Thursday, May 16, 2024

May 16, 2024

PASTOR, CAUTION!


How a pastor can be on his way to hell, but he’s not aware!

‘Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you workers of lawlessness!’’ - Matthew 7 vs 22 - 23 {BSB}

For the fact that they said to the Lord “did we not prophesy in Your name…” and the other things they said, shows us that

1 - They thought they were working with God
2 - They never imagined that they were not in the will of God

Scary stuff!

Recall what the Lord said to them, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you workers of lawlessness!”

  • workers of lawlessness!
Uhmmm! The King James Version puts it as ‘ye that work iniquity’.

Another thought,

These preachers never saw themselves as workers of iniquity! They confidently said to the Lord, “Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?” If they thought of themselves as workers of iniquity, they would not have boldly put forth that defence to the Lord!

So it’s possible that a pastor has long left the will of God (which is righteousness), but he’s unaware. Waow!

Hey guys, let’s examine ourselves thoroughly and take away from us every hidden and unnoticed strand of unrighteousness. Ask the Lord to show you you! He will.

Irrespective of what any theologian has said and taught, sir, the goal is Heaven! Don’t be deceived!

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.

- Jenning U. Angel

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

May 14, 2024

A LOVE LETTER TO THE THIEF AMONG US


'Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother.' - Mark 10 vs 19

  • Do not steal
  • Defraud not

In this Bible passage, the Lord reminded us of the commandment which God gave to Moses; and we see clear instructions: Don't steal! Defraud not!

Okay. Before we continue, who is a thief? It doesn't seem to appear to many persons who a thief is. The word 'thief' appears bizarre to them, that even a thief doesn't think of himself as a thief. Another of such words is the word 'fool'. Someone can be a fool and not see himself as such, because that word 'fool' sounds bizarre to them, and it's not a word they want to be identified with. So even when they are fools (according to the definition of a fool), they don't seem to see their selves as fools. Lol. Funny right?

Okay. So, who's a thief? Le's see the English dictionary definition of a thief:

1. One who carries out a theft | theft means the act of stealing properties
2. One who steals another person's property, especially by stealth and without using force or violence.
Stealth means acting in secrecy, or in such a way that the actions are unnoticed or difficult to detect by others.

That's the definition of a thief. In simple terms, a thief is one who takes to himself what does not belong to him, or what was not giving to him willingly and in good will. Irrespective of the method that this act is achieved, that's a thief there.

In the Old Testament, God instructed against stealing! God instructed against defrauding people. Now let's look at that word 'defraud', what does it mean? Let's take a look at the English dictionary definition of the word defraud:

1. To obtain money or property from a person by fraud; to swindle | fraud means the crime of stealing or illegally obtaining money by use of deception tactics. Synonyms of the word fraud are: swindle, scam, deceit, grift
2. To deprive
To deprive means to take something away from someone and keep it away; to deny someone something.

So we've seen the meaning of the word 'defraud'. God warned against stealing, God warned against defrauding people. Let's keep looking into the Word to see more on this discourse.

'Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 
Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.' - 1 Corinthians 6 vs 9 - 10 {KING JAMES VERSION}

  • Nor thieves

'Surely you must know that people who practice evil cannot possess God’s kingdom realm. Stop being deceived! People who continue to engage in sexual immorality, idolatry, adultery, sexual perversion, homosexuality, 
fraud, greed, drunkenness, verbal abuse, or extortion—these will not inherit God’s kingdom realm.' - 1 Corinthians 6 vs 9 - 10 {THE PASSION TRANSLATION}

  • fraud

From these passages we have read, it's clear that the thief (one who steals other people's money and properties; one who defrauds people) will not inherit the kingdom of God. It's important that you know that here the Apostle was addressing Believers! He is saying, people who have professed faith in Christ, yet continue to engage in these things will not inherit the KINGDOM; people who have professed faith in Christ, yet they make deliberate and intentional practices of these evil deeds, he says, they will not inherit the kingdom of God.

  • people who practice evil
  • People who continue to engage in...

