No Matter How Bad It Gets, Meditate


Christ-the Anointed One and His Anointing-is not constrained by how bad a situation gets. 

Look at Jesus; four days Lazarus was dead but yet He asked that the lid of the grave where Lazarus laid be rolled away.  You know the story. Lazarus lived again.

If Jesus is God’s Word manifested, imagine the possibilities you can experience just interacting with the Word of God. And that’s exactly what meditating on the Word is. 

If you can meditate on God’s Word about the solution to whatever challenge you are faced with long enough, and let it impregnate your heart with a ‘knowing’ that you are healed of that cancer, or free of that debt, you can bring that unseen into the seen; the divine into the earthy. 
It doesn’t get bad enough for the Word of God not to work. Even a dead marriage, dead ministry, dead nation can be raised if you can meditate long enough. 

Just put the relevant scriptures together and meditate!

How To Get Anything You Want


In Christ, you can have everything you have ever imagined; a beautiful family, happiness, health and wealth; and here is how:

By meditating on God’s Word about whatever it is that you want.

Trust me, the Word of God contains the anointing. And a quick definition of what the anointing is; is that it is a substance of God that destroys burdens and removes yokes (according to Isaiah 10:27) capable of delivering to you God’s intent in any situation, location or context. 

Sickness is a yoke, and so is debt, the inability to find a spouse or pay bills when they fall due. It is a burden to have to endure depression, business failure or failure in your marriage. Everyone knows this because of the pain that comes with such circumstances.

Now, the Lord Jesus Christ (the manifested Word of God) came for one purpose alone: that we who believe in Him should have His life and live it to the fullest (See John 10:10 and 1  John 3:8); and not be subject to pain of defeat.

That said, to meditate on God’s word in the Christian context means to ponder, mutter, devise, confess and shout it until your spirit is bubbling up with it in your prayer and general conduct. It is how you bring the anointing, that yoke destroying, burden removing substance into your affairs. 

So whatever you are faced with, get into the scriptures, make a list of what God’s anointed words say about it from the Bible and begin to meditate upon them.

In ending this piece, allow me to quote two scriptural references as the it is biblical rule that in the mouth of two or more witnesses, a matter is established (See 2 Corinthians 13:1 and Matthew 18:16)

  1. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful (Joshua 1:8)
  2. Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. (1 Timothy 4:15)

Everything you have ever wanted, if meditated on for long enough, will be manifested to you. Don’t struggle like the rest of the world. You are different. 

Take time to study Matthew 6: 31-33. Meditating is the way to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.

Shalom!

No Bondage to the Seed of Abraham 


Very often, certain Christians go through life bound by habits, debts or sicknesses. And they allow these conditions linger, not knowing what to do. They forget or are unaware that they are the real Seed of Abraham, not the Jews. 

Galatians 3:29 says,

‘ If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise’

That said, the Seed of Abraham has no obligation to tolerate bondage or oppression in any shape, size or form. 

And how do you know this? Someone might be asking…I know this from the word of God. 

There is a story of a woman who came into the synagogue bent over from some sort of paralysis, crippled by a spirit for eighteen long years. After Jesus had healed the woman and had been accosted by the Jewish leaders for healing on the Sabbath (The Sabbath is the seventh day in the Jewish week strictly designated for rest), He made a statement about her that was indicative of the fact that Seed of Abraham ought not be bound. (See the story in Luke 13:10-17)

In Jesus’ response, He asked,

“…this woman, a daughter of Abraham as she is, whom Satan has bound for eighteen long years, should she not have been released from this bond on the Sabbath day?”

Notice what Jesus was saying. That woman’s eligibility for release was based on her being the Seed of Abraham.

A second witness is in John 8: 31-38

‘Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.'(John 8:31-32$

Notice their response to Jesus’ freedom proclamation in verse 33:

‘They answered him, We be Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?’

The response the Jews gave was correct in the sense that Abraham’s Seed can know no bondage.

But Jesus went on to invalidate their claims to being the Seed of Abraham saying that they were bound by sin, subject to the devil and that believing in Him alone was the only way to true freedom. (See it in John 8:34-38)

And to buttress this fact, Galatians 3:16 (New Heart English Version) says,

‘Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his offspring. He does not say, “And to offsprings,” as of many, but as of one, “And to your offspring,” which is Christ.’

If you belong to Christ, the promises are now yours. Don’t let any false prophet lie to you to perform any deliverance rituals on your behalf so that you can be free. Abraham’s Seed knows no bondage-whether financial, health-related or social.

