Tuesday, June 11, 2024

June 11, 2024

DOES GOD KILL?


In this study, we will be looking at the justice system of God. Clarity will be granted on this subject, 'Does God Kill?' Listen attentively.

DOES GOD KILL?


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Friday, June 07, 2024

June 07, 2024

HE CANNOT DENY HIMSELF


'If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.' - 2 Timothy 2 vs 13

Greetings to you dearly beloved of God in Christ Jesus. Grace be to you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. Be blessed and refreshed in the spirit of your mind as you read these words shared in this article. God is with you. Amen.

The aim of this article is to show you one thing about the Lord that you need to know. Now, what does this statement mean "He cannot deny himself" as seen in our opening Bible passage? It means that the Lord cannot deny His nature, He cannot deny who He is, He cannot deny what He is. Even though we are bad, yet that cannot make Him deny the fact that He is good. This means that our unfaithfulness towards the Lord does not change Him into something else. He is good means He is good, He cannot deny Himself, He cannot change the facts of who He is. - Selah

Okay. So now let's take a look at our opening Bible passage from the Amplified Bible Translation:

'If we are faithless [do not believe and are untrue to Him], He remains true (faithful to His Word and His righteous character), for He cannot deny Himself.'

From the above Bible verse, it is evident that our unfaithfulness towards the Lord Jesus cannot change Him; our errors committed against Him cannot change who He is, our sins and rebellion done against Him cannot change His words spoken concerning us; our transgressions cannot change His righteous character, our mistakes cannot change His status of us being one with Him. He cannot deny himself. The Lord is good. Hallelujah!

So you see, one thing we need to strongly know about the Lord Jesus Christ is that He is unchanging in spite of our ingratitude and unfaithfulness to Him, He is forever faithful to His word irrespective of our unfaithfulness to Him. So you can take solace in this, knowing that your place in Christ will never be removed by your imperfections - this should give springs to your steps as you intentionally walk in newness of life. Hallelujah!

WHAT HAS THE WORD SAID CONCERNING US?

Let's see a few:

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

  • We have the forgiveness of sins in Christ

So therefore, you may yet still have flaws, and even have some deliberate sins which your heart despises, nevertheless, the Lord will not change this Word because of your errors. This therefore means that you having the forgiveness of sins will never change! The Lord is faithful to His word. He cannot deny himself.

'...for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!]' - Hebrews 13 vs 5b {AMP}

  • He will never leave us nor give up on us

What an assurance we have in God that He will never give up on us. Remember beloved, God is faithful to His word, He cannot deny himself, He cannot deny who He is because of our errors. Therefore beloved, be fully persuaded in your heart that you can never miss God, because every good thing He has said concerning you remains forever irrespective of how far you have strayed from Him. All you have to do is 'Return to Him', He delights to see you return Home.

'And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!
I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee,
And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.
And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.' - Luke 15 vs 17 - 20 {KING JAMES VERSION} 

Just like this young man (who is referred to as the prodigal son), he said to himself that he would arise and go to his Father. This is the only decision you need to take, arise and go back to God who loves without measure. - Selah

'And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.' - Verse 20

  • But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him

This is the nature and character of God, this is the nature and character of our Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord evidently gave this parable to show to men the character of God and His Christ which He is. Even when the "prodigal son" misbehaved, his sin wasn't a good reason enough to change his Father's nature of kindness and compassion. This is the righteous character of our God - He cannot deny Himself, He is true to His words, He is faithful to His words even though we are undeserving of Him.

Comfort yourself with these words; know today what a loving God you serve, know what a compassionate Saviour you have in Jesus, and return Home today. God is with you.

AMEN.

