By On Tuesday, 12th November 2013



“These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and exiles on the earth” Hebews 11: 13

We shall hereby attempt and labor to express the necessity of spiritual sight. Believers are called to persevere to the end – the end being not necessarily death, but the ultimate attainment of the goal, to win Christ, to enter into the eternal presence of God in heaven, attaining the glories thereof.

The spiritual affairs of eternity are invisible to the carnal eye; they elude even the faculties of the mind. They are realities and truths that we have not beheld or experienced the way we experience the world in which we live.

Being pilgrims in this world, believers move on by faith. Faith is the eye which sees the ultimate end, and that sight propels them to move on towards the goal.

We may stop and wonder, “what is it the men and women in the hall of faith saw that made them to face many a great trials, conflicts, sufferings and death in their quest to attain the goal?” The answer lies in what they saw.

They “saw the promises”. Which promises? These were promises of God pertaining to Messiah who is called the Christ.

Proper sight produces certainty of what is seen. And that is what faith is all about: “The substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”. Faith entails seeing things not seen, thereby producing the effect as of one who has seen. We have not physically seen Jesus Christ in His life, death and resurrection, yet we believe Him as if we have seen Him. We have not seen heaven, but we have faith that heaven exists as if we have seen it. It is such faith, such sight, such hope, such conviction that gives us the motive or motivation to pilgrimage with trust and surety, otherwise our walk is sure to slack and die off.

The principle of sight applies in ordinary affairs of men. We are most motivated to act or move when we are sure of what we involved with. This “being sure” is produced by mental perception, of seeing the end result of what we desire; hence we get inspired to do what needs to be done to apprehend such ends.

Men and women of faith knew their God, as such they did exploits; they knew where they are going, as such they were steadfast in their way.

It is important, therefore, that we get to see alright, and see what is right. We know that we have seen alright when we defy and resist whatever comes our way in pursuit of what we have seen; the men and women of faith did not lose sight of the promises despite the overwhelming pressure of trials and persecution. A pretender will sooner bend like willows than die for what he is not convinced of or stand for.

Faith sees best when it sees Christ. Of all the men and women of faith desired to see, it was Christ. All the promises and prophecies pointed to Christ, and they understood Christ to mean salvation and redemption, and the giver of a life better and eternal than the one they lost through the cruel deaths they had to face.

That is a life-changing moment when a person sees Christ; the men and women of faith saw Christ. Having sinned, they saw Christ as the Lamb that takes away the sins of the world; being aliens and sojourners in this world, they saw Christ as the one who prepares a better country for them.

They knew too well that if Christ does not die for their sins, they are lost forever. They did not just see the kingdom of God being established as the majority of saw, as it were by political takeover; but that Christ shall come to deal with sin, and set forth the everlasting kingdom of peace and righteousness.

Those who have seen Christ testify that He is real and true. “Whom having not seen, you love; in whom, though now you see him not, yet believing, you rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory” 1 Pet. 1:8. The phrase, “yet believing” (which is spiritual sight) is here inserted to counter “who having not seen” (which is physical sight) to differentiate between the two. Though having been denied the opportunity to see Him in flesh, yet through faith we see Him in spirit.

It is possible to hold onto what is physically seen too much at the expense of what is not physically seen. This was not the case with men and women of faith. For …truly, if they had been mindful of that country from which they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. But now they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly: therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he has prepared for them a city.” Heb. 11:15-16.

They regarded they world which they had never seen by physical eyes (yet seen by faith) better than the world in which they were born. They denied the pleasures and amusements of this life for a better life of pleasing God.

Self, perhaps, is the country from which we are being called out of. When the men and women of faith were called to pursue God’s will, they denied their selves. As such Jesus said to His disciples, If anyone will come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross {Greek. Stauros, stake} and follow me.” Matt. 6:24.

They did not get stuck to their possessions, careers, families, or even to their lives. They were willing to lose it all in order to gain the promise of God.

We are called upon to build our most holy faith (Jude 1:20) which “was once delivered unto the saints.” Jude 1:3. “O ye of little faith”, wake up and build, nurture the mustard seed like faith, and make it grow. He who opened the eyes of the bind can open the spiritual eyes and give you light beyond the stellar sky, and bid you to see the invisible. Christ, the desire of the ages is that promise which the saints of old looked on to see, and though they died without seeing Him, yet by faith they saw Him, and their souls departed in peace, for they were able to see the salvation of the LORD (Lk 2:29).

Jesus says, “Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else” Is. 45:22. May for the grace we look unto Him and be healed, saved, and have our sight of Him strengthened, for His name’s sake. Amen.

My Saturday PM

By On Monday, 11th November 2013

I must admit, at the first mention of a Saturday evening service I was not one of those to be particularly excited about the idea, and so on this particular evening/night as we had this planning meeting for our bible study, I was among those who kept pushing it to be the last item on the agenda almost willing the idea to disappear into oblivion. It was a huge deal, a big idea and not to be taken lightly. However, like any good idea it didn’t just disappear it was seen to fruition and I am glad I didn’t stop it from happening. It has been a year-I think since that meeting and with a couple of months of the service under our belt I took some time to jot down what I enjoy most about The Saturday PM.

How not to run a marathon

By On Friday, 1st November 2013

This past weekend I got a chance to participate in a half marathon for the first time. Yikes! The important thing is that I crossed the finish line…more like crawled past the finish line and heaved a sigh of relief. I have decided that you only need to run a marathon once for you to become an expert. With the expertise that I gathered, I put down a list of my top five must do’s to make your marathon run a complete ‘success’.

