Month: January 2018

JUDGE

It’s not because you bathe twice or thrice a day that you’re cleaner than one who bathes once a day. Some people’s nostrils rarely see water in a month or two unless when they have a “running nose”.

It’s not because you spend 2hrs bathing that you come out cleaner from the bathroom. Some people have used over 40l of water day in day out, but parts of their backs end up crying foul like the Amba people in +237.

It’s not because you wear a suit that you’re most sophisticated compared to one who wears a T-shirt. Trust me,  if you look at their shirt collars, you may decide never to sit behind one during a seminar.

It’s not because you walk “clean” that you actually are. Believe me,  most junkies out there are in their Christmas wears all the time.

With all due respect, it’s not because you are adorned with high religious titles that you have a living relationship with our Heavenly Father.

It’s also not because you have all the academic grades and titles that you’re necessarily an erudite in the domain. Else ask my people and they’ll tell you the technological mystery of 32/500.

Should I continue…

What am I trying to say?  Do not judge a book by its cover.

This statement means you gotta judge.
Simple.

But how?

With righteous judgement, JESUS says.
Judge righteously. Do not judge by mere appearances.

Look deeper,  farther than what the cover shows.

Most good books are rarely discovered on the cover. We don’t do that with books. Why do we want to comfortably do so with fellow humans.

So yes, I won’t say don’t judge, as is the maxim out in our confused world today.

Rather, I’d say JUDGE
And please, it’s not my gospel. It is the B.I.B.L.E.

Jesus said the measure you judge with,  with that you’d be judged also.
His caution of “do not judge” as interpreted mostly today, is for those who fear for skeletons to be seen in their cupboards.

When Jesus speaks in Matthew 7:1-5, He says when you want to judge, make sure you have taken out the speck out in your own eye first, before you claim you can comfortably see that which is in your brother’s.  Else, you’ll be a hypocrite. In essence, Jesus wasn’t about judging in this portion. He was about HYPOCRISY. 

Well,  maybe it’s time we stop taking His words out of context to suit our personal whims and caprices.

If you see unrighteousness and do not judge righteously, then certainly you are guilty of same and thus fear being judged likewise.

Key is,  just as we say out here “he who comes to equity must come with clean hands”.

Likewise, you going out to judge righteously must be doing so with clean hands,  with a clean heart. Not judging to shame the person,  or unto condemnation or pride,  but unto love,  compassion and repentance so we all revel in the same grace of God for mankind.

Mind you,  we all were/are sinners.  Christ didn’t come so we die in condemnation. No. He came so we look at ourselves through Him,  see our sins forgiven and die through Him,  and see our new selves resurrected in Him.
That,  was unto righteousness.

So brothers and sisters, let’s get into this mire of a world and bring in God’s righteousness, in love and compassion.  Not forgetting that “he who comes to equity. ..”.

And go ye out,  boldly, not to judge the book by its cover,  but in all righteousness, with the love of God in our hearts, lips and hands.

Shalom.

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How Annabella was killed

Annabella from her earliest years was set to be a priceless pearl

She took her ink and paper well and made it spill to her brain so dear

She made it work and earn her pay and papa saw his gem so rare

Just live her dream and spread her flair until from her was snuffed the air

 

And while she meant to take her flight, the cuckoo missed his way

He zapped his life and mortgaged hers and lo, it was no play

And lying there, Annabella looked and saw her blood being frayed

And all along her papa here could nought, but simply prayed

 

And while she tried to stand the fight, the vultures saw a chance

To make some coins and toss their lives and lo hers was on stance

And lying there, Annabella looked as that her hope was chopped

If only all the sharks around had consciences that hadn’t flopped

 

And while she fought the extra mile, the whitened robes were nigh

All ready-go to make the dough and lo her life was sighing

And lying there, Annabella saw how cruelty was below-high

If only GPs and sharks and robes had chosen not to look by

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And while I think and scribble this, I see her gentle face

I pray she finds eternal bliss, if she did run the Race.

And I wonder how Annabella would’ve been if we hadn’t all the haze

All the cocktail of their impish hearts that puts us in a maze

 

 

 

And that is how Annabella looked and saw how she was killed

And that is how I am telling you so more blood wouldn’t be spilled

And sitting here, I look and see how bleak the future is

Cuz what would change if all they do is sit and feign peace?

 

 

GAZE ON JESUS!

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2 Corinthians 4:16-18 – “So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”

 

Just a few words as we travel the year 2018 – Set your gaze on Jesus!

The eyes were put in front for a purpose; always look in front; look ahead. Proverbs 4:25 says it. “Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you.”

The past is past, that’s why it’s called PAST. You hold on to it, you can’t move a step.

Better than look ahead, look up. Look up to Christ Jesus. Isaiah 40:26 says he knows the stars by name. If he knows the stars by name, how much more you? He is mindful of you. He knows your frame; He knows what you’re made of; He knows your every move. His thoughts and plans for you are plans of good and not of evil. Look to Jesus, trust Him and follow Him.

Hebrews 12:2 “looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

And by having our eyes set on Jesus – it means following Him; surrendering to His Lordship over you; seeing Him as the author and finisher of your faith. Focus not on the world or the cares of the world. Affection your mind on Christ and the things above. Live and love on earth as a pilgrim; yet as an ambassador of a kingdom; a plenipotentiary ambassador, cuz that is what, we who are born-again in Christ, are called to be.

2 Cor. 5:20 “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.”

Try this: With the eyes/gaze in front, it hurts to look left or right; it is impossible to look behind; but very possible to look up – just a fixing of the gaze. Fix your perspective!

Colossians 3:1-2

“Therefore, since you have been raised with Christ, strive for the things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.”

Stay positive!

Happy New Year 2018!

PAPA GOD NA YA HANDWORK

Had this been in those days, we’ll be saying “… with stringed instruments…” or maybe “… with drums and gongs…” in these days. lol. Trying it out in 2018 in Cameroon pidgin English. Savour, gratitude to God for his manifold handiwork all around us. 

Na ya plenty handwork eh, papa God na ya plenty handwork eh.
The life we di live eh, the air we di breathe eh
The chop we di chop eh, and the bed we di sleep eh
The pikin we di born eh, and the ones weh dem die eh
The birthdays we see eh, and the old age we reach eh
The work we di get eh, and the pay we di spend eh
The smile we di show eh, and the tears we di shed eh
For the sleep we di sleep eh, and the peace in our minds eh
For the foot to waka eh, and the nyash to de shit eh
For the mouth to de chop eh and the head to de think eh
For the voice to de sing eh, and the eyes to de admire eh
For the body to de fix eh, and the selfies to de take eh
For the airtime to de call eh, and the apps to de use eh
The famz we belong to eh, and the frenz wey be we own eh
The holes and the hills eh, the trees and the streams eh
Ya Son y blood eh, and the life Y di give eh
Oh na why we di thank you eh, for Ya plenty handwork eh
Na ya plenty handwork eh, papa God na ya plenty handwork eh!!!
Happy New Year 2018