WHY WILL GOD ALLOW CERTAIN THINGS? (part three)

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The vicissitude of the righteous Job

 

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There is no doubt that the beings who became demons had a way of contacting their Creator. They would rather be fed with lies. They forsook the LORD, their God to their own peril.

Adam was another intelligent person. He was endowed with an immense wisdom. Did the LORD God not show up every evening to commune with the first Adamic couple? Did the LORD not appear well garbed while they sat before their God in stark nakedness? Did Adam’s intelligence prompt him to expect the LORD to show up, in one of those days, with a glorious toga befitting Adam, the lord of the earth? Why would Adam throw the futuristic glorious opportunity on the scrapheap, in a direct opposition to the Maker, only to take sides with a woman who was no less than a walking cadaver? You cannot allow your spouse to separate you from the love of the LORD.

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John 10:24, Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto him, How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly. Their unbelief had affected their souls. Unbelief is plainly a deviation from God’s desire. God kept them in the darkness of their choice. He cannot dwell together with unbelieving souls. Spiritual immaturity of humanity will view this as a weakness on the part of God, which is not so: for God’s immutability is the proof of His strength. Amen.

                Job. If he had not gone through that harrowing experience, he probably would not have agreed to ventilate Job 40:4, Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth. I can hear someone’s agitation: “You mean God had to take him through that excruciating and debilitating pains just to make him say that?” You have no idea what is at stake here. We are talking about an acquirement of celestial citizenry. God, in His wisdom, has decided that Job had all it took to undergo the trial. Job, fortunately, did not disappoint the LORD God, his God.

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King Ahab paid dearly for rejecting Jehovah

Why will God allow a lying spirit to deceive Ahab in 1Kings 22:22, And the LORD said unto him, Wherewith? And he said, I will go forth, and I will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And he said, Thou shalt persuade him, and prevail also: go forth, and do so. King Ahab decided to dump the God of his ancestry, the One who made a covenant with faithful Abraham. God does not force anyone to serve Him: He is looking for those who will do John 4:23, But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. Ahab, by his action, did call God a liar. A spirit that would deceive Ahab, according to God’s judgment would not be out of place.

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The only family that survived the annihilation of Sodom and Gomorrah

The story of Sodom and Gomorrah in Genesis 19:24 reveals, Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven; 25. And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground. What right had a man to force his sexual immorality upon a fellow man? The visitors that Lot thought wise to lavish a comfortable hospitality on are the very ones the evil Sodomites decided to violate, not knowing that they were messing with heavenly visitants. Only if they had known!

Jericho is a type of the world. Jericho means ‘fragrant’; and figuratively it speaks of yareach (yaw-ray’-akh) (or Yrechow): ‘the moon’ and ruwach (roo’-akh) 1. (properly) to blow, i.e. breathe 2. (literally, only) to smell 3. (by implication) perceive 4. (figuratively) to anticipate, enjoy.’ Jericho refused to give off good smell; would not shine and breathe the life that glorifies Jehovah. Joshua, whose name means ‘Jehovah is Saviour’ went round Jericho to preach of the salvation but Jericho would not accept Jehovah. God destroyed it.

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There’s a reason why Jericho fell

2Thessalonians 2:11, And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12. That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” The above punishment will be meted out on those who would worship the Antichrist. Jesus did warn us in the holy writ when He told His disciples in Matthew 24:14, 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. To disbelieve the word of God is tantamount to calling God a liar! They shunned the truth. They will be fed with the lies of the one whom they believed: the enemies, that is.     (…to be concluded…)

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How To Get Born Again (part two)

 

 

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                 After agreeing with the above truths, you will then confess that, “I accept Jesus as my Lord and Saviour!” The word ‘confession’ is the same homologeō proving contextually that it is of Jesus and not about your sins. I hear many ministers warning those who answer the altar, “Confess all your sins!” The salient question is, “How many wrongdoings?” Can he, the minister remember all his sins? Who can? Which sins do they make an inference to? Sins of the past, present or future? What is needed is faith and true faith.

Another reason why many churches insist on teaching confession of sins before getting born again is predicated on 1John 1:9, If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. It will be an exegetical anomaly to use this scripture for a soteriological ministration. John says, ‘If we,’ which does not exclude him, the apostle of Jesus. This Book is called ‘The general epistle,’ meant for all believing Christians. Christians are the true born again -people of God. The opening verse of the second chapter reads, My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: for as an apostle, he is a father figure, spiritually to the nascent Church.

Hebrews 11:6 says, “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Faith is the only facilitative instrumentality responsible for any transaction with God. Faith is the modulative element that fine tunes the intent of the heart, bringing it into a certain alignment, which eventuates in the harmonization with God’s aim and that of the wielder of faith.

