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!!!

THE SCAPEGOAT 

Matthew 27:21 

The governor answered and said to them , “Which of the two do you want me to release to you?They said , “Barabbas 

22 Pilate said to them , “What then shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?They all said to him , “Let Him be crucified!”

Pilate gave up one Jesus for another Jesus, one “son of the father” in place of another. He exchanged an assassin for an innocent man who died in his place. This decision surely has the orchestration of God .

The innocent went to the cross in the stead of the guilty.

May this scripture resonate with you as you go through this Easter ,consider it’s truths ,The demonstration of God’s unconditional love ,his infinite grace and mercy . 

The scriptures called barabas a notorious criminal . A record like this we all agree must not be given such pardon for his crimes ,yet when Pilate asked “who shall we release ?” The crowed ignorantly  yelled even the more , “release Barabbas  ,crucify Jesus. 

So Jesus took the place of Barabas ,so to speak ,and paid not only for his sins but for us all ..Barabas received acquittal for his crimes ,he was free . 

It was with this that  God demonstrates his plan for man’s salvation ,.. When Jesus was crucified for the sins we committed ,He took our place on the cross ,and God placed all wrath on him .

It was A judgement we never deserved ,yet did we receive .

Happy Easter in advance 

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 !


Loneliness vs Aloneness

There is a subtle difference between being lonely and being left alone .
It is such subtlety that requires further consideration on the two words .
Loneliness is more of a phsychological phenomena . It implies the tendency of thinking you are alone .Sometimes its not as though people aren’t around you ,but rather it’s more of an inner longing for something more intimate .
Loneliness is a situation of the mind and a feeling of lacking friendship or social relationship .Being alone can be intentional and planned .
It is the feeling of not having anyone close to you that brings loneliness. Loneliness is one of the weapons the devil uses to play tricks on your mind . It is loneliness (the idea and feeling of being alone ) to gives rise to depression and other “mind viruses”.
As a Christian the Bible assures us that we not alone (that is having the thought of being alone) . That means even in our isolation from the social environment ,God is still with us and what’s more ,it is in these times that he encounters us .
From the above exegesis, we can make the following inferences :
1.It is possible for one to be alone and yet not experience loneliness .Vice versa .
2. Loneliness isn’t just about being alone ; but having the perception of being alone.
3.You can be lonely even when people are around you .
4.Loneliness is a feeling of being alone . It is a trick on the mind .
ENCOUNTERING GOD IN YOUR ALONENESS .
who are you when nobody is looking ?when you aren’t pretending ? when you are left alone ? That’s who you really are ! It Is at these moments that God is able to encounter us .
So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. Genesis 32:24
To be left alone means ,someone or something was with him then left . It wasn’t after Jacob was left alone that God wrestled with him till he changed his name .
Oh no !God didn’t want to kill Jacob ,far from that,rather so He can change his situation . It is in the same way that God will wrestle us to change our seemingly overwhelming situations .
You see Jacob needed to be blessed .His name meant a thrickster ,supplanter , and a thief and anytime his name was mentioned ,a tag was placed on him –Hey thief ! come here .. But praise be to God , after his encounter ,his name was changed from a thief to prince of Israel . When we encounter God ,we either leave blessed or wounded .
These wounds are truths about ourselves that we must come to grips with . It signifies our negative characters and little foxes hidden within our hearts .
But either ways, when we encounter God we never leave the same .

How to be PERFECT & RIGHTEOUS

You have been overwhelmed with the guilt of not having a perfect Christian life, thus not being able to please God . You have lost all hope ,and see yourself as the vilest sinner . You aren’t that evil ,atleast you haven’t murdered anyone . You try to do some good things yet it seems not good enough. Your soul is thronged with depression ,guilt ,low self esteem and even feel unworthy to come to God . You wondered if you could ever make it to heaven . You really wanted to stop sinning but then you find your self doing it again . Your Christian life is no more exciting . But all hope isn’t lost .You May be feeling this way probably because you are trying to hard on your own . Its time to lean on the grace of God now .

Jesus Christ came to justify the ungodly ,he came for those who needed salvation ,for what is the use of a saviour to those already saved .He came so we May achieve something we haven’t been able to do on our own ,to be made right with God,to be “perfect “.
Righteousness isn’t about what you do or don’t do . If it were then I shouldn’t be born again , like Apostle Paul never deserved a second chance .You see when you view it so ,it no more becomes a free gift but something you deserve .That’s the misconception people have . We are not and can never be righteous until we have faith in God .

