Faith Reflection

Guest Post: Personal Review

When we stepped into a novel year, we all realize we have no idea what that year holds. We certainly have not traded this path (before) heretofore and fortunately or unfortunately, we don’t get a practice run or a preview.

For most of people, 2020 isn’t what they’ll want to talk about, even in years to come. The excitement of coming into a new year for these people will certainly be taken over by fear of a high magnitude. The rise of covid-19, the lockdown, ASUU strike, #EndSars protest that claimed so many lives, and the recent food- especially onion price hike (a friend will say so tey onion don blown before me)while a lot created humor out of it, these are all big blows to most people.  As a result, a lot of people have their doubts and fears about what the coming year may hold, while others are afraid just for the “sake of being afraid.”

Life teaches us that nothing good comes easy. Matter-of-fact, there’s no real birthing without pangs and pains. For “as soon as Zion travails she brings forth her children.”  what we’ve gone through are certainly labour pains in the process of our birthing of a new year,  if  you’re  one that understands the mystery of times and seasons, a new year is not just a change in calendar, there is more to it.

In Gen. 26:18, life in Gerar was not easy. Every time Isaac would dig a new well, the Philistines would claim it as theirs. In one instance, Isaac named his well Esek, which means “contention.” Another time he dug a well and called it Sitnah, which means “enmity.” What a depressing trend! It seemed like two steps forward and three steps back. He wasn’t making any progress.

But then, Isaac journeyed just a bit farther. Genesis 26:22 says,

And he moved away from there and dug another well, and they did not quarrel over it; so he named it Rehoboth, for he said, At last the Lord has made room for us, and we will be fruitful in the land.

Genesis 26:22

All of us will encounter multiple obstacles on the road towards our promise. The contentious wells of Esek and Sitnah tend to drain the life out of us rather than providing any refreshment. Their waters are bitter they are the hard places where we are most tempted to quit.

But the lesson here is simple: We must keep walking by faith, even when we feel trapped in Philistine territory. We must keep trudging ahead. We must go over the next hill. We must turn the next corner. There is a Rehoboth in sight!

Rehoboth means “broad place,” and it refers to the land of inheritance that only God can give and that the enemy cannot steal from you. The Philistines did not contend for Rehoboth. God kept them away.

Many of us have felt stalled in the dry places. This year has not been easy. You may feel that the devil has been contending for your family, friends, finances, ministry or your health. He threw all this discouragement at you to stop you from advancing. But I have learnt at the course of time that you can use them instead as your staircases to destiny.

No matter how much we want to cling unto it or its memories we will admit 2020 now is already history. It is almost completed, soon going to be over, and will be gone forever;  but the expedient thing  to do at the moment will be to prepare towards the coming year, 2021 by  patiently waiting upon the Lord expecting a change of course, for He said He shall mount you up as eagle.

I want to prophesy to you: Keep going! Do not camp at the wells of contention! There is a Rehoboth down the road, and it is not only a place of spiritual fulfillment but also a garden of intimacy with God. Press into this New Year with faith and expect the Lord to fulfill His promise, and do not walk into 2021 without any spiritual insurance!!!

Written by: Omaku Adamu

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Dry Bones Can Rise Again: Discovering the power lying in your within

There is nothing more frustrating and exhausting than a moment where everything or the vision you pursue so passionately seem dry as a bone, empty and even dead but guess what? God’s plan is not for us to be dry, lifeless and scatterd but his plans for us is that we live a great army and have everything we venture and our life flourish. Wandering how i got to know this? then let me show you?

At first it was something i never understood until i embarked on this enlightening journey i want you to partake in, Journeying through the book of Ezekiel opened my eyes to what God is saying about those dead dreams, dry and hopeless situations in our life. Starting from verse 1

What Do You See?

The lord took hold of me and I was carried away by the Spirit of the lord to a valley filled with bones. He led me all around among the bones that covered the valley floor. They were scattered everywhere across the ground and were completely dried out.

Ezekiel 37-1-2

What image does that create in your mind?

For me is what may seem like a situation of hopelessness and wretchedness. This bones where not just ripped of their flesh but where also dry, imagine a bone that a was bone yet it was dry and not just dried and may be skeleton where you could probably get something to cover but where scatterd all over the place with no form of coordination…this was a glaring hopeless situation for me. And sometimes this is the situations of our lives, there are aspects of our life that has not just been ripped of every result but has gone so dry and hopeless beyond our imagination and it look so dry, helpless that we are forced to conclude that it was definitely a lost cause. Ezekiel was a man full of so many vision he carried and was even said by God to be ordained a man of prophesy and vision even before his birth but at this time the only vision Ezekiel could see was a dry, scattered and hopeless situation.

Dry bones are the ideas, dreams or vision, lying dead in us, deep within our thought; they are those things that didn’t work out how we expected it.

Akatiki

God asked a very interesting question that would normally trigger in me and most people a certain reaction if i was in Ezekiel’s shoes…

Then he asked me, “Son of man, can these bones become living people again?” “O Sovereign Lord,” I replied, “you alone know the answer to that.”