Concerning the Jewish race their faithlessness got them wandering in the vicious circle of unbelief. Hebrews 3:19 “So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.” Over a million of Israelites perished, unable to enter into the promised rest.

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God will not ask you to do the impossible. As regarding our sins at the altar of regeneration, the answer is in Colossians 2:13-14, (13) “And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; 14) Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross.” Verse 13, in answer to: how many? It says, “having forgiven you all trespasses” meaning not one, twenty or a million but all trespasses. The time of the forgiving act? It is in the aorist. Before Christ came to die for our sins God had already knew that I will one day come to Him for salvation and He counted me among those to be redeemed! Ephesians 1:4, “According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:” your salvation is secured in Him, Jesus. To know more about the security of the believer, read my post, “WHY GO ARMINIANISTIC SOTERIOLOGY?”

Mere mouthing the sinners’ prayer does not bring one into the spiritual regeneration process. Many have got it wrong by thinking that mere ritualistic recitation of the sinners’ prayer had got them born again. It must necessitate faith in the finished work of the cross. You must see yourself as a sinner. Psalm 51:5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. The word “shapen,” chuwl (khool) (or chiyl {kheel}) means: ‘1. (properly) to twist or whirl (in a circular or spiral manner), i.e. (specifically) to dance, to writhe in pain (especially of parturition) or fear 2. (figuratively) to wait, to pervert.’ ‘Iniquity’ is `avon (aw-vone’) (or oavown (2 Kings 7): perversity, i.e. (moral) evil.’ Chet’ (khate) is the Hebrew word for ‘sin’ meaning: ‘a crime or its penalty.’ This is what the earthly natural birth of everyone portends. Every conceived person is a potential criminal, before the law of the Creator.

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If you pray the prayer truthfully and most especially, in faith, from your heart the Holy Spirit has made your spirit realm His abode, making you a carrier of God. Ponderous! Four things you need to lubricate your spiritual life. 1) Pray always (1Thessslonians 5:17). 2) Read the Bible (Joshua 1:8). 3) Attend Church services regularly (Hebrews 10:25) & 4) Get others born again by telling them about Jesus (Mark 16:15). Pray in Jesus’ name: God wants to hear you, the object of His love; in Jesus’s name: the only Mediator between God and man. The more you read the Bible the closer to God you are. Going to church is not only an obedient act, it recharges your spiritual life. Telling others about Jesus is the great commission for all Christians.

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Get born again by saying this sinners’ 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!”   (…to be continued…)

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UNBELIEF (3rd part)

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(Edmond Sanganyado asked me how I think one can overcome unbelief when I commented on one of his posts. So, dear Edmond, I’ve made some addition to what I posted on your blog site and hoping you’ll see this. Thanks for asking me to do this. …and this is the concluding 3rd part.)

In Genesis 18:14, the heavenly Visitant asked, “Is any thing too hard for the LORD?” Jeremiah, by  faith, put forth the same rhetorical question in chapter 32:17 and in the twenty-seventh verse, the scripture reports the express words of the LORD God through His prophet, “Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?” When we comfort and remind ourselves of these words unbelief will, as the hymn goes, begone. The Hebrew word for ‘thing’ is dabar (daw-baw’) ‘a word, speech; by implication a matter (as spoken of) of thing; adverbially a cause’. The Greek word for ‘thing’, rhema, means the same. What is not impossible or too hard for God to do is not everything including negative things but rather what His word in scripture supports. Tell yourself that the Lord who had delivered you on six occasions will not abandon you on the seventh occasion!

The Holy Spirit has never displayed unbelief: for it is outright alien to His Being. Like Jesus (Revelation 1:5 & 3:14), the Holy Spirit is a faithful witness in John 15:26-27, 16:13; Acts 20:23; Romans 8:16, 9:1; Hebrews 10:15; 1Timothy 3:16; 1John 5:6-9. The word ‘faithful’ in Revelation 1:5, “And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead”; is pistos (pis-tos’) {it comes from (peithō : (pi’-tho) A primary verb; ‘to convince (by argument, true or false); by analogy to pacify or conciliate (by other fair means); reflexively or passively to assent (to evidence or authority), to rely (by inward certainty)’} it means: objectively trustworthy ; subjectively trustful; one who trusts in God’s promises’. Your failure to remove unbelief from your spiritual systemic nature is always tantamount to not having believed on Jesus in the first place.

