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Ease

(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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Don’t waste your time

Don’t waste your time

A stumbling block along ones pathway is only of importance if one fails to see and avoid it. What are stumbling blocks? These is anything that delays or poses a threat, to one arriving at ones destination. This means that the Stumbling Block, in its self, is not the danger but the danger is in failings to identify and avoid it. For instance, if while I’m working along the road I fail to see a stone in my part, a depression or bulging on the road and I stumble upon it. I don’t go all “How dare you stand in my part stone!!!” rather am like “dammit, I should have been paying more attention to where I step”. At least that’s what I, and I believe every other person with common sense would do. For the stone wasn’t necessarily there to make me stumble rather it was just an obstacle along that path. Which would have been there irrespective of whether I decided to thread that path or not.

For the probability of walking along the road without facing any obstacles is pretty low if not nonexistent I must say. Cause, if it’s not a stone along ones part then it might be a cyclist and if not a cyclist then a car and if not a car then maybe a fellow pedestrian whose not looking at where his going, and so on and so forth. I mean, the possibilities are infinite.

Nonetheless transferring this Analogy into one Life. As long as one sets a goal or a destination for him or herself. The will surely be obstacles along the part to that goal. Just as written in        1.Corinthians 16:9

9 For a great door and effectual is

opened unto me, and there are many

adversaries.

Some obstacles might be set there intentionally but most of the obstacles (in my opinion the most dangerous obstacles), are set there unintentionally and often come from those closest to us i.e. from our friends, loved ones and even Family.

Knowing this, I often try to reprimand myself, that wasting my time arguing or being annoyed with someone over one thing or the other, while there are much more important challenges at hand. Is not just a waste of time but is also utterly detrimental and hurtful to myself. For if I do so, I would just be like the guy devoid of common sense, who stops to shout and curse at the stone on the road, for daring to stand in his path.

However I myself know how difficult it can be to ignore the obstacles/opposition and focus on the goal the destination, especially when pride is involved. On the other hand I also know how easy it can be to live a life of Joy and humility in Our Lord and savior Jesus Christ, where not every little issue puts one in “berserker mode” and things just seem to rub off. For in Zechariah 4:6

6 Then he answered and spake unto

me, saying, This is the word of the

LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not

by might, nor by power, but by my

spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.

 

For when one forsakes everything including ones loved ones, family, pride etc. and one gives his or her life to our Lord Jesus Christ, just like I have done. That is when you truly gain everything. Matthew 6:33

33 But seek ye first the kingdom of

God, and his righteousness; and all

these things shall be added unto you.

34 Take therefore no thought for

the morrow: for the morrow shall

take thought for the things of itself.

Sufficient unto the day is the evil

thereof.

That is when one enters the realm of Joy Unlimited. You find out that you are incapable of being annoyed or holding a grudge against any person, for added to the Joy of our Lord Jesus Christ you come into the knowledge that. Ephesians 6:12-18

12 For we wrestle not against flesh

and blood, but against principalities,

against powers, against the rulers of

the darkness of this world, against

spiritual wickedness in high places.

13 Wherefore take unto you the

whole armour of God, that ye may be

able to withstand in the evil day, and

having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having your

loins girt about with truth, and having

on the breastplate of righteousness;

15 And your feet shod with the

preparation of the gospel of peace;

16 Above all, taking the shield of

faith, wherewith ye shall be able to

quench all the fiery darts of the

wicked.

17 And take the helmet of salvation,

and the sword of the Spirit, which is

the word of God:

18 Praying always with all prayer

and supplication in the Spirit, and

watching thereunto with all perseverance

and supplication for all saints;

For if we walk with our Lord Jesus Christ Hand in hand. There are no number of obstacles that can prevent us from reaching our destination. For if God be for us, then we are in majority.

Stay blessed

Nonso B-Anyeji

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Beliefs

What’s up guys it has been quite a while but as they say, better later than never. A lot has happened over the past months however the essence of my blogging still remains the same i.e. talking about our Lord and savior Jesus Christ of Nazareth.

Why don’t we start with the Fundamentals, why should one give his or her Life to Jesus? Why should one believe? Why is it, mostly those who are down and out, who have reached their limits and have lost everything or are about to, that end up giving their life’s to Christ? Well when I think of these questions. I sort of remember the proverb, our Lord Jesus Christ told his disciples in

Mathew 13, 44:

44 ¶ Again, the kingdom of heaven

is like unto treasure hid in a field;

the which when a man hath found,

he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth

and selleth all that he hath, and

buyeth that field.

