EXISTENTIAL RIGHTEOUSNESS (4)

Man’s toil of righteousness is as filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6)

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4)            Unknown to most Christians, as earlier explained, is the egregious anathema of the definition of ‘filthy’ (found in Isaiah 64:6), which is ‛êd (ayd): ‘the menstrual flux (as periodical); by implication (in plural) soiling.’ Beged (behg’-ed) is the Hebrew for ‘rags’ meaning: ‘treachery, deceit; garment, clothing (used indiscriminately).’ It was an unfortunate loss, that Adam plunged humanity into, unquestionably. Disobedient sinfulness eroded Adam’s righteousness, engendering a spiritual spillover of unrighteous existentiality unto every Adamic accouchement. It became extremely difficult for the Adamic nature to please God in this garb of sinfulness. “For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven;” explained Jesus in Matthew 5:20.

                But all was not lost, all thanks be to God who bestowed an existential Image of Himself on the day six of Adam’s creation. Man had the eternality of spiritual survival implanted into him, just in case he decides to follow the right path in his future life of sin. Why would God say to the murderous Cain in Genesis 4:7 “If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door”? The feminine noun, ‘sin’ is regenerative. It is the Hebraic chaṭṭâ’th (khat-taw-aw’): ‘sin offering, sacrifice, expiation.’ And what is ‘lieth’? It is râbats (raw-bats’), meaning: ‘to crouch (on all four legs folded, like a recumbent animal)’; and that was the solution: “bring a sacrifice of a recumbent animal (sheep or goat): and I, the LORD God will forgive you, Cain,” was the divine solution to the sin question. Cain decided not to be a follower of Christ. Doomed, he became, for all eternity.

Purchase of regeneration very, very costly indeed.

                God, as a Businessman, will never lose His capital. He always makes sure of that. He knew that, unlike the progenitor of the antediluvian miscreants, some of the Adamic stock would come to Him for salvation. Those ones would ignite the soteriological gene in them, and make their way to the Saviour, Jesus Christ. They will see the Light, after having believed the word of the saving grace. To them is the reservation of celestial regeneration midwifed by God, the Holy Spirit. Amen. Romans 1:17 “For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.” Where comes the faith? It comes from the Word of God, Jesus Christ. The righteousness bestowed upon Christians does not come as an earned reward from a spiritual toil. Romans 4:6 “Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works;” because it is something God decided, based on an act of faith from an individual. “Imputeth’ is the Greek logizomai (log-id’-zom-ahee): ‘to reckon, count, compute, calculate.’ Based on our ‘righteousness,’ impaired by our carnality, it is nothing short of ‘menstrual rags’ as offensive as the fig leaves apparels of Adam and his wife.

Not having mine own righteousness…but that which is through the faith of Christ (Phil. 3:9)

                 “Not having mine own” found in Philippians 3:9 has Scriptural corroboration in Psalms 130:2-4

“Lord, hear my voice: let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications. 3) If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? 4) But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.” God, having walked with Israel, had engendered certain consanguinity. This reality emboldened David to ask for God’s ears. Access granted, an existential righteousness prompts an appeal to the Divinity, and in a so to speak manner, the rhetorical question of the third verse becomes so apropos. Knowing that all was not lost, the sanguinity of the fourth verse is a conclusive facticity.

                Romans 9:29-33, “And as Esaias said before, Except the Lord of Sabaoth had left us a seed, we had been as Sodoma, and been made like unto Gomorrha. 30) What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith. 31) But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness. 32) Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone; 33) As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.”  What the legalism of the Jewry stance could not achieve is easily accessible to the supposedly hopelessness of the Gentiles: they tread the Scriptural path of faith. While Israel struggles with the mercilessness of the legalistic chambers of Mosaic institution, born again Christians are enjoying the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus. A righteousness of faith ignition is the right standing that faith has enabled us to share with the LORD God. Amen.

                Jesus puts it very succinctly in Matthew 9:13 “But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”  Temple sacrifices are of the Law, which cannot lead to eternal rest in heaven. The phrase, “which is of the law” from Philippians 3:9 receives corroboration from Galatians 3:10-14, “For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. 11) But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. 12) And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them. 13) Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: 14) That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”

The Bible insists: no man is justified by the law which has become a curse, when not totally observed; and that the promise of righteousness comes through faith.

                Get born again by saying this simple prayer.

“Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!”

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Death (4)

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4)            The parabolical mastery of the Lord Jesus made a conclusion regarding those who reject the gospel of the truth in Matthew 13:30, “Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.” The adjectival ‘both’ will always be an inference to only two things. Only two categories of people are seen in the life after death. Paradise people got born again, but candidates of hell rejected the Lordship of Jesus. There is no in-between, sitting on the fence. As a matter of scriptural fact, there is no absolute death, in the sense that immediately one breathes the very earthly breath –in the least of a fraction of a second— one is transported either to heaven –if born again— or to hades, where the rich man of Lazarus’ (Luke 16:19-31) story was led to.    

The parable of Matthew 18:8 would not have been told if there is no real hell of after-life torments, which reads, “Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire.” What is ‘everlasting fire’ if not hell?

Jesus Christ taught what will happen in His Kingdom in Matthew 25:24-46. “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: (Matthew 25:32). Only two categories of people: meaning that spiritual reality does not entertain neutrality. You are either for or against Jesus, the Author of creationism. For those wicked souls who reject the gospel of Jesus Christ and the ones who accept Him, “And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal;” respectively. The choice of the two categories of Matthew 25:46 is yours to decide before death –the minute, hour or day you are absolutely oblivious of. Selah!