The above highlighted words were used in the passages we read above. This shows to us that the Believer was not saved to remain the same, rather, he is saved unto newness of life. - Selah. We are not to continue in the former nature that we were saved from, but to now live in accordance to the new nature that we have in Christ. That is faith!

"If you truly believe that you have a new nature in Christ, if you truly believe this, living out that new nature will be natural to you."

'Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.' - Ephesians 4 vs 28 {KJV}

'If you are a thief, quit stealing. Be honest and work hard, so you will have something to give to people in need.' - Ephesians 4 vs 28 {CEV}

'If you used to rob, you must stop robbing and start working, in order to earn an honest living for yourself and to be able to help the poor.' - Ephesians 4 vs 28 {GNB}

'If any one of you has stolen from someone else, never do it again. Instead, be industrious, earning an honest living, and then you’ll have enough to bless those in need.' - Ephesians 4 vs 28 {TPT}

The word of the Lord is flowing, ministering to you, instructing your heart! Don't harden your heart as you hear the rebuke of the Spirit in your heart. My friend, you don't want to go to hell! I tell you, you don't want to go there! Salvation in your heart is more than enough. Take your mind off riches! Take your desires off wanting to be rich! Start thinking serving the Lord, start thinking contentment! This is the posture of the heart of one in whom the Spirit of God dwells.

'But godliness with contentment is great gain. 
For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. 
And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.' - 1 Timothy 6 vs 6 - 8 {KING JAMES VERSION}

Raiment means clothing.

'We have a “profit” that is greater than theirs—our holy awe of God! To have merely our necessities is to have enough. 
Isn’t it true that our hands were empty when we came into the world, and when we leave this world our hands will be empty again? 
Because of this, food and clothing is enough to make us content.' - 1 Timothy 6 vs 6 - 8 {THE PASSION TRANSLATION}

Then the Apostle talks about those who desire to be rich. See it:

'But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. 
For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.' - 1 Timothy 6 vs 9 - 10 {KING JAMES VERSION}

  • THEY THAT WILL BE RICH
Meaning, those who desire to be rich! He shows us that these ones get into hurtful desires, which brings about ungodly actions, which ultimately sends them to hell. Read the verse carefully, you will get the point.

Then the next verse tells us that the love of money, the excessive desire for money is the root of all evil. Then he tells us that those who stretched themselves for it erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. Uhmmm

To covet after money is to put your Salvation on the line, because such inordinate desire for money will always lead you to do things that are inconsistent with the righteousness of God, all because of money! You can't escape that trap if your desire is to be rich! This is the reason why we are thus admonished to be content with what we have. We came into this world with nothing, we will certainly leave it with nothing.

'But those who crave the wealth of this world slip into spiritual snares. They become trapped by the troubles that come through their foolish and harmful desires, driven by greed and drowning in their own sinful pleasures. And they take others down with them into their corruption and eventual destruction. 
Loving money is the first step toward all kinds of trouble. Some people run after it so much that they have given up their faith. Craving more money pushes them away from the faith into error, compounding misery in their lives!' - 1 Timothy 6 vs 9 - 10 {THE PASSION TRANSLATION}

  • Some people run after money so much that they have given up their faith
  • Craving more money pushes them away from the faith into error

You see... It's impossible to desire riches and not slip off the faith. Does this mean that Believers should be poor? No! That's not the point. The point is, desiring to have more money (riches) will cause you to fall into temptation, which will drown you in destruction and perdition. Rather, live in contentment! Grow with contentment! Earn money with contentment! Grow rich with contentment! No desires to have more! No desires to make wealth! No crave for more money! We are content with whatsoever we have at every point in our lives! No rush, no pressures, no excessive desires! Just Jesus and His kingdom established in the earth - this is our desire! Amen.

Hey friend! We won't be here for long. Hold on, we will soon be out of this world. May the Lord strengthen your heart with these words. Amen.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.

- Jenning U. Angel

Saturday, April 20, 2024

April 20, 2024

OBEDIENCE: GET UP AND KEEP MOVING

'As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance...' - 1 Peter 1 vs 14


The Believer is described as an obedient child.