Let’s look at the definition of Righteousness .

It is the quality of being morally right and justifiable .Righteousness comes from the greek word Dike implying Justice (In other words, to justify means to declare righteous, to declare to be in the right, to vindicate. )
Therefore to be righteous means to be just .If man had failed at doing  anything  ,it will be attaining righteousness . It is our trust and faith In God that makes us righteous and not what we do .

The book of Romans affirms this claim .

Rom 4:5
However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness.

Okay so back to our topic ,how can you be perfect  before God ? No ! you can’t be perfect , not even on this earth .So far as we live in our flesh ,perfection is something we can’t attain .This stands to reason that we can never live a sin free life . The scripture above also denotes that our works can’t give us the righteousness we need only Jesus can.It is him alone who justifies the ungodly . Bear in mind that the ungodly can’t justify themselves and make themselves perfect enough before God,they will still look filthy .So there is a need for a justifier .This means that the only way we can reconcile God’s command to be perfect and our imperfection is by grace . Through the grace of God we are justified .
It is a free but priceless gift God offers to imperfect people through the death of his son Jesus Christ .This grace however isn’t a carte Blanche to sin for it is not the will of God for us to live in sin but to live in freedom .
So Paul can say in Phil 3:9 : and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ–the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith

So stop being self – righteous ,you weren’t able to achieve it neither can you ever achieve it on your own . God is the giver of righteousness ,by Faith in Jesus . He is the one who justifies(makes right ) the ungodly . This is the righteousness we can gain by faith .

This is the first part  on the series of Righteousness .

Murder !


I hate you ,you fool ,I wish you were dead ,stupid ,I wish you were not my parents ,worthless fool ,Empty headed foolish girl /boy etc ..
If you have said these words ever in your life, or wished someone had died ,then I am sorry to announce to you that you are guilty of murder, and guess what , you deserve to go to hell. Yeah hell ! please don’t judge me just yet ,That is what Jesus said .
It’s hard to believe but he did ,in Matthew 5:21

21 You have knowledge that it was said in old times, You may not put to death; and, Whoever puts to death will be in danger of being judged:
22 But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be in danger of being judged; and he who says to his brother, Raca, will be in danger from the Sanhedrin; and whoever says, You foolish one, will be in danger of the hell of fire. Ponder over it very well .

Before you read on do this little exercise . Take your mind back when you were angry with that brother or sister ,how you were so bitter and filled with rage . At that very moment you thought of things you would do or say to hurt that fellow .
Yes ! that’s what am talking about, you murdered, though Not physically .
Murder begins with a murderous attitude and wishful thought . If you think evil about someone,then you have committed murder .In the “law book of God“, the purposing to do a thing, without actually doing it is tantamount to doing it. Don’t be too surprised because Jesus traces sin not from the outward activity but from the very core of our hearts and our thoughts .
In the subsequent verses ,He made a statement that whoever looks at a woman lustfully has committed adultery .
You see ,sin begins from the mind and the heart ,so even though you haven’t touched a woman or physically killed your neighbour ,the mere thought of it makes you guilty and a sinner .

Besides this ,Jesus also warns us of what comes out of our mouth .

Proverbs 12: 18 says
” Reckless words pierce like sword ,but the words of the wise brings healing “..

Whether we like it or not our words carry power and what we say can alter people’s lives negatively or positively .
Yeah ! so your guess is as good as mine ,we are all murderers . Only God knows how many people we have killed in our hearts and with our reckless words .
Anger is the bedrock of murder .Get angry and let me hand you a gun ,you will ,in a high probability pull the trigger.Jesus addresses how Christians are to confront anger that is by reconciliation . (Matt 5:23-25). Meanwhile ,anger in itself is not evil .
Paul enjoins us in Eph 4:26 with these words ;

In your anger do not sin” Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry.