Compering, finding the Kingdom of God to a man finding a very great treasure in a field. However it turned out that the man could not just go and pick up the treasure, but had to first buy the piece of land on which the treasure was (we all know that buying Land is an expensive venture) so the man had to sell everything he had, in order to make up enough money to be able to purchase the Land and gain access to that Great treasure.

Makes perfect economic sense, wouldn’t you agree? For instance if I you happen to stumble across a huge sum of money e.g. an inheritance. With only one condition attached to it, selling everything you have, in order to make up the transport money to go get it. For the inheritance happens to be situated very far away in another country. Well, if the price is right I doubt that there did really be any one who wouldn’t drop everything and if it has to be, even hitchhike all the way to there.

So why do most of us ignore the greatest treasure of all (i.e. the Kingdom of God), which looks us directly in the face, even calling out on to us.

Proverbs 8, 1-21:

1 Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding

put forth her voice?

2 She standeth in the top of high

places, by the way in the places of

the paths.

3 She crieth at the gates, at the entry

of the city, at the coming in at

the doors.

4 Unto you, O men, I call; and my

voice is to the sons of man.

5 O ye simple, understand wisdom:

and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding

heart.

6 Hear; for I will speak of excellent

things; and the opening of my lips

shall be right things.

7 For my mouth shall speak truth;

and wickedness is an abomination to

my lips.

8 All the words of my mouth are in

righteousness; there is nothing froward

or perverse in them.

9 They are all plain to him that

understandeth, and right to them

that find knowledge.

10 Receive my instruction, and not

silver; and knowledge rather than

choice gold.

11 For wisdom is better than rubies;

and all the things that may be

desired are not to be compared to it.

12 I wisdom dwell with prudence,

and find out knowledge of witty inventions.

13 The fear of the LORD is to hate

evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the

evil way, and the froward mouth, do

I hate.

14 Counsel is mine, and sound

wisdom: I am understanding; I have

strength.

15 By me kings reign, and princes

decree justice.

16 By me princes rule, and nobles,

even all the judges of the earth.

17 I love them that love me; and

those that seek me early shall find

me.

18 Riches and honour are with me;

yea, durable riches and righteousness.

19 My fruit is better than gold,

yea, than fine gold; and my revenue

than choice silver.

20 I lead in the way of righteousness,

in the midst of the paths of judgment:

21 That I may cause those that love

me to inherit substance; and I will

fill their treasures.

Well in my opinion I feel it is because of ignorance, it is because we don’t understand the magnitude of this great treasure in Christ Jesus, or fail to understand the essence of Salvation. It’s because of this that we cling on to the little which we have and forgo the Greatness that awaits us in Christ.

That’s why it’s easier for us to find Christ when the little which we have is almost gone. That is when we are down and out. For the less one has to loss, the easier it is to give it up. The easier it is to accept that the path we have been on, was the Wrong path

Nonetheless as I said earlier it’s better later than never. For even those who had to have everything taken from them in order to find Christ, can still considered the Lucky ones. For there are those, who even with their backs against the wall, even when they find themselves in a pit with no way out, still do not notice the treasure directly in front of them.

Getting to the point, the message am trying to relay is, that the greatest treasure of all, the Kingdom for God (Salvation) is out there, just waiting to be picked up. I’m not asking you to go sell off everything you have, but just to give up some of the rigid Logical believes behind which you have enclosed your heart preventing our Lord Jesus Christ from coming in. I’m asking you to open up your heart and give Christ a chance. To accept that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the Cross of Cavalry for the forgiveness of sins. To accept Christ in truth an in spirit and watch what happens.

Stay Blessed

Nonso B-Anyeji

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Reality of heaven on earth

Hi there everyone, during Shiloh (2014) which I was able to follow online, organized by the “living faith church Ota”. I was really blessed by the word of God that went forth from the mouth the ministers and prophet especially from Bishop David Oyedepo. That’s why I would like to share my notes with everyone out there.

Luke 17:20-21
20 ¶ And when he was demanded of
the Pharisees, when the kingdom of
God should come, he answered them
and said, The kingdom of God
cometh not with observation:
21 Neither shall they say, Lo here!
or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom
of God is within you.

