What is Righteousness?

When the Bible talks about Christians being the righteousness of God in Christ in 1 Corinthians 5:21, it means they have a rightness from God. It’s a quality of being right or righting wrongs. Continue reading “What is Righteousness?”

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Say It!—A Christian Hack for Living Better

If you are Christian…

Say it aloud. Say that you have been lifted out of poverty because you have. Say that you have been lifted out of debt; out of defeat; out of bondage and disease. Say it!

If you don’t say it, you won’t see it. Say that the Lord is your wisdom and your sanctification and your redemption and your righteousness.

Refuse to observe lying vanities by keeping mute. Refuse to shudder at the petering bank statements and demand letters, that give a contrary narrative of who you are.

Hold fast to your proclamations for you also have to exercise patience after you have done the will of God.

We are Our Thoughts

There is a way to think that is powerful.

The Bible says, ‘As a person thinks, so is he or she’.* Therefore, we are our thoughts.

However, science shows that human beings have an average of 15,000 thoughts per day. Passive thoughts that just come and go. These passive thoughts can become so entrenched that they determine our habits and eventually run our lives. This is not God’s idea.

God’s idea is for us to think actively. To dominate and determine the thoughts we have. To think purposefully. **

In the end, thinking must be active, not passive for us. You must decide how you think. Instead of letting your mind wander from one thought to the other, decide to think rich, think healthy and think like a you have a large inheritance because the Bible says you do.

If you catch yourself thinking passively today, stop and think with intent.

We are our thoughts.

*Proverbs 23:7

**Philippians 4:8

The State of Our Marriages

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I have a passion for marriage. But I have an even deeper passion for how marriage is the apt depiction of our walk with the Lord Jesus Christ. Of course, by our walk with the Lord Jesus Christ, I presuppose that you have been born-again and spirit-filled with the evidence of speaking in tongues. But if you haven’t, please do not be deterred as the intention of this post is to communicate a vitality of the Jesus message as it regards your marriage. Continue reading “The State of Our Marriages”

The Enemy Came And Sowed Tares

Much of what I have learnt these past few weeks has been mind numbing…to the point that I have had to re-examine the things I once held true about my faith. And maybe you should to. This piece is for my Christian audience but you might find some of the thoughts intriguing, particularly if you are someone who isn’t too accepting of the status quo.

This piece will attempt to explore why Christians go to ‘church’, why we have denominations and why we worship the way we do.

I remember Jesus speaking a parable about a good man who sowed a seed in a field (in Matthew 13:25). It goes on to say that while men slept, the enemy came and sowed tares, a worthless weed plant to try to obfuscate the harvest that the good man had had in mind before planting the seed.

The good man responded by letting the wheat and the weeds grow together knowing that if he tried to separate the tares from the wheat before the time of harvesting, he could lose his entire crop.

In like manner, God planted Christ on earth in the body of His Son, Jesus Christ. The world around us called us, ‘Christians’ first at Antioch, recognizing our difference from the rest of the world. They didn’t see our money or our real estate which today runs into trillions of dollars. What they saw was Jesus. We met publicly and from house to house (Acts 20:20) breaking bread and sharing the word of God almost every day.

Then, a Roman emperor by the name, Constantine, whose fruits you do well to learn , began to sow tares. He morphed God’s people systematically into a religion as he fashioned out a dichotomy of clergy and laity from a once harmonious structure of brethren meeting together as equals in Christ and ministering to each other as the Holy Ghost saw fit to manifest Himself. 1 Corinthians 12:7 says each one of us was given a gift of the Spirit for the common good.

Constantine replaced the warmth of church meeting in the home of a brother or sister (1 Corinthians 14:26) with theater-like basilicas; and then set Sunday as the day for worship among many other things.

It wasn’t that he did anything in open affront to the Body of Christ, no. But by the simple things he did, this Roman Emperor altered how we fellowship with God, even today. He monetized Christianity to the point where we created merchandise in forms of crucifixes, rosaries, pulpits, CDs and vestments for the clergy which from the beginning was not so.

He is the reason we refer to buildings, not ourselves as the Church in opposition to the Word of God. Constantine practically turned what we know today as Christianity from the race that God originally intended into a system of belief; a religion denominated in different organizations; Roman Catholic, Baptist, Episcopalian, Pentecostal and so on.

For centuries , many of us have attended ‘church’ on Sunday based on Constantine’s bright ideas. Across the denominations, the ‘set’ we have called ‘church’ have been arrangements comprising a platform from where the clergy like actors play their roles while the docile laity watch and listen from the pews.

Many of us have starred in timeless remakes of this movie called, ‘church’ only to return to the normalcy of Monday through Saturday like a people bewitched.

Who has bewitched you to follow this legalism ?

‘That which every joint supplies’ is removed from the equation of our faith in direct dissonance with God’s original idea of Church. The Church as set up by God are a special race of people (1 Peter 2:9), God’s temple (1 Corinthians 3:16), living stones built into a spiritual house of God (1 Peter 2:4–5).

We don’t go to the ‘house of God’ as Constantine has had us, we are the house of God. And if so, how then can God’s house be sick, poor or afflicted?

As harvesting time approaches, there are indications that the Lord would have these truths unraveled and the tares exposed.

Research the Bible and Christian history if in doubt of the things I have shared. And let us engage.

Peace be with your spirit.

Not Ambition but Service

Existential crises seem to be happening to many people these days.

Many, pausing to query the purpose of their lives or the vanity of it–and needing change–are resolving to seek it via supernatural means. There is a growing disaffection with the ordinary and I see it everyday as men and women patronize psychics, cults, churches, gurus and religious fundamentalists in attempt to resolve the ever-gnawing question of purpose.

But man cannot reach out to God in the way that He reaches out to man. And frankly, God reached out to you long before you were even born in Jesus.

Your life’s true purpose can only be found in accepting the essence of Jesus. Jesus is Lord over everything including you. He is the king of your life whether you recognize Him or not. And for your life to have any meaning, His say about your purpose, assignment and vision should be at the top of your consciousness.

As Bishop T.D Jakes said, ‘You were not made to have ambition, you were made for service.’ Let this dominate your thoughts today and let the attitude of Paul when He first met Jesus on the road to Damascus lead you to ask the same question as he today: ‘What will you have me do Lord?’

Let the words that come into your heart after you ask this question be the guide to help you live on purpose. Don’t let another second go to waste. Get on your knees now and ask the potentate of the universe:

What will you have me do, Lord?

Listen. Write down. And realize it is not about ambition but service.