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FAITH AND FAITHFULNESS

                   

 

God is always faithful to them that have faith in Him. However, God never denies man any of the basic necessities of life like air, water, sunshine, moonlight, rainfall , fire and more. In affirming the foregoing, there is a common saying in a community that translates into; ” The rain has neither friend nor foe, anyone that is found on its path, it falls on him or her.” There are other specific needs of man which differ from person to person. These needs can be spiritual, physical or both. The satisfaction of these needs from God depends on ones interaction in faith-based prayer and fasting through Jesus Christ the son of the Most High to God’s throne of grace. In Lamentation 3: 22-23, we read. “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness.” 
Even though God remains faithful to man’s cause, it is man’s faith that wavers and doubts are known to set in, meaning that it is man that veers off course. Anyone that persistently doubts God will find it an uphill task to receive God’s grace. The wicked , satanic or godless people can prosper to an extent of making the world bewildered as to how and why such an undeserving person was ‘so blessed.’ The bible also explained that it is just a prelude to the damnation of such people. It is not biblical figures only that had and showed faith, the ultimate success of Abraham Lincoln in politics was a result of his unshakable faith in God. Mahatma Ghandhi of India had an unshakeable faith in the cause of gaining independence for India in 1946 and we believed God honored his

faith.The first President of America – George Washington demonstrated faith the way he commanded the U.S. Army to the point of fashioning a Republican Constitution for the United States of America. Chief Obafemi Awolowo of Nigeria, was imprisoned but the unshakable faith he had in God (that he would not die in prison) saw him released when a counter-coup took place in August 1966 and immediately became the Vice -Chairman of the nation’s Federal Executive Council, he also headed the Ministry of Finance throughout a thirty-month civil war without external borrowing to fund the war expenses. Such personalities in modern times demonstrated man’s faith being honored with God’s faithfulness to all that trusted in HIM.
Faith and faithfulness are very essential to the joy and happiness always observable in the life of true Christian believers. During the times of sorrow man’s faith in God prevents winding back from being deeply involved in serving the Lord. At times of joy a faithful believer never gets overjoyed. What we see in the life of successful athletes is that a lot of them over indulged themselves in the use of alcohol, sex or drugs. The end result is usually sorrow-filled retirement period for they would be no more be in position to sustain the life-style they have created for themselves when they were earning big money. We learnt about having faith in God from bible characters like Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as revealed in Hebrew 11: 1-32. This passage also alluded to other people like Enoch, Abel, Moses, (God called the most humble man that ever lived) who also doubled as the deliverer of the Hebrews from Egypt after 40 years of slavery. The bible alluded to the principles behind the faith the characters had: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it elders obtained a good 

 report. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.” (Hebrew 11: 1-3) (KJV).
From Social Science perspective, psychology teaches having faith in oneself to such an extent that it serves like a pillar of strength. It invigorates anyone who can trust that if he or she believes something is achievable, problem being tackled is half solved. This is not to say that contemplating doing evil can be treated like planning or attempting to do good. The center piece of a born again Christian is making effort to please God and anchoring such on Christ’s righteousness. 

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Non-Carnal Love Series # 27

Being our brother’s keeper is the will of God for mankind. Whoever keeps to this injunction is doing His will based on divine love. Man was endowed with ability to reason and capability to differentiate between good and evil or between hate and love. It behoves man to choose preferably the better alternative. Bible recorded the first ever failure to show divine love to ones brother. Cain and Abel were kith and kin. For no fault of Abel, Cain gave an unacceptable offering to God. Consequently, God rebuked him. He therefore hated his brother Abel and out of jealousy he committed the first known murder. The blood of Abel cried up to God and God asked for the whereabout of Cain’s brother Abel. Cain answered brashly showing no love or respect for the life of his blood brother.

Non-canal loveCain became accursed along with generations yet unborn. Cain was the father of the first Enoch. Cain’s lineage continued to Lamech who also was the second murderer recorded in the bible. Lamech’s confessional statement to his wives in Genesis 4:23-24 goes thus: “Adah and Zilla hear my voice; Wives of Lamech, listen to my speech; For I had killed a man for wounding me; If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold; Then Lamech seventy-seven fold” This contrasts with the second Enoch in the genealogy of Seth. In Genesis 5: 24, the bible recorded it thus: “And Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him”. I dare say, the second Enoch (by Seth) so loved God that he never tasted death as it is the lot of mankind. Has man ever learnt useful lesson from the Word of God? Won’t they?