According to the scripture above the Kingdom of God/Heaven is within us, but what does this mean? It’s my opinion that most of us, myself included pensive Heaven only as a place one goes to after this life. However I understood from the teachings that the Kingdom of God shouldn’t just be seen as a distant goal or a destination but it should also be seen as a place which we assume when we come into the knowledge and acceptance of our Lord Jesus Christ, “it is a lifestyle”. This reminded me of Dr Martin Luther King Junior’s quote which states that “Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.”
From all this I understand that living a life of heaven here on earth is possible, by putting the mysteries of the Kingdom to work.

Our Lord Jesus Christ lived an exemplary life and is a living manifestation of heaven on earth. He came to save us, to restore us back to Eden (the first heaven on earth), to teach us the mysteries of the Kingdom of God. Therefore the Life of Our Lord Jesus Christ should serve as a guideline for Christians generally as a way of life.
Our Lord Jesus Christ knew who He was, He never wavered or doubted his identity as the Son of God Our Messiah but kept on proclaiming it with authority. The question of one’s identity is of utmost importance, note I am not referring to one’s name, culture or nationality but to one’s spiritual identity. For if one fails to acknowledge and walk in ones, God given identity then the devil will feed one with lies. These lies include illnesses, addictions, lusts and everything that works against our salvation. The realization of who one is in Christ Jesus is the restoration of one’s dignity.Who one is, is that which one declares. For according to the Bible we are heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ Jesus.

Roman 8: 15-17
15 For ye have not received the
spirit of bondage again to fear; but
ye have received the Spirit of adoption,
whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
16 The Spirit itself beareth witness
with our spirit, that we are the children
of God:
17 And if children, then heirs;
heirs of God, and joint-heirs with
Christ; if so be that we suffer with
him, that we may be also glorified
together.

The most dangerous man to the devil is the man who declares who he is. One’s identity determines one’s limit. The discovery of who you are is the point of your reaction in other words, in a battle it is the point at which you start resisting. We are citizens of Heaven, natives of heaven being entitled to the amenities of heaven. An ambassador of Christ a spokesman of Christ.

Have a Blessed day
Nonso B-Anyeji

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All about Jesus Endtime

Creation and Endtime

 

Hi everyone, once again am here seated in front of the PC writing about our lord Jesus Christ, The kingdom of God and Christianity in General, trying my best to express my own understanding of the word of God with all it greatness, mysteries, wisdom and so much more. However since there is so much to write about and so much I don’t yet know, starting up is always a challenge but, “not to worry or fear ye not” as one usually says cause challenges are there to be surmounted. So now, to the main essence of this post.

I have always intended to write about the end of days according to the Bible. However I have been a bit hesitant because I find that the End time prophecies according to the Bible is a very delicate topic which needs to be handled with care. It’s the sort of topic that takes courage to write about or even discuss among ourselves. For, in my opinion, when one starts talking about stuff like; the end of the world, rapture, The seven spirits of God, dragons, many headed beasts, the wrath of God, the bottomless pits with all the creatures inside and etc, I feel that people tend to start looking at one like “okay, I think this dude has totally lost it !!”. Cause frankly, the book of Revelations and all the other Bible scriptures related to the end time are mysteries one can’t hope to understand if it’s read logically.

I also find that the end time according to the word of God, just like all the Books In the Bible, is a very vast topic with so much to write about and a whole lot of different views. However the core message is very simple which is that our Lord Jesus Christ is coming to Judge the world in truth and righteousness in other words to separate the sheep from the goats which in my opinion will happen in not a very distant future.

In this post I want to check if there is any relationship between man’s scientific knowledge of the universe and the creation and end time scriptures, according to the Bible. So what do you guys think about existence life beyond the earth (aliens),That’s if there is life beyond the earth. I know this question is coming out of the blues but some people like myself, tend to ask how space, other planets, solar systems, galaxies, milky ways and etc. fit into the word of God and particularly in relation with the end time.

Let us start from the beginning, that is, the creation of the world. To state it clearly, I am one who believes in the Bible and in our Lord and savior Jesus Christ totally. That means that I am not here to verify the word of God based on scientific facts instead I am trying to find out if there is any credibility to what we call scientific facts, based on the word of God.