Ezekiel 37:3

Imaging, a question like that in a very frustrating and hopeless situation, for me it will only stir a response of anger and frustration, my answer might probably be: ” God are you trying to mock me or something? or just imagine what the response an Agbero on the street of Lagos would probably be, At-least that is what a natural man will think, sometimes when we have so much hopeless and lifelessness, every confidence and faith we have is ripped off, it was such situation that led John the baptist who confirmed Jesus as the messiah and even baptized Jesus still questioned the validity of Jesus been the Messiah but Jesus never rebuked him, so it’s okay that Sometimes your faith may waver and you are even caused to question the glaring workings of God in your life.

Sometimes, when we are faced with so much hopelessness and lifelessness, every confidence and faith we have is ripped off

Akatiki

One interesting yet baffling thing for me was the response Ezekiel gave;
Imagine been in such a situation? that response was a response of brokenness and total surrender, Ezekiel did not just rely on his vision, limited thought and ability but totally relied on God”s sovereignty, with such faith and brokenness, who wouldn’t change that situation? sometimes we are too focused on our limitations and how much we have tried that we forgets God’s ability, it is not God’s desire to leave you frustrated, down, with everything scattered and so dry, its not his desire that you try so hard to figure everything on your own but he desires that you rely rather on his abilities and who he is for his guidance. God can not step into our situation or that vision you carry until you are broken and ready to totally surrender to him.

sometimes we are too focused on our limitations and how much we have tried so hard that we forgets God’s ability.

Akatiki

Your Dry Bones Will Rise Again

Then he said to me, “Speak a prophetic message to these bones and say, ‘Dry bones, listen to the word of the lord! This is what the Sovereign lord says: Look! I am going to put breath into you and make you live again! I will put flesh and muscles on you and cover you with skin. I will put breath into you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the lord.’”

Ezekiel 37:4-6

Ezekiel, totally surrendered and acknowledge the God sovereignty God only then did he receive a direction. The reward of brokenness is a direction and a way out of what may seem a bleak situation. “A change of outcome comes from a change of our belief”.

The Power in Spoken Words

What you say can change everything

I spoke this message, just as he told me. Suddenly as I spoke, there was a rattling noise all across the valley. The bones of each body came together and attached themselves as complete skeletons.

Ezekiel 37:7


Gods wanted us here to know the power of our words, my questions is what are we speaking into the situations of hopelessness, dryness or the dead ideas, ventures or dreams in our life? you cannot speak hopelessness into a hopeless situation and expect to see hope. Our words are very powerful and have the ability to bring together what ever may seem dry in our life and situation. “God can change your situation but you must be ready to speak.
God made the whole word by his words how much demonstration of the power of words is there compared to this? when Ezekiel spoken to the bones there was a rattling of the bones, then muscles began to grow until it became a body, for any change we desire it beginnings with a change of mindset and then a word. You must begin to speak not just your words or ability but begin to speak to those dry situations, ideas, vision and in your life, say to it what the lord has declared.

God made the whole word by his words how much demonstration of the power of words is there compared to this? for any change we desire to happen it beginnings with a change of mindset and then a word.

Akatiki
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WHAT RESPONSIBILITY DOES THE DEATH OF CHRIST PLACE ON ME?

The Most Important Gift We Have Received: The Gift of Eternal life

What Does Eternal life Mean to You?

I know a lot of people have wandered what is meant, Some have even deliberated on the possibility of it meaning “never drying” or “Living Forever”. A large populace view it as the life after the present life we are living. I.e the life beyond this life…Believers hold a similar view to this. To Christians eternal life is God’s precious gift to his children through the death and resurrection of Christ.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:16

When Jesus died for us he took the judgement of God concerning us along side with our sin, before now man was headed for eternal damnation. But when Jesus died, he broke the power of death, he died to our sinful nature that caused death and resurrected to life, giving us a new life. Jesus didn’t just give us a new life but he gave us a life that is eternal; the nature of the life we received is not temporal, even at dead those who have been saved continue to leave with the father because the have overcame the power of death.

And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.

John 5:29

As believers we have this new, refreshing assurance of life after death that just as Jesus Christ died and resurrected, we also resurrected with him and at the end of the world we will yet resurrect to live forever. Believers!!! as we live on earth: those who have truly accepted Gods salvation, we no longer live in fear of death. Apostle Paul wished to communicate the value of life after death to believers, when he said in the book Philippians:

For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.

Philippians 1:21

There is no greater gift and there is no greater meaning to the death of Christ than the gift of eternal life through the death of Christ, it is out of love that Jesus Christ sent his son to die for our sins, God did not want us to perish so he sacrificed his son so we may have eternal life, I called a a gift because we did not earn it, neither did we ask for it but God did it out of his love for us, even when we were still sinners He gave his son to die for our Sins. So even as we live daily we must not take this for granted but must work towards securing this gift.