The only panacea for unbelief is found in John 6:29, “Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent”. John 1:12 reads, “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name”. It is an absolute aberrancy to ‘believe on’ an emanatory result of creationism. Only the Creator is to be believed on because it implies gathering all the trust in you and elsewhere and repose the same on Him. Definitely, one ‘believes on’ who will never disappoint. Jesus is the only One who will not disappoint.

“Is there any small, tiny, wee bit of faith in you as regarding this situation?” This was what I asked a young Briton (about the age of nine) with whom I shared words of salvation when he said, “I do not really believe this thing about Jesus”. “Yes, Mr. Ojewale”, was his response after the question. “Hold onto this tiny faith, just listen to me carefully and then let’s pray”. The young boy whom I went to his house to give evening tutoring together with his older sibling agreed to receive Jesus as his Lord and Saviour. I led the younger of the two boys (Stephenson – I cannot remember his first name) in the sinners’ prayer….and the spiritual deal was done! God is not a respecter of persons (Acts 10:34). What the Greek interpretation says is that God does not look at the face before He attends to anyone. ‘Respecter of persons’ in Greek is one word: prosōpolēptēs (pros-o-pol-ape’-tace): ‘an accepter of a face (individual), that is, (specifically) one exhibiting partiality’.

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Hold on to that small tiny faith of Master Stephenson (he’s probably in his 20’s this 2016). Do not forget the reports of Bible characters and some testimonies you have heard from your neighbours and friends. You will be surprised how your faith will assume a similitude of James 2:23, which reads, “And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God”. (2Chronicles 20:7; Job 16:21; Isaiah 41:8). Amen.

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UNBELIEF (2nd part)

 

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(Edmond Sanganyado asked me how I think one can overcome unbelief when I commented on one of his posts. So, dear Edmond, I’ve made some addition to what I posted on your blog site and hoping you’ll see this. Thanks for asking me to do this. This is the 2nd part…)

“And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith”, Mark 11:22-23. By ‘Have faith in God’, Jesus means ‘Have the faith of God’. Peter, in Matthew 14:28 asked Jesus, “Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water”. In the next verse Peter did what no man ever did on water. Faith! The same faith wielding Peter allowed Satan to scare him with unbelief and in verse thirty Peter ran out of faith and, “he cried, saying, Lord, save me”. Hear Jesus in verse 31, “O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?” Did Peter not walk, even if it was two or three steps?! But the Lord’s verdict was ‘little faith’ and ‘doubt’.

The Book of Romans 11:20 reads, “Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear”: and we can begin the exegesis of this verse by treating the adverb, ‘well’. It has a corresponding meaning to ‘well’, kalōs in John 4:17 (Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband) & James 2:19 (Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble) and also ‘truly’, alethes in John 4:18 (and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly). ‘Well’ or kalōs (kal-oce’) from Thayer Definition: means ‘1.beautifully, finely, excellently, well a. rightly, so that there shall be no room for blame, well, truly’. Alethes comes from ‘a’ (a negative not) and lantano (hidden). What the ‘well’ of Romans 11:20 agrees with is the reasoning of the 10th verse. Note that in the three references the audience involved seemed not to be a good believer. Unbelief broke Judaism away from God’s spiritual relevance. They could not keep the law, the use of which God never intended to save man eternally, anyway. The firmness of Paul’s hearers is not as a result of graft of gentiles.

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Faith is the ground upon which their stand has been made sure. If it is by faith, then faith cannot be mingled with highmindedness (Proverbs 28:14). Highminded is the Greek word, hupsēlophroneō (hoop-say-lo-fron-eh’-o): ‘to be lofty in mind, that is, arrogant’. God expects you to approach Him in fear of His holiness. ‘Fear’ is phobeō (fob-eh’-o) ‘to frighten, that is, (passively) to be alarmed; by analogy to be in awe of, that is, revere’. Phobeo, in this context is ‘to be in awe of, that is, revere’. Unbelief jettisons faith to install pride which takes Jesus (the Author and Perfecter of our faith) out of the picture. Pride, which is destined to fall, will metamorphose into abject fear (which Lucifer is experiencing now in excruciating discomfort)

I can see Sarah as she silently went, “Pshaw, when some people eat good food, they just say anything!” She denied saying that. The Bible attests to the fact that her faith removed barrenness from the history of her earthly sojourn. So, you may have shown disbelief a whole lots of time, do not despair, God gives a second chance over and over and again. Paul and Silas prayed and sang hymns of praise and worship; do likewise in times of trouble when faith is gravely taxed and, like the duo in Acts 16:25-31, your supplications will bring you favourable answers. What do you think Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were doing in the fiery furnace? They were putting their faith to test. What happened? The LORD Jesus, in His pre-incarnate manifestation, joined the three teenage Hebrew children to partake in the feast of an uncanny faith which resulted in an uncanny victory over the fierce element of combustion (when the vicious heat of a furnace was turned into an air conditioner) in Daniel 3:23-25!

