Posts Tagged ‘jesus’

4 Steps to Knowing who Jesus really Is

November 17, 2009

Staying in the WORD a bit longer than usually is what most people in this busy world are failing to coup up with. In this article I will show you how a busy Samaritan woman had a remarkable life changing encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ because she hanged about Him a bit longer.

In the Gospel according to Saint John we read of an extraordinary story of a Samaritan woman which met Jesus at the well and refused to give him water to drink because the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans (John 4:9). However as she conversed with the Lord her perception changed.

Her First Perception of Jesus

Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans. (John 4:9 KJVR)

Her first perception of Jesus was that of an ordinary Jewish man. Although Jesus is the Word of God made manifest in human flesh most however think of him as just an ordinary Jewish man. And if they have no dealings with the Jews, that’s it; they forget about him and go on with their ever busy schedules. Nonetheless, the Samaritan woman hanged on to Jesus a bit longer and her first perception changed to the second perception.

Her Second Perception of Jesus

The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water? Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle? (John 4:11-12 KJVR)

In the above we see that the woman is now addressing Jesus with some respect: Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. You see there are some in the world today who know that Jesus is not just an ordinary man, yet to them he still is no more than a Sir. They just consider him as one of the respected philosophers like Aristotle, Socrates, Plato, Santayana and the quote him in the writings just like any other person learned in all the wisdom of the world, and mighty in words and in deeds. However when the Samaritan woman listened more attentively to this perceived great Jewish philosopher who she compared in greatness to Father Jacob Abrahams the son of the father of faith Abraham, she ended up changing her mind again.

Her Third Perception of Jesus

The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet. (John 4:19 KJVR)

By this time in the conversation the woman realised that Jesus is not just a Jew who seeks to understand and explain the principles of existence and reality, but she perceives that he also a prophet. This is how far some have perceived Jesus to be: One of the prophets. To them he is equated with Mohammed the author of the Quran, or Guru Nanak, founder of the Sikh religion, or even Merlin a magician who protects and counsels the young King Arthur. Yet for this woman of Samaria her insight was brightened even further than that of Jesus being only a prophet.

Her Forth Perception of Jesus

Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ? (John 4:29 KJVR)

Prior to the conversation between Jesus and the Samaritan woman, Jesus’ disciples left him at the well whilst they went into the city to buy meat. By the time they came back from buying the meat, the woman had discerned that Jesus is the Christ. She then abandoned her water pot and dashed to the city to evangelize about her new findings. As a result there went out a multitude from the city that came and met with Jesus. Having listened to him personally they besought him that he would tarry with them: and he abode there two days. And many more believed because of his own word; And said unto the woman, “Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.”(John 4:41-42 KJVR)

My brothers, dare to stay in the Word of God a bit longer than usual. Some have discovered that Jesus is a healer. And others that he is a promoter, a provider, and a comforter. For some women he is the restorer of broken marriages, yet for me, he is the saviour of the Whole Wide Web users.

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School of Spiritual Warfare

November 6, 2009

Why Christians should be taught Spiritual Warfare

Spiritual Warfare is a subject that has been discussed by some Christian sects especially those whose ministries are centred on delivering people from satanic bondages. However, it is an under taught subject matter.

From the book of Judges Chapter 3 verse 1 and 2, we see that there was a mandate for all the generations of Israel to know and be taught war.

Now these are the nations that the Lord left, to test Israel by them, that is, all in Israel who had not experienced all the wars in Canaan. It was only in order that the generations of the people of Israel might know war, to teach war to those who had not known it before. (Judges 3:1-2 NIV)

From the above passage there are 4 things to take note of:

1. The LORD did not conquer all the nations.
2. He deliberately left some nations to be conquered by those who had no war experience.
3. Those who had no war experience had to be taught war.
4. The remaining nations were living in the Promised Land.

Shadows in the Old Testament

The Old Testament was a shadow of things to be revealed in the future through Jesus Christ. In the conquest against heathen nations we see a two stage development. The first, God conquers most of the nations, the second, God expects Israel to conquer the remaining nations.

The reality through Jesus Christ is exactly the same. Christ has triumphed and stripped rulers and authorities (satanic dominions) making a show of them publicly, triumphing over them on the cross at Calvary. (Colossians 2:15). This is the first stage in the conquest against Satan.

Let me explain a bit further of what Christ did.

1. He overthrew Satan, hence the kingdoms of the world have become the kingdoms of the LORD and his Christ and we are reigning on earth now (Revelation 11:15)
2. He declared the previous laws null and void (Colossians 2:14) hence leaving the previous landlords without an empowering law.

However, Christ did not drive them out of the land for us. The second stage of the conquest has been left for us to drive out Satan from the land he is occupying illegally. The bible says that the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. (Romans 16:20). It also says that God has subjected all things under the feet of Christ, and that He did not leave anything not subjected to Him. But now we do not see all things having been subjected to him. (Hebrews 2:8)

These things that are left are our responsibility; to put Satan under our feet. That is to crush all the powers of Satan and his cohorts. Actually, we are to make Satan and his cohorts obey Christ.

Satan is occupying your destiny

Did you know that everyone created by God has a divine destiny to pursue? However, Satan is occupying that vocation. Unless you marshal him off, he will always occupy your throne.

Hence, everyone that calls upon the name of the Lord Jesus Christ should be taught and should experience Spiritual Warfare.

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The Bible: What to know before reading the Bible

October 30, 2009

A Middle Eastern man pleaded guilty to charges that he was responsible for a string of bombings that killed 30 people and wounded 213 others from 1991 to 2000. He was found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment in June 2002. For the next 6 years he was imprisoned on an Island and held under harsh conditions with other fundamentalists.