Remember, the Believer is to walk by faith:

'...For we walk by faith, not by sight...' - 2 Corinthians 5 vs 7 {KJV}

What that means is that the Believer lives his life according to the truths of salvation he has believed. We live our lives in this world from that perspective, the Believer patterns his life according to the realities of the New Creation in Christ.

Now, since that is so, it means that the life of the Believer is a shining life: a life of righteousness, a life that reflects all the beauties of God. Glory to God!

Now, is it possible for a Believer to sin? Yes!

'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...' - 1 John 2 vs 1 {KJV}

  • if any man sin

The phrase highlighted above shows us that it is possible for a Believer to sin. Now let's take a look at something:

'Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.' - 1 John 3 vs 9 {KJV}

  • Whosoever is born of God does not practice sin

The above highlighted statement is the explanation of that verse. This verse does not suggest that a Believer cannot sin (in the literal sense), but the Apostle is teaching that one who is born again does not make an intentional practice of sin. The word 'commit' used in that verse means 'practice'. So, in this verse the Apostle was teaching on an intentional practice of sin.

But in the previous verse [1 John 2 vs 1], the Apostle said, "if any man sin". That shows you that the verse we just read never meant the Believer cannot have a moral flaw.

IF A BELIEVER SINS, DOES HE CEASE TO BE AN OBEDIENT CHILD?

This is simple. Let's see what the Bible teaches:

'If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. [9] If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.' - 1 John 1 vs 8 - 9 {KING JAMES VERSION}

  • If we confess our sins

The word 'confess' means 'acknowledge'. As obedient and honest children, if we sin, God wants us to make an honest acknowledging of it. Because, to acknowledge sin simply means that you recognise that it is foreign to who you are; to acknowledge sin is to detach yourself from it. Acknowledging sin is saying 'I have nothing to do with this nature'. And when you do that, the blood of Christ which has already been shed for the remission of our sins takes effect in you, and the result of that is PEACE.

'On the other hand, if we admit our sins—make a clean breast of them—he won't let us down; he'll be true to himself. He'll forgive our sins and purge us of all wrongdoing.' - 1 John 1 vs 9 {MSG}

  • Make a clean breast of your sins

Meaning, fully accept that you have sinned! Accepting that you have done a wrong thing is how you detach yourself from it! And the blood of Christ which has been shed for your cleansing will take effect in you and cause you to be at peace. Glory to God!

You are still that obedient child of God. Yes you committed a sin, but now you have obtained forgiveness! Yes you messed up, but now you have been purged of that offence. Get up and keep moving! Hallelujah!

So therefore, beloved child of God, if you make a moral flaw, acknowledge it before God, receive His forgiveness which He has already given, and keep moving! Keep being obedient to the Word.

PASTOR, HOW DO I KNOW THAT GOD HAS FORGIVEN ME?

'In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace...' - Ephesians 1 vs 7 {KJV}

  • In whom we have redemption through His blood

In this context, 'redemption' which he used in his communication means 'the forgiveness of sins'.

The Colossians account puts it clearer:

'In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins...' - Colossians 1 vs 14 {KJV}

The word 'even' used in the communication depicts an explanation of what was said. He said, 'in Christ we have redemption through His blood'. Then he added 'even the forgiveness of sins'. That means 'redemption' as used in that communication means 'the forgiveness of sins'. The Amplified Bible Translation puts it very precise:

'In Whom we have our redemption through His blood, [which means] the forgiveness of our sins.' - Colossians 1 vs 14 {AMP}

Take note of the words 'which means'. In this translation it is clearly put. So we see that the redemption through His blood is the forgiveness of our sins.

So how do you know that God has forgiven you? It's simple. The Word says that in Christ we have the forgiveness of our sins. Are you in Christ? If yes, then you have the forgiveness of your sins. The forgiveness of sins is an inheritance we came into when we came into Christ. The Word says "we have"! That's a present tense reality, we have! So the man that is Born Again has the forgiveness of sins as an inheritance, it's our inheritance in Christ.

