Let each one of us make it a practice to please (make happy) his neighbour for his good for his true welfare, to edify him [to strengthen him and build him up spiritually]. Rom 15:2 (Amplified Bible)

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Prodigal? No more!

Hi Christoggers!

Do you know any prodigal children? As you think about this, let's visit a fictional family:
Prodigal children welcome!

In the house of the Atozees, the young children loved to play. They believed that anything they could lay their hands on were at their disposal and as such, they could do anything with them. The first child was interested in knowing how quickly the tyres of his father's car could go down, so he carried out a scientific 'experiment' to find out. He let the air out of ALL four tyres! The second child though that her light blue dress was a bit boring and wanted one like her favourite cartoon character. She 're-designed' it with her mother's oil paints! The last child thought that if his sister could make her dress 'more beautiful', he could do the same to the wall of their lounge and he did! Which of the above children, were they yours, would you disown? Sounds silly, doesn't it?

In Luke 15:11-32, Jesus shares the parable of 'THE PRODIGAL SON'. In the preceding verses, he talked about those whom society regarded as 'especially wicked sinners' - the tax collectors. They were wicked, that is, morally bad, beastly, ill-natured, mean, spiteful and vicious as the dictionary defines. The prodigal son was 'recklessly extravagant' and certainly belonged to the 'sinners'. The tax collectors took more than they should and the prodigal son took all that he could and they 'experimentedand 're-designed' their lives at the expense of others, in other to make their lives 'more beautiful'! Sounds familiar?

In spite of all their faults, Jesus was only interested in one major thing - repentance. This involves:
  • a change of mind for the better
  • abhorring errors and misdeeds of the past
  • a determination for a better course of life
Isn't it interesting that the above 3 goals are what we strive daily to do as christians? In other words, we all, (or is there an exception?), at some point in our lives, experimented and re-designed our lives to make them 'more beautiful'. We were once lost but thank God who found us. We were once dead but thank God who made us alive in Christ Jesus. Thank God for the feast of the 'fatted calf' - the Lord Jesus on whom we feed and the only one that can satisfy!

You are no longer a prodigal child - wasteful and wasted. You can longer experiment with your life, re-designing it to suit yourself! You are now in Christ Jesus! You are an heir, with Christ, to the throne of God. Your robe is one of righteousness and your ring - the seal of God's unchangeable covenant. Till next week, keep on walking in royalty in Christ!

Funmi Lahyorz' Akinmade

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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Dealing with temptation

Hi Christoggers!
Not all that glitters is gold!

In Matthew 4:1-11, the temptation of Jesus by the devil is narrated. Jesus overcame this temptation and we can learn how to do the same from him:
  • VERSE 3 ...If You are God’s Son, command these stones to be made [loaves of] bread.

The devil's first point of attack was directed at Jesus' status - 'If you are...' In the natural, if you were to exchange words with someone who challenged you in this way, your automatic response would be to 'prove' what they doubted you were. "If you were a man, you would..." You bet that man now wants to prove himself! So, how do you reply? "I am what the I AM says I am!"
The second attack was at his flesh. The devil will never challenge you about healing when you are in good health, nor will he challenge your giving when you are financially buoyant. He attacked Jesus when he was weak from hunger and that's exactly what he does with you. So, who are you when you are down and almost out? I boast not but I am continuously challenged to confess Jesus as my healer while riddled with pain. And why do I confess him? Simple: I know whose I am! And you?

  • VERSE 6 ...If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down; for it is written, He will give His angels charge over you, and they will bear you up on their hands, lest you strike your foot against a stone.

Now the devil was not only challenging Jesus but also God. "Prove your sonship and let God prove his Lordship!" If he is really your God, let him prove it. You've probably been here too; how can you be sick and still confess that God can heal you? It's because the same luxurious house that is attractive to onlookers is also attractive to burglars. The same rain that makes the plants bloom also makes the weeds grow. Whatever the reason, it's a ploy to distract me from my calling and there is sufficient grace to deal with it.

  • VERSES 8-9 ...the devil took Him up on a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and the glory (the splendor, magnificence, preeminence, and excellence) of them...These things, all taken together, I will give You, if You will prostrate Yourself before me and do homage and worship me. 

Jesus was being tempted with what he was already used to - splendor, magnificence, preeminence, and excellence! How do you tempt a Prince with his own inheritance? Sounds familiar? What the devil's being trying to tempt you with in exchange for your worship already belongs to you! Worse, he stole your goods and is trying to sell them back to you at an exorbitant price! THE DEVIL IS A LIAR!

Any other goods the devil has to offer are counterfeit - not everything that glitters is gold! Why shop in the dungeon when you can shop in the palace? Flee, dear Christogger, flee! You are too precious to be tempted by evil. 

No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13 (KJV)

Till next week, keep on walking in Christ!

Funmi 'Lahyorz' Akinmade

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Wednesday, 13 August 2014

The glass ceiling

Hi Christoggers!
Glass is breakable!
One day, as I finished tidying up in my garden (yep, the garden again!), a thought came to my mind: each plant will grow to a different height and width. No matter how much sunshine, rainwater, fertiliser or special care each plant may receive, it’s maximum growth has been genetically pre-defined

There is a growth-limiting factor which affects human beings and this has nothing to do with genetical limitation but exterior manipulation; it is the ‘glass ceiling effect’. The dictionary defines this as an upper limit to professional advancement – a situation where progress is possible but restrictions create a barrier that prevent it.

A bonsai tree, though not genetically dwarf, can be created to look like a dwarf plant by restricting it’s growth in a pot. In other words, it’s environment can be manipulated to determine it’s height. As a child of God, you have been created to rise to heights that will make your genes feel redundant. God, for whom nothing is impossible wants to take you to heights that make mountains look like valleys!

So, where are you standing and what do you see when you look around you? Do you see levels of progress that seem unattainable? Do you feel caved in by boundaries you cannot explain? Does the ceiling above you look like it’s pressing down on you? God is interested in your progress because it glorifies him. The devil is the one trying to prevent you from rising and shining because your light destroys his dark kingdomDo not despair; no matter how thick or high your glass ceiling may be, you can still make progress. Glass can not just be broken but under the right amount of pressure, it will shatter! 

The anointing of God that breaks every yoke is available for you today. In the mighty name of Jesus, may every glass ceiling that has been put on your rising shatter into a million pieces. May every boundary hindering your enlargement disintegrate and may you climb every mountain of success with the ease of walking through a valley. Help shall always be within your reach and Favour shall continually attend to you.

Enlarge the place of your tent, and let the curtains of your habitations be stretched out; spare not; lengthen your cords and strengthen your stakes, For you will spread abroad to the right hand and to the left; and your offspring will possess the nations and make the desolate cities to be inhabited. (Is 54:2-3 AMP Bible)

Till next week, keep on walking in Christ!

Funmi 'Lahyorz' Akinmade

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