- Jenning U. Angel

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

May 28, 2024

REMEMBER JOB


'Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.' - James 5 vs 11

Greetings to you dearly beloved of God in Christ Jesus. Grace be to you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

I want us to take a look at our opening Bible passage from the God's Word translation (GW) for a very precise presentation of the verse:

'We consider those who endure to be blessed. You have heard about Job’s endurance. You saw that the Lord ended Job’s suffering because the Lord is compassionate and merciful.' - James 5 vs 11 {GW}

  • those who endure
  • You have heard of Job's endurance
  • the Lord ended Job's suffering
  • because the Lord is compassionate and merciful

Waow! Explicit. The context of the Apostle's discussion in this verse, which began from the verse 7 is patience in suffering. You can begin reading from the verse 7 to have a full grasp of the context. Here in the verse 11, he cited Job as an example of patience in suffering - he said, "You have heard of Job's endurance..." He went forward to explicitate the compassion of God, he says, "You saw that the Lord ended Job's suffering..." The King James Version puts it as "the Lord is very pitiful".

Dearly beloved, what are you going through? Beloved child of God, what's that challenge, what's that hardship, what's that condition or situation that you are in that has wearied you so much and brought you to much tears? Beloved, remember Job! Nothing new is happening to you now that the patriarchs of Faith didn't experience in their time on earth. But guess what? They had a good report of faith; they had a good report of endurance; they had a good report of patience in suffering. Remember Job. The Bible is a book that contains our Family profile, family album and family history. If you want to know what happens in this family of God that you are a member of, and what does not happen, look into the Bible, and see how men worked with God! See how your Old Testament brothers and sisters worked with God, see how the early New Testaments brethren worked with God, consider the end of their work with God, it was beauty and thanksgiving. God came through! God will come through for you.

'You, too, must be patient. Don’t give up hope. The Lord will soon be here.' - James 5 vs 8 {GW}

  • Don't give up hope
  • The Lord will soon be here

This should be your greatest consolation in your hardship, "You won't be in this world forever, very soon you will be with the Lord." This should console your heart every time, as you patiently wait for God to intervene in your situation.

DON'T GIVE UP HOPE
This is not the time to consider prospering by evil and wicked devices, because you are faced with hardship. No! You have come too far, you have burnt your bridges, there's no going back! It's Jesus till you die! This should be your resolve. Persecution/suffering is the true test of a Believer.

'That same day Jesus left the house and sat down by the Sea of Galilee. 
The crowd that gathered around him was so large that he got into a boat. He sat in the boat while the entire crowd stood on the shore. 
Then he used stories as illustrations to tell them many things. He said, “Listen! A farmer went to plant seed. 
Some seeds were planted along the road, and birds came and devoured them. 
Other seeds were planted on rocky ground, where there was little soil. The plants sprouted quickly because the soil wasn’t deep. 
But when the sun came up, they were scorched. They withered because their roots weren’t deep enough. 
Other seeds were planted among thornbushes, and the thornbushes grew up and choked them. 
But other seeds were planted on good ground and produced grain. They produced one hundred, sixty, or thirty times as much as was planted. 
Let the person who has ears listen!”' - Matthew 13 vs 1 - 9 {GOD'S WORD TRANSLATION}

Pay attention to verse 5 and 6: THE SEEDS PLANTED ON ROCKY GROUND

The Lord Jesus later gave the interpretation of the parable. So let's see the interpretation of the seeds planted on rocky ground:

'The seed planted on rocky ground is the person who hears the word and accepts it at once with joy. 
Since he doesn’t have any root, he lasts only a little while. When suffering or persecution comes along because of the word, he immediately falls from faith.' - Matthew 13 vs 20 - 21 {GOD'S WORD TRANSLATION}

  • When suffering or persecution comes along
  • because of the Word
  • he immediately falls from Faith

Waow! Did you notice that the Lord said that the suffering and persecution come because of the Word? Woaw! That's profound. That means, every trial/suffering/persecution that comes at a Believer is a direct attack on his faith, it's a test of his faith, it's a trying of his faith. Think about that. But sadly, this category of Believers fell from Faith into darkness and ungodly practices because the word of God they thought they knew before suffering came wasn't deep seated in them, they were not convinced about those Truths they believed, though they claimed to believe the Truths/revelations of the Word, yet those teachings didn't translate into their convictions. So when suffering came, because those Truths were not translated into convictions in them, they fell off! That's when you'll see a former brother who was on fire for the Lord, now into fraud and drugs; a former sister who served the Lord with a pure conscience now absolutely messed up and far from the church! Why? They weren't really convinced about the things they believed. This is the message the Lord communicated in that parable of the seeds that were planted on rocky ground.