So the moment you accept that you have sinned, also accept that you have been forgiven! You see... You acknowledge that you have sinned, and you also acknowledge that you already have the forgiveness of your sins.

These two (2) acknowledgements will heal your conscience and set you standing again with full assurance and confidence before God. Hallelujah!

So, obedience demands that, if you sin, get up and keep moving. Don't stay there! Don't make that sin a habitual character - that sin is not you; you are not that flaw! You are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus irrespective of your error! Obtain forgiveness, keep moving! Obtain forgiveness and keep moving in obedience to the righteousness of God.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.

- Jenning U. Angel

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

April 10, 2024

WHEN YOU CALL HIM LORD

'And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?' - Luke 6 vs 46

The above words are the words of the Lord Jesus Christ. There's something huge to observe in that statement you've just read above; the Lord said "why do you call me Lord, Lord, and you don't do the things which I say?" Waow! That means, to call Him Lord is to be in obedience to Him. So, calling the Lord 'Lord' is not a religious mantra, rather, it's a proclamation that we are in obedience to Him. - Think about it

Let's take a look at that verse from another Bible translation:

'Why do you call Me, Lord, Lord, and do not [practice] what I tell you?' - {AMP}

Take note of the word 'practice'. This shows to us God's mind concerning us - it is God's will for us to practice the Word, and not merely read them. Whatsoever instruction or admonishing we have been giving by the Lord or His Apostles, which are documented in the Bible, which we read, God expects that we practice them in our lives, God wants us to make a practice of the Gospel and not to be mere talkers! - Think about it. This is God's will for the believer in Christ.

'Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.' - Matthew 7 vs 21 {KJV}

Here again, the Lord made it known again, that to call Him Lord is to be in obedience to Him. He said, "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven".

My friend, this calls for self examination! Yes you call Him Lord, you sing His praises, and you show a form of worship to Him. But, are you living in obedience to Him? Are you in obedience to His words? Are you submitted to His will and ways? This is the true test of your knowing the Lord!

How do you call Him Lord and not fear Him? How do you call Him Lord and live contrary to His instructions? How do you call Him Lord and are not in submission to His words? Think about it my friend.

So therefore, we understand that, to call Him Lord, is to do what He says! To call Him Lord is to be in obedience to His will! To call Him Lord is to be subscribed to His ways of doing things!

'Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?' - 2 Corinthians 13 vs 5 {KJV}

  • Examine yourselves

Examine yourself!

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.

- Jenning U. Angel

Saturday, March 30, 2024

March 30, 2024

REMEMBER WHAT YOU SEE, ALWAYS

'But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:
For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.' - James 1 vs 22 - 24 {KING JAMES VERSION}

So we understand that a man who hears the Word but doesn't practice it, is likened unto the man who forgets the image of himself that he saw in the mirror not quite long.

Practicing the Word of God will be brought about by the Believer's active consciousness of the same in circumstances and situations. In circumstances and situations, if you don't have the remembrance of what the Word says, you will definitely act contrary to the life of Christ in you, because you were not conscious of the Word in the midst of that situation.

Every time a Believer falls short of proper conduct in the outburst of situations, the Holy Spirit visits his heart with correction, reminding him of what the Word says, thereby showing him how he ought to have behaved! What should you therefore do? Take the correction, and increase your consciousness of who you are in Christ, and what the Word has said. Take that consciousness with you for the 24 hours of the day, everywhere you go. Because you see, if you are actively in remembrance/conscious of what the Word says, when you are in situations or temptations, you will behave godly! You will manifest the conduct expected of you as one who has met Christ. Think about this.

HOW TO CULTIVATE A CONSTANT CONSCIOUSNESS OF THE WORD

'Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.' - Psalm 119 vs 11 {KJV}

  • Meditation

'This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.' - Joshua 1 vs 8 {KJV}

  • Meditation on the Word day and night

Meditation! Meditation on the Word day and night as we saw in the verse above depicts Reading your Bible everyday.

