then ? ”

I have realised that if Christians don’t tell their  story the world would tell it in a perverted way .

Well it’s okay when we hear the stories about  him coming  through with gifts every Christmas eve as the movies portrays.But Santa is not the reason Christmas is celebrated.

I think we have adopted a culture we can’t really relate to .We have embraced the dazzlingly fictitious Santa instead of the dazzling Jesus. We have successfully replaced our saviour with a myth.

Santa has gradually stolen the glory which is meant for Jesus and he’s more popular on Christmas season than the born saviour .

People aren’t giving glory to Jesus  anymore during this season . They may seem like they are but actually in their heart  ,they aren’t .

Anytime something takes the glory that is meant for God  ,it becomes an idol to us .God calls  us to an endless life of grace and opportunities as we give him glory  and  it will therefore not make sense  to throw all that away .
I have nothing against santa but I believe the manner in which the story is told is inconsistent with the Bible . The motive may be be good but it doesnt justify the results.

Nothing about the christmas season now conveys  the message of the Creator entering His Creation to redeem it from the Curse of sin. We are  rather greeted with symbols  of Santa and the fake stories of how he gives gifts to the well behaved child and coals to stubborn ones .
The world has perverted the truth and  as Christians we need to check this ! We must do away with this myth and tell the actual Christmas story to the world . Carols nights are not enough ,everything we do during this season must tell the world about our saviour . Billboards, Television and radio adverts must all portray Jesus  and not Santa .

Isaiah 9:6

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given...

This is the Christmas story .A born  saviour coming to earth to save mankind . He is the reason why Christmas is so special to us as Christians. His coming gave us the opportunity to be reconciled back to our maker . His coming saw Him being persecuted .His coming meant he was going to leave His glory in heaven to become a mere man . His coming meant he was going to be crucified on the cross for the sin of the world .

His birth is the best Christmas gift we can ever have and He deserves all the honour in this season.
Merry Christmas!!

THE LOVE STORY Pt. ONE

 

I Had a dream after some prayers in the morning of 19th September 2015, about the love of God . It’s a subtle thing to dream about ,yet that’s what makes this testimony even miraculous.

It’s a very difficult thing to describe in details ,but most of it reiterates Psalms 91 :

2 I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

 

In this dream I saw God delivering the church from all kinds of evil. I saw him literally Hand picking the people of God and shielding them with his wings . Just as psalm 91 puts it.
His wings looked as though it was set on fire ,yet when he covered me , I could feel the warmth of love and security . It was huge and was able to accommodate everybody.
This dream quickly compelled me to search more on God’s love and I was totally different afterwards.

Anytime we picture God as an angry God ,pissed and filled with loathe for all human kind, shows our deficiency in love .
Over the years ,human beings have tried to explain what love is and Usually their theories of love are birthed out of their respective experiences and flawed understanding.
It is true that Love is common word and it’s as though everyone has a thing or two to say about it . But simply because everyone knows about love doesn’t mean they have experienced it . I can know all about a country and yet not step foot there. What am i trying to say ?
Okay it’s simple , it’s an impossibility to know true love and experience it if you haven’t encounted the author of it. Knowing God is the genesis of your love story . God is the source of true love,and i say this with a big smile on my face ?.
People aren’t able to relate to God because they haven’t understood the God kind of love. We have been taught about ‘ an angry god’ more than we have about a loving father. It only makes sense how we a gripped with fear (not the reverence kind) when we get into a fix and hesitate to come to God .

Ephesians 3 : 17-19
17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;
19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

If I have learnt anything this year ,it is to pay attention to details ,especially when it’s in the bible . This scripture is a life changer . I understood Gods love more after meditating on it .

To be continued….

Accessing the Spirit realm

Before I start, I want to make this radical statement You can’t feel saved 

The reason why people get disappointed with their Christian life is because they haven’t simply understood what goes on in the spirit realm.

Some years ago, when I got saved I wondered about the same issue. Even though I knew was saved, I didn’t feel like it . As a matter of fact, I had the same mindset before I got saved. I was depressed, easily angered and negative. From time to time, I found myself falling into some old lifestyles and sins. This in turn made me very guilty. I remember begging God to make me over again. Trust me it was a sad experience. This continued for a while until I had the understanding that “Supernatural does not always mean Spectacular”.
I realized it was absolutely impossible to FEEL what goes on in my spirit with my five senses. Jesus said “that which is flesh is flesh that which is spirit is spirit”. There is no way we can access what happens in our spirit with our five senses. So though, I never felt saved, I actually was..

