On the Day I Die

YOU CANT LIVE WITHOUT KNOWING WHAT WILL HAPPEN WHEN YOU DIE. FANTASTIC PIECE

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flowers copyOn the die I day a lot will happen.

A lot will change.

The world will be busy.

On the day I die, all the important appointments I made will be left unattended.

The many plans I had yet to complete will remain forever undone.

The calendar that ruled so many of my days will now be irrelevant to me.

All the material things I so chased and guarded and treasured will be left in the hands of others to care for or to discard.

The words of my critics which so burdened me will cease to sting or capture anymore. They will be unable to touch me.

The arguments I believed I’d won here will not serve me or bring me any satisfaction or solace.   

All my noisy incoming notifications and texts and calls will go unanswered. Their great urgency will be quieted.

My many nagging regrets will all be resigned to the past, where they should have always…

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THE WORD BECAME FLESH

(John 1:1-18)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning.
3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.
6 There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe. 8 He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. 9 The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world. 
10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
15 John testifies concerning him. He cries out, saying, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.'” 16 From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father’s side, has made him known.
In the days of old, and even in this present day and age, the most popular and commonest mode of communication is by word of mouth. And so, God spoke to our fathers (Abraham, Jacob, Noah, Moses, etc.,) by the word coming out of His mouth. But at a point later, today, God has made the word become flesh to dwell among men – us. As the ubiquitous saying goes “action speaks louder than words”, God has made Christ the form of communication to His creation, to prove His love.   

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JESUS truly DIED AND RESSURRECTED: HE IS THE CHRIST

I recently posted a telephone conversation I had with a confused friend of mine, and this post is just to unmask his confusion. In case you have not read the conversation, it was titled “DID JESUS DIE?” Read it https://meandmygodtoday.wordpress.com/2015/03/19/did-jesus-really-die and let’s get his problem addressed once and for all. His major problem is with this utterance of Jesus in the book of Matthew 12:40, “For as Jonah was in the belly of the fish for three days so will the son of man also be in the heart of the earth for three days.”

To start with, the whole body of Jonah was under the sea for 3 days while Jesus’s body was never put under the earth but rather in a tomb – above the earth. So then and there lies no relationship between the two. Whenever a typology is given in the Bible, it does not necessarily mean that the two would be the same, but rather the latter incidence being the original that the quondam explains.

There are many verses in the Bible confirming that Jesus really died. An example is John 19:31-37. At this point, I would like to ask, “Who determines that someone is dead?” Is it not the doctors, or even ordinary people who are not doctors can also tell? In those days, it was the soldiers who confirmed death when someone was crucified. When it was 6pm and death was not confirmed of a crucified person, their leg bones were broken so they would not be able to raise themselves up to breath and they consequently would die. The Bible says that they broke the leg bones of the two people who were crucified with Christ, but when they got to Christ, He was already dead. They pierced His side to confirm His death, and truly water and blood came out. The soldiers confirmed His death. And this fulfilled scripture that none of His bones will be broken. So at this point, I want to, with confidence, tell you that Jesus really died.

Since He was buried in a tomb, when did He enter the heart of the earth? Whoever dies on earth goes to hades – the world of the dead: the heart of the earth. It is not the body of a man that enters hades but the soul of a dead man. This is where Jesus spent the three days, just as Jonah also did in the belly of the fish. He also could only enter there by death, since this is a principle. So if you believe this comparison in Matthew 12:40, then believe that it was not the whole body of Jesus that entered the earth but rather His soul. There, He preached the gospel to those there, made a public spectacle of the devil and took from the devil the keys of death and hades. On the third day, the new man formed, which is the soul of man(Jesus) and the Spirit of God made one, entered the body in the tomb with so much power and alas! Resurrection. For if Jesus had not risen from the dead, we Christians would have been, of all men, the most pitiable. Glory be to God that He rose again. This is why we claim Him the Christ, simply, the Messiah of the world.

When He resurrected, He was seen by many. The resurrected body of Christ could not be limited by any laws of this world – passing through walls, appearing and disappearing, overcoming gravity, etc. Christ ascended into Heaven, seated at the right hand of the Father.