Jesus also got angry sometimes . However ,his anger had the proper motivation. He was angry for the right reasons.
Secondly ,There was no selfishness involved.
His anger also had the proper focus.
He was not angry at God or at the “weaknesses” of others.
His anger targeted sinful behavior and true injustice.
Further more ,His anger had the proper control.
Jesus was never out of control, even in His wrath. He controlled His emotions; His emotions did not control Him. Besides that ,His anger had the proper duration. He did not allow His anger to turn into bitterness; He did not hold grudges. He dealt with each situation properly, and He handled anger in good time.
lastly His anger had the proper result.

I will end with the words in the book of James .

“Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires” ( James 1:19-20 ).

The command is not to “avoid anger” (or suppress it or ignore it) but to deal with it properly, in a timely manner. learn to forgive and forget ..

From the thoughts of
Kenneth Bray .
~kennetics

BE THE PROBLEM’S FIRST LASH



Its normal  to have people talk and say problems are spring to come about in our daily lives. If a problem is a doubtful and difficult matter requiring a solution and you are confronted with such, what must you do? The first resolution that has to mount up in your mind is to start working towards it rather than sitting down to hail embrace of it. Telling people about your problem which from my personal examination have seen to be the tradition among people to be the first approach to an issue or matter is totally wide of the mark. No one will like to lend a hand someone who has not on track helping him/her self. I’ve heard it said that, “problem shared is half solved”. But I think that diction should come into place after you’ve already tried your hands on the problem. Give it a lash when you are faced with one. When it emerges, don’t say ‘why me’ but rather say ‘try me’. Help yourself with verdict solutions anytime a problem befalls you, bring it under your control and stop bothering others with them. Mind you we all have problems. 

2 Corinthians 4:17 

17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;

                  First of all, as a mortal beings you should be ready and be on alert to face any life problem or challenges. Alfred A. Montapert pointed out that ‘Expert problems and chew them as breakfast”. Problems should be a drive in our lives. We cannot solve a problem with the same thinking we used when we created them. Intellectuals solve problems rather than shifting it on other’s shoulders. If you have a hammer, you will tend to see every problem as a nail. Just expert and make provisions for them in case they germinate, it can be taken care of. You should know that your problems are your own so if you have a positive attitude and constantly giving in your best effort, eventually you will overcome your immediate problems and find out you are ready for greater challenges.We must persevere in the faith even in the midst of crises with the hope that it is but for a moment,here on earth.Until we die ,we will never stop having problems so we must understand this:our problems are meant to make us and not to break us.

                  I believe very well we are all masters to problem solving and not shifters. If you learn to deal with problems by doing, every problem being it large or small will be a drive. You have to be the master chess player. There are no differences between large and small problems besides and for issues concerning the treatment of people are all the same. You have to direct your anger towards problems and not people and un-beneficiary happenings. You have to confront them courageously. Be the first lash to a problem and not an announcer. I’m not saying letting people know the difficulties you are facing is wrong or bad but try your hands on it first before others do.

                  Every problem has in it the seeds of its own solution. If you don’t have any problems, you don’t have any seed according to Norman Vincent Peale. Sometimes, problems emerge for us to have resolution tools for it. The game of life is just like football. You have to tackle your problems and be a winner. You have to make problems so interesting and their dealings so constructive that everyone gets to deal with them. It’s a big mistake when you think you can’t solve a problem. We all have problems in our homes, churches and work places. Avoid problems and you will never be the one who overcame them. Believe in hard work and personal initiative. Problems do not go away. They must be worked through or else they remain forever. We are only active when we have problems. Remember that you would be remembered by the problem you created and solved. Be a man and a woman, a girl and a boy of problem solving and not problem shifters. All the best!!!!!!!!!!           

                     

   By Bismarck Onyameama (CHRISTIAN WRITERS NETWORK)

SPEAK YOUR PIECE !


EditWe normally come across the old fashion phrase “ Speak or forever hold your peace ” during wedding ceremonies ,Normally after the bride and the groom had exchanged their wedding vows . Forever holding your peace means although you had something to say that would have changed the whole nature of the ceremony , you didn’t ,so you live forever not being able to do anything about it . 

