Christ in Me

Every year I join every other Christian to celebrate the Easter; believing that it represents the event around Christ’s death and resurrection. Nevertheless, that is the truth. Jesus Christ died for the purpose of saving the entire world [an act borne out of love]. More than his dying is the glad tidings that comes with the knowledge that the Saviour of the world resurrected from the dead to live eternally. This is tingling and beautiful to the ears because it brings a reassurance that we who believe in Him will live eternally.

However, something different happened today as the preacher taught on what it is to be God’s son. I was awestruck reading Galatians 1: 27 again; Christ in me, the hope of glory. While I still bask in the euphoria of the season, I am drawn to the truth that Christ died for me so that His Spirit can live in me. Yaaay!

‘To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.’

Colossians 1:27

This is Easter: to know that He died and rose from the dead so that He can make us worthy to accommodate Him in our lives. Little wonder He said: “except a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it abides alone” John 12:24. This figuratively speaks to the purpose for which He intends to die: that many will come to the point of being called sons [and daughters] of God by the reason of his death and resurrection which then permits the Holy Spirit to live in us.

This is Easter: to know that He died and rose from the dead so that He can make us worthy to accommodate Him.

The bible explains that whosoever does not have His Spirit is not part of Him. Now I have a clearer understanding of Easter and beyond the amusement and fun that accompanies the celebration, I see that the Saviour died for me because He wants to live in me forever.

‘You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ.’

Romans 8:9

Happy Easter to everyone. Let us keep Jesus in us forever. Christ in us is the hope of glory.

He hears our thoughts

We are in an era when communication does not have to be audible. The development in technology has made this possibility glaring to everyone. During the lockdown, people communicated more via social media and messenger platforms than before because of the restriction on physical gathering.

But this isn’t strange to God: Do you think it is? Truly, God knew about these days that caught us by surprise. He saw these days coming into existence.

I strongly believe we are in an era when our potentials as humans are more evolving and becoming more glaring before the eyes of the universe—the potential of communicating without uttering an audible sound.

I remember my early days in secondary school when I was taught to read silently with my mind. Before then, elementary reading style was basically reading out aloud. It was amusing realizing the possibility of reading and understanding without even having to read out aloud.

My experience is similar to the current state of mankind; depicting that our thoughts are just as audible and loud as our uttered voice. Don’t be amazed about this—it is similar to how you are reading this article without speaking out loud the words that you see and this isn’t weird or amusing to you.

This is my drive point: God hears our thoughts. You are not the only person listening to your thoughts. God is also listening as audible as you can imagine. Skimming quickly through the pages of the scriptures, the story of Abraham’s servant beautifies what I am bringing to light [that God hears our thoughts]. This man, who needed help to run his master’s assignment effectively, didn’t even have to utter a single word audibly, yet, God brought him the response he desired.

This is my drive point: God hears our thoughts.

Use your thoughts to your advantage; watch what you brood on, make sure you think on those things that will not break God’s heart. Philippians chapter four verse eight will be of great help in guiding you.

Think positively because God is also listening to you. He isn’t a human who have to wait till your thoughts are spoken, written or gesticulated before he can understand. The sweetest part of this is that; God has the power to do exceeding abundantly than what you can think or imagine.

Assurance of His Love – our Hope!

Just when I had thought the series I was writing on Assurance of His Love was over and I should look out for something interesting to write about; I was awestruck by the thought that we have hope because He loves us. This compelled me to writing about His love as our source of hope.

In my early teen years, I had stumbled on a little quote that said men can survive days without water and food but cannot survive a day without hope. That resonated so hard in me and I told myself [regardless of the circumstance] I must protect my hope. Now it is quite interesting for me on how to achieve this seeing that He (God) first loved me and, in His love, comes my hope.

It is hurting to realize that people commit suicide and abruptly put an end to their lives. While we are out there mourning and grieving for these ones, it is worthy to note that in most cases, this unfair act happened because the victim saw no need for living – all hope were lost!