What Responsibility Does Christ Death Place on us?

Written by: Adgidzi Immanuel Akpus

(Guest Writer)

The death of Jesus Christ took place some 2000 years ago before many witnesses who told others of the incident that happened before them. Aside what was seen in the physical that day, the scripture explains that there were things that occurred as a result of that death that was witnessed that day.

Some of these spiritual occurrences include:

  • When Jesus died, He went down to hell.(Acts 2:31, Ephesians 4:9)
  • He killed the flesh (human nature) and its lustful desire. (Galatians 5:24)
  • He also disarmed and made a public display of the forces of darkness. (Colossians 2:15).

Seeing what Christ has done by His death and as He said “It is finished”, signifying that He would not repeat the process any longer. As a Christian it is therefore expected (as a responsibility for me):

  • Accept the death of Christ upon my flesh (Dying to sin daily and living to Christ).
    I ought to die to worldly pleasures of sin. I ought to die to lust, lies, fornication, orgies, alcoholism,stealing and the likes.
  • The death of Jesus Christ should bring to me as a believer the responsibility of telling others about God’s faithfulness in fulfilling what He promised that Jesus would die for the sins of man as seen in (Isaiah 53:1-9)
  • The death of Jesus Christ should confer on me the desire to repent from sin and be baptized(Romans 6:3-4)
  • It should put a responsibility on me to live a righteous and holy life knowing that Christ died once and for all. (Hebrews 10:10).
  • The death of Christ places on me the responsibility of living in freedom, for i am no longer a slave but a son of a king who has giving me a mandate to rule. We are kings and Queens in Christ Jesus, so we must rule in whatever sphere of life we find our self; by his death, the responsibility of leadership has been placed on us.
  • Another great responsibility we must keep up with daily is love, we must love one another just as Christ loved us, we must remember that we didn’t deserve any of this but Christ did all these for us out of his love for us. We must extend this love to one another the same way Christ did to us unconditionally. You must love your neighbor as your self which is the greatest commandment.

Finally thinking of the responsibility the death of Christ has placed on me point to nothing but the great commission.

The Great Commission

Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go.When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.

Matthew 28: 16-20

In conclusion, the whole essence of this one week exercise is not to waste your time going over what you probably have the best Knowledge of, but to help us have a another look at the Cross very deeply and remind ourselves of what the cross did and what it really means to our life. This also is for us to really reflect on and begin to point our area of our life that we have constantly ignored in relation to this and trust the Holy Spirit to work on it. Personally for me, In the course of this one week journey I have reflected on every of this word and have made personally decisions to work on myself to become better and i think you can do that too.

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Written by: Faith Akatiki and Akpus Immanuel Adgidzi

Guest Writer: An Aspiring Pharmacist, University Of Jos, Plateau State.
He loves Reading mostly and Writing. He has followed this blog from Day One.

Day Five: A New Identity( God’s Perfection)

Every year as Christians, we celebrate Christ for the price he paid on the cross for us all. His death and blood that was shed which set us free from sin and death and brought us into reconciliation with the Father.This single act of love brought us into a new identity in Christ.

Who We Really are in Him?

As Christians, we are those who have been brought into a spiritual union with Christ, what’s known as being “born again”! The Spirit of the living God lives within you and you are sons and daughters of the living God, bought and paid for at a high price which is by the precious blood of the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ. When we are given new life in Jesus, we participate in the life, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ.

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. This life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me

Galatians 2:20

When God call us to himself, we take on a new spiritual identity: in Christ; we become a new creation in Him, the old has passed and the new has come, upon Christ death we became an entirely new being, the implication is that our sins, addictions, inadequacies and all that is to former self is let go off and we assume an entirely, whole, new and sinless image. here God gives us the opportunity to start all over again

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

2 Corinthians 5:17

Upon Christ death and our acceptance of Him, we have been baptized into his death,(Romans 6:3). In Colossians 3:3, Paul tells us that “you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” In Ephesians 2:6 we are told that God has “raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” Also, the Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to Sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” (Romans 8:15). We are no longer servants! But friends of God. No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you (John 15:15).

God called us into his kingdom as priest and as kings/Queens because we are his heir, we are no longer slaves but Royalties and we belong to God’s royal priesthood, God has put his kingdom on earth under our control and desire us to do his will on earth as it is heaven. he has giving us a mandate of rulership, so you are not an ordinary person. 1 Peter 2:9 says, “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.

We are God’s masterpiece!!!! He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago, long before we where born.

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

Ephesians 2:10

Before we were in Christ, we were destined for death and destruction, for our iniquities worked out death for us and eternal damnation, we were destined for despair, degradation, and poverty. Now we are destined for eternal life, in Christ, we are destined to have life and have it more abundantly. God doesn’t want us to just live an Average or manageable life, he wanted us to live a right and abundant life in fulfillment, prosperity and contentment.

And in this fellowship we enjoy the eternal life he promised us.

1 John 2:25

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

John 10:10
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