And God delivered just Lot

                2Peter 2:4-9,  4) “For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; 5) And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly; 6) And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly; 7) And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked:  8) (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;) 9) The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:” Strength of soteriological admonition, that is deduced from this apostolic words of Peterine couch!

Noah and his antediluvian family coming out of the ark

I remember a scriptural disquisition I got myself engaged in with a visiting Jehovah’s Witness people who asked, “How can a loving God throw people of His creation into hell.” I did not even know the above scripture then. And I remember asking them two scriptural phenomena. “If you think God wouldn’t do it,” I began, “what about the annihilation of the great Deluge of Noah’s days, which involved about two and a half million people? What about, in case you’ve forgotten, the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, where Jehovah’s angst poured torrential conflagration upon the disobedient inhabitants of those geographical settlements?” was my conclusion. They had not a convincing flow of words of defence.

Those who will go through rapture will not taste of physical death

“Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,” [1Corinthians 15:51]. Mustērion (moos-tay’-ree-on) is the Greek for ‘mystery,’ meaning: ‘hidden thing, secret, generally mysteries, religious secrets, confided only to the initiated and not to ordinary mortals; a hidden or secret thing, not obvious to the understanding; a hidden purpose or counsel.’ ‘Sleep’ is koimaō (koy-mah’-o) to put to sleep, that is, (passively or reflexively) to slumber; figuratively to decease: – (be a-, fall a-, fall on) sleep, be dead, to die.’ ‘Changed,’ allassō (al-las’-so), means: ‘to change, to exchange one thing for another, to transform.’ Paul reveals a future phenomenon of Divine working intended to glorify His holy nation, the Christians. This is a mystery known only to the regenerate souls of the body of Christ, which the Holy Spirit reveals to those who are endowed with His Spirit.  

Rid your mind of unscriptural thoughts. Get born again. Say this simple prayer, believing it with all your heart. Say:

“Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!”

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Death [2]

Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting?” [1Corinthians 15:54-55]

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2)            Some still believe and asseverate that, “There’s no physical realm of hellish gaol.” A Davidic Psalm 16:10 is a Christological “For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.” The word ‘hell’ is the Hebrew she’ôl (sheh-ole’): ‘grave, hell, pit, the underworld Sheol – the OT designation for the abode of the dead; place of no return; without praise of God; wicked sent there for punishment; hades or the world of the dead (as if a subterranian retreat).’ Jesus did not receive any condemnation in the abode of the dead. Acts 2:31 “He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.” Pellucidity of Scripture teaches that Jesus descended, the proclaiming Visitant, to the invisible underworld.

Who says hell is not real? It is a reality.

It says in unequivocal terms in Ephesians 4:9-10, “(Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? [10] He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)”  He went to the same place where Lazarus found himself –Abraham’s bosom. God would not allow the argument of the wicked-dead ‘rich man’, borne out of Satanism, to thrive: by sending him back to earth –even if Abraham could.

“…and delivered them into chains of darkness…” [2Peter 2:4].

Jesus, the true Witness, had to manifest in the lower region of our world –the wicked-dead to expect judgment, while the righteous dead had the flame of their hopes burning brightest. 1Peter 3:18-20 18) “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:  19) By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; 20) Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.” Jesus went yet to the lowest region of hell –Tartarus— to proclaim doom to the fallen angels who married the daughters of the antediluvian men, to engender the atrocious act of Satanism. The creation of Adam and a wife, perfectly established the Church.

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So many scriptures support hellish life after death. Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire[Matthew3:12]. The understood goodness of the harvested wheat is the pointer to its usefulness. What accounts for its goodness is none other than the imbibed Word of truthfulness: Jesus. The worthlessness of the chaff (children of disobedience) makes them candidates of the unquenchable fire.

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                Proverbs 2:19, “None that go unto her return again, neither take they hold of the paths of life.” The expression, ‘take hold of’ is the Hebrew nâśag (naw-sag’) meaning: ‘to overtake; ability; to reach, attain to, cause to reach; to be able to secure.’ Once in hell, the occupant has lost the ability to return to the life of celestial bliss. And this is what Pauline couch of Hebrews 9:27 is all about, which reads, “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:” where the word ‘appointed’ is apokeimai (ap-ok’-i-mahee): ‘to be laid away, laid by, reserved; reserved for one, awaiting him.’ The subject of this verse, ‘men’ is the Greek anthrōpos (anth’-ro-pos): ‘1. a human being, whether male or female or man-faced; 2. with the added notion of weakness, by which man is led into a mistake or prompted to sin 3. with the adjunct notion of contempt or disdainful pity.’ From these definitions, anthrōpos connotes degeneration of Adamic nature as opposed to the born again Christian.

                Rid your mind of unscriptural thoughts. Get born again. Say this simple prayer, believing it with all your heart. Say:

“Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!”      

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Delay Is Not Denial (seven)

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7)            God’s delay, for the benefit of questionary hearts, is never a denial of goodness. It is a means of testing the strength of an individual’s faith. Abraham most probably, at the age of around fifty, married Sarah. Had God not told the Adamic world to, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion in Genesis 1:28? So, what is the rationale behind these many decades of Abrahamic waiting on the LORD for his wife’s fruit of the womb? After many shows of Abraham’s unwavering faith, and Sarah’s supportive obedience to Abraham’s headship, the LORD God showed up, physically, at Abraham’s home. I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life; and, lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son [Genesis 18:10]. Circumstantial staging of existential phenomenality, most certainly, knows how to erode your prized faith during the workability processes of God’s promised word.