Knowing his life would soon be terminated he restored to studying the bible that was put by his bed side. He counted the number of chapters and verses. He took note of the shortest and longest chapters and verses. He realized that the bible was authored by forty people out of which only one is a gentile. He observed that the bible was written from three continents namely Africa, Asia, and Europe. He also learnt that it is the most translated book ever.

The gentleman wrote much of his Bible knowledge secretly in prison. The manuscript was smuggled out and was eventually completed and published in 2008. Later, he was moved to the maximum-security Prison on another Island where he was executed.

The message of the Bible

The bible is an exposition of the Ten Commandments and the Ten Commandments are an explanation of HOW TO “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind and Love your neighbor as you love yourself”. The bible therefore, is based on one word “Love”.

Literary, the words of the bible portray how much God loves us and how we ought to love him and others. That’s the mind you should have when reading the bible. Every place you open from Genesis to Revelation you will either see God’s expression of his love towards us or how God expects you to express your love to Him and to other people.

God’s love leads us to salvation

The Lord Jesus Christ said that, “God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not die but have eternal life.” (John 3:16 GNB)

If our executed Middle Eastern brother had seen God’s love leading him to deliverance and forgiveness of sin besides counting the number of chapters, verses, etc., he probably would have escaped execution. God does not take pleasure in the death of a sinner, he wants us all to be of a sound mind, healthy, and prosperous, and contributing to society positively.

When you recognize His love from the Bible and reciprocate by faith in His son Jesus Christ, He will surprise you with the multitude of His loving kindness.

Be blessed.

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Spiritual Weapons of Warfare

October 23, 2009

I recently undertook a study on Spiritual Weapons of Warfare and I realized that the World Wide Web has got insufficient articles on the subject and that among the ones available most are quiet inaccurate.
This subject is the most hated by Satan and his cohorts because demons hate torment. I have not known what scares Satan to death apart from being tormented by the Blood of Christ and the Fire of the Holy Ghost. While Jesus Christ was on earth devils hated his presence because they hated torment. Read this:

“And when He had come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, two demon-possessed ones met Him, coming out of the tombs, exceedingly fierce, so that no one might pass by that way. And behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with You, Jesus, Son of God? Have You come here to torment us before the time?”
(Matthew 8:28-29 MKJV)

To successfully overcome your opponent in any game you got to study and understand your opponent’s weakness. Hence having a good understanding of the Spiritual weapons and amour of Warfare will enable you to place the devils where the belong-trapped under your feet.

Before we study the weapons of warfare I would like you to notice before hand that there is a difference between weapons of warfare and the full armour of God.

What are the Spiritual weapons of our warfare?

A weapon is any instrument of offense; anything used or designed to be used in destroying or annoying an enemy. The weapons of rude nations are clubs, stones and bows and arrows. Modern weapons of war are swords, muskets, pistols, cannon and the alike.

The bible says that the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds, that is that our weapons do not consist of either rude nation’s weaponry of modern nation’s weaponry. (2 Corinthians 10:4 KJVR)

Our enemies, Satan and his cohorts are spiritual; we can neither feel them nor see them. Hence our weapons ought to be spiritual and the battle spiritual also.

I have identified 7 weapons of warfare in the bible that are readily available for us Christian to use in destroying satanic strategies.

i. The name of Jesus Christ. Read Matthew 28:18-19 and Luke 10:17-18
ii. The word of God. Read Ephesians 6:17 and Revelation 12:11
iii. The blood of Jesus. Read Revelation 12:11 and Revelation 14:10
iv. The Fire and Brimstone of the Holy Ghost. Read Revelation 14:10
v. Fasting and Prayer. Read Mark 9:29
vi. Speaking in other tongues. Read Romans 8:26
vii. Testimonies. Read Revelation 12:11

What is the full armour of God?

Armour consists of protective clothing of metal or leather worn in battle by soldiers in former times.

Again the bible says that 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. (Ephesians 6:12 KJVR). Therefore our armour cannot consist of metal or leather.

Christian armoury defines a character or state of mind that the devils will find impossible to permeate. The Apostle outlines 6 armours or states of being.

i. Truth. When you keep away lying and maintain truth in your Christianity you will be stable. No amount of rocking will displace you. However if you invite lies the devils will find you an easy target to pervade.
ii. Righteousness. Christ said, “The ruler of this world comes, and he has nothing in me.” (John 14:30 MKJV). Christ lived righteously, and so when the devil came he found nothing to hold against him.
iii. Gospel of peace. The devil fails to seep into peaceful environments. Hence the admonition, “Do everything possible on your part to live in peace with everybody. (Romans 12:18 GNB).”
iv. Faith. By faith the devil cannot deceive you by pointing at the present conditions or facts surrounding you. The just live by faith i.e. we live by the promises of God whether are manifest in our lives or not.
v. Salvation. We get saved by confessing Christ as Lord and believing that God raised him from the dead. You see Apostle Paul refers to salvation as a helmet. That is, it protects us from allowing Satan to infuse wrong doctrines of Christ or other gods. You may have noticed that most people who call themselves Christian but have not accepted him as their personal saviour have a confused concept of salvation. They even refuse to get born again.
vi. The word of God which is the sword of the Spirit. Although Apostle Paul calls the sword of the Spirit as armour, I think it’s more of a weapon than armour.

The bible says that the word of God is alive and active, sharper than any double-edged sword. It cuts all the way through, to where soul and spirit meet, to where joints and marrow come together.It judges the desires and thoughts of the heart.Hebrews 4:12 GNB)

Therefore, with the word of God we can discern all demonic strategies and frustrate them even before they are implemented.

In conclusion, both the weaponry and armoury are very important. Do not take one and leave the other. Hold fast to both and you will enjoy a very victorious Christian life.

To God be the Glory. Amen.

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