Archive for June, 2009

Growing in Grace

June 9, 2009

Grace is defined as the unmerited favor of God. This favor of God does grow if you dare to grow it. Have you noticed how some people seem to be more favored by God while for others it seems as though there God were dead. The difference is in the levels of the grace of God towards them.

Grow in grace and in knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. (2 Peter 3:18 MKJV)

Grace in the Old Testament

In the Old Testament Grace was only found by a few individuals. That is, a few people received favors that others had to sweat for in order to enjoy the same rewards. As a matter of fact, Grace is a short cut to being rewarded. It is like obtaining a Recognized University Degree without being enrolled at any university.

Noah found grace in the eyes of God (Genesis 6:8) resulting in being the only one saved from the flood. Moses received grace and had his petitions granted (Exodus 33:12). Ruth found grace in the eyes of Boaz (Ruth 2:10), and Hanah found grace in the eyes of Eli (1 Samuel 1:18). Ester found grace in the eyes of King Ahasuerus (Ester 2:17) and Joseph found grace before Potiphar (Genesis 39:4).

Those who found grace in the Old Testament, received salvation, promotion, children, and their prayers were answered.

Grace in the New Testament

In the New Testament you will not read a single scripture that says grace was found. In the New Testament, Grace is received as opposed to being found. However, the results of grace in the New Testament and grace in the Old Testament are the same. Those who have received New Testament grace have been saved, promoted, had children, been healed, and have had their prayers answered.

Out of His fullness we all have received, and grace for grace. (John 1:16-17 MKJV)

The second major difference is that grace in the New Testament is for everyone. That means that, you do not need to work to receive salvation, healing, answered prayers, children, and even promotion. For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. (Titus 2:11 MKJV)

Work in the bible means following certain prescribed laws in order to be rewarded. For example, when you sacrifice something in order to be healed is not grace but works. Grace is always unmerited. However, grace does grow from one degree to another. That is, when someone else gets a pay raise once a year, you get yours four times a year.

Growing in Grace

May grace and peace be multiplied to you. (1 Peter 1:2 MKJV)

There are certain things you want to know to grow in the grace of God.

  1. Knowledge of God-Growing in the knowledge of God increases Gods grace upon someone’s life
    Grace and peace be multiplied to you through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, (2 Peter 1:2 MKJV)
  2. Faith and Love-Walking in faith and love increase God’s grace upon one’s life.
    And the grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant, with faith and love in Christ Jesus. (1 Timothy 1:14 MKJV)
  3. Giving-God loves a cheerful giver. God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that in everything, always having all self-sufficiency, you may abound to every good work. (2 Corinthians 9:7-8 MKJV)
  4. HumilityGod gives more grace to the humble. (James 4:6 MKJV)
  5. Endeavor to grow in the grace of God in which we stand. Amen

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Abounding in Grace

June 8, 2009

What is Grace?

Grace is the unmerited favor of God. For instance, Grace is being picked for a High Paying job in a Reputable institution without applying and without the necessary qualifications where 500 qualified professionals have applied. Therefore, grace applies where you do not merit or qualify. Grace seizes to be grace if you merit something by what you have done.

The bible contrasts grace and the law. Hence, by the law, you merit the favor of God, but by grace, you do not. Hence, Apostle Paul wrote, “But to him working, the reward is not reckoned according to grace, but according to debt.” (Romans 4:4 MKJV)

How Grace ABOUNDS

The Grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men (Titus 2:11 MKJV). However, we all have varying degrees of the Grace of God. Apostle Peter said, “May grace and peace be multiplied to you.” (1 Peter 1:2 MKJV) Hence, Grace can be multiplied. The question is, What are the multiplying factors of Grace?

  • LOVE

Walking in love will make the grace of God abound in your life.

And the grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant, with faith and love in Christ Jesus. (1 Timothy 1:14 MKJV)

I have written an article entitled “love your neighbor” where I have dealt comprehensively on this subject of love.

  • GIVING

Each one, as he purposes in his heart, let him give; not of grief, or of necessity, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that in everything, always having all self-sufficiency, you may abound to every good work. (2 Corinthians 9:7-8 MKJV)

On giving, I would like to caution that not all giving results in abounding grace. Proverbs says that he that gives to the rich shall surely come to poverty. (Proverbs 22:16 KJVR) The rule of the thumb pertaining to giving is giving to the needs of people. The bible encourages giving to Church leaders who do their duties well (1 Timothy 5:17 KJVR), Widows, Orphans, Strangers, Ministries, and the general needy people.

  • KNOWLEDGE OF CHRIST

Grace and peace be multiplied to you through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, (2 Peter 1:2 MKJV)

Part of this knowledge includes knowing that the law came through Moses but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ (John 1:17). You see ignorance of what Christ accomplished on the cross only frustrates the Grace of God. It is written that My People perish for lack of Knowledge. Study earnestly to present yourself approved to God, a workman that does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth. (2 Timothy 2:15 MKJV). Amen.