“Shall I of a surety bear a child?”

                Sarah had long stopped seeing her menstrual flow –emblematic of fertility. Her matrix had ceased functioning as a foetus nursery. These were experiential realities. What should one give one’s vote of faith to: doubtless physicality of one’s being, on one hand, or the word of the ‘unseen’ God? Sarah was not the only one to scorn the promise of Jehovah, Abraham in the preceding 17th chapter had shook his head, laughed to scorn, the promise of God: Then Abraham fell upon his face, and laughed, and said in his heart, Shall a child be born unto him that is an hundred years old? and shall Sarah, that is ninety years old, bear? [Genesis 17:17].

                What none expected began to receive biological attention. Sarah conceived. Months rolled by. The supposedly deadness of Sarah’s dishevelled matrix came to life and nurtured the foetus that eventually culminated in the accouchement of the promised Isaac. Delay is not denial. Sarah had the last laugh, so is the plan of God for every believing person. Amen.   

                How could a teacher of theology live a life of penury? So, Jabez prayed, wanting to be no more called a pitiful man of penury. Only God knows for how long he continued to offer the prayer of a man of hope. Did Jabez die hopelessly wretched? And Jabez was more honourable than his brethren [1Chronicles 4:9] is the proof that God’s delay is not a denial. In the Book of 2Kings chapter 5, Naaman could not get his healing the way of his dramatic wish, Behold, I thought, He will surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of the LORD his God, and strike his hand over the place, and recover the leper [2Kings 5:11]. The prophet, Elisha, would not have it according to the generalissimo’s way. The delay was to test Naaman’s faith in the God of Israel. He dived into Jordan and came out, dived in and out a total number of seven times. Seven being the number of perfection, Naaman’s tested faith yielded the desired result: “and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean [2Kings 5:14]. The delay in Naaman’s miracle was not a denial of God’s beneficence.

            Have they been laughing at you: calling you a failure; wretched poor; barren witch; useless idiot and even challenging your Jesus to do something about your predicament? Let the delay strengthen your faith. You will laugh last. Joy cometh in the morning. Jehovah’s delay is not a denial of your happiness. Amen.

Seven dives of delay did not deny Naaman of his miracle

            I was living in two very tiny rooms with my family in 1993. I searched and sought for a good apartment which yielded not a favourable success. My landlord was a man of incredible wickedness. Our disagreements made him take us to court. The court allowed us a stay in his house for not more than six months. He promised to throw me out of his property if I should stay for few hours after the 31st of October, 2000 court ruling. It would have given him the bestial joy of sadism; I know. The good Lord knew that we did everything we could; and asked everyone we came across, to help in getting another place.

                In those days –of six months of my stay in his house— I had to see Mr. Kusimo, the landlord, in his sitting room. I looked into his eyes and told him, “Sir, I know you’re counting the days of putting me to disgrace, but I’d like you to understand that, ten thousand years ago God counted the number of days I’d spend in your house; a million years ago God counted and He finished counting the number of days. So, please, stop worrying yourself.”

Hebrews 4:12

                I continued the discussion, “Honestly, I don’t know where He is taking me after this place, but, because I know that He is a Big God, and for His love for me, He’ll probably get me a big apartment.” Two years before the court case we had embarked on moving into another place to no avail. Just one day to the last day, the 30th of October, 2000, the good Lord found us a place! It was well after 9pm, when the new landlord said we should come the following day for the keys. I told him we needed to have the keys as a testimony of God’s beneficence. He agreed. The new landlord did not take the first rent from tenants -his lawyer was responsible for that. Now, because God was involved in our peculiar case, Mr. Ògún took the rent from our hands. The rent was 75 thousand naira. “All I have here is 70 thousand, I’m giving you my word that, you’ll get the remaining five as soon as I lay my hands on it.” You know what? Mr Ògún’s unbelievable answer was, “Okay.” We left his house –soon to house my family— sometime after 10pm, victorious soldiers of Christ.

                Early the following morning, my wife announced, in Yoruba tongue, “A ti rí’lé ooo! –“We’ve got an apartment!” and the entire tenants could not hide their joyous elation. It was electric. Honestly, the charged response was reminiscent of the jubilant shout one hears from enthusiastic Nigerians when the Super Eagles scores the winning goal of a football tournament. It was a three bedroom flat. The children’s room alone was bigger than the two rooms, we used to dwell in, put together! Delay is not denial!

XIR84999 Job (oil on canvas) by Bonnat, Leon Joseph Florentin (1833-1922) oil on canvas Musee Bonnat, Bayonne, France Lauros / Giraudon French, out of copyright

Job, in all his epic trials, did not die a wretched man

                Have you been told that you can never be a million naira rich? Have faith in the workability of divine operations. They that used their mouths to rubbish your future will have to queue up to receive monetary donations from your hands when the LORD God eventually makes you a billionaire, not in Nigerian naira but in the USA dollars. With God nothing shall be impossible. “And Jabez was more honourable than his brethren”, the Bible reveals. The word ‘honourable’ is the Hebraic kâbad (kaw-bad’): ‘to be heavy; be weighty; be rich’. Jabez became a heavyweight financial controller. Are you still reeling in poverty? God’s delay is not denial.