We as believers [in Christ] must rise up to the occasion and help as many as we can by reminding them that with God’s love for us, we do not just have hope on this earth but eternally. If on this earth alone we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most miserable.

Regardless of the current situation you or any of your loved ones may be facing, you must come to the place of rest by believing in the word of God affirming His love towards you and your loved ones. God’s love isn’t a fluke – it is so real we cannot live without it.

For I am convinced [and continue to be convinced—beyond any doubt] that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present and threatening, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the [unlimited] love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Who shall ever separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?’

Romans 8:35,38-39 AMP

Now, you can rise above the pains because you are assured that God loves you and He will never leave you nor forsake you. Your current situation/pain is not potent enough to take you out of God’s love.

Let me share with you the greatest joy that springs forth from our hope in God through His love for us – Eternal Life! Believe me as I reiterate God’s promise of His expression of love towards you and my very self; when all the things we see on earth is over, we will reign with Him forever.

Stay encouraged brothers and sisters. Do not throw in the towel; we are not of the beggarly nation. We are a people loved by God and because He loves us, He will keep, protect, provide, and save us.

Shalom!

Assurance of His Love – our Comfort

One of the key characteristics of love is the act to forgive all wrongs. We can [only] boldly claim to love when we are willing to forgive those who have hurt us in one way or the other.

Something I have come to notice in my few years of walk on earth is that humans are prone to error and with this error comes hurt to other people. What I am trying to communicate is that we are not perfect beings, and the consequence of our imperfection will most time be an offense to someone else – family, friends or neighbours. The saying of Alexander Pope is true; “to err is human; to forgive, divine.”

We cannot shy away from this truth. The earlier we accept this, the better for us. Our Lord Jesus encouraged us to forgive seventy times seven times daily for just a single person who hurts us! This clearly depict that it is possible for a singular person to err and offend us severally in just a day. Time to burst your bubble; Imagine yourself as that person who keeps hurting his family, friend or neighbor. I believe what Jesus was trying to imbibe in us is the heart to love because forgiveness is an expression of love.

forgiveness is an expression of love.

If it is human to err, then we must consider the truth that more often than not, we err against God. Whenever we commit any act of sin against God (just the same way we break our fellow human’s heart when we offend them), we break God’s heart.

But just at the center of this our act comes the outburst of His love towards us and then His outstretched arms wrap us in an act of kindness and mercy.

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us. This article is coming as a clarion call that no matter how deep in sin you are, God’s love is reaching out to you in forgiveness. This is the comfort our souls long for – to be forgiven. That with no iota of guilt, we can live before the one who loved us and gave His only begotten Son to save us.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. ‘

1 John 1:8-9

His forgiveness – an expression of His love – is our comfort.

Have a blessed life.

Assurance of His Love – our Motivation

Battered, bruised, depressed, and lost; several people have their pocket share of life’s dart hurled at them. Sometimes I feel we all have this disturbing moment, and we are sort of stuck amid all these situations. I personally believe the way out is to have a superior help stretched out towards us, and in my opinion, love is the greatest need of humanity that can help us [all] out of whatever situation we are battling with.

When we find love, we really are motivated to move on and dare whatsoever challenge we encounter. It does not depict that love always bring an answer; most times, it is just the fuel that stirs us up to getting the answer we need.

Now before the Passover Feast, Jesus knew that His hour had come [and it was time] for Him to leave this world and return to the Father. Having [greatly] loved His own who were in the world, He loved them [and continuously loves them with His perfect love] to the end (eternally).

John 13:1 AMP

I am awestruck by the words captured in the Bible verse (quoted above) about Jesus’ love for us. That He so much loved us, and the love is extended to eternity. Wow! Love – humanity’s most dire need to stay optimistic and energized – is given to us by the Father through Jesus to the end of time. There is absolutely no time frame to the steadfast love of God towards us. Glory!

