Can Secret remain Secret? (Conclusion)

This piece is the second part that concludes the above topic. It is nature preordained that there is nothing secret in this world. This is why, what is kept as secret must as much as possible be what cannot bring shame or destabilize life or an organization if by accident it leaks out. The government usually classifies some secrets as top or classified and set time limit for de-classifying them for security reasons only.

We do not have to look at the Old Testament situation as the only place and time where and when secrets have been known by even uncommitted persons. It was mainly by divine intelligence that such secrets were known. Remember King David, when Prophet Nathan confronted him in a parable of the poor man who had only one lamb that was coveted by a prosperous man.The New Testament has its own share of divine revelation to someone who was not privy to the sinful act (Secret). Ananias and  Sapphira, husband and wife, decided to cheat on other followers of Christ by selling their land like others but presented a fraction of the proceeds. By divine revelation, Peter confronted  husband and wife separately and they both lied to the Holy Spirit as Peter said. They both died consequent upon their lying. If the secret was not revealed by any means, physical or spiritual, no one could have known what the couple did which surely would have undermined the purpose of communal living being practised by the disciples after the death of Jesus Christ. Acts 5: 1-10.

God who judges the heart and not the face revealed to Paul the secret behind the acts of the “famed ” Elymas, the sorcerer. Acts 13: 8-11. (NKJV) “But Elymas the sorcerer (for so his name is translated) withstood them, seeking to turn the proconsul away from the faith. Then Saul, who also is called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, look intently at him, and said, “O full of deceit and all fraud, you son of the devil, you enemy of righteousness, will you not cease perverting the ways of the Lord. And now indeed, the hand of the Lord  is upon you, and you shall be blind, not seeing the sun for a time.”

God moves in a mysterious way, his wonders to perform in that the plot to assassinate Paul in Jerusalem leaked to Paul’s nephew. The young man went to tell Paul who sent him to the Chief Captain who acted fast and smuggled Paul out at night to Caesarea for him to be heard by Governor Felix.

In conclusion, where a person did not commit a sin and detractors just decided to cause him to be held for heinous crime. God has always  revealed the truth that would cause the victim to be exonerated  even if he had spent more than a quarter of a century in jail without parole. He would eventually go free with sumptuous compensation. Can a secret remain secret for ever?

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Can secret remain secret?

Any situation bordering on sin causes any secret to get revealed consciously or by default including human error as well as by divine revelation to prophets or chosen people. Let us in unison ask a person who is a secret keeper under oath of secrecy as to how the secret the person was entrusted to keep can for ever remain secret. A secret is supposed to be out of public knowledge because of the damage it can do to national image, a company, or highly placed people in the society. Between two rival manufacturing companies, what makes each of them to remain unique has always been securely kept as trade secret. Patent is a legal document securing to an inventor for a term of years exclusive right to his or her invention. One might just surmise that if that status was not granted, others who later find out the component would just go ahead and start manufacturing, especially, such drug thus depriving the inventor from getting maximum benefit from his or her invention. in other words, there is scarcely any secret that can ever remain secret for ever.

Secret can fail to be kept secret because of personal financial benefit or vendetta or it can also arise from human error and in contemporary age of hackers’ of computer sensitive data. Other areas of bursting someone’s personal secret are phishing, presenting fake websites through which unsuspecting users can unknowingly release personal sensitive information to the extent that the hacker would be able to steal from other person’s savings or checking accounts. Government Banks’ and companies’ records have been announced to have been hacked in spite of assumed impregnable security.

Adam and Eve were talked into eating the forbidden fruit without them giving a hint to God. However, guilty conscience made them to hide away from the presence of God  in Genesis 3: 1-10 (NKJV). In the case of Cain and Abel, God queried Cain because the blood of Abel had cried to HIM, revealing a secret Cain did not disclose on his own. Cain answered God’s question with question in Genesis  4: 9: And the Lord said unto Cain, “Where is Abel thy brother? And he said I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper?” Cain would have been shocked as he was confronted with his crime committed secretly out of jealousy.

