Category Archives: The Spirit Personnel

The only way to erase ignorance is to get knowledge. The Spirit Personnel is not just a category, but a name for those that are divinely enabled. Those that have strength beyond capacity.

The Spirit is the Holy Spirit. And the Holy Spirit is the Lord. 2 Corinthians 3:17. “The Lord is that Spirit…”

Jesus has called us to be an extension of His ministry on earth. This can only be achieved through the Spirit. Isaiah 61.

Apostle Joshua Selman said. “The anointing does not make the difference. The anointing is the difference.”

The Spirit enables. He teaches. The Spirit comforts. He walks with. The Spirit equips. He enlightens. The Spirit does much more. He dwells in us.

What more can we say then? More than anything, we need the Holy Spirit. To better matters, He wants us to know Him. His goal is a relationship with us. He wants us to build up.

The Spirit Personnel is about posts that are divinely sanctioned. And written to meet spiritual needs. You would find them informational, instructional, and Spiritual.

Blessings await you. Cheers.

 

 

God wants you to be a god

Foreword

In the book of Exodus chapter 4 verse 16, God said unto Moses concerning Aaron, ‘and he shall be thy spokesman unto the people: and he shall be, even he shall be to thee instead of a mouth, and thou shalt be to him instead of God.’ KJV. Also, in the first verse of chapter seven of the same book, God said unto Moses, ‘see I have made thee a god to Pharaoh: and Aaron thy brother shall be thy prophet.’

Considering these two verses critically, one may begin to wonder about what it really means to become a god. Of course we know that gods are mightier than men, they see things we don’t, they do things we can’t, they are more connected to the spiritual word than we are, and so on.

Being a god

But what does it really mean to become a god?
To really understand this concept and get answers to our questions, we may want to go back to the story of Moses and consider certain things. How was Moses made a God to Aaron? How did he become a God to Pharaoh? Gods perform wonders, don’t they?

Was he a god because he performed wonders? This may be true when we think of Moses being a God to Pharaoh, but what about the second person. Was he a god to Aaron because he performed wonders? How was Aaron his prophet if he was a god for performing wonders?

Be a god: give commands

In the course of my study, I realized that Moses wasn’t a god because he performed wonders. The outstanding characteristic of a god is the giving of commands and enforcing obedience. Moses was the one in charge in Egypt, even though Pharaoh sat on his throne, Moses was the controller.

Whenever there was a need, Moses would tell Aaron, his prophet, what to do and Pharaoh would beg for withdrawal. That is what it means to be a god. So when God called us, believers, gods, He was simply saying we will tell others what to do.

How to be a god?

But noticeably, Moses was a god to others because God was his God. We can only attain the level of being gods, if and only if we allow God to be our God. Is God your God?

Make God your god

Does he speak to you? If he doesn’t speak to you then you are not his prophet, and He His certainly not your God. When you make God your God is when you get the ability to be God over your own life. It is in this stage that God speaks to you concerning you own life. He tells you your purpose, what to do to achieve it, and a variety of other things. And as you continue in being faithful, God launches you into being God for other people that surround you. This was the stage Moses was when God sent him to Pharaoh.

Start by knowing God, making him your God, and then press into being God for others.

Offer a helping hand: Save a soul

A Question First?

Have you ever seen a person, young or old, with an empty bowl in his hand, begging and clamouring for help? Or you should perhaps have seen a woman on a wheel chair, sitting beside a road, wanting to meet a Samaritan. The poor and the needy are always a part of our society, we can’t drive them out.

It is even written in the Bible that the poor will always be on the land. But what do we do when we see oppression in these people, what has always been our reaction to this category of humans?

Do we just pass by them and close our eyes to safe ourselves from emotional feelings? Perhaps we are so sick and tired of them that we wish they would all be packed up and thrown somewhere.

Moses

When Moses killed an Egyptian and departed the land of Egypt, he fled to the land of Median. And immediately he got to the land of median, he sat down by a well. {Exodus 2:15}.

This man called Moses had enough to worry about. His emotional disturbance was big enough to be blue for. I mean, He was born as a Hebrew, named by an Egyptian, raced at infancy as a Hebrew, grew up in the palace of Egypt. His life was as divided as anything could be.