I know this is big to absorb but if you put it in a perspective of a child who is deeply loved by his father/mother, you will begin to have a grasp of what the Bible is talking about. Jesus loves us (and this is eternally)!

When you know this, you can dare things, feel energized and push for greater things. Do not get so bugged up with life and feel so tired and dejected; you can overcome and become the dream you carry. The love of God propels us. You must believe this with your entire being.

And we ourselves know and believe the love which God has for us.

1 John 4:16 GNT

You are truly loved by God regardless of any other person’s negative opinion about you. I want to encourage you to brace up, stand up and take you place in the hall of fame of life. All you need is to draw from your heavenly Father’s love for you. If God be for you, who [and what] can be against you?

Remain in the love of God!

A Merry Christmas

I recollect that it was with a gleeful heart we peeped into the long awaited year; 2020. The year seemed to be a year we all expected great and memorable things happening to us and this could be tied to the uniqueness of the numberings the year bore: 20-20.

January came and so did February; in all of these months our expectations never dwindled and just at that moment, we were all thrown into an unexpected global pandemic. Like a dark cloud covering the beauty of the sunlight, it looked as though the massive expectation planned for the year faded off. The tears and pain of losing a loved one was so amplified in this year; from the great stars who graced the earth to the unpopular souls in the remotest part of the earth, the pandemic deprived so many people the joy of seeing their loved ones. Needless to say of the mandatory lockdown and social distancing that limited us from enjoying the warm hugs and moments once shared with friends and family.

Despite all of these, we are in the Christmas season and it is still a merry Christmas as it has always been. Right in the midst of the dark clouds, with a glean of hope, we declare it a merry Christmas. This is not because we are inert to the pain we have felt thus far, rather it is because we have revived our hope and expectation for the coming year. We will live to see the sun rise again. This hope is so strong we remain unbending in declaring a merry Christmas to the friends and loved ones we still have around us.

I wish you a merry Christmas with a note of remembrance that for whose sake we celebrate (Jesus Christ), we can believe in the strings of hope in our hearts that the coming year will birth great things. He was born to save us, yes, and He shall save us even from the pangs of the Coronavirus.

A Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Fix your Gaze Rightly

It is interesting to know that as humans we have the capacity to travel with our minds and enjoy the beauty of the gift of imagination. Yeah, God loves us so undoubtedly and He has given us the ability to enjoy this level of beauty.

In the midst of this ecstasy, we are saddled with the responsibility of fixing our thoughts on Jesus. Yes, we must do so well to consider Him worthy enough to be thought about.

It is no news that we are currently in the midst of a global experience which has taken us aback for a little while now. All of these happenings and every other experiences, and also, expectations for the year (2020) can become a distraction and we then, can lose focus on the key thing; which is to consider God in our thoughts.

‘Yes, feast on all the treasures of the heavenly realm and fill your thoughts with heavenly realities, and not with the distractions of the natural realm.’ – Colossians 3:2
Jesus, in His words to us concerning the [new] commandment, gave a timeless instruction; that we must do our best to love God with all of our heart, all our soul and all our mind. In loving God with our mind, it is tenable to realize that this simply connote that God, even in the person of Christ, must be given preference in our thought.

Jesus answered, “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’

Matthew 22:37 NCV

I love the way NCV puts Hebrews 3:1 “…think about Jesus…”. You know, we must not forget that the key to having eternal blessing is not tied to our capacity to wedge wealth on earth but a sole dependency on God, the maker of all men.

Set your mind on Christ. The world is already experiencing so many heartbreaking events – rape, killings, the COVID-19 and all – you cannot fix your gaze on the world and expect to experience joy and be an overcomer in this world.

I know we might be having diverse challenges and these challenges, differ from one person’s to another. Nevertheless, we must do ourselves a great deal of favour by fixing our gaze on Jesus. When we do this; from the scriptures, we learn that God will keep us in perfect peace.