Beloved, this shouldn't be you! Let the word of God become your conviction! See what Job said in his affliction:

'God may kill me, but still I will trust him and offer my defense.' - Job 13 vs 15 {CEV}

  • God may kill me, but still I will trust Him

Oooo! What a man! What a man Job was! A good example of a Believer he is. This is the reason he was used as an example by the Apostle James to exhort the brethren to be patient in suffering. We have read the verses above. God may kill me, but still I will trust Him. Kaiiii!!!

See what he said in another place:

'I know that my Savior lives, and at the end he will stand on this earth. 
My flesh may be destroyed, yet from this body I will see God. 
Yes, I will see him for myself, and I long for that moment.' - Job 19 vs 25 - 27 {CONTEMPORARY ENGLISH VERSION}

This Job was willing and ready to hold on to God even till death! His affliction had nothing on him! His suffering couldn't change his faith in God. Even his wife became fed up with the situation; see what she said to Job:

'his wife asked, "Why do you still trust God? Why don't you curse him and die?"' - Job 2 vs 9 {CEV}

See Job's reply to her, the next verse:

'Job replied, "Don't talk like a fool! If we accept blessings from God, we must accept trouble as well." In all that happened, Job never once said anything against God.' - Job 2 vs 10 {CEV}

  • In all that happened, Job never once said anything against God

What a man! What a Believer! This is what a true follower of Christ looks like. Undeterred! Unmovable! Always abounding in faith, hope and patience towards God. Hallelujah!

Dear friend, this is the word of the Lord to you right now. Remember Job! Learn from Job's story, and strengthen your heart in God, as you stay patient, patiently serving the Lord in season and out of season, trusting God still in spite of all odds and discouragements. Remember Job! The Lord will soon be here! And guess what..., even if God doesn't come through for us as we expect, we will yet still trust him till the end. But James reassures our hearts of the Lord's compassion, he says:

'Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.' - James 5 vs 11 {KJV}

  • the Lord is very pitiful

'We consider those who endure to be blessed. You have heard about Job’s endurance. You saw that the Lord ended Job’s suffering because the Lord is compassionate and merciful.' - James 5 vs 11 {GW}

  • the Lord ended Job's suffering because the Lord is compassionate and merciful

Hallelujah! Let these words reassure your heart and strengthen you. Amen.

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

- Jenning U. Angel

Sunday, May 26, 2024

May 26, 2024

NOW THAT YOU ARE BORN AGAIN - PT. 7


A SET APART PEOPLE

'By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.' - Hebrews 10 vs 10

Take note of the saying, we are sanctified!

Now, what does it mean to be sanctified? According to the Word, the word 'sanctified' as used in our opening Bible passage was translated from the Greek word 'hagiazō', which means 'to make holy, to consecrate, to be dedicated to a religious purpose or a god, to be separated or set apart from something unto something or someone else.' That's the word sanctified. Now we are told in the Word that we are sanctified. Meaning, we have been separated or set apart to God. Separated from what? Set apart from what? Let's see:

'If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.' - John 15 vs 19 {KJV}

  • I have chosen you out of the world

That word 'chosen' used in the above verse suggests the same meaning as the word 'sanctified' which we have seen. That word 'chosen' was translated from the Greek word 'eklegomai', which means 'to select, to choose out'. So we have been chosen out of this world. You see, that's the same idea of the word 'sanctified' as we have seen, to be set apart.