And while he was only trying to fix things with his mind, he ended up killing an Egyptian. And then his own life was in jeopardy, his entire being was in danger, Pharaoh sought to kill him, he had to leave everything behind and run for his life. What an awful state a man could be? I think Moses should have just jumped into that well that day and drown himself.

Offer a helping hand

But instead, Moses used his presence there as an opportunity to help a group of seven daughters who were being molested by some Shepard.

Moses rose above his feelings, he went beyond his state of mind, he neglected his problems and went to the aid of some other people. I am yet to see a kind of Christian that will do this nowadays.

A type of Christian

A Christian that we stand, despite his hardship and personal problems, to help the helpless. A Christian that will choose to give, even though he has nothing to eat. Are you that kind of a Christian?

This was exactly what the widow of Zarephath did when Elijah asked for a morsel of bread. It was the last food she had for her and her son, but she still gave it, to who? A hungry Prophet who appeared from nowhere.

Change a life

Choosing to offer a helping hand can change your life, it did for Moses. He, a wanderer to be, was called into a good house to eat and live. He was given a job, and later, a wife.

He was fruitful and he multiplied; what a change. And to brighten it all up, he received his legendry service while he was just serving.

You may not have what it takes to give millions, but make sure you give something. You may not be able to build an orphanage, but you can at least offer a meal.

What Goes Around

It is a tested and proven law; whatever you give will come back to you. Why not be a Good Samaritan to that boy beside you, a virtuous neighbour to that old fellow. You may just save a life, secure a generation, and change your own story.

Share it

Share the food, the cloths, the shoes, your material properties, your time, and most especially, share Christ.

The Prayer God Hears

WHAT IS PRAYER?

When we talk of prayer, we discuss a universal way of communicating with supernatural beings. Prayers are not only done in churches or by Christians, other religions use one form of prayer or the other. This post is about the kind of prayer God answers.

See also: Bible verses about Prayer

Now as Lutheran or Pentecostal Christian, we must learn how to pray to God effectively so that we do not relent in our holy faith. It is a privilege to get the chance to pray to God, we must not misuse the privilege at all.

The prayer God answers

The Prayer God Hears

Hebrew 10 verse 11-25.

11 Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12 But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, 13 and since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool. 14 For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.

15 The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First he says:

16 “This is the covenant I will make with them
    after that time, says the Lord.
I will put my laws in their hearts,
    and I will write them on their minds.”

17 Then he adds:

“Their sins and lawless acts
    I will remember no more.”

18 And where these have been forgiven, sacrifice for sin is no longer necessary.

THE PRAYER GOD ANSWERS

A Call to Persevere in Faith

19 Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Effective Prayer: The Prayer God Answers

There are surely many ways to make our prayers effective and get answers from the Lord. As Christians of faith, it is essential that we bear in mind certain criteria’s of effective prayer.

1. Know God: The Prayer God answers

Before you can pray effective i.e. for God to give answers; you must have a definite relationship with God.

See also: Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit: The unpardonable sin

1 Peter 3:12 says, “For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”

Remember, the prayer of a sinner is an abomination to the Lord.

2. Have a clean Heart: The Prayer God answers

There are so many evil doctrines going around our cities and country now, as well as so many evil teachers of the law. Answers to prayers cannot be bought by the works of man.

Holy is our God, if you are unclean you cant see his face, neither can you come to His presence. You must have a clean heart if you want God to give answers to your prayers. There is no magic, no shortcut. Psalm 66: 18.

The Prayer God Answers

God Answers Prayers

3. Pray with right motives: The Prayer God answers

James 5:16b. This is a very important prerequisite of answered prayers. Matt 6 verse 5-6. The heart of man is secretive truly, but it is crystal clear to God. James 4 verse 1-3. Annas prayer wasnt answered because she knew how to pray with zeal, but because she made a perfect spiritual deal with God.

She was willing to give birth to a child for Gods use God answered with immediate effect. Motives go a long way in determining if God answers our prayers and requests or not.

4. Have a forgiving spirit: The Prayer God answers

If you have anything against anyone, the chances of your prayers being answered are very low. Mark 11 verse 25. The prayer God answers is produced out of a forgiving heart.

Matthew 6:9-13 Revised Standard Version (RSV)

Pray then like this:

Our Father who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
10 Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done,
    On earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread;
12 And forgive us our debts,
    As we also have forgiven our debtors;
13 And lead us not into temptation,
    But deliver us from evil.