‘You will keep in perfect and constant peace the one whose mind is steadfast [that is, committed and focused on You—in both inclination and character], Because he trusts and takes refuge in You [with hope and confident expectation].’ – Isaiah 26:3

Don’t give up on God. Don’t give up on yourself, because God isn’t giving up on you. Wherever your reading this, I want you to know that God has got you in His thought and He is definitely coming through for you: just continue to fix your gaze on Him.

For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the Lord , ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
Jeremiah 29:11 AMP


Stay blessed. Shalom.

Being Heaven Conscious

The world is in the process of returning to normalcy after the pandemic hit experienced. This period became a moment of reconsidering what really matter to us. In the midst of these thought-session, I am privilege to share this thought with everyone – a thought deserving of consideration.

We will be considering a topic that is as relevant as the air we breathe. More than ever, there is a resounding call from God in this season to consider our eternal relevance and our walk with Him.

Let’s consider the topic using this verse as the basis of discussion; I John 3: 2-3

‘Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.’

1 John 3:2-3

The beauty of this conversation is revealed in the truth that none of us have been to Heaven; both you and me. This makes it easier and yet an intimate teaching for me as I am not exempted from this [teaching]; we jointly expect Him and thus, saddled with the responsibility of counting Him worthy to be thought about.

‘He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. ‘

Ecclesiastes 3:11

Ecclesiastes 3:11, Bible tells us that God has placed eternity in the heart of men. The heart of giving our attention to the things unseen which is eternal (2 Corinthians 4:18) has not just begun. This has been the Father’s deepest desire at the creation of man: a thirst for fellowship [with men].

I will be truthful in saying that it is impossible to exhaust all that there is about being conscious of our eternal relevance. However, we will do our best to consider some details that will surely be helpful in our walk in this season.

We must come to the acceptance of this truth; that having accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour, our citizenship has changed, and we are no longer who we used to be. Ye are of God, little children, Apostle John cried out. Being of God means we are from His tribe/nationality (using human terms). We have been adopted as sons, thus, our citizenship is of Heaven. You must believe this. This serves as one of the basic truths of our walk.

Just like some parents who are Nigerians are eager to give their children a privilege of being an American citizen by birth; God has made us Heaven Citizen by adoption.

But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Saviour from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, ‘

Philippians 3:20

We must think it, believe it, speak it and act it. The world may not know or accept it, but it doesn’t change the truth…nothing can be done against the truth (2 Corinthians 4:18).

Quickly, we proceed to looking at this matter more intently in about 4 segments:

  1. How it was in the Beginning

Building from the highlighted verse in Ecclesiastes 3:11, the desire to consider and feel comfortable in a Heaven-like environment had been from the beginning. Adam & Eve in Eden’s garden depict a life in Heaven; with God himself being a great companion and always visiting.

In Genesis 2:15-22, we see a level of fellowship between God and man. Man was created for fellowship with God; possessing the ability to commune with God and also, replicate the nature of God.

‘So, the Lord God took the man [He had made] and settled him in the Garden of Eden to cultivate and keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may freely (unconditionally) eat [the fruit] from every tree of the garden; but [only] from the tree of the knowledge (recognition) of good and evil you shall not eat, otherwise on the day that you eat from it, you shall most certainly die [because of your disobedience].” Now the Lord God said, “It is not good (beneficial) for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper [one who balances him—a counterpart who is] suitable and complementary for him.” So, the Lord God formed out of the ground every animal of the field and every bird of the air and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called a living creature, that was its name. And the man gave names to all the livestock, and to the birds of the air, and to every animal of the field; but for Adam there was not found a helper [that was] suitable (a companion) for him. So, the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam; and while he slept, He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh at that place. And the rib which the Lord God had taken from the man He made (fashioned, formed) into a woman, and He brought her and presented her to the man. ‘

Genesis 2:15-22

2. What Happened

Sin, a product of disobedience, happened and man was cut off from natural fellowship he enjoyed with the Father. The day you eat of this fruit, you shall die. Man ate it and died: we died and were plunged into a state of incommunicado in the Father’s fellowship.

