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(KJV)Heb 4:8-11; 8 For if Joshua had given them rest, then He would not afterwards have spoken of another day. 9 There remaineth therefore a rest for the people of God. 10 For he that has entered into His rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from His. 11 Let us labor therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall according to the same example of unbelief.

Hi there, folks. I came across the above Bible verse from the Book of Hebrews. It got me pondering, for verse 10, says and I Quote “he that has entered into His rest, he also hath ceased from his own works” subsequently the verse afterwards then admonishes us (believers) to labor in other to enter into Gods Rest.

Before I elaborate on my thoughts, lets first understand what the term “Rest” is referring to. The Oxford dictionary defines Rest a period of relaxing, sleeping or doing nothing after a period of activity. Being at Rest is synonymous to being at ease, tensionless, with out anxiety. I would even go as far as defining the state of Rest as a state of Fearlessness. For with fear comes anxiety and anxiety births tension and unease, in every vessel it dwells in, no matter how holy or righteous that vessel may be. Therefor the above verses reveal to us (believers), that there is realm of ease, which God has specially reserved for us to enter. The Question then remains, how do we enter that realm of Rest?

At first glance verses 10 and 11 may seem contradictory for verse 10 tells us to cease from our own works in order to enter into God’s Rest while verse 11 admonishes us to Labor (work) in order to enter into God’s Rest. Truth be told, verse 10 caught me of guard. For I am sure that the Bible does not encourage any of us to drop everything we are doing and relax. However, upon closer examination, I discovered the word “own works” within verse 10. This means that God is not telling us to cease from working altogether. Rather is admonishing us to cease from our own works in order to enter His Realm of Ease. This begs the question, what is being referred to by the term “own works”. I believe that God is cautioning us to cease from self-centric, self-serving or better said self-centered works. Where me, myself and I, are the sole beneficiaries of our labor.

(KJV)John 9:4; I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.

(KJV)Acts 10:38; How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.

The Word of God in John chapter 9 verse 4 shows us that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, our Lord and Savior, went about not doing his own “works” but the “Works” of God the Father that sent Him. The Book of Acts 10 verse 38 further gives us insight into what these works were. It states that Jesus went about doing good and Healing all that were oppressed of the devil.

Therefore, in other to cease from our own works and do God’s Work we have to put “doing good” first in every of our endeavors. One may ask, does this mean we should not do our day jobs in order to pay the bills? No, it simply means that we should do our day jobs not just to pay the Bills but also to be of help to our families, extended families, community and the world around us. It means that in everything we do we should ask ourselves, what positive Impact am I making? How can this project of mine be of help to others? How am I promoting the Kingdom of God with my actions? How can I be a Blessing to others? etc.

I am convinced, that children of God can operate in the realm of God’s Rest by earnestly putting God’s Work first in all our endeavors. However, because this is no small task. The Word of God in Hebrews 4:11 encourages us to Labor earnestly with the right works, in order to enter God’s Rest.

Nonetheless if you have been observant you would surely have recognized that God’s Rest is not reserved for all, but only for His people, for His children. Therefor if you are not sure whether you belong to God’s Household, I invite you to say the below prayer with me. For there is only own path to becoming a child, daughter or son of God and it leads through the Son of God Jesus Christ of Nazareth that was crucified on the cross of calvary for the forgiveness of our sins.

(KJV) John 14:6; Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Let’s Pray

Lord Jesus, I surrender my life to You today. Forgive me all my sins. Wash me with your precious Blood. I believe You died for me. On the third day you rose again. That I may be justified. right now, I believe my sins are now forgiven. I am justified by Your Blood. I am saved. I am restored back to the Faith. I am now a child of God. Thank you, Jesus, for saving my soul. Amen.

Congratulations if you just said that Prayer, you have been elevated into the realm of light and subsequently with more effort and labor, into a realm of Ease in God. I Pray that the grace that brought you into the Kingdom of God will preserve you there for the rest of your life in Jesus Name, Amen.

Stay Blessed

Nonso B-Anyeji

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Hope and faith

Heb 11:1; Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Our Father in Heaven tells us that faith is the Substance of things hoped for. Now let’s take a second to let that Statement sink into our Subconscious. In Chemistry a substance is defined as a matter which has a specific composition and specific properties. In order Words a Substance has a physical mass. Yet faith which is generally perceived as an abstract term is being referred to as a Substance of Things hoped for.