5. Pray in accordance to the Will of God: The Prayer God Answers

Dear brethren in grace_ our God is not a robot. He does what He wants. He has His wills and purposes for all things. God is everywhere, He always hears your prayer but sometimes He wont answer because your will is inversely tangential to His will.

See also: Big Lesson from the Book of Ruth

Consider the case of Jesus in Gethsemane. We can search out the will of God in the Bible. You should let the Holy Spirit lead you. And if you dont get that right, begin to speak in tongues. You can speak in tongues for hours. You wont miss your way with that.

6. We must pray in Faith: The Prayer God Answers

James 5: 1 8. When you pray, believe God will answer your prayer. Ezekiel 37. There is nothing impossible with our God, so have faith- believe. Always hold on to the word of God. Psalms 23: 4. People run around because they are afraid. You must know your place in Christ Jesus, be very careful the type of prayer mountain you go.

See also: Bible verses about Prayer and Faith

7. Pray with thanksgiving: The Prayer God Answers

Learn to start your prayer with thanks to God. Praise the Lord before you ask, and praise Him at the end of your prayer to show that you believe He has heard and that He will answer you. Thats the way to get things from our God. Philippians 4 verse 6

8. Pray Continually: The Prayer God Hears

This does not mean you should involve yourself in unprofitable repetitions. 1 Thessalonians 5 verse 17. Th e prayer God answers must be done continually, as a sign of faith in God.

9. Be Specific (make definite requests): The Prayer God Hears

Philippians 4 verse 6 (Amplified Version). God doesn’t answer miscellaneous prayers; learn to be specific in your request. Don’t just tell God to bless you, state the type of blessing you want.

To some, getting a child may be a blessing, it may not to others. We have different people with different manners of need; yours is very different to mine.

God answers prayers in different ways. Do not get confused when YOU do not get immediate answers to your prayers. As we have said above, God has his own plans and purposes. But other times, God may answer your prayers immediately. By faith we are saved.

 

Pst. (Dr) Titilayo Olaposi

 

Reference:

Biblegateway.com

God is not mad at you: You can’t hide it

Consider Moses

Moses grew up in the palace of Pharaoh, apparently with the knowledge of the fact that he was a Jew. Seeing his people suffer in the hands of the Egyptians everyday exasperated him, he couldn’t stand it. His people were made to build cities for the Egyptian kingdom; they served as slaves and received no wages for their job, aside from the land they lived in. Of course they lived in the land of Goshen, a part of the land of the then Egyptian kingdom.

And when Moses went out on that very day, he passed through the land to see how his people suffered. And just then he saw an Egyptian commander beating a Hebrew worker.

You can’t hide it

The anger in Moses rose as usual, like wild fire in dry season, he couldn’t stand it this time, and he reacted to the zeal to change things. Moses went near, he looked around to make sure nobody was watching from anywhere.

He rescued the Hebrew and killed the Egyptian. Apparently he had warned the Hebrew not to mention the act to anybody. If I were the Hebrew guy, I wouldn’t have told anybody either. Moses made sure everything was neat and untraceable. At least, no fingerprints machine to detect anything.

You sins are visible – Yes!

Moses went his way. But the next day, the reality stared at him, it dawned on him like a frightening dream. Everybody had known about the incidence of the previous day, even Pharaoh.

The greatest lie Satan can deceive you with is to tell you nobody would know about your sin. He would tell you to cover it up and keep your mouth shut. I tell you, even if nobody does sees you, God sees you.

God Loves You – Don’t Cover up

He knows even what you do in your closet. So don’t cover up that sin, don’t let the devil deceive you into doing so. Your sin does not make God run away from you, it make Him wants to save you. Jesus stands by the door of your heart, knocking. He needs you to perform just one action, open up to Him. Uncover your sin, address your mistakes, face the facts, face the fight_ come to Jesus.

Come to Jesus Dear

Jesus wants rest for your soul, He wants peace for your mind.

Why are you following Jesus?

Following Jesus

After Jesus was arrested in the garden of Gethsemane, He was led by soldiers to the gathering of the priests, scribes and elders. All his disciples fled and departed from him except Peter.