After Samuel anointed him, David had to wait 13 years to ascend the throne.

                 Isaiah was sent to tell the Southern Kingdom of Judah’s king to put his house in order, in readiness for his death. God delayed the king’s time of death, expecting him to look up to Him for divine intervention. He had been terribly sick, to the point of death, for some time [Isaiah 38:1-7]. The faith wielding king cried onto Jehovah God. Fifteen more years was added to the king’s days, which enabled him to father Manasseh, the next king of Judah. Is delay a denial? Selah!

                Get born again. Say this simple prayer, believing it with all your heart. Say:

“Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!”      

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DELAY IS NOT DENIAL (six)

“O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

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6)            Adam began to see his race as an alien before the thrice holy God. He had forgotten that he was created, not only in the anthropomorphic façade of the Divinity, but also in absolute facticity of the grand image of the One seated eternally on the empyreal throne of the Rainbow Administration. The Image of Elohiym is Christ. So, what we read in Genesis 1:26, “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…;” the ‘image’ is tselem (tseh’-lem), meaning: ‘to shade; a phantom, that is, (figuratively) illusion, resemblance; hence a representative figure, especially an idol.’ The image of Genesis 1:26 points to a Personage. 2Corinthians 4:4 reveals, “…lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” The ‘glorious light’ is not the image, Christ is the Image.

                Let us go to Colossians 1:15: “Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:” The ‘image’ found in Corinthians and Colossians is the Greek eikōn (i-kone’) and it means: ‘figure, likeness; an image of the things (the heavenly things); used of the moral likeness of renewed men to God; the image of the Son of God, into which true Christians are transformed.’ Hebrews 1:3 “Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;” but the word ‘image,’ in this verse includes its adjective, hence, ‘express image’ which goes by the Greek, charaktēr (khar-ak-tare’): ‘the exact expression (the image) of any person or thing, marked likeness, precise reproduction in every respect.’

                It is this Image that had, from the day of Adam’s creation, given Lucifer his discomforting envy. If he could just unsolder this Adam from this Image, he would be as disgraced as Lucifer suffered. The Devil failed to understand that God was so much interested in this fallen Adamic entity. It was very apropos that the LORD God must walk into the Garden of Eden, because of the image. It has an intrinsic attraction of the pull of the Divinity. The image gave Adam the unmerited second chance, quite unlike the angelic reach. An unprecedented grace was offered mankind even in the face of an unquestionably fact of his fall, when the Lord God of creation thundered the vaticinatory, “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel” [Gen 3:15]. Satan’s dream of, “to steal, kill and destroy” the image of God’s donation failed, all because Jesus Christ stepped into the arena, our Gladiator! The intensity of the oculogyria that took over Lucifer’s sockets told me that he would find somewhere to weep out whatever liquid he could shed. Satan, the machinator that I saw, was drenched in sweaty failure. Amen.

                1Corinthians 15:55-58, “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? 56) The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. 57) But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58) Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” This Lucifer has not yet been thrown into his hellish gaol of confinement. He is “our adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” [1Peter 5:8]. He is the evil spirit that pours wicked thoughts of dejection in our minds, making us believe that a delay is a denial of request by the Divinity.

“…what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless…?”

                Let us go back to Abraham. When God told him, “Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward” of Genesis 15:1, he could not help asking, “Lord GOD, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus?” Abraham continued with, “Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir.” If Abraham had known God’s plan for him, he would not have asked out of ignorance; Abraham would have done the needful to strengthen his faith. What should he have done? “And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be” [Genesis 15:6]. Yes, we can build our faith levels and strengths by looking around us and especially, remembering that the LORD who had saved us six whole times will not abandon us on the seventh occasion.

Remember to ask your problems, “Is any thing too hard for the LORD?”

                The Bible says, “And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.” In the tortuous face of uncertainties, show God your faith. When creditors surround you with all the claims of legalities, calling for your head, ready to roast you alive, it may sound really crazy, but, the gospel truth is that, keep showing faith. That faith is all the Lord God is waiting for to prove to your detractors that the LORD your God is the Jehovah of salvation. Hallelujah!

David anointed at seventeen

                Once upon a time, God decided to give Israel a king.

                1Samuel 16:1 “And the LORD said unto Samuel, How long wilt thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? fill thine horn with oil, and go, I will send thee to Jesse the Bethlehemite: for I have provided me a king among his sons.” In the 13th verse: “Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah:” David, at that time, was a teenager.

This same David did not ascend the throne to become a sovereign ruler until: 2 Samuel 2:4 “And the men of Judah came, and there they anointed David king over the house of Judah. And they told David, saying, That the men of Jabeshgilead were they that buried Saul.”

King David of Israel

                At this time, David was thirty years old, so, for thirteen whole, long years all he had was the anointing but not the emblematic crown of the majestic office of God’s word concerning his kingship. The good Lord who delayed David’s coronation did not deny him of the promised throne. At another time: 2Samuel 5:3, So all the elders of Israel came to the king to Hebron; and king David made a league with them in Hebron before the LORD: and they anointed David king over Israel.

                God eventually made good His word.

                The good Lord God, I pray, has begun His providential beneficence towards your predicament. Keep believing. Delay is not denial. Amen!

                Get born again. Say this simple prayer, believing it with all your heart. Say:

“Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!”      

