GIFT ME YOUR VIRGINITY

It is the number one wish of everyone to marry a virgin. A virgin? Oh yes! A person who has not been known sexually by the opposite sex is qualified to be referred by that word. The best gift to offer your spouse is your virginity. It is no doubt refreshing, as much as rewarding, to present yourself to your spouse unviolated to audibly announce your awareness and acknowledgement of the fact that your body is the temple of the Lord, and have hence accorded it the due respect and regard.

The self-loathe alone that comes with defiling the temple of the Lord, is even more suicidal than the sin being committed against your God, future husband/wife, family, friends, and your entire community at large. The fact that no society teaches promiscuity, premarital sex, and definitively no law favors them, buttresses the fact that virginity is a social plus to anyone who has it. But, if you are not lucky enough to receive this gift from your spouse, do not kick yourself over it. The Lord is in control and He knows well. After all, it lasts, at most, a week in the marriage.

The fact actually is virginity does not really make a girl/boy more desirable like his/her words and attitude. What it actually does is make him/her admirable and respectable. What I always say with so much pride to friends is, “If you do not talk about who you are, nobody will know you have a reason for being who you are.” If you are a hard-earned virgin, let the world hear your story. Virginity is not a sought after, or a requisite quality of a spouse, it rather comes as a bonus and those privileged to earn it always are the lucky and deserving. A requisite quality of a spouse must be kindness and not virginity, for virginity lasts in a day and kindness a lifetime. In simpler words, virginity can be taken from you, but kindness, never.

For you beautiful men and women out there, I know the pressure is wrestling you down to have a taste of the ‘thing’, but please I humbly plead with you to endure through the turbulent storms of temptation. Permission to end on the note of encouragement with a saying that, “an easy conquest is no victory.” You won’t be counted victorious if you had it easy. Just remain focused on the Lord and He will see you through. Before you wish to marry a virgin, you must be one yourself.

Obedience is the key to a peaceful universe. The Bible is the guide to obedience. Thus, the Bible holds the key to a peaceful universe. —– Peter Atteh Kodjo-Judge

FOREVER SHALL I PRAISE YOU LORD

Below are the humble words of the mother of Jesus Christ. She is praising the Lord for taking notice of her and blessing her with the gift of nursing the light of the world in her womb, and feeding Him with her untouched breasts. Mary never forgot about the faithfulness of the Lord in her praises.

Luke 1:46-55

Mary responded,

“Oh, how my soul praises the Lord.

47 How my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour!

48 For he took notice of his lowly servant girl,

and from now on all generations will call me blessed.

49 For the Mighty One is holy,

and he has done great things for me.

50 He shows mercy from generation to generation

to all who fear him.

51 His mighty arm has done tremendous things!

He has scattered the proud and haughty ones.

52 He has brought down princes from their thrones

and exalted the humble.

53 He has filled the hungry with good things

and sent the rich away with empty hands.

54 He has helped his servant Israel

and remembered to be merciful.

55 For he made this promise to our ancestors,

to Abraham and his children forever.”

At certain times, all we need to do is rain on the Lord God who makes all things possible for us, His children, praises, and worship Him above everything. He is the reason why we are where we are today. I want to use this opportunity to say, “THANK YOU FATHER, YOU ARE JUST TOO MUCH.” Four years ago I made a tremendous journey to this land that I have dreamt of for good five years. At a point in my life, this dream almost eluded me to a point of despair, but by the Grace of the Almighty God I have passed out of KNUST with flying colours. Not only for the feat attained and the good health I am enjoying, but also for placing His own angel, in the person of Ameyaw Bernice Ama, on my path. “Ama thank you very much, you are a blessing and a darling.” God I will forever live for you, and I promise to stop at nothing in telling the world of your faithfulness and greatness. His faithfulness never comes to an end.