Peter took a faithful and courageous decision, he chose to follow Jesus. His choice to follow Jesus was good, but something however was missing to make it perfect. The last phrase of the gospel according to Matthew chapter 26 verses 58 tells us his purpose for following Jesus.

‘But Peter followed him afar off unto the high priest’s palace, and went in, and sat with the servants, to see the end.’

The Gloom

This purpose of ‘to see the end’ explains all the shortcomings that Peter had on the way of following Jesus that day. He had to lie three times to save his head. It even got to a point when he started cursing himself, all to save his life.

He couldn’t stand the temptations, he couldn’t hold on to the Spirit of truth. His actions was not directed towards Jesus by any means, he was only struggling to save his head. He denied ever knowing Jesus three good times. At last, he ended up worse than those that had not even followed Jesus.

Many Christians today are in the same shoes as Peter’s, we follow Christ for the wrong purpose(s).

Jesus turned back one day and rebuked the multitude because they were only following him for the food he was willing to provide. Some people follow Christ for the pleasure, because He is said to be loving and kind. We follow Christ for the gain.

We follow Christ to see what will become of Christianity. We follow Christ with this mind-set_ peradventure He comes like they always say.

The Principle of Purpose

Our purpose for following him determines how far we will go with him in this strange and wicked world we live in. The true reason to follow Christ is shown in the epistle of Paul to the Philippians, chapter 3 verse 10_ ‘that I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death.’

Thy God My God: The Faith of Ruth

Deep Lesson from the Book of Ruth

This post speaks of a very important lesson from the Book of Ruth.

The book of Ruth is no doubt one the most important book in the Bible that speaks of Faithfulness and its rewards.

It tells of the story of a man in Israel, Elimelech, who left his home town, Bethlehemjudah, to live in another country called Moab.

See also: Bible verses about Faith

According to the scriptures, Elimelech did this because of the famine in Israel.

He left Isreal for Moab with his wife, Naomi, and his two sons, Mahlon and Chilion. Unfortunately, Elimelech died in Moab, and then his two sons got married to the daughters of Moab.

The Sad News: Lesson from Ruth

Some years after the death of Elimelech, his two sons also died. Naomi was then left with the wives of his two sons, Orpah and Ruth, so she decided to live Moab.

After the sorrows, talks, and cries, Orpah stayed back in Moab and Ruth decided to stay glued to Naomi.

In the end, Ruth gained a lot and played a major role in the genealogy of Jesus Christ.

Now, do you know that what made Ruth what she became was more of ‘Faith in God’ than ‘Faithfulness to Naomi’? Literally, the decision Ruth took was senseless, ridiculous and absurd.

Orpah behaved wise, Ruth acted as of folly. Yes, let’s do the analysis now.

The Bible says in verses 15 of chapter 1 of the book of Ruth that Orpah did not just go back to her people but to her gods.

The Bible clearly stated that she went back to her gods, the gods of Moab, the gods of Ruth also.

Ok, then Ruth said to Naomi in verses 16_ ‘thy God my God.’ Ruth intentionally renounced the gods of Moab for the God of Naomi.

Ruth made a very irrational decision by going for the God of Naomi as opposed to the God of Moab.Why? Ok, who is the God of Naomi?

See also: Bible verses about Faith and Prayer

Now don’t think of Him as the God that parted the red sea and rained manner_ what a good God. No!

Important Lesson from the book of RUTH: Bible Study

Let’s take a look from Ruth’s perspective.

1. The God that allowed famine on the land of His people for such a long time that they had to run away.

2. The God that kept watching until Elimelech died!

3. The God that did nothing about it when her husband’s brother was dying painfully!

4. The God that left her husband to die in his young age!

Judging from Ruth’s experiences, is this God worth serving at all? I don’t think so.

Naomi herself declared the statement that the hand of the Lord has gone out against her in verses 13.

But despite all these, in spite of the calamities and disasters this God had allowed to take place before her, Ruth had the courage, produced from a great Faith, to say_ thy God, my God.

Evaluation of the Faith of RUTH

Orpah summed it all up and concluded that this God was not worth the service; Ruth summed it all up and decided not to give up on this God, she produced a gigantic manner of Faith out of sorrow and death. This degree of Faith must have undoubtedly moved God than usual.

Here is my conclusion.

When you are able to declare good things and stand in faith, despite the worst happenings around you, then would you attract real blessing(s) from God.

