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I GOT THE KEYS!

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Seeing my title you probably thought I was blogging about the rap song….lol. NO.

Today is November 1, 2016, we are exactly 61 days away from 2017 God willing. What did you accomplish, or will accomplish by the end of this year? Is it a new car that you finally bought? Or the house you been saving for? Or even paid off the debt you owe? These things are great goals and accomplishments, but I want to challenge you in something that’s not mentioned all that much in our generation….obedience; Obedience to God. How has your obedience to God this year been? Are you striving to follow his word or is it not much of a priority? Friend, I want to encourage you today and challenge your obedience. Christ made a profound state in the book of John, chapter 14:15, he stated, “If you love me, keep My commandments”. In other words he’s saying, if you love me, obey what I say. And fortunately we have a faithful God who always holds to his word. He actually BLESSES us in various ways for our obedience to him. I am not simply saying obey to get something in return, but his blessing are the results of our active obedience.

C.S Lewis wrote “Obedience, is the KEY to all doors”. As a believer, our God wants us to continually progress in all we do, in our prayer life, reading of the word, giving, teaching etc. He wants to open doors for you, and show you who he is on a more intimate level. It takes obedience to get there.

There are many examples of God’s waterfall of goodness because of obedience, but I will only quote Exodus 20:6, God promises to show “love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments”. As we Obey the Lord, we open the doors to abundant life in Christ.

1…to..Ten ways to Love!

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ten ways to loveAs we OFFICIALLY start the first week of the 9th month of the year (September), lets do it right and Love in the right way! As there are only a few months till the year ends, the time left is very critical..but ask the Lord for grace to finish what you started, to open doors that no man can open, and live in accordance to his will. Happy new month.

These are ten ways to Love

1. Listen without interrupting (Proverbs 18:13)
2. Speak without accusing (James 1:19)
3. Give without sparing (Proverbs 21:26)
4. Pray without ceasing (Colossians 1:9)
5. Answer without arguing (Proverbs 17:1)
6. Share without pretending (Ephesians 4:15)
7. Enjoy without complaint (Phillipians 2:14)
8. Trust without wavering (1 Corinthians 13:7)
9. Forgive without punishing (Colossians 3:13)
10. Promise without forgetting (Proverbs 13:12)

Embracing Wisdom

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prov-1-2Last year, somewhere around this time, I had an awesome opportunity to intern at Lisle Memorial Baptist Church in Jane and Finch (Toronto, Ontario). While I was interning there I had an opportunity to share the word of God with the saints that worshiped there. It was a very interesting experience being 20 years old, coming from a traditional (African) Pentecostal church, to sharing the word with a completely different audience of ethnicity, and denomination. It put me in a challenging position to grow as an aspiring preacher and I really enjoyed it. The gospel was preached and I believe lives were changed. That day, I believe I preached a sermon from the book of proverbs on “embracing wisdom”; as I have been reading a proverbs a day throughout this month of June, Proverbs 7 threw itself right out of the page in my face, and it is quite similar to a section of my sermon dealing with the purpose of the Proverbs and who and what wisdom is.

Wisdom is embodied in the Proverbs and acts as God’s dynamic word.
In the New Testament, Jesus becomes the wisdom and the word of God.
Embracing Wisdom is Embracing Christ.
Christ is Wisdom

See the graph below.

 

Origin of Wisdom Teaching of Wisdom Value of Wisdom
In God (v.22) Prudence(vv.5,12) Yields riches and honor (v.18)
From everlasting (v.23) Understanding (v.5) Greater than gold and silver (v.19)
Before all things (vv.23-30) Excellent thing (v.6) The wise are blessed (vv.32,34)
Truth (v.7) The wise find life (v.35)
Hatred of wickedness (v.7) The foolish love death (v.36)
Righteousness (v.8)
Knowledge (v.12)

Discretion (v.12)

Fear of the Lord (v.13)

 

So, What Happens after Easter?

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WHAT HAPPENS (1)Speaking from my own personal life and experience, after Easter celebration I go back to living my regular schedule, doing the same things I did the week before, not dwelling on Christ as much as I should be and so on. During the time of Easter our emotions start to rise and we feel as if we are closer to God than ever; but in reality you feel that way you do because you saw a clip of Jesus getting whipped by soldiers and it made you sad.
This is an encouragement to the saints in the body of Christ, don’t let this be something that just happens once a year and then you forget about him until the next year. Let your eyes continually be fixed on Jesus (Heb 12:2), Consistently grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ (2 Pet 3:18), Fight the good fight of faith (1 Tim 6:12), Remain pure in heart (Matt 5:8), Remember that you are dead to sin, and alive to God (Rom 6:11).