If you are of the habit of daily reading of the Bible, your mind will be constantly reminded of your new realities in Christ, your mind will be daily reminded of how God expects you to do things. Hence, you become susceptible to godliness in every situation! In every situation, whether it be a temptation or an occurrence, you will always do the right thing, because your mind is in great remembrance of the Word of God.

This is it! This is how it works. A constant daily meditation on the Word!

You remember, 
"Read your Bible, Pray everyday
Pray everyday, Pray everyday
Read your Bible, Pray everyday
If you want to grow!"

Hahahaha. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.

- Jenning U. Angel

Wednesday, March 06, 2024

March 06, 2024

CONFIDENCE IN THE FACE OF DEATH

'He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.' - 1 John 5 vs 10


  • He that believeth on the Son hath the witness in himself


This means, the man who is truly saved knows it, he's not in doubt about it - there's a confident assurance of salvation resident deep down in his soul, he knows he has made it! He knows.


'The Spirit Himself [thus] testifies together with our own spirit, [assuring us] that we are children of God.' - Romans 8 vs 16 {AMP}


  • The Spirit bears witness with our spirit that we are the children of God


These verses are showing to us that, the man who is saved knows! there's a witness the Spirit of God bears in his heart, whereby he knows that he is saved. That witness of salvation in our hearts is our confidence in the face of death or peril.


Dearly beloved, these teachings I bring to you, are to prepare you for eternity, so that nothing takes you by surprise.


What will be your confidence in the face of emergency? In the face of sudden death, what will come upon you? Fear or Rejoicing? Quaking of the soul or Confident rejoicing in Christ Jesus? Do you know that there are persons who on their sick bed, are so afraid, when they are dying, there's this fear that comes upon them - it's not the fear of death, but a fear of uncertainty of what's about to become of them after death! they are just afraid and tormented by that fear! they know something is coming (not death), they can feel it that something is about to become of them the moment they die, and it doesn't feel good, so they are just afraid; some even begin to cry! a very sorrowful cry; the person or persons around them don't understand that cry; they pet them and console them, but they don't know what's going on! That fellow is lamenting of a fear he doesn't understand, he's battling with a certain uncertainty in his soul; then for some, the news comes that they're gone. Ooooo!


Dearly beloved, you are still breathing, you are very strong, you are so energetic; don't serve sin! Give yourself to the word of God. Desire to know who and what Christ has made you through His death burial and resurrection, so that you can live the life that He wants you to live in this world. As you begin to walk with the Lord and give attention to His word, you will have that witness of Salvation in your heart; you will know that you are Born Again. I always say, don't let anybody tell you you are born again! If you are born again, you should know. - Think about it. And if you don't know or you are not sure, it's obvious that you've not been living right. What you should do right now is to decide to prioritise Bible study. Because true transformation of character begins in the mind, and that's what Bible study helps you achieve. As you learn the word of God, you are replacing the corrupt files of darkness in your mind with the light of Christ. When your mind has the right information, you will naturally live out the information in your mind. It's very easy to know what's in a man's mind: just check out how he lives his life, you can tell the things in his mind. So I said, a man will naturally live out the information in his mind.


'And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.' - Romans 12 vs 2 {KJV}


  • be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind


You see...true transformation of a Christian's character begins with the knowledge in his mind. If your mind is empty, you will live an empty and vain life! If you think of yourself as a sinner, you will live a sinful life! If you think of yourself as a man with weaknesses, you will live out weaknesses! This is why it's important that you know who and what Christ has made you through His blood. Because when you have that knowledge in your mind, you will live your life from that perspective. For example,


'For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light...' - Ephesians 5 vs 8 {KJV}


  • now are ye light in the Lord


Oo when it dawns on you that now you are light in the Lord!!! Ooooo! It's gonna naturally reflect in how you live in this world. Why? Because your mind has been renewed with that information. But if as you are reading these words right now, and your response to what you are reading is "Abegee...Pastor don't disturb me, I just dey sofree serve God", the truth which you've read will not get a hold of your heart by that response you have given to it, and you cannot live it out; you will still continue to lead a life of darkness. And chances are, such a fellow is not born again.