What is noteworthy here is that we too as Christians can make changes to negative circumstances simply by speaking – declaring a word of Faith . Many of us have been silent for far too long and because we aren’t speaking we are living forever with the situation , holding our peace . There is such great power in our tongue and things happen when we speak . We have the ability to change negative situations with what we say.
I was thinking about the story of Jesus and the royal official of capernaum in John 4:40 whose child was almost dead . So he came to Jesus and told him about it ,then Jesus said ” Go your child will live ” it sounded like a simple statement but I realised the power it carried when the man got home and realised his child came alive the moment Jesus spoke a word .
The word of God carries power to heal ,create ,destroy ,make etc . When we believe in the word of God just as the royal official did and speak ,things will begin to fall in place . When we say someone should be healed ,they would ,when we want somethings to change we can make them change just by speaking the word of God .

Proverbs 18:21
Death and life are in the power of the tongue; and those to whom it is dear will have its fruit for their food.
 
We can’t talk about speaking and leave out the tongue . Its actually what grants us the ability to speak .The bible describes the tongue in many ways and most of the time it warns us on how dangerous it can be when misused . Consider it as a fire ;very useful but at the same time very dangerous . what great power our tongue possess .What we say or don’t say makes a big difference in our lives and the life of others . Your words can either give life to something / someone or destroy them . As humans we have a high possibility of speaking death (evil )especially when things don’t workout the way we want. that’s why the text says “death and life and not life and death ” .
We are asked to refrain our tongues from evil . For us to enjoy the the fullness of life ,we must keep our tongues from evil and deceitful speech .
1 Peter 3:10 – For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile.
The tongue is evil and can not be tamed .It’s a deadly poison .
James 3:8 – But the tongue can no man tame; [it is] an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
The tongue is like a fire ,it corrupts the whole person and sets the course of his life on fire .
James 3:5 – Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!
James 3:6 – And the tongue [is] a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.
BRIDLE THE TONGUE
James 1:26 – If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion [is] vain.

A bridle is a piece of equipment used to direct a horse.It includes both the headstall that holds a bit that goes in the mouth of a horse, and the reins that are attached to the bit. The bridle is used to control the horse and give it direction . without it the horse would move anywhere it pleases . The tongue like the horse must be bridled ,so it refrains from evil .

Proverbs 12:18 – Reckless words pierce like a sword ,but the tongue of the wise brings healing .

We live in a country where people speak recklessly ,not considering the effects their words can have on people . Politicians go on radio stations and feed listeners with harangues of reckless words. The television stations are no exception , the so called “big men ” who society respects so much are the same people who create confusions among their followers . Reckless words have driven many countries into war like the genocide in Rwanda which resulted In an estimated 500,000-1,000,000 Rwandans being killed .
Such great power the tongue process . Because of human proclivity to sin ,our tongue can not be tamed totally . Our speech carries great power and so we must learn to say positive things always that would bless others rather than hurt them . Our speech has a great potential for good as well as evil so we must learn to use it wisely . In as much as the tongue can be dangerous ,we still have to speak . Think about how God created the universe . When the darkness was upon the earth and it was empty . When there was chaos and disorder ,He spoke to Change the state of the earth . He spoke things into existence and they obeyed . what if God had been silent ,what if he kept quiet the world would have still been void and chaos . Anytime we speak positively ,orderliness prevails .When we speak positively it’s usually the way God does . Speaking his word also changes our lives .

PROPHECY -FORTH-TELLING confession  is another way of prophesying .It is also known forth-telling . When discussing the concept of prophecy ,it is normally viewed in two ways ; Foretelling which constitutes predicting what is going to happen in the future and forth-telling which simply means confession or speaking the mind God to his people . If only people would understand this and use their words wisely to better their lives rather than destroy them . Instead of running around for  prophecies , we can actually prophecy on ourselves simply by confessing the word of God  .
So fellow believers , would you rather hold your peace and live forever with the situation or speak to change negative things in your life ?

DISSONANCE

The subtlety of the mind/ thought and its relation to behaviour /attitude is one that fascinates . It has been proven that our actions can greatly be influenced by our mindset or what we think about.The bible says “ As a man thinketh ,so is he . This principle is simple and straight forward but at the same time it speaks of a general truth ;we are what we think . But does our thoughts always conform to our actions /behaviour ? of course not .
There could be dissonances and inconsistence with what we think and what we do. Sometimes we want to do somethings ,but we end up doing exactly the opposite , when that happens, we experience a state of mental conflict and discomfort known as cognitive dissonance .