Our foundation in Christianity is all about the resurrection of Jesus Christ. He died so we can live, and he rose to show we have victory over death through him.

If you think there is something you can’t overcome because you are too deep in, well…For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace. (Rom 6:14)

If you truly believe nobody loves you, well… By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. (1 John 3:16)

If you tried so hard to be good and do good but believe that if God came back right now for his elect, you wouldn’t be part of them, well… “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31). God has already done all of the work. All you must do is receive, in faith, the salvation God offers (Ephesians 2:8-9). Fully trust in Jesus alone as the payment for your sins. Believe in Him, and you will not perish (John 3:16). God is offering you salvation as a gift. All you have to do is accept it. Jesus is the way of salvation (John 14:6).

ONLY ONE GOSPEL! (Galatians Made Easy)

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Galatians 1:6-10

Going through this text, it is assumed that the Galatians had turned away from him, who called them in the grace of Christ, to another gospel. We don’t necessarily know what the other teachings were, but it was clearly not the good news of Christ; that man had fallen and was in desperate need of redemption through the only one who could provide it (Jesus)!
ONLY ONE GOSPEL!

6 I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, 7 which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. 9 As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.
10 For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.

Vs6,7: The use of the word Marvel reveals Paul’s on going shock at the Galatians’ defection of the gospel of God’s amazing grace. The Galatians had clearly fallen for a different gospel, one which was not another true message of salvation at all. When we look around today there are many messages, doctrines, and theologies that we must be careful of, the bible makes the message of salvation clear for those awakened by the holy spirit. There were many in that time trying to cause trouble, and those were the ones who sought to pervert this precious gospel we have for their own selfish gain. There are many of these still in our generation today.

Vs8,9: Paul moves from the hypothetical (in v6,7), to actually denouncing the Galatians perversion of the gospel. Paul declares that even if an apostle or an angel from heaven presents to you another gospel, let him be accursed! And with that being said, anyone who proclaimed a perversion of the message that the Galatians received from Paul, fully deserved Eternal destruction. Paul’s seriousness and concern for the purity of the gospel message is revealed by his assertion that he would condemn to destruction anyone who taught a false gospel.

Vs10: Pleasing man was neither Paul’s mandate, motivation, nor source of his authority (see vs1). Paul continually sought approval from God. He did not base his decisions on the opinions of people or things. He single-mindedly aimed to please God in all he did and devoted his life to the cause of the Gospel. As an apostle, Paul was a mighty leader, but always knew at the end of the day he was simply a bondservant of Christ Jesus, the Magnificent.

[Prayer May we have this same zeal and passion for the gospel as Paul did, May our live be devoted to Jesus and his work he assigned us to do. Lord empower, and equip us to do just as your word says to do, In Jesus Name, Amen.]

Monday MOTIVATION! (The Whole Armor of God)

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For plenty, it’s the worst and most tiring day of the week but the way I see it, it’s a way to start afresh with your goals. Think about the things that you want to achieve, conquer, or put to rest this week; if it be sin, better budgeting with your money, taking the next step to doing a very important project in your life etc. Be motivated to be a victor!

I like to mix my motivations with devotions because I believe the word is the foundation we should stand on. My devotion will come from Ephesians 6:10-20. This is my personal motivation for today. Putting on the whole armor of God and consistently acknowledging it throughout the week and even the rest of the month so it becomes a lifestyle of mine.

This is a very practical message and is one of the most famous and richly rewarding scriptures in the new testament. Paul had plenty of time to observe and examine the parts of the roman soldier’s armor. After all, he was constantly guarded in his house arrest in Rome.

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age] against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— 19 and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

 

Vs10: Be strong
This could be translated as “Be made strong” passively meaning we cannot do it on our own.

Vs11: The whole armor of God
This is the believer’s protection against evil and the Evil One. Paul presented the extended metaphor of the battle dress roughly according to the order in which the pieces were put on.

Wiles of the Devil: are Satan’s subtle tricks to defeat Christians in spiritual warfare.

Vs12: Our real battle is not with human cultist, fetish priest (JuJu), atheist, or agnostic, but the demonic beings working through them, of which even flesh and blood opponents are sometimes unaware.

Vs13: The Evil day
is taken by some to refer to the end times when the evil one will launch a furious campaign against Christ and his army.