There's an attitude with which we are admonished to receive the word of God,


'Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.' - James 1 vs 21 {KJV}


  • with meekness


With meekness! We are admonished to receive the teaching of the Word with meekness.


'So get rid of all uncleanness and the rampant outgrowth of wickedness, and in a humble (gentle, modest) spirit receive and welcome the Word which implanted and rooted [in your hearts] contains the power to save your souls.' - James 1 vs 21 {AMP}


  • in a humble, gentle, modest spirit
  • receive and welcome the Word


It's only when the Word is received, that's when it can have an effect in the mind of the Believer, and ultimately, his life.


'Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.' - 1 John 4 vs 17 {KJV}


  • boldness in the day of judgment


Confidence in the face of death! Undeterred! Unshaken! Fearless! Unmoved! Full of joy! Joy in the face of death! That inner witness in your soul that you have made it into the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ for all eternity! Ooo glory to God! death becomes a thing of joy! Hallelujah!


The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.


- Jenning U. Angel

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

February 27, 2024

FREEDOM FROM LUSTS IN THE MIND

'And if your right hand leads you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose a part of your body than to have all of it go into hell.' - Matthew 5 vs 30 {GW}

Greetings to you dearly beloved of God in Christ Jesus. If you have been battling with lust in your mind, and you don't know how to permanently overcome having lusts in your mind, the Lord has sent His word to you right now to free you completely and forever. This is the word of the Lord. Read with an open heart. Amen.

Let's take a look at our opening Bible passage again;

'And if your right hand leads you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose a part of your body than to have all of it go into hell.' - Matthew 5 vs 30 {GW}

  • if your right hand leads you to sin, cut it off and throw it away

The Good News Bible translation uses the phrase "causes you to". Let's see it;

'If your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away! It is much better for you to lose one of your limbs than to have your whole body go off to hell.' - Matthew 5 vs 30 {GNB}

  • If your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away

Waow! The Spirit of God showed me what the Lord taught by those words: the Lord simply addressed 'the source'. What that means is, every sin that a man commits, has a source that inspires it in him. - Think about that. So the Lord clearly gave us the way out of the dominance and control of sin over our lives and minds; cut off the source! and you will be free from that sin completely.

The right hand that causes a man to sin according to the words of the Lord Jesus in the verse above, simply means, the source that inspires that sin in a man. Cutting off the right hand that causes you to sin means, cutting off the source or channel that inspires that sin in you. Let me give you a practical example or scenario of this explanation: Many persons struggle with sexual thoughts in their minds, sexual actions in their minds, and many have carried that struggle with them for a long time; they are fed up, they know it's not right to be thinking those trash, but they can't just help themselves stop having those thoughts, they can't help themselves stop those sexual imaginations. But you know what, that's a simple thing to achieve, according to the teaching of the Lord Jesus which we read in our opening Bible verse. So how does such a Believer overcome that mental situation? It's simple! Observe the source or sources of the sexual inflammation in your mind! What are those things that stirs up the imaginations? Spot the source of the sexual inflammations in your mind. When you find it out, cut if off from your life! Meaning, do away with it completely. Did you notice that the Lord did not just say "cut it off", but He also added "and throw it away!" That means, don't spare that source of immoral inspiration in your life! Don't take it mildly, rather, eternally discard it from your life.

A Friend or Company
If you observe that when you are in the company of a certain friend or friends, the things they discuss and their mannerisms kind of cause you to also say the wrong things, do the wrong things, and stir up ungodly imaginations in your mind, What did the Lord say? He said cut off that hand that causes you to sin, and throw it away! So therefore, cut off that friend or friends, forever! Throw them away! It's a stern instruction given by the Lord. Throw them away! Yes.

Movies or TV Programme
If you observe that after watching movies or a TV programme, you find yourself imagining ungodly things, you find yourself having erotic thoughts, What did the Lord say? He said cut off that hand that causes you to sin, and throw it away! So therefore, cut off watching movies or that TV programme, forever! I tell you, you will observe the change in your mind or life the moment you cut off that source that inspires ungodliness in you. Try this, practice it! You will come back rejoicing in your liberty! Amen.