If you would testify, everything spoken before His life began, were all fulfilled to the latter, not even one was left out. It is this Christ who calls out to all, to come, believe in Him, and be saved. (Mark 16:15-17) “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone. Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe will be condemned.” This is the only method to salvation, I know, but very difficult for some to believe. Why? Because He has chosen the foolishness of this world (the gospel) to confound the wise. Take heed.

Jesus Christ was born, Jesus Christ died, and Jesus Christ has risen, HALELLUAH!

A SEASON OF FORGIVENESS

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This is the season when we celebrate the central attraction of Christianity. This season commemorates the pain, agony, maltreatment, scorn, death, and the ascension of the Lord Jesus Christ. But why do we rather celebrate such a time and not mourn. It is so simple a reason. This season is celebrated because of the significance of Christ’s death, which will come to light shortly, to the Christiandom.

Man fell short of the glory of the almighty God through the sins of Adam and Eve, and a gap was created between man and God. To bridge this gap, God brought the law through Moses to mankind to make him righteous. But these laws were hard to go by and as a result couldn’t make man righteous, and so the need for an alternative, which is the blood of a pure and a holy being.

To pacify something completely, a holy and pure blood…

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DID JESUS REALLY DIE?

Not so long ago, a friend of mine from a different religious background, called and told me one confusion of his with regards to my belief. It is in this category – ISSUE – on this blog because, we think, it is an issue that needs immediate attention and address, and you, together with us, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit will solve the issue for not only my friend, but the numerous others whose understanding has been clouded by this  confusion. This is what ensued between us. For the reason that I have not informed my friend of putting our conversation here, I will plead, with all due respect, to withhold his name. Permit me to refer him GENTLEMAN.

GENTLEMAN: Hello, Atteh?

ATTEH: Hello, my paddy (the way I refer my friends)

GENTLEMAN: Is your knee the reason for your absence at the beach today?

ATTEH: Not really. I have been busy trying to get words from the Lord to post today on my blog. I guess you guys had so much fun.

GENTLEMAN: Yeah, sure. I hope your knee, too, is getting better, anyways

ATTEH: By the Grace of God

GENTLEMAN: We thank God. Talking of your blog even reminds me, I have been wanting to ask something.

ATTEH: My brother, I’m all ears talk to me. After all, what are friends for?

GENTLEMAN: You know the story of Jonah in the Bible?

ATTEH: Very well.

GENTLEMAN: Can you briefly run me through what happened to him?

ATTEH: Jonah was just a man sent by God to warn the people of Nineveh to desist from their evil doings lest disaster, anarchy, destruction will befall them soon. Jonah knew within himself that the people he was supposed to go and warn will never pay heed to his words and therefore he decided to go the opposite way… blah … blah .. blah …(I believe we all know the story, if not then please read the book of Jonah 1-4)

GENTLEMAN: Did Jonah die in the belly of the whale?

ATTEH: No! God took good care of him because he had a special purpose to serve for Him.

GENTLEMAN: You see, Atteh, this is where my problem lies. You mean to say Jonah did not die at all?

ATTEH: Yes of course, he didn’t.

GENTLEMAN: I hope you can be resourceful to me here. Why do you people say Jesus died and resurrected when, when the Pharisees enquired for signs of His authority, he himself said in Matthew 12:40 that, “For as Jonah was in the belly of the fish for three days so will the son of man also be in the heart of the earth for three days” If you mean Jonah did not die then Jesus too did not die let alone resurrect. If you claim He died and resurrected then Jonah too did same. What do you have to say about that, Atteh?

Frankly, I told him I was going to check the scriptures to get back to him. Wonderful friends, followers and visitors of our blog, let’s together dissect this issue and in so doing remove the mask of confusion over this statement of Jesus’ for my dear friend which will stand to go a long way to save his soul and some others with this same problem. Let’s get talking!

WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT THE CHRISTIAN WOMAN’S DRESS AND ADORNMENT TODAY

Bible In case you don’t know, this article is a follow up to an already published article titled, “the state of the Christian woman’s dress and adornment today” Let’s get talking.

Delving straight into what the Holy Bible says about our issue of discussion for some time now, let’s get some basic understanding of who a Christian woman is. A Christian woman, in simple language, is a female who strongly believes and accepts that Jesus Christ is the only begotten son of God sent into the world to be crucified on the cross to bear the sins of mankind – (John 3:16). She is baptized, goes by the teaching of the Lord Jesus Christ, and she is a fisher of men – (Matt 19:20, John 17:18-20). Biblically, for such a person’s dressing to be complete and proper, these three things must be well exhibited, as well as, highlighted.

  • Cleanliness
  • Modesty
  • The significance of the cross of Christ

Now let’s look into them one after the other with some vividness.

CLEANLINESS

Cleanliness is the derivative noun form of the adjective ‘clean’ which means, “Free from dirt, marks, or pollutants”. This must be vigorously and emphatically showcased in the dressing of Christians, if not for any reason, for the fact that it is next to Godliness. In Exodus 19:10-11, God told Moses how clean the people must be to encounter him. This cleanliness is one that comes from the washing of clothes. What I see God telling His people in this text is “everyone who wish to encounter him, have already encountered him, and is still encountering him must be clean”.  Just as simple as ABC, you don’t walk in, and towards holiness dirty. From our description of a Christian woman earlier, we understood that such a person is one that is ready to encounter the Lord at any time, and at any place. In as much as she is encountering the Lord, she must be clean from head to toe, even as she goes on with her activities on earth, and wait on the Lord Jesus Christ whom we all are tiring for on earth. There is not much problem on this aspect of our dressing as a matter of fact.

MODESTY

Dressing modest implies that covering must provide sufficient covering for the body so that others are not embraced or tempted. This is serious! For our information, modest dressing traces its roots deep in the Garden of Eden. In Genesis 3:7, the Bible makes each, and everyone, of us understand that after Adam and Eve ate of the tree of good and evil, their eyes opened and they realized they were naked, and they made for themselves aprons of fig leaves as covering. Further in Genesis 3:9-10, when God came to the Garden and asked Adam where they were, he said they were naked and hid themselves. He didn’t say they ate of the tree of good and evil, and they realized their state of nakedness so they covered themselves, and that was wrong. He didn’t also say they were hiding because they didn’t obey the command of God. This mean to imply that the reason of Adam and Eve hiding from God is after covering themselves with the fig leaves, they were still naked and that their nakedness wasn’t fit for the presence of God. To expatiate more and put in another sense, they realized their state of nakedness from the eating of the tree of good and evil, and they were hiding not for their wrong doing but from the shame with their nakedness even after their covering with fig leaves. Reading on further, Genesis 3:21 revealed that God properly clothed them with coats of skin fit for his presence. What do I seek to hint? Adam referred to their covering as a state of nakedness before God, even when they made for themselves aprons of fig leaves (‘apron’ in the amplified version of the Bible). This didn’t cover them sufficiently. Why? How? How then is an apron, and why is it not a covering? An apron is sleeveless, has a low cut neck, is above knee level, and doesn’t cover ones nakedness completely. Today, we go to the presence of God with that same covering of Adam and Eve with no shame. Is it proper? For our information from the story of Adam and Eve, anything above the knee level and sleeveless is nakedness to the core before God. What happens when we see somebody in his undergarment in public? We refer them naked. Good! What then qualifies something to be an undergarment? Is it determined by the material of which it is made? Absolutely, no! An undergarment is a piece of clothing above the knee level, and sleeveless, same as Adam and Eve’s covering with fig leaves. Whether it is denim, nylon, polyester, cotton, etc., the fact that it is sleeveless and above knee level rules it to be an undergarment. And God in His eternal knowledge and wisdom clothed them on top of their covering in coats of skin. If this story doesn’t, at least, inform us of the wearing of undergarment, it does tell us that what we have been wearing to the presence of God are under wears. And that is nakedness in the indirect sense, capable of making your neighbor to fantasize. Modest dressing is to dress to cover the torso completely. For the see-through, and the transparent and opaque tight fitting dresses, and leggings, I leave it to our own judgment.

