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Thanks and Praises

To stress the importance of this topic there is need to recall the firework fanfare with which people welcomed the New Year 2016 at the Times Square in New York. New Yorkers and millions of Television viewers were exceedingly happy that they were able to cross-over to the New Year. However, not all that kept vigil really knew why they kept vigil to usher in, the  year of our Lord Jesus Christ. I believe Christians knew it was the height of thanksgiving to the Lord that spared their life for so many evils had claimed many people’s life and were consequently not able to witness the transition from the out-going year into the new one. Oh! what a lovely sight it was as the firework rose to sky. It was a moment of great joy. People were ecstatic just to be like others without thinking about the spiritual meaning of the ceremony.

A deeper insight into what ought to be paramount in our mind is the believer’s  understanding of having succeeded in crossing over to the New Year. Many wanted to but were unable without having sinned to an extent that one could say it was due to their sin. We do not own ourselves, we belong to our creator, the author and finisher of our faith. We believe, what He says He would do and what He does, He would say. Again, it is not only that we did not die before the New Year; there are other areas of life in which we receive God’s blessings at individual level, household, co-workers, friends and relations. Indeed, any good thing that happens to any one belonging to this category brings joy to the circle of people. Other events that call for thanksgiving, include the birth of new born baby, promotion at work, house warming, birthday party, surviving a ghastly accident or getting over a critical situation that defies rational of scientific explanation. All that one can say is “Thank you Lord”. New Year celeberation we believe is a milestone in the life of every individual, because it is not as of right. There is no constitutional fundamental human right clause binding The Lord to grant us life. So, in all things give thanks.

To every Christian, we need to thank and praise His holy name for the inestimable gift of life as well as the opportunity to serve in His vineyard in the kingdom work of seeking lost souls. Besides, what of the daily blessings we receive? We pay for electricity and do not pay for the sun that shines, from where man taps solar energy that they turn around to charge fees. Mississippi River , geograpghers told us is the longest river in the world. It supplies water for transportation , irrigation and the alluvial soil it deposits along the areas it traverses. God never charges us a dime for these free gifts but man turns round to charge fees on water travel on the river, and farmers that use the aluvial soil and irrigated water in their never remit neither cash nor check to God for these free gifts while man turns round to charge fees on any opportunity created from the free gift. They have a point though, in that if there is no value added we could not have derived maximum benefit from them. Let us face it, God demands from us to give thanks as his payback for His transcendental efforts.

There is a gulf of difference between thanksgiving and praising Him. A song writer has helped to bring out the difference: “I will enter His gate with thanksgiving in my heart; I enter his court with praise “, the idea is that Thanksgiving is saying that Lord I am grateful for immediate things you have done or you continue to do that I benefit from; praises go further than that. You use praises to massage ego of someone you appreciate and revere. Praise does not have conotation for ephemeral benefits. It is more of refering to more fundamental and spiritual aspects of life. By the time we are thanking God, we are calling His attention to past goodness. The gate to His heart is being opened to receive praises for who He is as the our faithful God whose steadfast love never ceases, His mercies never come to an end , for, they are new every morning. It is from everlasting to everlasting. No wonder, at the height of Paul and Silas’ praising God in Jesus name, even in detention and under heavy stock, God caused an earthquake that shatered the chain used to hold them down in maximum prison, the locked gate flung open. When the jailor woke up he felt they have escaped and wanted to kill himself but Paul assured him not to for no prisoner escaped. We believe that the praise caused God much joy that He caused the earth to quake and made their release a foregone conclusion. When they were brought for judgement the following day the fear of he Lord who caused them to panic made them to only flog and not kill them. By hind sight one can say that by God’s acknowledging the praises of Paul and Silas, He caused the vestigies of oppression and wickedness to be broken and completely shattered.

Anyone caught in the middle of crossfire of opposing forces in any war zone and survived would really know how to thank and praise God. Such survival is more of a miracle than a mere rescue. This is the essence of Psalm 100:4-5; “Enter into his gate with thanksgiving, and into His court with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good ; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations”.(NKJV)










Non-Carnal Love Series # 33

Non-canal loveThe spirit of adoption is a component part of agape love of God for the Lord God is Love, The context meaning of God’s love cannot be  adequately fathomed as it encompasses all created living and non-living things. What one cannot love and cherish may not in the affirmative be adopted. An adopted child  by law has become heir to the father’s inheritance. By adoption we have become  joint heirs with Jesus Christ our Lord. For being in God’s presence to be assured, one needs to be an unsevered branch of the vine – Jesus. Other attributes include humility, and maintaining close relationship with God. As a sinner one needs to be broken and be ready to confess ones sins to ensure forgiveness and ultimate redemption.