Out of Eden, now alone, mam wandered and had less consideration for calling on God. We see a glimpse of man’s thirst for the Father’s presence in Genesis 4:26 (‘To Seth, also, a son was born, whom he named Enosh (mortal man, mankind). At that [same] time men began to call on the name of the Lord [in worship through prayer, praise, and thanksgiving].’)

However, sin was predominant and made us all weak in the pursuit of God and the things of the Kingdom.

3. The effect of Christ’s victorious life

In sacrificing His life for us on the cross, taking away our sins and granting us access to the Father (having been justified and sanctified). Christ had a goal in His heart greater than taking away our sin.

Remember, we once had an intimate relationship with God, sin came and took that away. Now Christ has come to take that sin away; what does that leave us: Freedom of fellowship with the Father! Hallelujah!

‘but if we [really] walk in the Light [that is, live each and every day in conformity with the precepts of God], as He Himself is in the Light, we have [true, unbroken] fellowship with one another [He with us, and we with Him], and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin [by erasing the stain of sin, keeping us cleansed from sin in all its forms and manifestations]. ‘

1 John 1:7

Let me quickly address this:

I know Heaven is beautiful, also, the New Jerusalem, as described in the book of Revelations.

However, think on this: How would you feel, as a father/mother, your child who has been away from home for years is coming back. You have prepared a place for him/her, but your excitement is in having your child back home. Whereas, your child is more concerned about your prepared apartment and not you. He thinks more of the luxury but not you.

Be sincere, how will you feel knowing this?

I strongly believe that as believers, when we think about Heaven and the beauty more than the thought of being with the Father, we break His heart. We are not saved to come to Heaven; we have been saved to fellowship with the Father, relish the beauty of His presence.

Nevertheless, He is in Heaven. But our goal isn’t Heaven as it were, it is to be with the Father and we will be at home wherever He is. The motivation isn’t the street of gold; He himself is the motivation.

The Apostles and early Church spent more time talking about the Father and the beauty of His presence above a thought of just going to Heaven as an escape route from hell.

4. What must we do?

‘Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.’

Colossians 3:1-2

Set your mind on Jesus. It is a verb, it is your responsibility. Hebrews 3:1 says, “…think about Jesus” (NCV). We must be deliberate and intentional about being conscious of the Father’s presence. We must consider the thought of eternity on a daily basis. In fact, you must hold loosely anything that is not eternal.

I have highlighted some points that is needed to be done as one who considers himself/herself a citizen of Heaven.

  • Love God

‘and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul (life), and with all your mind (thought, understanding), and with all your strength.’

Mark 12:30

We must love God and we can’t even mince words about this. It is obvious that you will think about the one you love: God or things. For where the treasure of a man is, his heart will be. In loving God, Jesus has helped us with a yardstick of measurement, so we are not left in the dark or confusion. John 14:23, If you love God, you will do His commandments.

  • Fear God

‘So then, my dear ones, just as you have always obeyed [my instructions with enthusiasm], not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence, continue to work out your salvation [that is, cultivate it, bring it to full effect, actively pursue spiritual maturity] with awe-inspired fear and trembling [using serious caution and critical self-evaluation to avoid anything that might offend God or discredit the name of Christ].’

Philippians 2:12

We are in a generation were men do not fear God. You want to remain eternally relevant, you must ensure you sustain a posture of reverential awe for God. In doing this, we must be unapologetic as we may have to stand alone seeing that we are in a world filled with decadence.

  • Build a structure around you that helps to maintain a thought of eternity

I believe Holy Communion is God, in His mercy helping us to keep our heart in remembrance of Christ.