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TRUE PICTURE OF THE WORLD (7)

   Satanism of Nimro-Semiramic sun & moon latria

(…continued from part six…)

7)            Is it true that the Pope wants to engage the Harry Potter author, Joanne Kathleen

Rowling, an avowed witch, to edit the Bible? The Pope has always been linked with hordes of unchristian controversies, so, it will not surprise me if the woman, who has neither the mind of Christ nor spiritual rejuvenation (born-again child of God), had agreed to do just that. It will be a sweet titillation for a witch to be authorized, by the Papacy, the leader of one point two billion Catholics, to dabble into the words of Jehovah, the Book which has its theme as Jesus.

J.K. Rowling

                What is ‘www’ [world wide web]? Is it not believed to be the gulag of Satanism? You have to belong to it, that which is controlled by the powers that be –of Satanism—

 to be globally recognized. The first thing that got me angry with this internet connectivity is that you must comply, and very strictly too, to whatever is programmed, when you want to sign up for any of these connections. What does that imply? They are in perfect control of your internet life. Facebook programmed ‘www’ declined to let me fill H.O. Ojewale, as if it is not my name. I had no choice but to make do with H.o. Ojewale (with a small letter ‘o’ as my initial).

Pornographic scene of a music video

                The phone!

                It is the easiest contraption of communication. Communication is all the enemy is interested in. How did he contrive the fall of our pristine parents, the first human couple? Discourse. How did he enlist the first born human, Cain, into the priesthood of Satan’s religion? Communication. David was moved to count what God forbid its enumeration. Who moved him? 1Chronicles 21:1-3, And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel. 2) And David said to Joab and to the rulers of the people, Go, number Israel from Beersheba even to Dan; and bring the number of them to me, that I may know it. 3) And Joab answered, The LORD make his people an hundred times so many more as they be: but, my lord the king, are they not all my lord’s servants? why then doth my lord require this thing? why will he be a cause of trespass to Israel? The word ‘provoke’ in verse one is cuwth (sooth): 1. (properly) to prick. 2. (figuratively) stimulate. 3. (by implication) to seduce. Who beguiled the Eden woman?

Kabbalah witchcraft

                2Corinthians 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.2Corinthians, 2:11 Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.The word ‘devices’ is the key to satanic manipulations. It is the Greek word,noema (no’-ee-ma) 1. a perception, i.e. purpose. 2. (by implication) the intellect, disposition, itself.’ Noema comes from noieo (noi-e’-ō):1. to exercise the mind (observe). 2. (figuratively) to comprehend, heed;’ which also is of the root nous (nous’) which means:1. the intellect, i.e. the mind.’ It has always been through the mind, unsuspecting mind, that the Devil is able to manipulate mankind to do his evil proclivity.

Gnostic controlled mind

                Your mind is the only available road to operations of Satanism. Paul did not waste precious time in the warning of 2Corinthians 11:3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. It is a strong word, ‘beguile,’ used by Paul. The Greek is exapatao (ex-a-pa-taō’):‘to seduce wholly.’ And the word ‘minds’? it is noema (no’-ee-ma) 1. a perception, i.e. purpose. 2. (by implication) the intellect, disposition, itself.’

Ifa worshippers of the Yoruba people

                The phone, today, has become a mini god in the hands of its users. The phone is worshipped. They cannot, especially the youths, do without the phone. Facebook. Instagram. Imo etc. They must garner all followers they must. The number of followers is the only thing that matters. Vanity! Vanity of enumeration. Through the phone, Satan has successfully enslaved hundreds of millions. Pornography is so free for everyone, including children. Probably, the hearts of a billion or more has been won to the cause of Satanism.

Pure innocence is lost to the world.

                Get born again by saying this simple prayer.

“Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!”

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TRUE PICTURE OF THE WORLD (4)

Who’s the male, and who’s the female lover?

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4)            The noun, ‘vile’ of Romans chapter 1 verse 26 “(For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:)” is atimia (at-ee-mee’-ah) ‘1. Infamy 2. (subjectively) comparative indignity 3. (objectively) dishonor.’ The next word, ‘affection’ is pathos (path’-os) ‘1. (properly) suffering (“pathos”) 2. (subjectively) a passion (especially sexual lust).’ ‘Women’ here is not necessarily of married ones. It is thelus (thay’-loos) meaning ‘female.’ The adjectival ‘natural’ is phusikos (foo-see-kos’) ‘1. “physical” 2. (by implication) instinctive;’ and the noun, ‘use,’ is chresis (khray`-sis), meaning: ‘1. Employment 2. (specially), sexual intercourse (as an occupation of the body). ‘Nature’ is the Greek phusis (foo’-sis): ‘1. growth (by germination or expansion) 2. (by implication) natural production (lineal descent) 3. (by extension) a genus or sort 4. (figuratively) native disposition, constitution or usage.’

Lesbianism not a big deal: to them!

                Awanting Jesus, more and more women believe the incursion of Satanism has rendered them truly lonely and unloved by their male counterparts. Washing themselves in an unreal abashment, they walk into an unnatural act of lesbianism. What they think gives them enjoyment is a ‘vile affection’ in the sight of the LORD God. Taking their eyes away from Jesus, the Author and the Finisher of the enabling faith, resulting in their ungodly ratiocinatio, is the bane of their divine ostracism. The scriptural truth is that God has taken the woman (Jesus’ Bride). There is no place for a Second Woman –spiritually. Lucifer has perfectly designed a derogatory existence for the adherent and lost Adamic female. Lesbianism is unbecoming in the sight of the Creator!