In summary; According to the standard theory, our universe sprang into existence as “singularity” around 13.7 billion years ago. Our universe is thought to have begun as an infinitesimally small, infinitely hot, infinitely dense, something – a singularity. Where did it come from? We don’t know. Why did it appear? We don’t know.

After its initial appearance, it apparently inflated (the “Big Bang”), expanded and cooled, going from very, very small and very, very hot, to the size and temperature of our current universe. It continues to expand and cool to this day and we are inside of it: incredible creatures living on a unique planet, circling a beautiful star clustered together with several hundred billion other stars in a galaxy soaring through the cosmos, all of which is inside of an expanding universe that began as an infinitesimal singularity which appeared out of nowhere for reasons unknown. This is the Big Bang theory.“ (an except from; http://www.big-bang-theory.com/).

However according to the Bible God created the World in six days and rested on the seventh day. From the above except, it’s clear that, a lot is still unclear with regards to the scientific explanation of the universe. I do not claim to be an expert on evolution and co, but in my own opinion, that is, the layman’s point of view. The theory while providing a logical explanation to the origin of the universe stills remains inadequate due to it’s lack of tangibility, creating more questions than answers. However, if we are to analyse these theories “Logically”, one can’t deny that the world being created over a period of billions of years sounds more “plausible” as to seven days.

In my opinion this difference in time rang between the scientific evolution theory and the creation of the world according to the Bible is the foremost reason why the Bible version is often discredited by people, who tend to lean more to the “scientific”. Nonetheless the Bible isn’t a normal book like every other, I describe it as a book of mysteries where one plus one doesn’t add up to two. Where one can read a particular verse or chapter for a thousand times and yet get a thousand different revelations from each read. What am I trying to point out? For instance, In the Book of Genesis, it is written that God created the world in six days and then rested on the seventh. Yet it is also explained to us in the Bible that the way we perceive time is totally different form the way our father in heaven perceives time. So In my opinion seven days to Our father in heaven can mean anything to us it could also mean billions of years or a few seconds because Gods thoughts and actions are just far too high for us to understand.

2nd Peter chapter 3 verse 8 states:

8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of

this one thing, that one day is with

the Lord as a thousand years, and a

thousand years as one day.

 

The book of Psalms chapter 90 verse 4 also states:

4 For a thousand years in thy sight

are but as yesterday when it is past,

and as a watch in the night.

Narrowing our scope down to the earth. According to the Bible God first created plant life on dry land then life in the seas and sky then animal life on the dry land and then lastly came man.

Genesis chapter 1 verse 19-26:

19 And the evening and the morning

were the fourth day.

20 And God said, Let the waters

bring forth abundantly the moving

creature that hath life, and fowl that

may fly above the earth in the open

firmament of heaven.

21 And God created great whales,

and every living creature that

moveth, which the waters brought

forth abundantly, after their kind,

and every winged fowl after his kind:

and God saw that it was good.

22 And God blessed them, saying,

Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the

waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply

in the earth.

23 And the evening and the morn

ing were the fifth day.

24 ¶ And God said, Let the earth

bring forth the living creature after

his kind, cattle, and creeping thing,

and beast of the earth after his kind:

and it was so.

25 And God made the beast of the

earth after his kind, and cattle after

their kind, and every thing that

creepeth upon the earth after his

kind: and God saw that it was good.

26 ¶ And God said, Let us make

man in our image, after our likeness:

and let them have dominion over the

fish of the sea, and over the fowl of

the air, and over the cattle, and over

all the earth, and over every creeping

thing that creepeth upon the earth.

In summary the general acknowledged evolution theory, states that life on earth started primitively in the seas through single-cellular organisms evolving into more complex multi-cellular organisms. Thereafter migration came about from the sea onto the dry land due to the abundance of food and nutrients that could be found on land at that point. After a long period of time within which the rise and fall of the Dinosaurs occurred and lots more evolution continued and the primitive man known as homo habilis came to be, further evolving into the homo sapiens which science refers to as present man.

In my opinion I find that the word of God which is ye and amen and the evolution theory both have some certain similarities. Like the creation of the first moving creatures in the seas and sky’s according to the Bible and the beginning of life on earth in the seas according to the evolution theory. Also in the Bible man was created last while the evolution theory that man evolved much much later ie, most of species we know today were already present or yet to evolve.