So the Believer has been set apart from the world. Waow! Let's see our opening Bible passage again:

'By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.' - Hebrews 10 vs 10 {KJV}

  • through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ

So, the death of the Lord Jesus Christ set us apart unto God. Waow! As a child of God, you need to know this! Remember I have explained to you already in other parts of this teaching that now that you are born again, it's important you know the details, nature and characteristics of your new birth in Christ, because that's how you can know how you ought to live in this world. If you don't know who you are, you will live a lie - meaning, you will live in a way that you are not, because you don't know who you are.

You can't live a life that is unto God until you know that you have been separated unto God! You can't live out what you don't know, you cannot manifest what you are ignorant of. You cannot live a life that is unto God if you don't know that you have been set apart unto God. Now you know that you have been set apart unto God, you have been sanctified by the blood of Jesus shed for the remission of your sins. Now you know. What does that do for you? It enables your mind to set up your conducts in such a way that proves of one who has been set apart unto God. Remember the words of the Lord, He has chosen us out of this world. That's the sanctification I'm talking about: set apart unto God, for God.

'But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:' - 1 Peter 2 vs 9 {KJV}

  • a chosen generation
  • an holy nation

The above are sanctification terms, they speak of the same things. 'A chosen generation', 'an holy nation', these both speak of been set apart. Remember the words of the Lord which we read already, we have been chosen out of this world {John 15 vs 19}. 'An holy nation' simply means a separated people, a set apart people unto God.

Beloved, just to think that you have been set apart unto God does a lot to how you live on earth. It changes your quality of life and manner of living, it imposes your divine nature on your conducts, and causes your life to align with the righteousness of God. Always know that what you believe controls your life; the information in your mind will give direction to your life.

'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

This shows us that the things in the mind will decide how a man lives. That means, transformation of character will happen to a Believer if he begins to re-orientate his mind on who he is. Beloved, now you've got to start telling yourself who you are in Christ, by speaking forth these realities which I show to you of who you are in Christ. You have been sanctified by the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, meaning, by the offering of His body, He has set us apart unto God. Believe this! Accept it! Declare it that that's who you are, one who has been separated unto God, for God. When you see things from this perspective, your manner of life on earth can never be the same; you become God conscious all day long, and that will show in your conducts - what you do, and what you don't do; it brings the fear of the Lord into your life, and ultimately aligns you with the will and righteousness of God. Hallelujah!

This is how a Christian's character is transformed into his very divine nature in Christ. As he beholds in the written Word who he is in Christ, he is changed into that very same image, from glory to glory. Meaning, for every glance at the Word he gets better! As he looks, he is improved! That's growth. Glory to God.

'But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.' - 2 Corinthians 3 vs 18 {KJV}

Three words to pay attention to in this verse:

  • beholding
  • are changed into the same image
  • from glory to glory

You see... As you behold your realities in Christ - the realities of your new birth in Christ, your character and attitude is changed into those realities that you are beholding. And he says, that change/transformation happens from glory to glory. Meaning, the growth will be progressive. The way you are today in Christian character will not be the same way you will be in the next month - there will be visible progress of spiritual growth from time to time. That's what he means by 'from glory to glory'. Hallelujah!

So therefore dearly beloved, know this day that you have been separated unto God for God! You are a property of God, solely for Him. The Lord has chosen us out of this world, we are no longer members of this world; we have been separated from the world. Beloved, let this separation show in what you do, in how you do what you do, in what you say, and in how you behave yourself amongst men. Remember, the growth is from glory to glory. Begin to make a practice of who you are in Christ! Begin to practice the set apart life which you have in Christ. Start now. Make visible progress of Christian transformation in your character. It's on the revelation of this sanctification (setting apart) that we have in Christ that the Apostle Paul thus admonished Timothy:

'Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.' - 1 Timothy 4 vs 12 {KJV}

  • be thou an example of the Believers

Then he went on and stated what he should exemplify, and one of the areas he stated for Timothy to be an example in is In conversation.
This word 'conversation' was translated from the Greek word 'anastrophē', which means 'behaviour'.
So he was saying to Timothy to be an example of the Believers in behaviour. You see... There's a way a Believer should behave himself in this world, because he has been sanctified (set apart) unto God. Hence, he must reflect that sanctification in his conducts! He must show that he has been set apart unto God in the way he behaves himself amongst men.

'Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.' - Matthew 5 vs 16 {KJV}

  • before men

It's important you know that it is before men that we are expected to manifest the realities of our Salvation, and not before God. It is men who need to see that you are a follower of Christ, not God! God already knows that! The Lord clearly tells us how our Salvation will be made known to men, He says "that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." So how we live before men, is a testimony of Salvation before men, and a pointer of men to God. Through your life, God wants men to know that truly Jesus saves and delivers! - Think on these words

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

- Jenning U. Angel



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May 26, 2024

NOW THAT YOU ARE BORN AGAIN - PT. 6


Remember that I have explained to you that now that you are born again, it's important that you know the details of your new birth in Christ, because it's only when you know who you are in Christ that you can know how you ought to live and behave in this world as one who is in Christ.

So right now, as a new man in Christ which you are, you need to know that you are born full of God's love by default; you are born a loving being naturally, by reason of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in your heart, which happened at the point of Salvation. - Think about this

'And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.' - Romans 5 vs 5 {KJV}

Observe these words;

  • The love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost

There are Christians who say "I don't forgive easily, I can be difficult to put up with, I think I'm not the kind type of person, I'm not the gentle type, I don't tolerate nonsense" and all of such speaking. They sincerely admit that that's who they are. But you know what, all such description of a Christian concerning himself are not true, they are a lie. We have been informed by the Word that the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. The word "shed" means "to pour", to pour out. So he says that the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. Hallelujah! Also note that he says that the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost: that means it has been done, the love of God has been shed in our hearts; it's not what God is going to do, neither is it what God will do if we ask Him, but His love has been shed in our hearts by His Spirit already. Waow! That means that the Believer is full of love! You may not feel it, but brother, sister, you are full of love; God's love is right there in your heart. Glory to God. You see, you need to accept and acknowledge this reality of yours in Christ, as this is where your true transformation to walking in love starts. - Think on this

Dearly beloved, if you ever met a difficult person, if you ever had to deal with an annoying person, all you have to do is to realise that the love you need to put up with him or her has been supplied you already by the Holy Ghost; the love you need to put up with that fellow has long been poured into you already by the Holy Ghost. Waow! That's what he's talking about; the love of God is (has been) shared abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost. - Think about it

Dearly beloved of God in Christ Jesus, know this day that there is nobody you cannot love, because the love you need to love them is not of you, it's the love of God the Father poured out into your heart; He has shed it abroad in your heart by the Holy Ghost that He has given to you. Therefore today, expect to see the love of God flow through you, and be conscious of God's love working within you. Begin to say "I am kind, I am gentle, I am a gentle person, I am a kind person, I forgive men generously, my reactions to men's misconducts towards me are love soaked because God has supplied my heart with love for all circumstance and situations." Hallelujah!

Since God has supplied my heart with love for all circumstance and situations, it means that there will never be a person that I will not like, there will never be a person I hate, there will never be a person I keep malice against, there will never be a person I hold unforgiveness against, there will never be a person I hold a grudge against, there will never be a person I have bitterness for. Oo glory to God. You see... The love of God makes the difference in the Believer's conduct. - Selah

Dearly beloved, be conscious of the stirring of the love of God in your heart - that is the work of the Holy Ghost; He is the one stirring up softness in your heart at the time when you want to give a fellow a piece of your mind; He is the one causing you to want to walk away when you actually want to put up a fight; He is the one causing you to shut your mouth and bear the harshness of someone's words spoken to you, when actually you want to spew out venom in response to what the person has said to you. Yield my friend, yield to the work of the Holy Spirit, the work of love! He's carrying out this work in you.

Recognize today that the love of the Father is resident in your heart, and deliberately take steps and actions of love towards men from the consciousness of that reality which you have in Christ Jesus. Glory be to God forever. Amen.

'...the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.' - Romans 5 vs 5 {KJV}

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

- Jenning U. Angel



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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

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