Provocation to illicit sex

                Most definitely, Romans 1:26-28 is nothing short of the homosexualism of Satanism. The word ‘use,’ of the 27th verse, chresis, has to do, specifically, with the pudenda. The only use of the pudenda, in reference to the opposite sex, is coition. This, being an undeniably facticity, makes the burning of the male towards another male a case for an ungodly practice of homosexuality. This inordinate lust is a revelation of the slough engendered by man’s decision to slough the native disposition, allowed by the protocol of God’s constitution, regarding lawful coition.

                From the 27th verse, we have ‘working,’ katergazomai (kat-er-gad’-zom-ai) which is: ‘1. to work fully, i.e. accomplish 2. (by implication) to finish, fashion.’ That which is ‘unseemly’ is aschemosune (as-khay-mos-oo’-nay) ‘1. a lack of form 2. (morally) an indecency 3. (by implication) the genitalia, pudenda.’ ‘Reprobate’ is adokimos (ad-ok’-ee-mos): ‘1. unapproved, i.e. rejected 2. (by implication) worthless.’ With the goading of Satanism, ‘men with men’ –lustful pudenda thrust into the opening of a male’s anus— becomes a fashioned accomplishment of social scatological use of the male genitalia. Lucifer, sadistically, receives the obeisant facticity of this unapproved bestial worthlessness of same sex indulgence. Homosexuality isuncontrovertibly a ritualism of Satanism. And man, bent on the vitiation of God’s precepts in a volitive obduracy, has become absolutely incorrigible. Stiff-necked! God, seeing that man will never change his evil position, renders the reprobate as worthless as his goading Satan.

Occultism: it is global.

                Appropriately, they will be judged.

                The true picture of the world is completely submerged in idolatry.

                Business ventures must come under cultic arrangement. Entertainment industry must be dominated only by the Illuminati initiated ‘lucky’ minions. Sanguinary sacrifices must seal up political ambitions. Royal fathers and mothers are wrapped in the vanguardism of Satanism. Which of the world’s religion is not in partnership with Satanism? The Church of Jesus? Of course, it has been terribly infiltrated. Big time pastors are known to be dining and wining with Lucifer! It is now an open secret that a lot, if not most of these big churches, become such for having performed rituals of live animals and even live pregnant women! God requires a blood sacrifice to perfect His soteriology; the Devil must ape God by asking for a demonic spill of crimson fluid.

The true picture of the world is satanically controlled

                The world has removed Jesus Christ from the picture. The Church places more emphasis on other issues other than Jesus –prosperity; crowded auditorium; egoistic boost. In the book of Matthew 24:14, Jesus prophesied, And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. The Devil must do everything possible to vitiate God’s word. How do you vitiate God’s word? Is it not by making Jesus of none effect? “Take Jesus out of the picture, put yourselves there,” Lucifer has instructed his associates. So, what do you see? The looming pictures of prophets, pastors and evangelists on evangelical billboards.

                Get born again by saying this simple prayer.

“Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!”

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JESUS: The WORD Of God (What does it betoken?) Part 4

(Continued from the 3rd part…)

4)            John 11:25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and I make bold, with my firm understanding of this scripture, to asseverate that this is the beingness serving as the centrepiece of soteriological kerygma. The loss of human life, being rejuvenated, to the glory of His creative acumen, is presented as a gift to anyone who believes in the finished work of the cross! What is ‘resurrection’? It is the Greek anastasis (an-as’-tas-is) ‘1. a standing up again 2. (literally) a resurrection from death 3. (individual, genitive case or by implication) its author 4. (figuratively) a recovery or moral recovery of spiritual truth.’ The applied definite article ‘the’ makes Jesus the sole Author of anastasis! Zoe is the Greek for the noun ‘life.’ And to make it clear the true kind of life He meant, Jesus went on in the next verse: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this [John 11:26]?

                The lucidity of this verse is a perfect guarantee of Divinity: that salvation of a born-again person is incontrovertibly eternal. One word that proves this fact is the adverb, ‘never’ which has the definitions of ou me (ou may’), eis (eis) and aion (ai-own’); where ou me (ou may’) is ‘a double negative strengthening the denial, “not at all”;’ eis (eis), a preposition, means: ‘1. to or into (indicating the point reached or entered), of place, time 2. (figuratively) to or into a purpose (result, etc.) {also in adverbial phrases; Often used in composition with the same general import, but only with verbs (etc.) expressing motion (literally or figuratively)};’ and the third aion (ai-own’), a noun, ‘1. (properly) an age 2. (by extension) perpetuity (also past) 3. (by implication) the world 4. (specially, Jewish) a Messianic period (present or future).’ Put together, ou me eis aion means ‘not at all into perpetuity.’ Once saved is eternally saved.

The Lamb is the Saviour that taketh away the sins of the world. 