BCG - The Sin Vaccine

By On Wednesday, 30th October 2013

The day you accept the salvation of Jesus Christ is the day you are born again. And like all new-borns, you need a few vaccines. The day you are born again is when you make up your mind to part ways with sin.

It's a leap of faith. It is a test of courage. It is exciting and scary and painful and emotional. It is therefore very similar to actual birth. Don't be surprised if you cried like a new born baby yet you are a grown man.

Dear baby, if you are going to survive, you are going to need to get your shots. You will have to guard your new life, your salvation with your all.

Some sins are going to be obvious and straight forward. Some, we like to say have a wide grey area. For example, there really isn't that much of a grey area when it comes to murder. You've either committed it or not. The victim is either dead or alive.

There are sins, however, that we struggle with. Lying, for example, is one of these. What's wrong with telling a little white lie? How about a little exaggeration?

Or one of the big ones. Like fornication. Where really is the line? How far is too far? How physically involved can I get with my girlfriend before it becomes fornication?

That's when you begin the rationalizations. What does the Bible really mean by fornication? Or what does the Bible really mean when it says "a man will lie with his wife"? If my girlfriend and I love each other, aren't we practically "married"?

After the rationalizations comes the actual sinning. It does not take long for someone to rationalize lying and to justify it. It does not take long for someone to rationalize homosexuality and to come up with a study shows that homosexuality is something you are born with. It does not take long before the thought becomes an action.

Then you find yourself lying. Then you find yourself stealing. Then you find yourself dishonouring your parents. Whether you take the time to rationalize or you are spontaneous about it, you will fall short at one point or other.

For sure, you will sin after you accept the salvation of Christ.

What does that mean? Why struggle to reach an unattainable goal? It is not unattainable. Matt 5:48 : Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Christ attained this perfection and God empowers us to do so too.

Your life's question is "How can a young man keep his way pure?"

And God answers is "By retaining his word in your heart."

B is for Bible

Dear baby, you are going to need to read the word of God. Like a baby suckles on breast-milk, your life will need to revolve around his word. Find comfort in his word as a baby finds comfort at his mothers bossom. Let his word enrich you. Let his word build you.

The word of God is amazing. It is milk for the newborns and it is meat for those who are spiritually mature. You never outgrow it.

Weaning a child from breast-milk does not mean that the child no longer needs to feed. Get comfortable with reading the Bible. And make it a regular occurrence.

Read the word and meditate upon it. Let the word of God be on your mind constantly. Talk about it. Read about it. Write is on sticky notes and come across it everywhere.

This is the first thing you need to immunize yourself against sin.

C is for Change

Every time you hear the word of God, it comes to you so that you may change. So every time you hear the word of God ask God to reveal what needs to change in your life.

When the baby eats, the baby poops. And someone's got to change his diaper. You can't change it once a week. You can't change it once a day. You have to change it every time the baby eats and poops.

If the baby is eating and not pooping, you have a very sick baby. If you are reading the word and not changing, there's a problem.

The word must cause a change in you and the key to change is prayer. Take time to change. Take time to pray. Humble yourself like a baby in dirty diapers and ask God to change you. If you remain proud and refuse to be changed, well, you are going to smell and get sick. If you refuse to be vulnerable to God, your salvation cannot last. Humble yourself and let the potter mould you. Surrender like a baby to his father, and you shall be saved.

Psalm 51:17" a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise."

If you want to be safe from sin, pray. Pray without ceasing. Pray like your life depends on it. For it surely does.

G is for The Gift.

So does it mean if I read my bible constantly and pray constantly that I am guaranteed that I will not sin? Do monks and hermits sin?

Your humanity is still with you and sooner or later you are going to succumb to sin. You can do everything within your power, but you cannot ensure your righteousness.

You may sin unknowingly. For example, you may be doing something wrong but you have not yet realized it. For example, you may have jealousy or anger issues but you are blissfully unaware.

But I am not talking about that. I mean you may knowingly do something that is out-rightly wrong. Even after hours of prayer and bibles study, you will one day find yourself lying fervently like a little heathen.

God gave a gift for this situation. He gave his son. Before Christ died on the cross, you had to earn your own righteousness.

When you sin, and for sure you will, repent. Don't sit around whining. Don't spend days crying. The minute you have fallen, get up, repent and keep going.

Shame and guilt are absolutely useless and a waste of time. When you sin, repent and move forward.

What does it mean to repent?

Say your husband commits adultery and cheats on you. Say he had an affair with his secretary. Say he feels guilty and confesses. Your husband has truly repented if he:

A. Says he is sorry but keeps meeting his secretary for dates and going to her house for a drink or two every other evening.
B. Says he is sorry but allows her to retain her job, keeping it strictly professional.
C. Says he is sorry, fires her, cuts all contact with her, hires a male assistant and enforces an open door policy for his office for the sake of accountability and transparency and schedules dates three times a week with you.
D. Says he is sorry and becomes a stay-at-home dad because he feels very guilty about it.

Jesus said, that if your hand makes you sin, cut it off. He did not say, if your hand makes you sin, shame on you. He did not say if your hand makes you sin, feel guilty for a whole year. That's pointless. He said if your hand makes you sin, cut it off.

So when you do sin, be extremely aggressive in removing whatever it is that made you sin. Go to extremes. Do whatever it takes. If you struggle with lust, get rid of any material that may make you have lustful thoughts. Never watch another movie in your life if that is what it takes. If you are committing adultery or fornication or stealing or cheating or bribing, dump whoever your partner in crime is and cut all contact with them. For ever.

You are the only one who knows what you struggle with. When you sin, repent and deal with that sin aggressively.

Until you have done this, you have not repented. You are just pretending. Guilt and shame are worthless. God wants true repentance.

Bible, Change, Gift.


By On Thursday, 24th October 2013

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