We also know that according to the Bible God created man out of the dust of the earth in His own image and likeness and saw that it was good.

Genesis chapter 2 verse 7:

7 And the LORD God formed man

of the dust of the ground, and

breathed into his nostrils the breath

of life; and man became a living

soul.

Our father in heaven also placed the first man and woman Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden where everything they needed was provided, not lacking anything, with the only condition being that they do not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. They however ended up eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thereby bringing Gods wrath upon them and being expelled from the garden of Eden with all it’s benefits.

Genesis chapter 3 verse 7:

7 And the eyes of them both were

opened, and they knew that they

were naked; and they sewed fig leaves

together, and made themselves

aprons.

What am trying to point out is, the worldly wisdom which we see today ,that is, the man (homo sapien) who became aware of his nakedness and had to learn how to survive off his surrounding came to be after the first man Adam and Eve ate from the tree of good and evil and were expelled from the garden of Eden.

Genesis chapter 3 verse 17-19 states:

17 And unto Adam he said, Because

thou hast hearkened unto the voice

of thy wife, and hast eaten of the

tree, of which I commanded thee,

saying, Thou shalt not eat of it:

cursed is the ground for thy sake; in

sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the

days of thy life;

18 Thorns also and thistles shall it

bring forth to thee; and thou shalt

eat the herb of the field;

19 In the sweat of thy face shalt

thou eat bread, till thou return unto

the ground; for out of it wast thou

taken: for dust thou art, and unto

dust shalt thou return.

Well I hope that so far I have been able to make some sense, but I believe that at the end of the day no matter how complicated or different, theories of our existence or origin maybe from the word of God, they all still have their roots from the Bible which is ye and amen.

Have a blessed Easter,

Nonso B-Anyeji

 

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Faith and Fasting

Hi everyone in continuation of my last post on prayer and fasting, I would be focusing more on the fasting aspect of the topic in general. I feel that too little was written about it in the last post and that fasting is the type of topic that most Christians tend to subconsciously avoid. I mean, you can’t blame anyone for that, it’s not as if fasting is as easy as taking a walk through the park, nevertheless our lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth fasted when he was here on earth for forty days and nights and with further research in the Scriptures(Bible) it becomes obvious that as a christian who wants to thread on that part of salvation with dominion, one can’t help but go through with it. So why don’t we find out what this fasting is all about and why one should bother with it.

When the topic of fasting is brought up, am guessing that most people, automatically imagine a self imposed hunger strike for reasons unfathomable to some. Why did I use the phrase “unfathomable to some”, well for instance! Just take your time to sit and try to analyze fasting in a Logical and intelligent way like most people would do. I am fairly sure that you would come to the conclusion, that it makes absolutely no logical sense at all, to deprive ones body of the required nutrients it needs to function or depriving oneself of his or her pleasures, going through all that stress when one has no need for the loss of weight or any other pending issues that require not eating or staying clear of ones usual pleasures for a time.

I guess this creates a sort of dilemma trying to see reason in fasting or anything Christ related, while analyzing it in a logical and intelligent way. However this dilemma is easily solved by simply switching off ones logical, grownup mindset and approaching Our Lord Jesus Christ with a childlike mindset, that’s having no set structures in ones mind of what is and isn’t possible, open to believe all, and inquisitive to learn more, so in short terms the kind of childlike mindset that would still believe that father Christmas exists. This is explained better in the book of Matthew chapter 18 verse 2-4:

2 And Jesus called a little child

unto him, and set him in the midst

of them,

3 And said, Verily I say unto you,

Except ye be converted, and become

as little children, ye shall not enter

into the kingdom of heaven.

4 Whosoever therefore shall humble

himself as this little child, the same

is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

In my opinion logic and faith don’t go together for logic(the knowledge and experience that has been gathered by men) tells you that if you throw a stone up the force of gravity will pull it down, it tells you that if you are sick you should go to be treated medically,if whatever one has can’t be treated, then one knows that he or she is in deep shit, Logic also helps us set up boundaries on which of our goals are realistic, human logic also tells you that Miracles do not exist.

However faith in our Lord Jesus Christ is on a whole different level; faith tells you that in Christ all things are possible, that all illnesses are heal-able in the name of Jesus Christ, it tells us that we serve a God of impossibilities, that with Christ there is no mountain that is insurmountable and that the Spirit of God within you is greater than all the powers that are out there.

