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.

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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!

The 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 on race.

This post would attempt to dissect the mind of God through the scriptures to help you form your own ideas about how to 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 is 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 firstborn 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 colour of your skin, handsome, pretty, ugly or physically-challenged have no bearing with God and His preferences.

Clearly, categorizing people based on skin colour–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. They 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 be 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, Jesus suffered alienation from God for 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!

Sanctified

Sanctify

Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth (John 17:17)

Have you even been jeered at for being Christian, particularly at school or at the office?

I salute you.

You know the above-themed scripture is responsible for it, right?

Jesus said in his prayer for you that the Father sanctify you with truth.

The word, sanctify plainly means to clean, to separate, sieve or make holy.

The separating force between you and people aren’t yet born again is truth. And truth is the Word of God.

When they see you pray, they may call you deep or ‘holy, holy’. When you tweet about Jesus, you might not get a single retweet. Or when you decline to go with them to a social function because you have to be in church,  then, they go off on you.

Cheer up! It’s a sign that Jesus’ prayer for you in John 17:17 got answered.

It’s a sign you are sanctified.

 

Lunar Eclipses and What the Bible Says About Them

Blood moon

On the 28th of this month, another Total Lunar Eclipseis expected. The phenomenon which occurs when the Sun, the Earth and the Moon are in an exact line, or almost closely so, with the Earth in the middle, has become a more frequent event, the last one occurringabout five months ago on April 5, 2015. Continue reading “Lunar Eclipses and What the Bible Says About Them”

Communion

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Communion.
The Christian communion is what it is; a show of our oneness with Christ. It is the very demonstration of what the world says we are not. It is the statement that we are the Son of God-not sons, but Son-for we share a joint-sonship with our Lord Jesus.

It is the statement that we cannot be sick, for God cannot be sick. It is a statement that we cannot be broke for God cannot be broke. It is a statement of our excellence for our God is excellent.

Something about taking the Communion-the bread and the cup-fixes our consciousness on who we really are. It is why the Master requires us to take it often as a remembrance of Him. We show to the world that his grace abides until His return at the Second coming. We show His unconditional love for us and the rest of the world. We show that our God shares His life with us. The communion has nothing to do with religion. Like marriage, it is a show of our oneness with our Love-God.

So when next you break bread-and I would you break bread now-think about what you are saying, and walk out of every challenge that isn’t in conformity with your identity in Christ.

Peace be unto you in Jesus name. Amen

Nehi

About the Author: Nehi Igbinijesu is a Nigerian trained economist. He has worked at several banks in several positions. In addition to banking, Nehi has been a contributor to Connect Nigeria, anchoring the Discover Nigeria Series, a history project to depict positive elements about being Nigerian. He recently authored book for mothers titled, The Code: A Story About Raising Great Women.  He lives with his family in Lagos, Nigeria. You can connect with him on Twitter at; @NehiWrites

The Jeremiah Principle: An Introduction To How To Really Trust God

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‘This is what the Lord says: ‘Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans, who rely on human strength and turn their heart away from the Lord. They are like stunted shrubs in the desert, with no hope for the future. They will live in the barren wilderness, in an uninhabited salty land. But blessed are those who trust in Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a river bank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green and they never stop producing fruit. The human heart is the most deceitful of all things and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is? But I, the Lord, search all hearts and examine secret motives. I give people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve. Like a partridge that hatches eggs she has not laid, so are those who get their wealth by unjust means. At midlife they will lose their riches; in the end, they will become poor old fools.’ (Jeremiah 17:5-11 New Living Translation)

Get quiet in your heart and hear these words. Whether you’re a business man, worker or preacher, this is what the Word of God is saying to you about the struggles you’ve been facing in your vocation. He is saying: ‘Trust me ……………………………………. (put your name in the space), I know the way.’

Trust is a very important issue in the day-to-day conduct of our relationships, whether it is with our spouses, business partners, friends or associates. Yet, one can very often hear some man or woman in daily conversation say how they trust no one; not even themselves. Or a jilted woman say, ‘All men are the same…they cannot be trusted.’ And so on…

While I might agree in part because of the bad experiences some have had with people they trusted, most people tend to get into a rut when it comes to trusting, and carry it into their relationship with our Heavenly Father. And since the lifeblood of every relationship is trust, many people fail to realize how dysfunctional the relationships they carry on are, even with God.

The Jeremiah Principle is so titled because it is the one principle for success in life central to the ministry of Jeremiah the prophet; the principle of trusting God.

Like most people, God counts it a privilege when we trust Him completely, so much so that He devoted the entire call of the prophet to wooing the children of Israel to trust Him—which they failed to do, and for which they suffered the consequences.

Prophetically, the book of Jeremiah still woos us today to trust Jehovah. There are inherent blessings in putting one’s trust in God as we find in Jeremiah 17:5-10 and consequences too, for not doing so. Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing some thoughts from the Bible on this subject.

God always seeks to fix our sometimes defective relationship with Him because therein lie all the resources we require to win in life. So He says to you again:

‘Trust me, I know the way!’