Jesus says in the book of John 16:33 (KJV). “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulations: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

This does not look to me like Jesus promised a smooth life of no worries and persecutions. Of course, he didn’t. He specifically made it clear that we will have tribulations in this world, even as Christians.

But in any form of tribulation we find ourselves, we must rest in the assurance that he has given us, never lose our peace, for He has overcome the world.

Still reading: Deep Lesson from the Book of Ruth

Romans 8:28_”For we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.”

Isn’t it intriguing that we have absolutely nothing to worry about, no matter what we face?

As long as you have made your peace with God, you need to learn to find your peace in Him daily. Do not let temporary circumstances (that are working for your good) withdraw your attention from Him.

See also: The Prayer God hears

He loves You, and He is not mad at you. Like Ruth, will you trust in Him beyond what you can see or feel?

I urge you to put your trust in Him, and look up to Him consistently.

Develop a constant fellowship with God, and all is more than just well with you.

God bless You.

Salvation in the Lord of Host

Exodus 14:13

‘And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen today, ye shall see them again no more forever.’ kjv

From the Bible passage above, it is glaring that Moses had the prime understanding that salvation is only of the lord. Anybody seeking the help of God must also have this understanding in the saving hands of God. But the understanding wasn’t just enough for Moses, he believed and called unto God.

Faith without work is primarily useless; if you have the faith, then call upon God. God is always ready to harken to the call of those who have faith in Him.

Taking Your Ground

Pharaoh was an unrelenting dominating ruler over the Israelites. His plan was to keep the people of God in captivity for as long as he lived. There are just some enemies that have no plan of giving up until they overcome you. In the book of Act chapter 23 verses 12, the Bible tells us about a group of persons who had vowed never to eat or drink anything until they would kill Paul. Also, we have some spirits that are out to take revenge, so was the case of Abner when he was killed by Joab and Abishai.

Causes of Insistent Wars

1. The main cause of these unrelenting warriors is faulty foundation.

The book of Psalms chapter eleven verses twelve says_ if the foundation be destroyed, what shall the righteous do?

2. Secret sins:

The wars in a man’s life will never end if he is investing in secret sin. Secret sins are secret killers, they kill gradually.

3. The Spirit of Self:

Some people are just full of themselves that they give way for the accuser to torment them. Examples of the manifestation of the spirit of self in people’s life are gossip, pride, contentiousness, selfishness, fraud, etc. 4. Having the devil’s property

How to be free from these Wars?

1. Examine your life:

If you want to be free from secret wars, you need to do a quick evaluation of your life. Check thoroughly for traces of any kind of sin.

2. Come to the presence of God for Forgiveness:

If you were able to spot any kind of unrighteousness in your life, then come to God for forgiveness.

3. Plead for Mercy:

The Bible truly says no sinner will go unpunished, but God would surely have mercy on whom he would have mercy.

4. Ask God to help you:

David was a man that would always call on God’s help, little wonder he made his mark as a man after God’s own heart. God is always willing to rescue, but you must develop a habit of calling on him.

5. Use the Blood of Jesus:

We conquer the accuser by the blood of the Lamb the Bible says in the book of Revelation.
6. Go into warfare prayer: Matt 11:12_ ‘And from the days of John the Baptist until now, the Kingdom of Heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.’ 2cor 10: 3_ ‘For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh.’

7. Pray for restoration:

Conquering the enemy is not just enough, getting things that were previously stolen in many more folds is essential.

Pst. Julius Olaposi

What Betrays You?

Introduction

The life of Jesus and his disciples is undoubtedly full of important lessons that can shape our lives for the purpose(s) of God. The study of their words and actions, together with the power of the Holy Spirit, is enough to claim complete Christian living for believers. One of these lessons is revealed in the book of Matthew chapter 26 verse 73.

After Jesus was arrested in the garden of Gethsemane and taken to the palace of the High priest, Peter followed him to see the end. Many people who were interested in watching Jesus must have also gathered. Then in the midst of sitting and interacting with different kinds of people also there, some of the people he met began to recognize him as a disciple of Jesus Christ. Apparently, Simon Peter felt safe sitting with them because he thought he would not be suspected.

But something revealed his presence; something told the people sitting with him that a part of Jesus was with them, something singled him out as different from the crowd; what was that thing?