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE CROSS OF JESUS

The appearance of a Christian must show the central attraction of Christianity – the significance of the cross of Jesus Christ.  What is the cross of Jesus? It signifies the death of Jesus. What is the death of Jesus?  That is the cleansing of the sins of mankind. How are we cleansed of our sins? By believing in Jesus, and that is to say by being Christians. Excellent! When we as Christians dress anyhow to church and around town, then what we say to people out there is that we are not what claim to be. Because if we were; We would quickly twig what Matthew 5:14-18 tells us. It talks about us being light to the world.  With respect to our dressing today, I can’t tell if we are leading to the light or to darkness. We would realize what Jesus says in John 17:18 that as God almighty sent Him into the world so has he also sent us, to affect others positively, even in our appearance , and also be vessels of truth, peace, patience, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, hope, and self-control. We would love and care so much for our brothers like Christ did for us, and stop enticing and luring them to lust after us with our dress and adornment. This is emphasized in Galatians 5:6 – Our faith is expressed through love. The Holy Spirit expresses itself in us through love, and not only the speaking of tongues. The speaking of tongues is a gift of the Holy Spirit whilst the love is the fruit of the Holy Spirit. Not everybody gets the gift, but every good tree bears the fruit. So, for a Christian woman to love a brother is to care so much that she wouldn’t lead him to sin by dint of her dress, adornment, etc. Not to say the speaking of tongues is not necessary, but I wonder what the world make of us when we speak a language we, as well as them, do not understand and wear stuffs they classify to be worn by prostitutes. Let us express the biggest commandment of the Lord (Love – Matthew 19:19), than yearn for the gifts of the Holy spirits. We would know that we ought to live by what the scripture says in 2 Corinthians 2:14-3:6. This verse talks about our lives (including our utterances, appearance, words, etc.,) being an epistle/letter/scroll/ perfume to our families, friends, villages, towns, enemies (our persecutors), lecturers, etc. Our lives being epistles is to say that, Christ dwelling in us desires to speak to those who are not acquainted to him. Those who are unable to see the light in the Words of the scripture must see it and read it through us, in us and on us. The Bible must be understood through us without even an utterance, if there be the case.

The big question is how covered are we in our covering before the world? Are we beckoning the masses to Christ with our dress and adornment? If yes, then we must keep on keeping on. But, if no, then we must remember our God given assignment in Matthew 28:19-20. If our dressing doesn’t signify the cross of Jesus Christ then we don’t know what we are. Just as simple as that!

LETS BE CONSCIOUS OF WHAT WE WEAR AS CHRISTIANS!

THE STATE OF THE CHRISTIAN WOMAN’S DRESS AND ADORNMENT TODAY

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This subject is no doubt a dicey, sensitive, and fearfully delicate one. It is so, simply because the devil has minced the Word of God with his lures and snares in such a pleasant and catchy way that everything seems acceptable and normal to Christians today.

What do I mean by that?

Following the argument on the Christian dress and adornment for some time now, I came to the realization that anytime a Christian woman who is not “properly” dressed is confronted by somebody with the fact that her appearance contradicts what she claimed to believe in. She is quick to say, “The God that I serve looks at a person’s heart deep down and not his appearance”. Is this the case? Let’s not forget quickly that our appearance can cause a fellow man to sin, and that is sinful on our part. This is surely the handiwork of the devil.

Also, I think this trend is on the speedy rise because not much attention is given to it in the church today for fear of indirectly driving away and losing our already handful members. Jesus didn’t change to be like the world to gain audience and followers? He stuck to who He was and yet still made a marvelous impact. Why then do we want to conform to the world in our quest to make them disciples and followers of Christ? The church is built on Christ Jesus, and not on people. If the people are not ready to worship with us because we don’t accept their dress and adornment, why then do we conform to theirs? It is better we don’t pay attention to them, than bring them in, and at end corrupt thousands of our dear ones. I think it is better to have a church of two people, than have millions of corrupt and deceitful pretenders who go to extent of turning the Sabbath day into a funfair.