                         
                                  COGNITIVE DISSONANCE
Social psychologist refer to cognitive dissonance as the presence of incongruent relations among cognitions (thoughts and understanding ) which usually occurs when people hold two /more conflicting beliefs ,ideas or values that frequently results in excessive mental stress and discomfort .
The stress arises within a person who holds a belief but performs a contradiction action /reaction .
(source : wikipedia )
Leon Festinger ,the inventor of the theory proposed that when people exhibit behaviours which are inconsistent with their beliefs , they experience a discomfort called the cognitive dissonance . He said an example can be a smoke addict who despite knowing the dangers and harm smoke has on his health ,he overlooks them and goes ahead to smoke . He goes ahead to do what he knows will kill him .This shows the inconsistency between his behaviour ( a smoker ) and his cognition ( he knows smoking is harmful to his health )
Also when someone is forced to do something they actually don’t want to do ,dissonance is created between their cognition (I didn’t want to do it ) and their behavior (I did it) .
Cognitive dissonance is a very common discomfort which happens when there is inconsistence between what you want to do and the reality . There is a dissonance when we perform actions inconsistent with our beliefs (cognition ).
This I believe was what Apostle Paul experienced as he penned the text in Romans 7:15 . He said “I don’t understand what I do .For what I want to do ,I do not do but what I hate I do” .
Now Paul achieved a lot as an Apostle . He founded several churches in Asia Minor and Europe . Paul used his status as both a Jew and a Roman citizen to take advantage in his ministry to both Jewish and Roman audiences.
For many ,for a man like Paul to make those statements  about  himself simply surprises them .How can The man who had written about 13 books of the New Testament say such things about himself .But  whether we like it or not ,Paul was not only crying for himself but was voicing out the struggle of every Christian ,that is, the struggle with sin .
Romans 7:15
I don’t understand what I am doing. For I don’t practice what I want to do, but instead do what I hate.
Have you ever thought to yourself why you do somethings even though you hate doing it ? Have you ever done something though you knew it was wrong ?Although that action is inconsistent with your beliefs ; Is as though another man lives within you who shrewdly cajoles you to do the very thing you know is wrong .
The unregenerate man is dead in sin , as a result of Adams fall .Every human being is therefore born spiritually dead . Due to this death ,we are naturally ;
1.Hostile to the the laws of God 2.Totally depraved
3.unable to follow God .
After salvation ,and after receiving a new life ,we still err and go contrary to God’s law .
We don’t do things we know we should do ,howbeit we hate the struggle and would like to live according to God’s word ,we don’t . We all struggle against sin,though we fail over and over again ,we still want to do better .Though we are forgiven and saved ,sin still dwells in our flesh .
The life of a Christian on earth is a continuous struggle with the flesh . There is therefore a contention between our Spirit (to do the right thing always )and the flesh (to do evil ) .
Here suffer me to quote the exact words of Paul in the book of Romans 7.
14 For we know that the Law is spiritual, but I am merely human, sold as a slave to sin.
15 I don’t understand what I am doing. For I don’t practice what I want to do, but instead do what I hate.
16 Now if I practice what I don’t want to do, I am admitting that the Law is good.
17 As it is, I am no longer the one who is doing it, but it is the sin that is living in me.
18 For I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but I cannot carry it out.
19 For I don’t do the good I want to do, but instead do the evil that I don’t want to do.
20 But if I do what I don’t want to do, I am no longer the one who is doing it, but it is the sin that is living in me.
21 So I find this to be a principle: when I want to do what is good, evil is right there with me.
22 For I delight in the Law of God in my inner being,
23 but I see in my body a different principle waging war with the Law in my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin that exists in my body.
24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is infected by death?
25 Thank God through Jesus the Messiah, our Lord, because with my mind I myself can serve the Law of God, even while with my human nature I serve the law of sin.
Apostle Paul describes himself as unspiritual ,a slave to sin ,a wretched man and a prisoner of the law of sin .His outburst created paroxysms of controversies as to if this passage referred to either believers or the unsaved .
It therefore begs the question “aren’t those words used to describe unbelievers ? Whether to believers or not ,the key to understand this passage ,is to first understand the two natures of a Christian .
THE SIN NATURE AND THE SPIRIT
Before the unregenerate man becomes saved ,his only nature is sin ,he is totally depraved in sin;he is a slave to sin . He sins because he is a sinner ,it’s his nature .And even after he receives Christ and becomes a new creation (2cor 5:17) he still lives in the old flesh which still has remains of past habits and sins . There is therefore a constant battle for dominance between our sin nature and the Spirit over who wins at pulling the believer to his direction .The spiritual nature drags him towards God and The fleshy nature pulls him towards disobedience and sin . The believer therefore wants to do the right thing but has something within that does not support what he wants to do and desires to do exactly the opposite .
OVERCOMING SIN
Reckoning yourself dead :As Christians ,the power of sin has been broken in our lives . Hence when a Christian sins it is his willful act and not sins domination over him .
2.Rely on the Holy Spirit ;we can not be saved by grace and be sanctified by our own efforts. We must therefore rely on the Holy Spirit to do that .
Who will rescue me from this body that is infected by death?
What glad tidings for the undeserving,for Christ to come and die ,so those who believe In him will be saved and hence transformed .
When we put our faith in Christ we are set in a process of sanctification .
Do let me put this very plainly, Sanctification is a process and can never be complete -It is that which believers are conformed by the Holy Spirit into the image of Christ . Though some sins are easier to overcome immediately one is saved ,others are not .There is therefore the need for constant renewal of the mind .
Behold I am vile -job 40:4
Jesus Christ , our
Justifier ,didn’t come  for the righteous and