The Recognition

One may begin to think he was recognized facially. Others may say his way of dressing must have identified him, or perhaps he had emotions and was not comfortable with seeing Jesus punished. Nevertheless, the book of Matthew 26: 73 gives a clear reason for Peter’s identification.

‘And after a while came unto him they that stood by, and said to Peter, surely thou also hath one of them; for thy speech bewrayeth thee.’

The verse perfectly show us that what made Peter identifiable as a disciple of Jesus Christ was his way of speaking. His walk with Jesus had effectively changed the way he thought_ ‘out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.’ The change was so obvious that the people around him needed no soothsayer to tell them he had being with Jesus.

What Betrays You

The question remains, what betrays you? Are you so lost with the things of this world that people no longer see a difference between you and sinners? Is your life giving a difference, or a conclusion that we are all the same?

As Christians, we are called to be Christ representatives in this world i.e. People that others can look at and get a view of how Jesus lived. This is what it means to be called a chosen generation. It is not enough to say it with our mouth, putting it into practise is the real job.

The Difference

If you are sitting somewhere, and everyone is abusing the government and you join them then you are not goodly representing Christ. At least the Bible tells us to respect all authorities.

If all you can do as a believer is to sit around and complain like other people do, then you are wrong. If your words and actions are not glaring to identify Christ in you, then you are not a Christian. And it is not just about saying_ all is well, it is about doing things that reveal the situation as being well.

Conclusion

Let us all yield to the call of being Christ-like, it is our true and perfect identity as Christians.

Say no to Suicide and Premature Death 2

A heathen king, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon testified to it. He said:

“I Nebuchadnezzar … blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation.
And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, what doest thou? (Daniel 4: 34 – 35; emphasis mine)

God is the ruler of the whole universe, if he does not permit anything, it cannot happen. So, if he does not permit anyone’s death, no one can kill him/her.

The Bible states:

“Who is he that saith and it cometh to pass, when the lord commandeth it not?”
(Lamentation 3: 37)
Moreover “… If God be for us, who can be against us?”
And
“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
Surely, he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

Speak the Word

Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.
Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.

Speak Your Reality in Christ

Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;
There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
Thou shall tread upon the lion and the adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.

Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.
He shall call upon me and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.
With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.” (Psalms 91: 1 – 16).

Strong Faith in God

In the light of all these assurances, a Christian ought to develop very strong faith in the Lord, not to fear death, but to resist and reject it and enjoy the long life that Jesus the Lord purchased for His own through death on the cross of Calvary.

It is an abomination for a Christian to commit suicide. Anyone who kills himself/herself will face the judgement of God. He/she will be judged as a murderer for he/she has terminated a life he/she did not create. Never entertain the thought of suicide no matter what you are passing through. Hell fire awaits anyone that kills himself/herself.

In whatever situation you may find yourself, trust the Lord for victory. Develop strong confidence in His ability to deliver and He will surely deliver you. He will never disappoint you. He has never disappointed anyone and He will not start from you.

Remember His words that say:

“…In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16: 33); “They looked unto him, and were lightened and their faces were not ashamed” (Psalms 34: 5); “Our fathers trusted in thee: they trusted, and thou didst deliver them. They cried unto thee, and were delivered: they trusted in thee, and were not confounded”

(Psalms 22: 4 – 6).

“Cast not away therefore your confidence which hath great recompence of reward” (Hebrews 10: 35). “… weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning” (Psalms 30: 5c).

Value your precious life, pray and trust God for longevity of life and do not be one of those who “through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage” (Hebrew 2: 15).
JESUS IS LORD.

Pst. (Dr) Mrs Titilayo Olaposi

Say no to Suicide and Premature Death 1

SAY “I WILL LIVE”: SAY “NO” TO SUICIDE AND PREMATURE DEATH

“I WILL LIVE” is a positive confession that should not be far from the lips of every Christian. This is because the rate of occurrence of premature death is becoming higher by the day even among Christians. Read the following excerpts (see references below).

Statistics

1. “Every single day, Nigeria loses about 2,300 under-five year olds and 145 women of childbearing age. This makes the country the second largest contributor to the under–five and maternal mortality rate in the world.”