Achan never thought that his secret sin could be known by anyone, but by divine revelation he had to confess his sin and had to bear the consequent repercussion on not him alone but also on his family members: Joshua 7:20 (NKJV) No secret is truly secret as Achan answered Joshua and said, Indeed I have sinned against the Lord God of Israel, and this is what I have done”;  for during investigation after the defeat in the war against the small town of Ai, lot was cast and it fell on him. In the old and contemporary christian practice we fail to take heed that no secret sin shall go undiscovered. Think of a well placed person from the royalty who judged others as a ruler. King David coveted Uriah’s wife who he slept with and tried to hide his infidelity by ordering the death of a devotedly loyal defender of his kingdom. Nobody talked about it until God revealed it to Prophet Nathan. It would appear Prophet Nathan could not speak point blank but devised a case study  approach in which David judged the perpetrator only to be told that God said thathe (David) was the character in question.What all men of valor could not reveal God divinely used Prophet Nathan to spill the bean. IISamuel 10:2-10 recorded details of his secret sin.

Contentment is life saving

Contentment is based on the fear of the Lord. Proverb 19:23 “The fear of the Lord tendeth to life: and he that has it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil” (KJV) whereas the (NLT) version states “Fear of the Lord leads to life bringing security and protection from harm” It is thus clear that the secret of contentment lies in having to bear good and bad situations without being overjoyous during good times, or despondent because of bad times in life. To my mind, contentment is an equalizer to the swinging pendulum of life. It allows humanity to focus on valuable ends rather than sulking, withdrawing from reality and allowing fear to dominate  ones life.

A contented man is not he who is completely enjoying without facing any odds in life. The focus of a true believer in Christ is in that man or woman of faith who exercises his faith in Christ as his or her redeemer. Nobody can claim to be sinless for the bible tells us “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God”Roman 3:23 (NKJV) In Deuteronomy 8:18, it is written “And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth….” The high point here is the important situation of obeying the will of God whether favorable or not. When one has developed total dependence on God through Christ, it will be easy to find contentment or solace in HIM . God will not abandon anyone who honors Him, no matter what.

A believer who sins will always be forgiven if he or she would penitently ask for forgiveness. Without self-conceit one is free to ask for forgiveness and to be re-enabled to endure trying moments. A wealthy man with contentment will understand that it was God that gave him the wherewithal to make wealth. If he realizes this fact, he should be prepared to listen to the petition of his employee and put things right if he is guiltless.  The petition of the employee or subordinate should not be considered  as insult, rather  the matter must be investigated or analysed to see the reason why matters went that way. He would never  contemplate usurping other people’s property or right. In sickness and in good health, and in life’s vicissitudes, he would praise God. The bible taught us to pray without ceasing, more so in times of intimidation, oppression, backbiting and many more to be able to maintain our equanimity or contentment.

God changes not and Jesus is there to intercede for all especially for those who love the  Lord. In Philippians 4: 11-12, Paul gave his recipe for contentment thus, “Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learnt both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.” Paul topped the thought on contentment that saw him surviving in spite all the sufferings that he went through “Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain  we carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into  foolish and harmful lust which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” 1Timothy 6: 6-10 (NKJV)

 

 

 

 

 

Lessons From Giving

There is no coin , at least , in our contemporary society that has only one side. Each coin features head and tail sides. The act connotes opposite situations like good or bad. king or the ruled, right or wrong as well as the right or the wrong side. Many people count on the positive effect while some do not care a hoot over revelling on the negative and its after effect. A traditional saying  that one good turn deserves another is relevant to the content of this topic. Let us reflect on why David should search for any survivor from King Saul lineage. It is in order to repay the good turn of Jonathan to him.  Jonathan gave his total love to David. Were it not to be so, King Saul could have killed David out of jealousy, but Jonathan preserved David’s life. Jonathan took a vow with David. “So Jonathan made covenant with the house of David, saying, let the Lord require it at the hand of David’s enemies”. He caused David to vow thus, “Jonathan caused David to vow, because he loved him; as he loved his own soul. 1Samuel 20: 16-17. In the art of giving,  Jonathan gave David series of vital information, otherwise, he could have died in the hand of King Saul who took 3000 soldiers to pursue David, a fugitive. He got Mephibosheth and gave back all Saul’s family property to the “Lame Duck” Mephibosheth. II Samuel 9:1-13  (NKJV)