It has becoming a norm – in fact, it is already a norm – today for the Christian woman to wear miniskirts, low-cut blouses, ‘show your stomach’, see-through, tight fitting and transparent leggings, and anything wearable, to church and elsewhere. This is no doubt a severe canker that has plagued our generation and needs effectively immediate attention lest it becomes a conundrum. For how long are we going to keep mute on this as its ugly face stares each and every one of us in the eyes?

These two strong questions seem to emanate from this up surging trend of fashion among the Christian women.

  • Is this what the almighty God requires us to wear to his presence?
  • Is this what the Lord Jesus Christ has sent us into the world with to positively impact?

To answer these questions is to address the main issue at hand in a larger dimension. Knowledge – from the Bible – is the key that unlocks every door. The Bible affirms and acknowledges this fact in (Hosea 4:6)…………’lack of knowledge my people perish’. Knowledge from the Bible is what is needed urgently to break us free from this disaster. John 8:32 also affirms it.

Informing ourselves on the issue to properly dissect the canker, let’s take critical analysis of the following sayings coined by the world,which we are in but not of;

  • The outward appearance of a person is a visible and silent testimony of their moral values.
  • The way one dresses is somewhat like the hands of the clock; it indicates what is going on inside.
  • What one wears or adorns is a significant tool to his confidence.

If with a single accord we all affirm the truth in these sayings, then what we wear has more psychological, mental, spiritual, and moral effects on us and others than just a mere covering for our bodies.

Today, a Christian woman can come to church with her breasts almost falling; any one step she takes bounces the breasts like a basketball. Hmmm! Today, a Christian woman can come to church with a knee-level skirt, but back behind is a line cutting through the skirt that leads straight, no bend no curve, to the buttocks. Oh what are we seeing! Today, a Christian woman can come to church with lips painted in such a way that the first thought that embraces one on seeing is sex. Today, a Christian woman can come to church in ‘half-butt’ covering trousers and miniskirts with nothing underneath. Only God knows what we see when they accidentally, but intentionally bend. Revealing to us all places that the sun doesn’t shine. Is this not hell we see in the church? Oh, Lord have mercy on us.

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It is accepted without any iota of doubts that times have changed, but the Word of God has not changed – and will never do. “We are in the world but not of the world”, this is what most Christians today take pride in saying to the world. The issue here is, if we are indeed in the world but not of the world, then we must not be changing swiftly with the world, especially in terms of fashion and music, since both have a directly great impact on the soul, our precious self.
In as much as we are Christians, everything we do, say, and put on our bodies must reflect the presence of the Lord Jesus in us. ‘Everything goes’ should cease to exist in our dictionary. Not everything goes, if so then a new convert shouldn’t be baptized. There must be some initiative right following the change of ways.

It is of utmost shock to know that a fashion designer, Mary Quant, – Mother of miniskirts in Britain – said that if clothes don’t make one noticed sexually, they are a waste of money, so she designs to shock and lead to sex. She added further that her designs are to sexually explore women to create a very powerful sex drive in men. Are Christians as we are to project sex or God to the world, and why do I ask? Because, the designs inspired by this designer are very popular in the church and amongst our Christian sisters today, whilst we sit down unperturbed. It is with profound pain and shame to admit that Christians today have conformed to the seductive dictates of fashion.

This is the issue of immediate attention because these days, you would enter a church room and for once think you are in the club – where everything is wearable, and sex is all over the air you breathe. It is bizarre when it gets to offering time and we danced to the pulpit to offer. Our beautiful Christian sisters confuse and mesmerize us when they shake their booty, instead of body, to the name of the Lord. Please ladies remember, the Bible says in Ecclesiastics 7:26, a seductive woman is a trap more bitter than death. Her passion is a snare, and her soft hands are chains. Have mercy on us please.

Since the word of God doesn’t change, and cease to show us the way forward, I have a cause to sigh a great relief.

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