KNOW HIM

(1 John 2:4)

We thank God for the opportunity to hear the truth this week. Jesus Himself made a statement in the book of Matthew about knowing Him and the people who claim to do so. And He said in Matthew 25:31-46:

“But when the Son of Man* comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit upon his glorious throne. 32 All the nations* will be gathered in his presence, and he will separate the people as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will place the sheep at his right hand and the goats at his left.

34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. 36 I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’

37 “Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? 39 When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’

40 “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters,* you were doing it to me!’

41 “Then the King will turn to those on the left and say, ‘Away with you, you cursed ones, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his demons.* 42 For I was hungry, and you didn’t feed me. I was thirsty, and you didn’t give me a drink. 43 I was a stranger, and you didn’t invite me into your home. I was naked, and you didn’t give me clothing. I was sick and in prison, and you didn’t visit me.’

44 “Then they will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and not help you?’

45 “And he will answer, ‘I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me.’

46 “And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous will go into eternal life.”

The command of Christ stated in Look 10:25-37 is:

25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”

27 He answered: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.'”

28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbour?”

30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he travelled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two silver coins e and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’

36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”

37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”

Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

From the scripture, it is understood that the one who follows this great command is the one that knows God. Getting to the end of the study scripture the writer says that the one who says he   knows Him but does not do what he commands is a liar.

For the Bible to call someone a liar means. The person is a thief, a traitor, and he is a dwelling place of the devil; the devil lives in him. Therefore, living in truth is knowing God and obeying his commands, amen. God richly bless you.

THE LORD’S PRAYER

Oh what a teacher Jesus was! He taught us everything, including how to pray to the father. All that is obvious in what Jesus taught us about prayer is that it must be filled with the following elements: Praise, supplication, forgiveness of sin, direction.

(Matt 6:9-13)

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

11 Give us this day our daily bread.

12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

THE WISDOM OF THIS AGE AND SALVATION (1 Cor 1:18-25)

Part 1

The wisdom of this age is the kind of wisdom that is based on concrete evidence. The kind of wisdom that believes out of sight and explanation: The Thomas kind of wisdom – that ‘Seeing is believing’ thing. Surprisingly, the word of God is designed such that, it presents no understanding to ‘the wise’ – men filled with this kind of wisdom – as every aspect of it is based on faith. Truth is, no one can truly know God through the wisdom of this world, for the Word would seem foolish. But, God through the foolishness of the message preached, saves those who believe. The word of God is so simple that one needs not ‘wisdom’ to understand. Isn’t this amazing? The Jews and the Greeks could not comprehend: For He has chosen the foolishness of this world to confound the wise. Waiting to see God before believing in Him is a jeopardy to your own salvation. Only the faithful and humble will benefit from the cross. If the word required wisdom to understand, I am sure by now the cost involved would be so huge that the ‘simple’ would not be able to afford.

This Word, so rich, simple, and free but man, professors, learned men, etc., have not been saved because it is either foolishness or a stumbling block to them. Now I understand why many learned and logical thinkers cannot make out the wisdom of the salvation message. God has hidden the Gospel from the wise and has unveiled it to us, the ‘simple’. For us the ‘simple’, seeking to be wise have become fools in the eyes of the world (I Cor 3:18b). Now with all boldness I confess that the foolishness and weakness of God is wiser and stronger than men.

By: Ameyaw Bernice Ama

Keep reading for the ending part of this wonderful piece. God bless you.

GUARD THE GOOD DEPOSITS

(2 Timothy 1:14)

Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you — guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.

The enemy is aggressive and ever-ready awaiting our negligence to rob us of the good deposits that we have received through the faith. Let’s not be quick forget that the devil is a great trickster, employing all means possible to make us worthless.

Let us therefore endeavour to guard, with all our efforts, the good deposits – God’s words we hear, the gifts, and the fruits of the Holy Spirit – that we have received. Tune yourself to the Holy Spirit, who lives who in you, for without him guarding the good deposits would not be possible. Amen