In order to understand This Statement, we first have to differentiate between hope and Faith. Hope and Faith in my opinion are very similar yet worlds apart. For they both refer to the ability or act of believing in Something which isn’t, for example we all hope for a bright future, for health, Wealth, joy, peace, for a good job, for success in Exams etc. Hope is the ability to look beyond the present (which may not be favorable) and see the possibility of that which we want to project into our future. For The Word of God says in

Romans {8:24} For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? {8:25} But if we hope for that we see not, [then] do we with patience wait for [it. ]

From the above passage we can deduce that hope is primarily there to save us from falling into despair in our present Situation no matter how dire the realities surrounding us may seem. It gives us strength to continue moving ahead and not to throw in the towel and give up, on everything. For if we yield to fear and despair, even the little which we have in the present would also be taken away from us. Hope is passive it involves patiently standing firm and believing in a brighter future. However, hope in my opinion does not guarantee the future we hope for. Whereas faith Is the evidence that, that which we hope for will come to pass.

Hoping in a Brighter future is patiently awaiting and believing in the possibility of a brighter future. Whereas, having faith in a brighter future is having evidence that the possibility of a brighter future will come to fruition based on the application of the Word of God in our lives. This is so simple and yet so complicated, for in my opinion I believe that a lot of us Christians, my self not excluded, have confused hope for faith. For we proclaim that we have faith in God for a specific matter, yet all we do is sit down and wait for a miracle to suddenly happen. Whereas we ought to study the Word of God base on the matter at hand, find out what we ought to do to qualify us for that blessing or miracle e.g. fasting and praying, tithing, studying the Word of God, giving up worldly habits, forgiving those who have sinned against us etc. and doing it. For Faith with out works is dead.

Therefor in order to have faith in God on a certain matter. We have to find out Gods Word based on that issue, believe in the potency of the Word, act on the Word and confess the Word of God based on that issue. For then and only then can we as Christians claim to have faith.

Stay blessed and full of faith.

PS: for further Reading I would strongly refer you to the book of Hebrews Chapter 11

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The Word of God

John 1 Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV); 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

Without beating too much around the bush, let us dive right into the meat of the matter. The Passage above enables us to understand that the Word of God is God. For us to further understand this, let us imagine that we are making an Application, purchasing items, cashing a check or acting on behalf of someone else. It goes with out saying that in other to do these things, one would need at least a Letter of Authorization or something that proves that we are acting in consensus with the will of the person in question. In other words, even though the person that authorized one, with a check to collect money from his or her Account, or with a Letter of Authority to perform a certain action/task in his or her name is not physically Present, one is still able to operate as if the authorizer in question were present or as we and the authorizer were one and the same person.

The Word of God in my Opinion can be equated to a Letter of Authority from God. For when a Christian is imbibing and Operating with the Word of God. It is equivalent to him of her operating as a god. For according to the scripture above, the Word of God contains life and that life is that light of men. Therefor the amount of light we wield is dependent on the depth or amount of the Word of God we Practice.

Mind you there is a difference between reading, understanding, writing, preaching and actually practicing the Word of God. Knowing and understanding the Word of God are very necessary, but at the end of the day, it is putting the Word to use consciously and subconsciously that bring fort fruits.

Matthew 7:15-20 New King James Version (NKJV);15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? 17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them.

Therefor I employ everyone to read and understand the word of God with the help of the Holy Spirit.

Stay Blessed.

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Dominion

The Anointing of Our God is a Gift, which one cannot buy with money or Merit. It is the Gift of the Holy Spirit in Our Lives.

The word “Anointing” can be literally defined as the act of rubbing or smearing or pouring aromatic oil over the head of a Person or Object. The act of Anointing signifies the act of consecration/dedication, healing etc.

However, the Gift of the Holy Spirit is not Simply the pouring of aromatic oil on one’s head but the Release of Fire, yes, the Release of Power on one’s life.

Luke 3:16; John said, “I am just baptizing with water. But someone more powerful is going to come, and I am not good enough even to untie his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.

The manifestation of the Gift of the Holy Spirit in a Christians Life makes the difference. It is the level of anointing/power active in ones Life that differentiates the victims from the dominators. In my opinion, victims can be described as honorable, God-fearing women and men. Who do their best to keep the commandments of God but are still subject, due to their level of anointing, to the realities of life i.e. powers that be in this world. This often results in them always having to make compromises that go against their Christianity.

On the other hand, the dominators can be described as the very few Christians who have received the Holy Spirit i.e. power, light and actively apply the word of God e.g. prayer and fasting, wisdom, charity etc. to manifest light God in us. In order to consume very darkness around us thereby dominating our circumstances.

1 John 4:4; Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

Therefor very Christian, including myself, has to strive to operate in the realm of domination. That means being conscious of the fact that God is in us and that, the power of God is at our disposal to dominate the powers that be in this world, if only we are willing to access it.