Back in the early days of life on earth, Abel gave the best of his livestock product for sacrifice to the Lord while Cain was reported to have given farm produce that was not of the best quality. God therefore, did not honor Cain’s offering. Genesis 4: 1-4. Giving is a spiritual investment that draws to the giver positive or negative returns relative to what was given out first. God loves cheerful giver for it to be worthy of being accepted. By all standard, Nabal was prosperous but could not oblige to help his benefactor who was in dire need of food for self with his people and his men of valor. I Samuel 25: 3-11(NKJV). He refused to give and even called David names not befitting neither him nor David. It was Abigail (Nabal’s wife) that quickly remedied the situation otherwise, David could have taken punitive measure against the house of Nabal.

There is joy in giving. Another common saying states that “the giver’s hand is always over and above that of the taker”. The hoarder usually finds (especially food products or electronic items) them to have become rotten or overtaken by new and upgraded products. The giver  gives every room for bringing in new stocks into the store house. The “Giver” is known to be more helpful, purposeful, and generous than the non-giver who spends  money lavishly on ungodly reasons who can be considered guilty of squandermania. Jesus observed that the widow’s mite  was greater than the rich people’s offerings. The widow’s mite amounted to giving all. By it, Jesus stressed the importance of giving in Luke 21: 1- 4. The King of Salem blessed Abraham for giving the tenth of his proceeds from the victorious war he had just fought. The widow of Zarephath in a godly obedience gave first to satisfy Prophet Elijah, the Tishbite and she was blessed: “The bin of flour was not used up, nor did the jar of oil run dry, according to the word of the Lord which He spoke by Elijah” 1 Kings: 16 (NKJV)

The Living Hope

A result oriented entrepreneur, business executive, a believer, student studying for academic laurel, parenting couple, and many more need to have a living hope until the set goals and objectives are achieved. We are still on the subject of HOPE as an anchor of our soul if kept undying or alive. All boils down to achieving our goals if we can steadfastly stick the relevant road map with God being the beacon whatever be the ups and downs along the route. Living hope is a recurring impetus to forge ahead, knowing that God is faithful to see us through. Any one with weak or false hope is most likely going to end up being a quitter.

As in Hebrew 6: 19-20, it says,  “But beloved, we are confident for better things concerning you, yes, things that accompany salvation, though we speak in his manner. For God is not unjust to forget your labor of love which you have shown  toward His name, in that you have ministered to his saints, and do minister. And that we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” (NKJV). The relevant application of this passage is that we know as Christian believers that Jesus is interceding for us before God. Jesus told his followers that they should feel free to ask for any need of theirs through and  will be granted to them.

Christians have a living hope that makes their ultimate possible by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Believers are looking forward to their salvation or as it is pleasantly expressed “Where will you spend your eternity-Heaven or Hell?” They tend to determinedly work towards it in the hope that the death and resurrection of Jesus has cleared the road to salvation. Christians are training and developing themselves and others to ensure their eternal salvation. It is this living HOPE that kept Apostle Paul going in spite of the suffering he went through throughout  his missionary journeys. Let us consider the  beating and imprisonment he endured. He and Silas were beaten severely and kept in prison under maximum security. Following the expression of the living hope in them, they both held vigil where they sang praises and prayed God loudly.The Almighty God showed forth His acceptance of the worship and responded with an earthquake that broke the stocks on them and yet they refused to escape from custody, Act 16: 18-28.

Hope is always the force behind endurance  and perseverance  as recorded in Thessalonians 1:3 “AS we pray to our God and Father about you, we think of your faithful work your loving deeds, and the enduring hope you have because of our Lord Jesus Christ, (NLT).

HOPE IS LIFE SUSTAINING

Hope is life-sustaining. It is absolutely based on trust or faith in God. It is a life-sustaining phenomenon. Conversely, hopelessness is thus essential ingredient that makes up failure, faithlessness and or possibly untimely death. It is therefore to be seen that without hope for better result now or in the future, nothing tangible can be achieved. Strategic planning, or network analysis is based on hope, all things being equal.