PRAISING GOD IN ADVANCE

(1 Thessalonians 5:18) “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”.



This is a month of thanksgiving and we have a lot of things to thank God for; especially for being so good to us throughout this year. There is actually nothing we deserve to get from God in that He is not obliged to bless us because of our good works, but for the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross. The fact that we are still alive alone suggests that God has been good to us all.

Many people will be thanking God for marriages, children, success in business, progress of ministry, peace in the family, etc. It’s good to thank God for all these but I believe it must not end there. Thanksgiving shouldn’t only be offered during the “good” times. Rather, it must be seen as an offering, an act of worship and a way of life. Thanksgiving must be offered irrespective of your current circumstances or problems. It must be done at all times; good or bad.

Thanking God only when everything seems to be going on well is like saying you would serve Him or worship Him only in good times. When that happens, you end up not serving Him at all because life is not all perfect: It can be sweet some times and sour at other times, but in all things we must give thanks .

There are numerous blessings God gives us which we are oblivious of, probably because we haven’t seen or realised it yet. My brothers and sisters in Christ who think they don’t have a cause to praise God, I suggest you give it another thought. If you are alive today, then you have cause to thank Him. There are people who claim they haven’t really enjoyed the year because of some crisis they have faced. Anytime these thoughts fall into your minds, think about those in the hospitals undergoing series of operations and those who have lost their lives during the year; those who won’t witness the beginning of 2014. Praise is what we really need to offer to God. From the scripture above, two things are clear: Periods /circumstance and God’s will.

PERIODS /CIRCUMSTANCE

There are some periods when everything goes on well for us and other times too it seems all hell have broken loose .There always comes a time in every believers life when all hell breaks loose ,however ,the paradox here is that it is actually a time to put on the garment of praise and praise God in advance . We are admonished to thank God in all circumstance or periods in our lives .This stands to reason that our Thanksgiving to God isn’t dependant on the present circumstance but on the nature of God .Remember it’s not about you (it’s not about what you have or don’t have ,what happened ,who died etc but on who God is .He is sovereign ).

Many people think they have no reason to thank God simply because of the crisis they may be encountering at that moment or something negative which took place in the past . Truly ,basing your art of gratitude to God on those things signifies you have been defeated already . True worshippers are those who praise God even in time of trouble .They praise God in advance for the victory won .When you praise God even in the hard times you tend provoke God to move and alter the “imposibilities ” in your life .Praise is what opens the heavens and the gates of heaven for you to receive your miracle .

Psalm 100:4 4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

GOD’S WILL Thanksgiving is  the will of God for us .He desires or wills that we praise him in all circumstances and not  give up on it .The powerful song by MARVIN SARPP kept resounding in my mind when I was writing this article so I decided to use it as the caption . Praising God in advance means you are thanking him for what he is about to do In your life even in the worse situations .That is faith .When you overlook the problems and still smile at God and say thank you God, You shame the enemy .

Job said in the worse times of his life , “though he slay me yet will I hope in him “.This to me is a prayer every believer must pray at certain times in his life .