If you have been imprisoned falsely or maybe you have been made to swear an oath to a human trafficking ring and you have now become a Christian, you are Abraham’s Seed. 

Start proclaiming your freedom. Declare it everyday; ‘ I am the Seed of Abraham…I am free from this (put the name of whatever it is that is keeping you bound).

If it is an addiction, a relationship or some unnatural proclivity, meditate on and pray with the scriptures I put in this post until they bring you into God’s desires for you.

God desires your freedom, and in Christ the Seed of Abraham, you are free!

Shalom!

A Race Called Christ 


Ignorance is a serious disadvantage if you are Christian. And the more disempowering  part of being a member of the body of Christ is believing half-truths.

One of the half-truths that Christians have believed for so long is about God’s truth about race. 

What this post would attempt to do is discern the mind of God through the scriptures to help you form your own ideas about how you should view the subject. 

In 1 Samuel 16:7, we find our first premise about how the Lord looks at men.


The background to this scripture was the Prophet Samuel being directed to the house of Jesse to anoint a new king for Israel-after Saul, the nation’s first king had been rejected for his disobedience to God. Beholding Eliab, the well-built first born son of Jesse, Samuel moved to anoint him king but was stopped by the Lord. And in doing so, God revealed something about His personality which is that physical appearance is never part of his consideration particularly in matters of selecting and anointing people. In a sense, the color of your skin, handsome, pretty, ugly or  physically challenged have no bearing with God and His preferences.

Clearly, catergorizing people based on skin color-black, white, brown, red-is a human thing that has absolutely nothing to do with how God classifies people.

So How Does God Classify People?

From scripture, we find three classifications of people, consistent with how God looks at men–from the heart.

Ephesians 2:14 in the Bible reveals three classes of people:

  • The Jews
  • The Gentiles and 
  • The Church

We find that God recognizes these people from a purely state-of-heart perspective. 

The Jews are the physical seed of Abraham issued an irrevocable promissory by the true God with terms that required them to live up to but they haven’t.

The Gentiles are non-Jews with no covenant relationship with the true God. The are described in the Bible as strangers from the covenant of promise; alienated from the deal that the true God gave the Jews.

The Church is the new race. They are an offshoot of the amnesty granted the Jews and the Gentiles by the true God based on the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. How was this amnesty granted through Jesus, you might asked. 

Jesus hung on a tree for the Jews. It was the penalty for not fulfilling their part of the contract with God. 

At the same time, Jeaua suffered alienation from God  on behalf of the Gentiles. It was why He cried in Hebrew on that cross, ‘Eli Eli lama sabach tani’ (Matthew 26:47) 

Jesus satisfied the demands of Justice for both Jews and non-Jews on that cross making peace with God; the peace that was lost by Adam in the Garden of Eden at the beginning.

And so it is only by accepting the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ that man could now find peace with God.

Act 4:12 says,


Sin was the wall of hostility that Jesus broke down to create the new man in Christ. And if sin was the wall,  fleshly prejudices like racism, religious fundamentalism and greed were the cement holding the bricks of the wall together.

It is man’s fallen nature that entices him to look and judge based on externalities. But not the Church. The Christian looks at human beings just as God does, because he has the ability to do so from within.

Many, for ages, have misconstrued Christianity for what it truly is from the time of the early church. But the Bible is clear:

1 Peter 2:9 describes Christianity for what it truly is; a race, and not merely a system of belief.

If you are born again, you are a bonafide member of this chosen race; a race called Christ.

Shalom!

Christ Is The End of All Effort


Many times, we hear sermons or read the Bible and miss the import of what’s being taught.

Sometimes, it is the noise of Old English–the language in which the popular King James Version of the Bible is written in. At other times, it’s approaching God’s word without  the Holy Spirit. 2 Timothy 3:16 says, every scripture passage is inspired by God. And that, all passages are useful for teaching, for correction, for direction and for a course in righteousness.

That said, I want to elaborate Romans 10:4

‘Christ is the end of the Law, in order to bring righteousness to everyone who believes.’

The Law was about man’s performance; his ability to comply with or be like God, purely from his own effort. But Christ-the Anointed One and His Anointing-was God’s bestowal of everything; requiring no performance except to believe in the existence this gift of Christ through faith in the finished work of Jesus, the Son of God.