This is the psychological reason a doctor treating a patient will always be reassuring the sick patient that he or she would get well; even where there appears to be no medical remedy. He continues to reassure the patient so that the patient may attune  his or her mind to the hope of getting well. Even , if all indices  point to eventual death, the assurance given would more often than not remove the burden of feeling guilty of perhaps confessed or non-confessed sins. Often times, When adequate hope is instilled in the patient, the sick person can easily take solace in Ephesians 3: 20 that says “God is able to do immeasurable more than all we ask or imagine according to His power that is at work within us” (NIV). Hope can be a means of resuscitating a dying person who can thereafter be able to do great exploits for God and humanity. The Almighty God is for ever faithful to those who hope and trust in him. God’s faithfulness is stressed in Lamentation 3: 32 “Though He causes grief, Yet He will show compassion According to the multitude of His mercies” (NKJV)

King Hezekiah fell sick to the point of death and God sent Prophet Isaiah to the king to warn him of his imminent death. King Hezekiah with hope and trust communed with God to spare his life because he had been so used to praying and praising Him which He would not be able to do  if he should die. God heard his prayer and asked Prophet Isaiah to go back and announce extending the King’s life by fifteen years. The lesson learnt here was that King Hezekiah kept hope alive until God gave him his heart’s desire,  without doubt, it was the trust that Hezekiah had in God that caused an end to King Sennacherib’s siege when overnight 185000 of his soldiers died of what bible historians described as bubonic plague from rat infestation. In short, if it is fear of anything that is standing between a believer and unshakable hope, trust and believe in God. Just remember the Psalmist that said: “The Lord is with me, I will not be afraid.” Psalm 118: 6. A prayerful believer is a hopeful person because the result of prayers does not manifest instantly like the miracles of Jesus Christ in His healing ministry. Hannah hoped and trusted in God until God opened her womb and gave birth to Samuel.

Deception: Weapon of the Devil

There is deception in many facets of life. If not, there would not have been outcries over small prints in contractual documents especially in some credit cards’ added information appearing in small  prints. Such small prints are no less important than those in bold letters. As soon as one has signed the document, every clause therein becomes binding. Deception was first heard of from biblical events narrated in the serpent’s deception, concerning Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. The Devil has since then been revising and upgrading its strategies of weaning  human being from God their creator.

Serpent in the narrative stood for Lucifer, Satan or devil. From all indications, I believe it is only the knowledge of creating living and non-living things that God did neither show nor  divulge to him. Assuming he had the knowledge, he could have  started creating  his own supporters or servants to support his fight against God.  Of course, it would have been a mere illusion for him to have thought that he was smart not knowing that God was Omniscient and omnipotent. The serpent (Satan) used the extent of its knowledge to deceive or twist the fact of God’s relationship with Adam and Eve and led Eve to achieve negative result. In Genesis 3 :4-5, Satan gave false assurance based on wrong premise that led to the fall of Adam and Eve; “Then the serpent said to the woman, ‘You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.'”  With the negative consequence of the deception, blame game started among human beings. Adam blamed Eve and Eve also blamed the serpent, as if each of them was blameless. Then the man said, ” the woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate. And the Lord GOD said to the woman, ‘what is it you have done?.’  The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate”. Genesis 3:12-13 (NKJV).

The result of the deception changed the course of history of mankind until today. By it, we still talk of inherited sin from Adam and Eve and their expulsion from the Garden of Eden. It is by the second Adam (Jesus Christ the Savior) that we are now blessed with salvation through him who paid the debt for our sins. To take full advantage of salvation, we find in John 10:10 (KJV) the pathway to be followed…”The thief cometh  not, but to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” Believers have lessons to learn from Paul’s admonition to Timothy. In 1Timothy 1:18-20, we read how the world seduced Hymenaeus and Alexander away from the gospel with attendant negative consequences. We are all enjoined to hold fast on to our faith and never waver. Not all that glitters is gold. Never be a “drive through” believer.