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IMPROVE ON YOUR APPROACH

Today: 2016-01-05

 

Level of results in any adventure of life is dependent on quality of approach.
Improved approach will naturally birth better result.
Praying for better result is a waste of energy.
Rather than praying for that we should keep praying and seeking for improvement in our approach.
Improved approach will terminate the worst reproach.
Just anything can work if you locate the right approach.  It is the way that you have located that will determine the kind of end you are to expect.

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Antworten auf die Herausforderungen

Heute: 2016.01.04

 

16 Denn ein Gerechter fällt siebenmal und steht wieder auf ; aber dieGottlosen versinken im Unglück.
Sprüche 24:16.

 

In der Reise des Lebens Herausforderungen werden sicherlich kommen, Welche weder Ihre Meinung oder Einladung benötigen. Sie werden ohne Vorwarnung kommen. Daher muss man dies im Leben berücksichtigen. Sie kommen als Wellen und sind nicht notwendigerweise da um Sie zu verletzen, beschädigen oder zu zerstören. Während einige mit den Herausforderungen runtergehen gleiten andere über sie, als ob nichts passiert oder überhaupt Ihr Weg käme. Es ist alles eine Frage der Haltung, die Geisteshaltung, die Mentalität und Erwartungen. Sie können über die Wellen gleiten, während andere von ihr mitgerissen werden. Selbst wenn Sie schon einmal von den Fluten des Lebens mitgerissen werden, können Sie die Gewässer überkommen mit dem Wort Gottes, dass Sie auch nach sieben Mal der Fall wieder steigen, wenn Sie jemals bis zu sieben Mal fielen.

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RESPONDING TO CHALLENGES

Today: 2016-01-04

 

For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.
Proverbs 24:16

In the journey of life challenges will certainly come.
They don’t require your opinion or invitation.
They will come without prior notice. Therefore, live ready for them.
They come as waves on their own not necessarily to hurt, damage or destroy.
While some are swept off and fizzle out with challenges some others glide over them as if nothing ever happened or ever came their way.
It’s all a matter of attitude, the mind set, mentality and expectations.
You can glide over the waves while some others are swept away by it.
Even if you are ever swept off your feet by the floods of life, you can come over the waters again by the scriptural provision that you will rise again, even after seven times of fall if you ever fell up to seven times.

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FACE YOUR FEARS

Today: 2016-01-03

 

…Let not your heart faint, fear not, and do not tremble, neither be ye terrified because of them.Deuteronomy 20:3
Never look or run away from what you fear.Facing your fear is the only way to stop your fear.Facing your fear is what phases out your fear.The more you confront your fear the bolder you become.If you run away from your fear it will pursue you and may even kill you someday.But once you confront your fear you gain power over it.  If you don’t want your fear to kill you, face it and kill it.

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DIE ultimative Befriedigung

Heute: 2016.01.02

Viele Leute denken, dass das was sie brauchen, Geld ist. Einige andere denken, dass das was sie brauchen, Arbeit, Ruhm oder Position ist. Aber die ultimative Befriedigung ist es, in der Gestalt Gottes zu sein.
Er legte seinem Bild und Gleichnis in uns. So sind wir gezwungen, die Sehnsucht nach ihm zu halten. Genesis. 1:26,27
15 Ich aber will schauen dein Antlitz in Gerechtigkeit ; ich will satt werden, wenn ich erwache, an deinem Bilde. Psalm.17.15
Das Gesicht Gottes ist das Heilmittel zur Schande des Menschen. Keine Schande bleibt mit einem Mann, der ständig das Gesicht Gottes erblickt. Psalm.34.5
das Antlitz Gottes bringt Veränderungen für den Menschen. 2. Korinther 3,18
Das Gesicht Gottes ist die Gunst Gottes-Psalm.30.7, Numbers.6.23-27.
Das Gesicht von Gott ist unsere ultimative Befriedigung. Halten Sie ihren blick an Ihnen, um letztlich aussehen wie Er.

 

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THE ULTIMATE SATISFACTION

Today: 2016-01-02

 

Many people think that what they need is money.  Some others think that what they need is job, fame or position.  But the ultimate satisfaction is to be in the likeness of God.
He put His image and likeness in us.  So we are compelled to keep longing for Him. Genesis. 1.26,27
“As for me I will behold thy face in Righteousness: I shall be satisfied when I awake with the likeness”.Psalm.17.15.
The face of God is the cure to the shame of man.  No shame remains with a man who continually beholds the face of God.  Psalm.34.5
The face of God brings change to man. 2 Corinthians 3.18
The face of God is the favour of God-Psalm.30.7, Numbers.6.23-27.
The face of God is our ultimate satisfaction.  Keep looking at Him to ultimately look like Him.

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