Have people around you who remind you of your Father. Hebrews 3: 13 (‘But continually encourage one another every day, as long as it is called “Today” [and there is an opportunity], so that none of you will be hardened [into settled rebellion] by the deceitfulness of sin [its cleverness, delusive glamour, and sophistication]. ‘)

Go the extra mile in doing this because it is possible for man to forget God. Believe me, it is possible to gradually slip off the things of God. Apostle Paul said he dies daily and he keeps his body under check so as not to be disqualified.

  • Find Pleasure in Praying

Luke 18:1 – And He spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not faint

I Thes. 5:17 – Pray without ceasing

Mathew 26:41 – Watch and pray so you don’t fall into temptation

  • Be excited about the scriptures

Believe the Word of God and be willing to obey His instructions to you. This is how we grow in the Kingdom; this is how we get our minds being renewed.

‘and have put on the new [spiritual] self who is being continually renewed in true knowledge in the image of Him who created the new self ‘

Colossians 3:10
  • Strive to live a holy life and walk by the Spirit

It is not just enough to pray in the Spirit, we must be careful to also walk by the Spirit: living our lives based on faith and not sight.

Remember, it is as many that are led by the Spirit of God that are the sons of God

‘If we [claim to] live by the [Holy] Spirit, we must also walk by the Spirit [with personal integrity, godly character, and moral courage—our conduct empowered by the Holy Spirit]. ‘

Galatians 5:25

Conclusion

We must be cognizant of the fact that it is impossible to spend eternity with the one you do not know or value. This is the truth we can only face and dare to accept even in the midst of this current world situation.

The degree to which we know Him is reflected in the degree to which we consider/think about Him. Our Fathers in faith, some who have slept in the Lord were conscious of His person from the depth of the intimacy they shared with Him. Men like Apostle Paul and Peter dared to speak boldly about life in eternity with Him.

Finally, I encourage us, just as I drum an encouragement to my heart also, to consider the Lord Jesus. In the midst of the decadence in the world, we must do our souls a favour by thinking about Him who loves us so dearly. For in that, we can be sure to be with Him, not just in thought but in person, even forever.

Grace, Mercy and Peace be unto us through Christ our Lord.

Shalom! 🙏🙇🏼

Recommended Books:

  1. The Pursuit of God – A.W Tozer
  2. Final Quest – Rick Joyner

He has brought us Life

The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows].
John 10:10 AMP

The beauty of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is the life that it brings. Jesus died so we can live; more than His death, He rose up after the third day that we may have eternal life and [the] ability to stand before the Father without guilt (Righteousness).

It brings much joy to the heart when pondering on the beauty of Christ’s sacrificial life. Yes, the world is in a current state of confusion with the COVID-19 roaring at the face of the entire world, leaving imprints by the death of so many people.

In the midst of this, we must remember; He has brought us life. Below is a verse that excites me a whole lot…Jesus spoke these very words. More than before, this is the time to believe these words verbatim.

We have life folks. We have the beautiful life of God [the very God who created the universe] residing inside of us. Jesus made this possible and we must do ourselves a great favour by believing what God has done for us through His Son.

This Easter season is a time to remind ourselves about what our Lord has done for us. This life in us will conquer fear, including the fear of COVID-19. I personally believe the world will soon come out of this pandemic crisis and Christ will be exalted.

This is Easter for me: a reminder that He has brought me life and I have this life in abundance. I live because He lives.

New April

This is the day of the Lord ‘s victory; let us be happy, let us celebrate! Psalm 118:24 GNT

Last night, I remember publishing an article about how we are more than conquerors. I had gone to bed earlier than planned and that somewhat made me stay awake in the middle of the night. It was then I realized this is a new month already; April.

It rained heavily here in the Lagos, Nigeria, with loud claps of thunder (it was like a loud bang and it scared me). For me, this is the beginning of restoration or say, healing for the world.

I do not have an idea as to when this plague will pass over but April feels different already and I choose to be positive about it. Speak positive about it in relation to what the world is currently experiencing.
This is the month that the Lord has made and we will all celebrate.

Happy New Month. Welcome to April.