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The internet is one place where gross ungodly is cheaply (if not freely) posted for anyone to feed his eyes with. So therefore, if you observe that your eyes are seeing too much (sexually erotic contents) on the internet, and you are having ungodly imaginations of sexually erotic pictures or motions, What did the Lord say? He said cut off that hand that causes you to sin, and throw it away! So therefore, cut off your content viewing presence on the internet, forever! Stop viewing internet contents! It's a discipline, and it's possible, it's achievable. I'm not saying that you should stop using the internet. Rather, stop scrolling through its contents. If you have something to do on the internet, go and do it; when you're through, exit the page or application. It's that simple. No scrolling through contents to view or to watch, no! So your usage of the internet becomes on a strict standard: you go there to do what you want to do, and when you're done, you log out from the application. You will notice the change in your imaginations.

See, if we live our lives according to the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ, we will be fine, we will not have issues. I tell you. Decide to live by the Word! The Word is the true liberty and deliverance your life needs. The Word!

'So if your right eye causes you to sin, take it out and throw it away! It is much better for you to lose a part of your body than to have your whole body thrown into hell.
If your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away! It is much better for you to lose one of your limbs than to have your whole body go off to hell.' - Matthew 5 vs 29 - 30 {GNB}

  • if your right eye causes you to sin, take it out and throw it away
  • If your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away

The message is simple and clear: cut off completely from your life any source that inspires ungodly imaginations and lifestyle in you.

The Lord give you peace. Amen.

- Jenning U. Angel

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

February 20, 2024

DANCING AROUND THE GATES OF HEAVEN

'And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, he said unto him, Thou art not far from the kingdom of God. And no man after that durst ask him any question.' - Mark 12 vs 34


  • Thou art not far from the kingdom of God


The above statement was a reply the Lord gave to a certain scribe. That statement depicts that the man was not in the Kingdom of God, but he was not far from it.


Beloved, the Spirit of God opened my eyes and began to show me the case of men who are around the Kingdom, but are not in the Kingdom: they are workers in Church, they sing our songs, amazingly they speak our language, they are close to the Pastor, the give to the Pastor, they are blessed by the Pastor, but in God's books, they are not members of Heaven. See how the Lord described them;


'[24] Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: [25] But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. [26] But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. [27] So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? [28] He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? [29] But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. [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.' - Matthew 13 vs 24 - 30 {KING JAMES VERSION}


Observe verse 30Let both grow together until the harvest. That's what's taking place in the Church today; the unrighteous are gathered together with the righteous, satan's children are mixed together with the people of God, you need to be accurately discerning to know that they are not all the people of God - they are all workers in Church, they do Church things, so they are assumed to be all Christians. But,


'Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.' - 2 Timothy 2 vs 19 {KJV}


  • The Lord knoweth them that are His


In all the activities of Church and religiosities, the Lord who watches over everything and sees the hearts of men knows those who belong to Him. The Apostle went forward and told us the true mark that differentiates God's children from satan's children, he said;


  • And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity


God's children estrange themselves from sin! satan's children indulge in sin deliberately; they know within themselves that they are not of God, they know that they are not like God's children, their conscience bears them witness, and they will not be surprised if they landed in hell! they know they don't belong to God yet! but they will be in the next workers' meeting anyway! - Think about it


The Lord said in another place,


'Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever.' - John 8 vs 34 - 35 {KING JAMES VERSION}


  • Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin
  • And the servant abideth not in the house for ever


The word "Whosoever committeth sin" means, 'Whosoever makes a practice of sin'. The Lord was speaking about a deliberate practice of sin. Because it's possible for a child of God to sin, but it will never be a deliberate act of his will, but it will be factored by conditions and situations, like


> Weakness

> Pressure

> Fear

> Lack of wisdom


These factors can make a true child of God sin, but it was never a deliberate intention to sin. But to deliberately device sin is the doings of the children of the devil - they are the ones the Lord was talking about. 