So in my opinion this boils to deciding between two parts in a crossroad, either being the Logical intelligent wise guy which is not a Crime or being the wired, different guy who nobody seems to understand.

However keep in mind that worldly knowledge and wisdom at the end of the day amount to vanity and foolishness before our Father in heaven. first Corinthians chapter 1 verse 18-19 explains this better:

18 For the preaching of the cross is

to them that perish foolishness; but

unto us which are saved it is the

power of God.

19 For it is written, I will destroy

the wisdom of the wise, and will

bring to nothing the understanding

of the prudent.

I’m sure you guys are already wondering what all this talk about faith and Logic have to do with fasting. To break it down I believe that fasting requires faith in Christ to bring forth results, I believe that to the Logical and intelligent of this world, fasting in Christ, would seem foolish, unnecessary and outdated but to those christian who actually believe in Christ Jesus and in the end time as stated in the book of Revelations, we can’t afford not, but to be of good courage and engage in fasting because as it is stated in the bible text below “But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise;

1 Corinthians chapter 1 verse 27-28:

27 But God hath chosen the foolish

things of the world to confound the

wise; and God hath chosen the weak

things of the world to confound the

things which are mighty;

28 And base things of the world,

and things which are despised, hath

God chosen, yea, and things which

are not, to bring to nought things

that are:

It is through faith based actions like fasting in Christ that one can subdue his own fleshly lusts/desires. and allow the Spirit of God to have complete dominion over ones body and and soul hereby keying into the spirit and accessing that which our Father in Heaven has in stock for one that eyes have not yet seen and ears have not yet heard. As is written in 1Corinthians chapter 2 verse 9:

9 But as it is written, Eye hath not

seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered

into the heart of man, the

things which God hath prepared for

them that love him.

Hope you had a good and revealing time reading this Blog. I intend to continue on this topic as soon as possible. Remain blessed in Jesus name, Amen.

Nonso B-Anyeji

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Salvation

Hi readers, hope you all had a splendid year 2013. We are at the start of a fresh year full of expectations and challenges which brings about unknowns. Definitely, for some, the year 2014 will be wonderful and progressive while for others, well, it’s not going to be that progressive but just the same old, same old. However this year has something in common for everyone, that is:The going is going to get tougher and its only the tough that will overcome and have something positive to report afterwards.

Now, this Blog is all about salvation, why I think its necessary and how one can attain salvation in my opinion. I believe that there is a God, that our Lord Jesus Christ is the son of God, was sacrificed on the cross of Calvary for the forgiveness of sin, and is the only true part to salvation. The Bible explains this in the Book of st. John chapter 5 verse 19-29:

19.Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.

20.For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel.

21.For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will.

22.For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son:

23.That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him.

24.Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

25.Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.

26.For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;

27.And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.

28.Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,

29.And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.

Salvation for me is being able to overcome. Making it to heaven, gaining everlasting life, running the good race and then at the end of the day possessing ones crown of glory. Now there are loads of other words or phrases that can be used to describe salvation. So one can’t help but ask, how does one make it to heaven. A similar question was asked to our Lord Jesus in the book of st. Luke chapter 10 verse 25-28:

25.And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying, “Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”

26.He said unto him, “What is written in the law? How readest thou?”

27.And he answering said, “‘Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind, and thy neighbor as thyself.’”

28.And He said unto him, “Thou hast answered right; this do, and thou shalt live.”

From the Bible text above we can see that salvation and Gods love go hand in hand (To read more on Gods love please refer to the Blog titled “Gods love”). In the Bible Jesus also referred to the choice between heaven and hell as the choice between two parts. Matthew chapter 7 verse 13-14:

13.Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

14.Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

In the Bible the part to salvation is described as a narrow way while the part to destruction is described as a broad way. When I think of the part to salvation I imagine a sort of steep, winding, mountainous part which one has to thread alone with fear and trembling of our lord Jesus in order not to fall of, while I imagine The part to destruction as a wide express road which one can thread on easily even in groups if one prefers, side by side with others. I believe also that salvation is a personal thing between ones self and our Lord Jesus Christ. This in my opinion translates into always choosing to do the right thing irrespective of what the consequences maybe or what others around you may be thinking or doing. This means choosing the harder and not the easy way out cause it’s never easy to do the right thing.