Nothing explains this better than in the Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32) when the the father of the older son, who was protesting that his father hadn’t as much as killed him a young goat and was now throwing a banquet for his younger brother who had just returned home from squandering his own inheritance said:

“You could have had anything you want son. After all, everything I have is yours.”

Many Christians today are like that older son; having everything and unable to use anything. Know this, Christ is our vast pool of health, wealth, relationships, destiny and anything you could ever ask for or imagine. Christ is the end of all effort. Believing right is all you need. Because with right believing, you will act right.

No matter what you are going through in your life, don’t fret, defer to Christ.

Christ is the Anointed One and His Anointing. Christ is the Person of Jesus. Christ is the Holy Spirit. Christ is the body of believers. Christ is the Word of God; the provision of everything. 

Christ is all you need to have your needs met.

Shalom! 

The Measure of Intelligence, Redeeming Nigeria from Moral Precipice and the place of Public Policy

Intelligence is often measured by way of standardized IQ tests which in a sense, is parochial. I bring up this argument in my recently published book, The Code: A Simple Story about Raising Great Women. And while I broach the subject of how we measure intelligence from a broader perspective; as a means truly understanding the strengths of our girl-children in order to harness it, my underlying premise aligns with the popular quote, often attributed to Albert Einstein which says:

‘Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.’

How true! In my book, I devote a chapter to the eight original intelligences as described by Harvard professor, Howard Gardener in his book, Frames of Mind, adapting them to parenting; how moms and dads share the responsibility of understanding which of the eight their children have high quotients in, as means of helping these kids develop until they reach some sort of genius.

The eight intelligences, more popularly referred to as the Theory of Multiple Intelligence include;
· Linguistic intelligence (word smartness)

· Logical-mathematical intelligence (number/reasoning smartness)

· Spatial intelligence (picture smartness)

· Bodily-Kinaesthetic intelligence (body smartness)

· Musical intelligence (music smartness)

· Interpersonal intelligence (people smartness)

· Intrapersonal intelligence (self-smartness)

· Naturalist intelligence (nature smartness)

If you look very closely at the quick definitions I put in parenthesis beside the eight intelligences, you may agree with me as to the veracity of my argument. Simply put, people are smart differently and standardizing the measure of intelligence in for of IQ tests is nothing short of an anomaly. We just aren’t smart the same way. Some people are word smart and others are music smart. Even music maestro, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti alluded in part to this phenomenon when he said;

‘Book sense different from belle sense’

That said, I have been studying a rare form of intelligence, called Moral Intelligence; a smartness of right from wrong. And while this article makes no judgement as to political views or religious leanings, a recent piece of legislation regarding granting amnesty to economic saboteurs in Nigeria perturbed me into writing this piece and raises the question as to whether there are morally intelligent people in the country’s political leadership.

As with all intelligences, I hypothesize that moral intelligence is both inborn and can be honed. And that in creating a society that is morally intelligent, the government, by way of its education and national orientation policies can emphasize moral instruction as a means of improving the overall moral intelligence average of the country.
Without doubt, some people are morally smarter, without the input of any religious or moral instruction while others aren’t. We have all come across the truthful hedonist or the degenerate religious leader who fails to practice what he preaches. The multi-dimenionslism of human beings speak to one thing: People can in character lead double live based on their moral smartness. And so policy makers, in public and private sectors, have the onus of looking for ways of measuring and funneling  the moral intelligent  into leadership…by way of robust human capital development policy.

Effort is King


No matter how smart or talented you are, effort is king. You may not be gifted or talented and yet, you may become super successful, particularly if you make up your mind that no one would outwork you in your chosen vocation. 

Frankly,  most people would discard talent because it is no indicator of success. There are far more talented failures in the world than people willing to put in the time and effort that bring results. 

In my line of work, people are quick to praise results over effort forgetting that there could be no results without it.

Then, there’s religious confusion about effort and its value. In Christianity, there’s the ‘faith vs works’ debate which has let many people accuse Christians of being sloppy with their work–which in part, I can familiarize with. But this ought not to be. Part of being the light of world entails having an extraordinary work ethic. 

In his letter to the Corinthian church in the Bible Paul mentioned* how his extraordinary work ethic was a product of grace–labouring more than his contemporaries–and not the opposite. 

But today, certain people lazy around with the idea that God’s grace is some kind of gift that requires they do little to achieve a lot. Nothing could be more a departure from the truth as this.

Certain, effort, clarity and perseverance are parallel truths on the pathway to success but of the three, effort is king.

*1 Corinthians 15:10