Vs14-17
Paul presents the 6 pieces of spiritual armor. Four are mentioned specifically and the belt and shoes are implied. Soldiers girded themselves with a belt from which hung strips of leather to protect the lower body. Truth is considered crucial by Paul because a dishonest Christian cannot hope to withstand the father of all lies. The truth referred to here is integrity, a life of practical truthfulness and honesty.

The Breastplate: of roman times went completely around the whole body, so that the back of the warrior is protected. It was made of leather or metal.

The Righteousness: That the breastplate represents is not the righteousness of Christ which all believers possess, but practical righteous character of one who is already saved.

Vs15: A roman soldier’s feet were shod with hard studded shoes. Paul used this image to represent the preparation of the gospel of peace. Personally, I see two things that came from this, one could mean that the gospel is the firm foundation we stand on or that the Christian soldier must be ready to go out and defend the gospel.

Vs16: The shield is said to possibly mean, it is to be used against everything or to cover the whole armor. The shield protects the Christian against any fiery darts of the wicked one.

Flaming arrows cannot penetrate the fireproof shields of the ancient roman soldier nor can the assault of Satan penetrate to the believer who places their faith in Christ. (Oh yea!!)

Vs17: The Helmet of Salvation: This intricately designed helmet protected the soldiers head and also made him look taller and more impressive.
Sword of the Spirit: is the only offensive weapon in the believer’s armor. This is not necessarily the bible as a whole, but the specific word that needs to be spoken in a specific situation. To have a precise word ready, a person must know the bible intimately.

The Apostle Paul was not afraid to ask the believers to pray for him that he might have courage to preach the gospel. Even as a prisoner, Paul still wanted to be a faithful witness for the Lord.

As the week starts afresh, Be motivated Like Paul!

Galatians Made Easy Series (1:1-5)

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While reading through the book of Galatians, I realized how interesting the letter Paul wrote to them was. It was very insightful, inspiring, and edifying. I wanted other people to feel how I felt, and find a way to make the word of God of interest to them. So I decided to simply make a blog series called “Galatians Made Easy”. This will be a quick studies on chapters throughout the book, and I will highlight key things that stood out to me as I indulged in studies throughout Apostle Paul’s letter. THIS IS NOT to replace your own personal bible readings or studies but just to encourage you to search deeper in the word and actually learn to love it; we are all on this journey together!

Introduction to the book & Paul’s Greeting. (1:1-5)

When we search through the scriptures, we see no more passionate, comprehensive, yet mind boggling truths of the gospel than in the book of Galatians. Paul profoundly speaks about salvation through faith in Jesus Christ alone (Solus Christus) (Gal 2:16; 3:11,12). Salvation is not earned by what you do or what you think you can do, many of us fall into the trap of trying to receive salvation by the deeds we do. Paul’s concise refusal to agree with the Judaizers in this letter changed and transform so many lives from, my heroes Martin Luther (The revolutionary reformer and father of Protestantism) to John Wesley (Father of the Methodist & Holiness Movement). People want to generally work their way to heaven by their good deeds and that is easily seen. I believe that is why there are so many religions that say “do good and go to heaven”. But in this book Paul reveals the arrogance of such thinking. It ends up coming to a false view of the gospel and turns people away from the Lord (Gal 1:6). We are able to stand justified before God, but only through Jesus Christ, because nothing else CAN and will save.

Vs 1 Paul an apostle.
We see that the first thing Paul gives is a salutation of who he is which is an apostle. He had the right to carry that title 1) He was called and given that authority by Christ when he met him on the road to Damascus 2) to assert his divinely given authority to speak to the problem confronting the Galatian churches.

Vs 2 To the churches of Galatia
He states “Churches” which means this letter was actually a circular to several assemblies within Galatia.

Vs 3 Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ
Paul uses Grace which was a standard greeting in his time and Peace which is the Greek translation of traditional Hebrew greeting. I personally believe he combines these two ideas of grace and peace to introduce the message that he is trying to give. (Check out 1 Cor 1:3, 2 Cor 1:2). The true message of salvation is based solely on God’s grace (1:6, 2:21) received by faith (eph 2:8) and it provides peace with God (rom 5:1)

Vs 4 who gave Himself for our sins
This is just a foreshadow of Paul’s later discussion on redemption and quickly summarizes the good news that Christ died for you. (1 Cor 15:3)

that He might deliver us from this present evil age
When Paul mentions this, it is quite similar to Colossians 1:13 which states that Christ has delivered us from the power of darkness into his kingdom. Both scriptures develop this truth based on the redemptive work of Christ.