…to be concluded….

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UNBELIEF (1st part)

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                                                                Doubting Thomas

 

(Edmond Sanganyado asked me how I think one can overcome unbelief when I commented on one of his posts. So, dear Edmond, I’ve made some addition to what I posted on your blog site and hoping you’ll see this. Thanks for asking me to do this. It’s the 1st part.)

It is the opposite of saving faith, and by this same faith, we understand, God perfected creationism (Hebrews 11:3). God, therefore is the first to exercise faith. If God is love (1John 4:8) it then follows that true faith must be found in ‘Love’ i.e. God. Unbelief is not only the absence of faith, it is an unfortunate rejection of the Lord God of salvation.

In a stealthy creep unbelief does advance its bid to strike a devastating punch. Unbelief is always the enemy’s approach. Not once has unbelief uttered the beneficial, “peace be unto you”, because it has always run a destructive errand for its author – Lucifer. Unbelief is Satanic set up. It comes to steal, and to kill, and to destroy [John 10:10]. It has been missioned to disarm you – of your shield faith (Ephesians 6:16, 17) so that you cannot use the sword of the word – in order to weaken your spiritual business relationship with the Author of faith (Hebrews 12:2) to subdue and to shipwreck you. The Luciferian spirit of unbelief is sadistic, relishing every second of your plunge into the slavery of faithlessness.

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Unbelief blindfolds (John 12:40). It delists you from the partakers of joyous mood of accomplishment. By it we disappoint God (Mark 6:6). It makes us losers (Mark 9:24); and by which we stumble (Romans 4:20). Dejection is its sole terminus. Thank God, however, that there is a way out for an unbelieving heart.

Matthew 13:58, “And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief”. This is the first time ‘unbelief’ is used in the entire Bible which the Greek calls apistia (ap-is-tee’-ah): ‘faithlessness, that is, (negatively) disbelief (want of Christian faith), or (positively) unfaithfulness (disobedience)’. Jesus, even Jesus, in His native Nazareth, could not perform great miracles which all Israel had hitherto witnessed. Unbelief is nothing but one of the games Satan plays to outwit humans. To beat the enemy the first thing is to uphold the God given, Joshua 1:8, formula. The word ‘depart’, muwsh (moosh), means ‘to withdraw’. Joshua was directed never to allow the positive word of God to ‘muwsh’ from his mouth. Joshua learned that one of the secrets of the success of Moses was to have shunned negativity. Positively, Joshua was to ‘meditate’ which in Hebrew, is hagah (daw-gaw’): ‘to murmur (in pleasure or anger); by implication to ponder’. ‘Ponder’, from Collin’s Dictionary, is ‘to give thorough or deep consideration (to)’.

When one fills one’s whole being with God’s rhema it will definitely purge one of the negating impurity of the enemy’s words of unbelief. Like He informed Joshua, God assures us of ‘good success’. The clause ‘have good success’ is śakal (saw-kal’): ‘to be (causatively, make or act) circumspect and hence, intelligent’. You would have, on account of depending on God’s word or promises, acted intelligently in your ‘way’. ‘Way’ is derek (deh’-rek) from BDB Definition: ‘way, road, distance, journey, manner a. road, way, path b. journey c. direction d. manner, habit, way e. of course of life (figuratively)’. ‘Prosperous’: tsalach or tsaleach (tsaw-lakh’): ‘to advance, push, prosper’. Unbelief will hinder your positive push in your course of life.

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After you have learnt the word of God or better still the promises in God’s word, you must guard it as your treasure. You guard the word of God like the pugilist holds his fists and arms to guard his chest and ribs (or else one heavy punch lays him flat even till the count of twenty) by doing Hebrews 12:2, “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith…”. It is all about Jesus. The word ‘looking’ is aphoraō (af-or-ah’-o) Thayer Definition: ‘to turn the eyes away from other things and fix them on something’.

Strong’s Definition: ‘to consider attentively’. Looking, grammatically, is a present continuous verb. Yea, it is all about Jesus, all the time, so do not stop, for a second, in your continuous ‘looking’. ‘Author’ is archēgos (ar-khay-gos’) ‘the chief leader, prince’; while ‘finisher’ is teleiōtēs (tel-i-o-tace’) Thayer Definition: 1. a perfecter 2. one who has in his own person raised faith to its perfection and so set before us the highest example of faith’. Strong’s Definition: ‘a completer, that is, consummator’.

…to be continued…

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