                Philippians 4:3 “And I intreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellowlabourers, whose names are in the book of life.” Of a truth, it is not just enough to call yourself a Christian, you must, as a matter of fact, be more than a ‘yokefellow,’ the Greek of which is suzugos (sood’-zoo-gos) ‘1. yoked together, co-yoked 2. (figuratively, as noun) a colleague 3. (a proper name) Syzygus, a Christian;’ you must be a ‘true’ suzugos (which comes from –sun ‘with or together’ & zeugos (dzyoo`-gos) ’a couple’); –put together you have– suzeugnumi (sood-zyoog’-noo-mee) ‘1. to yoke together 2. (figuratively) conjoin (in marriage)’ Christian. The word ‘true’ is gnesios (gnay’-see-os) ‘legitimate (of birth), i.e. genuine.’ This is the reason why I have always asseverated that a true born again is eternally saved. No sin can reverse his new birth: it is from above, maintained from above forever. Amen!

Jesus, very God of very God. Amen.

                Jesus made a categorical statement in Revelation 3:5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels. God, by His omniscience faculty, knows those who will be in the Book of life as stated in Revelation 13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.From the book of life comes the judgment; And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works [Rev. 20:12].

Hell: a phenomenal realism!

                And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire [Rev 20:15]. Revelation 21:27, And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life; is a clear indication that the grand Author of anastasis –Resurrection– is also the Owner of the Book of life. And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book[Rev 22:19].    

               Get born again by saying this simple prayer.

“Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!”

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Which Is, And Which Was, And Which Is To Come. (seven)

Most enigmatic Personage to tread the surface of the earth

(…continued from part six…)

7)            Most people do not read the Bible to descry the truth of the Divinity. I found this verse in the Bible. It reads in Revelation 15:3, “And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.” The title ‘Lord’ is kurios (kï ’-riy-os) ‘1. lord, supreme in authority, the one in control.2. (also, by implication) sir or master (as a title showing respect for others).3. (in Hebrew) Adonai, The Lord God of Israel (which is actually Yahweh God of Israel – see Exodus 5:1 and 120 other occurrences).4. (in Hebrew) Yahweh. Outside the Hebraic Scriptures, rabbis rendered the name “Yahweh” as “LORD” or as “GOD” with the intent to keep this name utterly holy and away from any hint or speck of desecration. This practice continues fervently to this day.5. (of ownership) an owner (especially of an animal or object)[from κῦρος kŷrȏs “supremacy”].’

                John, the writer of this Book (Revelation), saw Jesus from the Hebraic perspective. Jesus, ergo, from this verse is the Supreme Being and the Owner of creation. Does it not say, “all things were created by him, and for him” [Colossians 1:16]?

“One” is heis in Greek, a neuter gender, meaning: “essence.”

                The Greek for ‘God’ is theos (the-os’) ‘1. (properly, in Greek) a god or deity. a supernatural, powerful entity (real or imagined). 2. (by Hebraism, especially with ho (ho)(in this context) the one.) God, the Supreme Being, the Creator, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, Yahweh by name.3. (figuratively) a supreme magistrate (in the land).’ The next word,‘Almighty’ is pantokrator (pan-to-kra’-tōr) ‘the all-ruling, i.e. God (as absolute and universal sovereign).’ Jesus Christ is the Lord God Almighty according to the discovery from Revelation 15:3. There is, no doubt, another Almighty in Revelation 16:7, “And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments.” This, contextually, is the Eternal, God the Father. How can there be two, epithetical ‘Almighty’ Beings? John 10:30, “I and my Father are one,” is the scriptural answer.

                When the LORD God introduced Himself to Moses at the ‘burning bush’ experience, He said, “And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them” [Exod. 6:3]. This is what Jehovah was saying to Moses, ”And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect” [Gen 17:1]. Exodus 3:14, “And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.”

                How could Jesus make this revelation “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty” [Revelation 1:8]? Because we understand that Revelation 4:8 “And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come” is in connection with the Eternal Father. While Revelation 15:3 reveals Jesus, Revelation 11:17 “Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned” points to the Father.

At the mention of Jesus every knee must bow

                The only reason why a Jehovah’s Witness Organization supposedly created Christ made the asseverative, “Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father” of John 14:9, is simply because the Father and the Son constitute one worshipped God. The word ‘which’ –of Revelation 1:8— is an interesting ὁ ho (ho) ἡ he (hee) [feminine] τό to (to’) [neuter (each with various inflections)] is a definite article ‘1. the.’ The next word, ‘art’ is on (ōn’) ousa (ou’-sa) [feminine] on (on’) [neuter] meaning: ‘being.’ Now let us see ‘wast’ which is en (ayn): ‘I (thou, etc.) was (wast or were).’ Put them together, this epithet is καί ὅ ἦν kai ho en (kai’ ho’ een) καί ὅ ερχόμενος kai ho erchomenos (kai’ ho er-cho’-me-nos) and it translates: ‘the one being and the one that was and the one coming, i.e. the Eternal, as a divine epithet of Christ.’

Whether you like it or not, Jesus is Jehovah: very God of very God!

                These are the attributes of Jesus Christ:

* Saviour of the world -Acts. 13:47; Romans 10:9-12; 1Corinthians 1:30

* Son of God -Psalm 2:4, 89:26-27; Matthew 16:15-17; John 5:17-18

* Lord of lords -Revelation 17:14, 19:16

* King of kings -Ps 2:6; Isaiah 9:6-7; Matthew 2:2; Rev. 17:14, 19:16

* Word of God -John 1:1, 14; 1John 5:7; Rev. 19:13

* Has Divine Equality with the Father -John 8:58; John 10:10; John 14:9; Rev. 5:12-14; Rev. 21:23

* Almighty -Rev. 1:8, 15:3, 16:7

* The Shepherd -Ps 23:1, 80:1; John 10:11

* The Creator -Genesis 1:3; John 1:3-4; Colossians 1:15-18; Hebrews 1:2, 1-0; Rev. 3:14

*The is, and the was, and the is to come -John 1:1, 8:58; Hebrews 13:8 & Rev. 1:8 [are those of the Divinity]. Jesus, ergo, is very God of very God. Amen!