  • HUMILITY

But He gives more grace. Therefore He says, God resists the proud, but He gives grace to the humble. (James 4:6 MKJV)

Humility attracts the abounding grace of God. I have observed this especially in women. Humble women are usually the ones who are well married and prosperous. Pride frustrates the grace of God.

  • FAITH

Through Him we also have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice on the hope of the glory of God. (Romans 5:2 MKJV)

Without faith you cannot please God. To understand the subject of faith comprehensively, please read Papa Kenneth Haggins (Sr.) books on faith. He is best faith teacher I know.

ENEMIES OF GRACE

  • THE LAW

I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain. (Galatians 2:21 KJVR)

Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace. (Galatians 5:4 KJVR)

I have dealt comprehensively concerning the subject of the law in my article entitled “How Christ destroyed death.” Please refer to this article for more understanding of the law.

  • BITTERNESS

Follow peace with all, and holiness, without which no one shall see the Lord; looking diligently lest any fail of the grace of God, or lest any root of bitterness springing up disturb you, and by it many are defiled, (lest there be any fornicator, or profane person like Esau, who for one morsel of food sold his birthright. (Hebrews 12:14-16 MKJV)

  • FALSE TEACHERS

For certain men crept in secretly, those having been of old previously written into this condemnation, ungodly ones perverting the grace of our God for unbridled lust, and denying the only Master, God, even our Lord Jesus Christ. (Jude 1:4 MKJV)

Be careful of false doctrines. Again, this pertains to studying earnestly to present yourself approved to God, a workman that does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth. (2 Timothy 2:15 MKJV). Amen.

In conclusion, I would like you to take note that the bible concludes with these words: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with all of you. Amen. (Revelation 22:21 MKJV)

Understanding your Woman, A must for every Man

June 7, 2009

This article is a must read for every man. We shall explore what every man needs to know about his woman. The best place to begin is Genesis Chapter 2. This is an account of the creation and making the first woman. The account is divided into (4) stages:

Stage One-The need for a woman
Stage Two-The architecture of the woman
Stage Three-Mans operation manual for his woman
Stage Four-Realizing your woman

• The need for a Woman
Somebody said that behind every successful man there is a woman. Although the making of a woman was in the initial plans of creation, Adams inability to succeed alone prompted her manifestation.
Jehovah God said, It is not good that the man should be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him. (Genesis 2:18 MKJV)

What is success? Success is achievement of intention or a plan. The intention of God for man is to “Be fruitful, and multiply and fill the earth, and subdue it.” (Genesis 1:28 MKJV) This plan could not be realised without a woman.

This need for a woman to make a man successful has not changed. Even a Eunuch is useless unless he stands in the Queens court. Apostle Paul was not married but he depended on women who washed the Apostles feet and lodged them (1 Timothy 5:10). Jesus Christ too had women who ministered of their possessions to him. (Luke 8:3)

Hence, Women are designed to bring man into the destiny that God has planned for him.

I alone know the plans I have for you, plans to bring you prosperity and not disaster, plans to bring about the future you hope for. (Jeremiah 29:11 GNB)

• The architecture of the woman
Who was the architect of Eve? Adam. An architect is a building designer: somebody whose job is to design buildings and advise on their construction (Microsoft® Encarta® 2007)

God made the first woman based on Adams architectural drawing. How could this be? You see, when God thought of making the woman he made Adam study the entire animal kingdom first.

And out of the ground Jehovah God formed every animal of the field and every fowl of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name. And Adam gave names to all the cattle, and to the birds of the air, and to every animal of the field. But there was not found a suitable helper for Adam. (Genesis 2:19-20 MKJV)

What did Adam see? Adam saw that all the animal where paired and that they reproduced by virtual of being paired. He also saw that the females looked different from the males.

Therefore, Adam being unpaired started to create mental images in his spirit about how his missing side should look like. The concept of meditation was used here. By the time Adam had finished naming all the animals, he had also constructed images of his wife. This process lasted for a long time as there where millions of animals to be named.
You see meditation involves thinking about the same thing for a long enough time until you have a very clear picture of it. Having a clear picture of what you want is known as believing. Believing is being certain that what you have conceived in your mind is the absolute truth. That is the believing that makes all things possible.

Hence, God searched Adam’s spirit (inward parts) to see what was there before He made Eve. That is one of the reasons why Adam was made to go into a comma.

The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly. (Proverbs 20:27 KJVR)

Beloved you are the designer of your wife, hence treat her as such.

• Mans operation manual for his woman
The second reason why God made man to go into a comma is so that He would give instructions to Adam about his wife. At night when people are asleep, God speaks in dreams and visions. (Job 33:15 GNB)
And Jehovah God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept. And He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh underneath. And Jehovah God made the rib (which He had taken from the man) into a woman. And He brought her to the man. (Genesis 2:21-22 MKJV)
In order to appreciate this segment, you have to be aware that Adam is in a dream as he is receiving instructions on how to live with his wife. There are no physical happenings. All is but a vision.