'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...' - 1 John 2 vs 1 {KJV}


  • these things write I unto you, that ye sin not


The Believer is admonished not to sin. Then he says,


  • And if any man sin


This shows that it is possible for a Believer to sin. And like I said, it will always be factored by circumstances and situations like I listed above; it will never be intentional or a deliberate act of the Believer's will. It's on this ground that the Apostle John said,


'Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.' - 1 John 3 vs 9 {KJV}


'doth not commit sin' here means, 'does not practice sin'. You see... It's a deliberate act of sin the Lord and the Apostles addressed. So when the Bible says "the Believer cannot sin", what the Bible says is "the Believer cannot practice sin". It's dealing with deliberateness.


So in John 8 vs 34 and 35 which we read above, the Lord said,


"...the servant abideth not in the house for ever..."


This shows that for now, the servant is in the house, but he will not abide forever. Uhmmm! They are together with us in Church: remember, the Church is God's kingdom on earth, just like we have the embassy of a nation in another nation. So, the Church of Christ is Heaven's embassy on earth. So anyone who is a member of a church is a member of God's kingdom, but not all are permanent residents of the Kingdom; some are temporary residents - and those are the children of the devil who have joined themselves with us.


'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.' - Matthew 13 vs 30 {KJV}


  • Let both grow together


If they don't repent of their sins, and cleave to the Lord genuinely, and forsake the evil of their hands and begin to learn the new life in Christ, when they die, the distinction will be made, and they will be sent to their place!


Men dancing around the gates of Heaven! They are not in the Kingdom, but they are not far from it. Uhmmm! They are around, but not in.


Beloved, this message calls for self examination! Are you truly in the Faith? Are you truly born again? or you are like that servant who will not abide in the House forever? Check yourself, and repent honestly if you see you have need to!


'Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?' - 2 Corinthians 13 vs 5 {KJV}


  • Examine yourselves | whether ye be in the Faith


This is a strong admonishing! Don't waste your time playing Church only to find yourself in hell! This day, seriously check yourself, examine your heart whether you are truly a child of God! I showed you the marker, and I will show you again;


'Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.' - 2 Timothy 2 vs 19 {KJV}


  • And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity


This is the standard for self examination! True salvation will always reflect in a godly lifestyle. True salvation is intentional about righteousness, and unintentional about sin! This is the marker! Beloved, examine yourself now.


The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.


- Jenning U. Angel

Friday, February 09, 2024

February 09, 2024

ONE THING IS NEEDFUL

'And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: 
But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.' - Luke 10 vs 41 - 42 {KING JAMES VERSION}

The Spirit of God began to speak to my heart on this subject, and He began to show me the vainness and vanity of the earthly things men hold so dear. In the above passages, the Lord made a profound statement to Martha; first He said,

  • thou art careful and troubled about many things

The word 'careful' used in that passage means 'to be anxious about' or 'to be worried about'. Meaning, thou art concerned about many things, or, thou art worried about many things.

In this world, people are anxious about so many things, they worry over many things: things that have no eternal relevance, things that will end in this world: money, husband, wife, fame, success, job, sustenance, relevance, etc. Some even go after these things at the expense of their soul,

'For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?' - Mark 8 vs 36 {KJV}

No profit! Then the Lord said to her,

  • But one thing is needful
  • and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her

One thing is needful; where you will be the moment you die! There is life after here, and that is a fact! Death can take away your phone - that beautiful iPhone of yours, yes death can take it away from you; death can take away your house, your family, your business, your job, your children! How? The moment a man dies, death has taken away these things from him, in that he has left them behind due to death. But you see eternal life, the Lord spoke about it in the Bible passage above,

'But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.' - Luke 10 vs 42 {KJV}

  • which shall not be taken away from her

Death will take everything that is of this world from you! But those who have eternal life will go with it to eternity, and that will be their access into the presence of the KING, the Lord Jesus Christ. Think about this. One thing is needful! And that one thing is that you have ETERNAL LIFE!

'For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.' - John 3 vs 16 {KJV}

'The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.' - John 10 vs 10 {KJV}

Are you born again?

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.

- Jenning U. Angel

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