                Christ, in Revelation 15:3, goes by the sobriquet Lord God Almighty; and Revelation 11:17 gives the same Lord God Almighty to the Father. Each of the two divine Beings is “Which is, and which was, and which is to come.” Revelation 16:5 says of Jesus, And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because thou hast judged thus. The name or the title “Lord” in Hebrew is, most definitely, LORD (in capitals) and which is none other than ‘I AM THAT I AM’ –JEHOVAH. What does this say of those who are in Christ Jesus? They are in the safest hand of the Entity of whose immanent transcendentalism spans the eternity past, present and future, spiritually and physically. Their (the Christians) eternal lives reside in the Saviour, Jesus, very God of very God. Selah!

Rid your mind of unscriptural thoughts. Get born again. Say this simple prayer, believing it with all your heart. Say:

“Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!”      

(Concluded)

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DELAY IS NOT DENIAL (one)

…joy cometh in the morning [Psalm 30:5]

Joy is coming by Blugi on DeviantArt

1)            Concoctions composed of cruel ingredients are the experiential encounters known of the boot camps engaged in demonic operations; the sole bourne of which is none other than to veer your course of destiny from God’s expected end. To achieve this bourne, ergo, it must come with it an excruciating deal of phenomenal torments. Thinking that delay is denial, the scripturally unschooled and the one who runs into a dearth of God’s words of His promises lose all hopes, having gulped the satanic laden motivational calumny, as one downs huge draughts of spirited brew, the victim is ushered into the sottish inebriation of the Devil’s gulag. This is Lucifer’s bourne: for in this state suicidal attempts and perfections have continued to drown mankind.  

Abraham’s experience of delay

                If delay is tantamount to denial there definitely would not exist in Scripture which says, For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning” [Psalm 30:5]. ‘Favour’ is the Hebrew rawtson (raw-tsone’) meaning: ‘delight.’ Boqer (bo’-ker) is the Hebrew for ‘morning’ meaning: ‘of end of night; of coming of daylight.’ The word ‘weeping’ speaks of an overflow of tears. Too much of shed tears is of hopelessness. Genesis 15:1-3, “After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward. 2) And Abram said, Lord GOD, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus? 3) And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir.”

And the LORD appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre [Genesis 18:1]

The Visitant is none other than physical genuineness of JEHOVAH –CHRIST.

                This was not a mere lord that spoke with Abraham. LORD (written in capitals) is the Hebraic Yahweh or Jehovah –this is the eternal Lord God of the creationism. At this point his name was Abram, meaning ‘father of heights’ which has a hyponymic term of ‘arrogance.’ As Abram, he was still under a probationary existence. Why would God go into the homiletic treatment of “fear not” exhortation? It was to serve as an insufflation of a spiritual inoculant aimed at taking care of Abram’s perturbatory trepidity. It was important that God Himself would visit Abraham. Through this man of faith, the Incarnation would be a historical facticity –correcting the Adamic fall. The Bible, today, is God serving all of us with the same admonitory, ‘fear not’ in every situation of a seemingly irremediable predicament. Can you just imagine the Creator telling Abram that He is his ‘shield’ and that would not suffice? The word ‘shield’ comes from the Hebrew mâgên (maw-gane’), meaning: ‘shield, buckler, figuratively, a protector.’ Mâgên comes from the root gânan (gaw-nan’) ‘to defend, cover, surround, hedge about’.

                The truth is that God understands our Adamic nature of puerility. One small wrap of candy can carry off a cute little child by kidnappers for good! Abram was so deaf, spiritually, that he did not even catch the part of “I Am thy exceeding great reward.” Many times our cravings becloud our sense of good judgment. God is a good Personage, who overlooks our shortcomings. So, one day He is the Visitant to Abraham’s abode.

Abraham’s prayer for a child

Genesis 18:1-14, 1) “And the LORD appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day; 2) And he lift up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him: and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground, 3) And said, My Lord, if now I have found favour in thy sight, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy servant: 4) Let a little water, I pray you, be fetched, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree: 5) And I will fetch a morsel of bread, and comfort ye your hearts; after that ye shall pass on: for therefore are ye come to your servant. And they said, So do, as thou hast said. 6) And Abraham hastened into the tent unto Sarah, and said, Make ready quickly three measures of fine meal, knead it, and make cakes upon the hearth. 7) And Abraham ran unto the herd, and fetcht a calf tender and good, and gave it unto a young man; and he hasted to dress it. 8) And he took butter, and milk, and the calf which he had dressed, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree, and they did eat.

“Shall I of a surety bear a child?”

                9) And they said unto him, Where is Sarah thy wife? And he said, Behold, in the tent. 10) And he said, I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life; and, lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son. And Sarah heard it in the tent door, which was behind him. 11) Now Abraham and Sarah were old and well stricken in age; and it ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women. 12) Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also? 13) And the LORD said unto Abraham, Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I of a surety bear a child, which am old? 14) Is any thing too hard for the LORD? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.”

                Get born again. Say this simple prayer, believing it with all your heart. Say:

“Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!”      

(…to be continued…)

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