Ephesians 3:17
So that Christ may dwell In your hearts through FAITH.

The only way we can know that we are saved and that Christ dwells in us is by faith. When I realized this, I began to convince myself about who I was In Christ. I had to believe and receive what the bible said through faith. Even though it wasn’t spectacular, I had to believe and accept through faith that Christ has truly dwelt in me and I could now experience his love. I saw myself the way God sees me and trusted what the bible said rather than what I felt.

God’s word reveals spiritual reality is. If you want to know what your spirit is like you must find out from the word. You can’t just go by emotions. God’s word perfectly reflects who we are in the spirit

2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

Our spirit totally changed during salvation. It underwent a complete transformation. You can’t feel it but it happened. Our spirit is perfect. So after salvation what is left is simply renewing our minds to agree with what has already happened in your spirit.

Acknowledging Christ

So you ask. After believing what next?
One of my favorite scriptures is Philemon 1:6.

“That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.”

This simply means our faith can work and produce results by acknowledging the good things in Christ Jesus. The word acknowledge means to admit to be real or true. This also stands to reason that, these good things promised us when we come into Christ can come alive when we see ourselves having it. It is not automatic ,however we can actualize them When we recognize its existence. That’s just powerful!!

David made this statement in the book of psalm

Psalm 16:8
“I have set the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.
It was a deliberate thing.

He intentionally pictured God before him. Our imaginations play an important role in this. I actually believe that faith operates in the realm of imagination.
So, you may be experiencing a life contrary to all the life God has promised us. You may be lonely, sick, depressed and guilty. Fellow Christian, that’s not your portion .Begin to see yourself the way God sees you. Acknowledge the good things in you in Christ it will totally change your whole mindset and  your Christian life.

God bless you!!!

Moving GOD or Moving Towards GOD ?

Many Christians have been made to think God is up there in heaven , maybe ticked off at man ,not willing stretch his hand towards us to bless us . We must therefore by our prayers provoke him to move ! There are some preachers who have made a ministry around this thinking . They suggest that God can , but isn’t willing to do anything on earth unless man sends forth prayers to God .This thinking is very dangerous because it makes God the variable and puts the blame on Him.

If our prayers doesn’t seem answered ,we make statements like “oh maybe God does not want me to be healed “, or “God is angry with me for something “. This is wrong.

Contrary to this popular belief , prayer does not move God neither does our faith . He’s not moved by anything we do here on earth. The only time he moved was when his son came to die for our sins .Hear this and be astonished,God isn’t blessing anyone anymore . He isn’t healing people any longer . He already did that 2000 years ago .

1 Peter 2:24 says

By whose stripes ye were healed ( past ).

What glad tidings for such words to fall on our hearts . When we understand this our faith will go through the roof. Because it is easier to believe in something you already have than believe in something you are yet to receive .

When we believe God has already done his part and that we are already blessed ,the rest of our Christian lives would be spent renewing our minds to accept what has already been deposited in our spirits .

We don’t need God to move .We rather have to move towards God . Moving towards God implies taking the blame off God . It means acknowledging what God has already done and receiving it by faith .

God has already provided everything we will ever need by grace . He has already blessed us with all spiritual blessings. In our spirits we are blessed beyond measure . We don’t lack a thing . The reason you don’t see God’s provisions in your life isn’t because God is withholding them or is waiting for you to pray or serve him perfectly . It is just because you haven’t received by faith what he’s already provided. Faith is simply a positive responds to what God has already provided by grace .

God does not need to move in your life ! He isn’t the one who is stuck . He moved over 2000 years ago by the death of Jesus Christ . He isn’t waiting on you to put up with your best behaviour before he blesses you. He’s already done that.

The book of Ephesians was written from the perspective that it is already done.

In Ephesians 1:3 , it says

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

The scriptures didn’t say God is going to bless us . No ! God has already deposited every blessing we will ever need in our born again spirits . It’s a done deal !

You don’t have to pray for more of God’s blessings . That’s just unbelief. Praying for God’s blessings mean you are doubting what he has said in his word .

Take the blame off God. God is not the problem , we are !

To be continued

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