Well from what I have just stated about the part to salvation. It would seem that doing the right thing seems so very difficult with no fun to it, and for some it even seems to be humanly impossible. However being able to thread on this narrow part of salvation doesn’t require any super human abilities neither does it mean that one is going to live a miserable life with no fun to it. The Bible further explains this in the book of st. John chapter 15 verse 1-11:

 

1.I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.

2.Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

3.Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.

4.Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.

5.I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

6.If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.

7.If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

8.Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.

9.As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.

10.If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.

11.These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

 

In my opinion the Bible text above explains that to be able thread on the narrow part of salvation simply requires one to abide in Christ, with the fear of God, submitting ones self totally to the guidance and leading of the Holyspirit. This in turn brings about everlasting life and joy in Christ with the blessings of God that addeth no sorrow.

 

That’s why I would advice everyone to take salvation seriously and always choose to do the right thing being lead by the wisdom of God. It may seem difficult at first but just know that doing the right thing and taking the harder way out at the long run always brings about a far more greater reward than one could have ever received by doing the wrong thing and taking the easy way out.

 

 

May the blessings of God be with you and the Holyspirit abide with you in Jesus name, Amen.

 

Nonso B-Anyeji.

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Gods Love

What is love: Is it being sexually aroused?. Dose love only exist between a man and a woman, husband and wife, parent and child, within the Family, between friends? I don’t think so. I feel that the meaning of love, in my generation, has been so distorted that it has lost all resemblance to it’s true meaning. That’s if the true meaning of love was ever clear to begin with.

However, most people will claim to know the true meaning of love, which might actually be true. However, one only has to watch the TV for a while, listen to some of the latest love songs or Google love on the net to understand that 80-90%(conservatively estimated) of love related Topics, all have to do with sex, or being in a relationship. So, although most people would claim to know what true love is, one finds out that the reality of the situation, says something completely different. That is, we as a generation have absolutely no Idea what true love is.

When i say true love, I mean, “God kind of love”. The Love that our Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth must have had for us when he was tortured and crucified so that we can be born again and called sons of God. Even after all that the only thing Jesus found fit to ask for us from God the father on the Cross of Calvary was mercy for those who crucified him. Am talking about the love a man like Nelson Mandela must have possessed to be able to endure 27 years of hard labor in prison for doing the right thing and yet after he was released from Prison and elevated to being the most powerful man in South-Africa and beyond, his most important goal was to destroy the evil of racism in South-Africa an beyond through creating peace between the liberated South-Africans and the people who had subdued them in the past.

Why am I even writing this”: I asked my self: well, yesterday I heard a preaching from Bishop David Oyedepo. Although by now, I must confess that I have already forgotten most of what was preached. I found that a particular sentence stuck with me, which was “One can not love God if one can’t love his Brother”. So I started pondering and it occurred to me that, there was so much more to this Phrase than one can actually imagine. To me, it meant, that if one can not love ones brother, sister, friend, neighbor or just the person out there that one can see, touch, chat with, argue with and even laugh with, how was one then meant to, from the bottom of ones heart, love an almighty Entity, that can’t be seen or touched. This is so Mysterious that it gets scary.

So how is this meant to work out? “ I thought to myself. Is one supposed to spend ones whole time praying, fasting, reading the Bible, or Confessing Gods love? Then I remembered that the Bishop also said that Loving God is not Theoretical but Practical. But praying and etc. have nothing to do with loving ones Brother, I thought to myself. It also occurred to me that the meaning of Gods love is clearly stated in 1 Corinthians chapter. 13 verse 4-6 which is :

Love is patient,love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.5.It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking,it is not easily angered,it keeps no record of wrongs.6.Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.7.It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Also the Bible states in Matthew Chapter 25 verse 31-40:

31.When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:32.And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:33.And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.34.Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:35.For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:36.Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.37.Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?38.When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?39.Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?40.And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

Now, all this Wisdom helped me come to the conclusion, that Loving God isn’t the ability to pray and fast for seven days straight, nor is It the ability to cram the whole Bible or to be Confessing Gods Love day in day out, 24/7. These all count, but at the end of the day they don’t equate to loving God. It’s only when we are able to love other Humans selflessly that we love God, because God himself appears to us through other fellow Human beings like ourselves.

May Jesus be with you and bless you for reading this,

Merry Christmas,

Nonso B-Anyeji