2. “The growing incidence of suicide among Nigerians has become worrisome to the extent that psychiatrists and other physicians have called for high index of suspicion for signs and symptoms of depression among their patients. They point to research which reveals that during their lifetime about 3.0 per cent of Nigerians will have thoughts about ending their lives, while some will plan on how to kill themselves and actually carry out an attempt to kill themselves.

According to the World Health Organisation, WHO, there are 322 million people living with depression in the world. In the WHO suicide ranking, Nigeria, with 15.1 suicides per 100,000 population per year, is ranked the 30th most suicide-prone out of 183 nations in the world. Nigeria also rates 10th in Africa after countries with higher rates of suicide.

3. “In the past few months, there have been six reported cases of Nigerians committing suicide, and two attempts. This trend is troubling many in a country where suicide rates are usually low.

Some Nigerians seem to have resigned themselves to fate, believing there was no option to hold on to, to keep afloat. A member of a family living in Akwa Ibom State killed himself recently. His body was found hanging from a rope tied to the ceiling of his bedroom. … Relatives and friends of the victim believe that it is the poor economic situation in the country that drove him to suicide.

4. One of the victims of the viral disease, monkeypox, has committed suicide, the Bayelsa State government said on Monday. The victim allegedly took his own life on Monday at the quarantine centre in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, located in the Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital, Okolobiri, in Yenagoa Local Government Area of the state.

Alarming Death Rate

From the four excerpts above we can see that death rate in Nigeria is alarming. People die from causes outside of their control such as maternal death; and from causes they cause by themselves (e.g. suicide). Suicide rate is becoming a source of concern. Satan is a killer. He speaks frustration into the ears of people and move them to terminate their lives. God is not happy when people die natural death; how much more when they commit suicide? If unbelievers are committing suicide should a Christian, who has hope of a better life ahead, and a hope of sweet eternity do the same? It is not an ordinary occurrence. Christian, beware!

The enemy of Christians, Satan, is very furious, knowing that his time is now very short. His ministry has not changed from time immemorial, he is committed to stealing, killing and destroying.

First and Foremost

His first and foremost goal is to hinder humans from making heaven, but, if he realized he would not be able to do this, he would try his very best to frustrate them on earth and would try to terminate their lives prematurely (especially when he detects you have been given an assignment that would harm his kingdom). He started this shortly after man was chased out of the garden of Eden.

He instigated Cain to kill Abel (Genesis 4: 3 – 10); he moved king Saul to kill David (on this, he failed) and ever since he has been moving sinful people to kill the righteous. He moved the brothers of Joseph to plot death for him and would have killed him if not for divine intervention (Genesis 37: 18 – 22).

Say no to Suicide and Premature Death

The devil moved Pharaoh to kill many Hebrew sons in Egypt so that Moses would not be born and he moved Herod to kill many sons in Bethlehem so that Jesus would be eliminated. After the death of our Lord, many of his disciples were killed, starting from Stephen and then James and innumerable others. The Bible says “The wicked plotteth against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth” (Psalms 37: 12). In another verse it says “The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and the needy, and to slay such as be of upright conversation” (Psalms 37: 14). If we read further, in verse 32 it says “The wicked watcheth the righteous, and seeketh to slay him.”

The devil is furious with the children of God that are serious about doing the will of God. He hates us with passion.

Revelation 12: 17 states

“And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.”
However, every Christian must know that the devil does not have the authority to kill a Christian if the Christian does not cooperate with him. He (the devil) is well aware of this fact and therefore, employs all available tactics to gain the consent of Christians, to kill them. It is a pity many Christians do not know this secret and have fallen prey into the hand of the evil one.

In Hosea 4: 6a

The LORD says
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge”; and Proverbs 19: 2 states
“Also, that the soul be without knowledge, it is not good …”

The Psalmist in Psalm 118: 17 says:

“I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord”

It is a statement, a positive confession of someone (King David of Israel) who possessed a great understanding of the power and mind of God. He knew that premature death comes from the enemy of man, not from God. Hence, he (David) was bold to declare, pitching his tent with God, that premature death is not his portion. He understood that if God be for him, nobody could kill him.

This is quite true because, God is He that has the power to kill and to make alive (I Samuel 2: 6). David knew that all power in Heaven and on Earth belongs to God and that He reigns supreme over the whole universe. Psalm 62: 11 states

“God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God. (KJV)”

Pst.(Dr) Titilayo Olaposi