What instructions did Adam receive? The following are instructions that Adam received:

1. God took a rib and made it into a woman. A rib represents protection of delicate parts essential for life. The bible says Keep your heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. Have you notice how women go mad over their children if someone provokes them. Hence, a woman is the mother and protector of life. (Genesis 3:20 MKJV)
2. God showed Adam that there is no difference between him and the woman by making her from his rib. Hence, he proclaimed that she is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh.
3. God opened Adam side, the same side that Christ was pierced on. When Christ was pierced, blood and water gashed out. Side speaks of companionship i.e. side by side. Water speaks of cleaning. Hence, women ought to be corrected by the washing of the water by the word of love. Just speak, do beat! Blood represents the marriage covenant sealed with the blood. That is, when God opened Adams side, Adam actually saw the blood. Remember the covenant and do not break it!
4. God closed up the opening meaning that it is a sealed covenant that cannot be reversed.
5. Ribs are delicate which means a woman ought to be handled likewise.
In conclusion, God gave man instructions about their women and not vice versa. I do not understand why in Africa women receive prolonged premarital counselling while men do not. Maybe that is where we have gone wrong. The bible says Husbands dwell with your wives according to knowledge. (1 Peter 3:7) These instructions are that knowledge.

• Realize your wife
Adam realised his wife upon first sight because he had already seen her in his dreams. He exclaimed with excitement, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh. She shall be called Woman because she was taken out of man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave to his wife and they shall be one flesh.” (Genesis 2:23-24 MKJV)

Every wife is a product of her husband’s meditation. Her colour, structure, height, shape of the noise, etc. God gives us as we dream. Please let us be in seventh heaven about our wives.

Be blessed.

Which Picture are you looking at?

June 2, 2009

One day I received an e-mail from a certain woman who wrote about how I would become so lucky with the possibility of winning the lottery within 7 days if I followed her instructions. At that time, I was in need of so many things so I give in to her request and asked her to send me those instructions. After three days she replied back. She asked me to download her picture from her website. She further instructed that if I kept gazing at her picture for seven days I would receive something I had always been looking forward to having. I am sure this story sounds familiar to many people.

The concept of looking at the same picture time after time was not new to me. I had read about a similar story in the bible. Jacob made solid coloured cattle give birth to spotted and speckled kids by making them look at pilled rods set in the watering trough.

“And it came to pass, whensoever the stronger cattle did conceive, that Jacob laid the rods before the eyes of the cattle in the gutters, that they might conceive among the rods”. (Genesis 30:41) “And the flocks conceived before the rods, and brought forth cattle ringstraked, speckled, and spotted.” Genesis 30:39)

As the animals were drinking from the gutters, their image reflected on the water. The pilled rods laid in the water made their image appeared speckled and striped. Hence, the cattle saw themselves as speckled and striped.

The Picture to look at


Which picture are you looking at?

Looking at the same image again and again makes the mind develop a belief that the image is true. Once the mind has believed something, it will cause you to become or do what it has conceived to be true. Hence, Christ said, “If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.”(Mark 9:23) Believing removes boundaries to what you can do and attain. Actually, what you have believed you will attain it even unconsciously.

Imaging Concepts

They are two most important imaging concepts to take note of: Concentration or Meditation, and Enthusiasm or Excitement.

  • Concentration/Meditation

In Jacob’s formula, the animals conceived before the rods set in the gutters. As we have seen from the diagram above, the animals saw themselves speckled and striped through the water. On the other hand, there is another aspect to consider. When animals mate, they stand still on one position from a long time. Therefore, as these animals mated before the gutters they would concentrate on the image being reflected by the water for a long time. Hence, through meditating on the image in the water they conceived a very clear image of themselves and consequently brought forth cattle ringstraked, speckled, and spotted.

  • Enthusiasm/Excitement

In addition, during mating there is an aspect of eagerness. During this empowered state there is a release of energies that bring about the manifestation of the picture conceived into physical reality. This process is like completing an electrical circuit by switching on the power.

The picture to constantly look at

There is a picture provide for us in the bible that we should always look at. The word of God says, “They shall look on him whom they pierced.” (John 19:37) The picture of Jesus Christ on the cross is that picture which will manifest all your desires into reality if you meditate on his word with enthusiasm.

This is what I see in the image of Christ crucified. I see:

  1. That He has borne our griefs
  2. That He has carried our sorrows
  3. That he was wounded for our transgressions
  4. That  he was bruised for our iniquities
  5. That the chastisement of our peace was upon him
  6. That with his stripes we are healed.
  7. That He came poor that we might be rich
  8. That He has made us Kings and Priests and we shall reign on earth

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The cross is a point where we trade in our sorrows in exchange for our joy. Approach the cross with excitement. Remember what the Psalmist said. I was glad when they said to me let us go to the house of the Lord. Excitement releases the power of the Holy Ghost.

Meditate also on Isaiah chapter 53 until you believe that report. Mutter the word of that Chapter like the Ethiopian eunuch did. Soon and very soon, whatsoever you desire will be made manifest.

This shall be your song if you have understood what you have just read.

At the cross, at the cross, where I first saw the light,

And the burden of my heart rolled away.

It was there by faith I received my sight,

And now I am happy all the day.

Be Blessed.