Let us remember that Adam and Eve were the first culprit of sinfulness and were consequently driven out of the Garden of Eden – a place of eternal joy. It was that sin that brought us separation from God, Genesis 3: 14-19. (NKJV)  Sin and death came through the first Adam. redemption, salvation and everlasting life  came by faith and believe in the second Adam – our Lord Jesus Christ. By the agape love of God, He sent us HIS only begotten Son (our Lord Jesus) as propitiating lamb of God to remain a means of cleansing man’s iniquity. It was for those the bible tells us are believers in Christ Jesus Romans 6: 23. (NKJV) It states, “For wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (NKJV)


Non-Carnal Love Series # 22


Non-canal loveIn continuation of our insight into the parable of the prodigal son, we are compelled to see him representing man as ungrateful ingrate who thought of his pleasure alone without the biblical maxim of “faith and work” as being inseparable. James 2:20 says “Faith without work is dead”. Up to the point of losing all his inheritance, he showed no divine love of God, his neighbor and himself, in particular. As he reflected on what he was missing in his father’s house, he was at the stage of rekindling the light of love for the father (God). The nostalgic feeling for the gracious life in his father’s estate (God’s Kingdom) led to his repentance. He realized his sinfulness and decided to return to his father and confess his sins so as to be re-admitted into his father’s household (God’s Kingdom)

For divine love to reign and be given free rein, carnal love, love of money or power associated with post at work or in the community, wealth, birth and much more must be subdued. Having put all these in place, divine love and righteousness will be achievable.  Corinthians 6: 9-10; Luke 15: 11-32 (NKJV). God loves everyone and does not reject anyone. This is why God and the heavens rejoice when a sinner repents and returns to the realm of God. Believe in Christ Jesus as Lord and savior and doing the father’s will are prerequisites to the Kingdom of God by his grace.

Non-Carnal Love Series # 21

Non-canal loveIn Jesus’ parable of the prodigal son, we learnt about the immeasurable love of father to his son. What makes the love stand out as unique and inimitable is the way the prodigal second son depleted his father’s prosperity while still alive. Rather than investing it for higher returns to his investment, he squandered it all. By the way, only dead person’s property is subject to being inherited. For the father to release part of his wealth is always in the sense of drawing up the will to prevent dying intestate. By implication, the father has limitless resources. On the part of the love the son had for the father, it was just the riches or a non-divine love of the father for who he was.

Let us substitute the “certain man” being the father of the two sons with the Almighty God and see how we have been enjoying His benefits without genuine love for our benefactor. Taking back the lost and found son is God’s act of forgiveness once we show evidence of a broken and contrite heart. In other words, a sinner must show a sense of remorse. However sinful we are, HE (God) is ready to accept us just as we are. Luke 15: 11 – 32.

Non-Carnal Love Series # 18

God is love and universal in scope. HE actually loves all whether Jew or gentile.  The whole peoples of the world are His. God has no time for checking credentials to ascertain being Jew or Christian or any other religions of the world. In this part of the ongoing series on LOVE, God’s divine love was extended to Naaman, commander of the army of Syria. Syria at the time was enjoying victory over Israel, or seen as ‘enemy combatant’ that was not at peace with the people of God. The king of Syria, through the assurance of the captive girl from Israel sent Naaman to Prophet Elisha who only instructed thus: “Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored to you and you shall be clean.”

Naaman thought Elisha was rude for not considering his status but was persuaded to do what the man of God directed him to do. In the end, he got completely healed. Pride and anger nearly deprived him of God’s divine love which was not up for grab or to the highest bidder. The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases but it behoves us to obediently tap into this fountain of God’s compassionate love that transcends color or creed. Naaman realized the greatness of the God of Israel that has no equal in all gods in the world. ll King 5: 1-27

Non-Carnal Love Series # 11

Samson, the failed hero

Love of God makes man the head of all in creation.

God is the creator of the universe in which our own world is just a speck and every part of it remains held together with his divine love. Thus we find out that even the extent that man’s vista could ever reach is very limited. Genesis Chapters 1 & 2 gave us an insight into the history of creation. The most interesting part is the fact that man was the last to be created and was made head of all things, living and non-living. what a great love and limitless favor to mankind this is, for which man must endlessly worship and adore HIM.

HE satisfied man in all ways by putting him in paradise where he did not need to struggle as became his portion after the fall and expulsion from the Garden of Eden. Paradise was made to be a place of abode without sinning and with in-built status of timelessness or eternity in God’s splendor. With all these man unexpectedly succumbed to the beguiling of the serpent and consequently lost out in his tenancy in Paradise. It is truly a sad history for man to recall.

In spite of God’s love, man continued to behave in Adamic rise and fall format in his relationship with God and man. However, God’s love is laced with foregiveness; therefore, whoever believes in Jesus Christ must behave true to type in foregiving those who trespassed against them.