Bible teachings

Small teachings with scriptural references.

COFFEE WITH JESUS – With the lowly and contrite

Isaiah 57:15

For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite.

CHRIST IN OUR HEARTS

As Christmas draws nigh, one should look out for Christmas in Christmas. It’s celebrating:

Christ who came
Healing our diseases
Restoring our hearts
Infusing into us love, joy, peace in the Holy Ghost
Sitting in for us at all times
Taking upon Himself the sins of mankind
He wants us all to:
Muster our tongues
Act in true Christianity and
Serve the Lord and our neighbours wholeheartedly.


That is what Christ does for us, it is equally what He wants us to do for ourselves and our neighbours, just like GOD did for us when He sent us a little parcel CHRISTMAS. 

WHO’S KIDDING WHO?

Mercy sat on her seat and watched below as things unfolded. “At the end of this all, we’d know”, she thought.
Not an easy one for Lisa. Through last week, she had been told her pregnancy may not stay till term. “What do I do”, she wondered. Usually, Mary, if in her shoes would do what the others would naturally do: visit Babalawo.
He was the sort of man you could get a response from. He usually didn’t ask much; wouldn’t even, because there wasn’t really much Mary or Lisa or the likes of them could give. But then, little plus little plus little gives much. Anyways, that’s my own thinking.
thShe did decide to go. Before then however, she tried to be open. Open to Father Moses. He was as understanding as the famous Moses was, but not slow to speech though. “You cannot do that; you shouldn’t. It is not worthy of who you are”. You sure you told her about Luke 9:62 Father?
Yes, exactly, who is she? She was a young girl who had decided to give her life to Christ some seven years back. She’s sure her parents and siblings all did. She wouldn’t know however, because she grew up seeing them; and joining them move every Sunday morning to the place of worship. It was a beautiful hall; with beautiful paintings of winged persons and objects on the walls right up to the ceilings. At age 7, Lisa knew those who did that must have really been blest. If indeed the angels were like that, then they surely have seen he who is the father of all the angels, God.
At age 15, it was the routine; no longer that which rejoiced the spirit, oh sorry, body, I mean, but that which bored the soul. A boring soul needs distraction. Michael set in. A fine young man; willing and stealing. He was the perfect figure of the fallen one. Harsh, yes, but “he looks like an angel”, Lisa would often think. Like. Just ‘like’.
Yes, he did look like one, was named after one; yet wasn’t close to any. One thing he was close to was to Lisa’s heart. He wasn’t just close to, he was in it. Or rather, hers was in his. She was sold out. At age 23, Lisa and her angel would tie the knot; yes the not. Actually, it was a “not” to everything that was for her. To studies, I can ‘not’; to duties, I would ‘not’; to life, I am ‘not’.
Slowly but surely, to the place of worship, I will ‘not’. But then she did with angel Michael at home. But, mercy was still around, dropping in in time. Once she knocked whilst with Father Moses. “What the heavens does this old father want with me again?” Well, he wanted nothing with her, only, Mercy did. And Mercy won.
That’s what Father Moses was trying to tell Lisa. But seems her heart’s been hardened like that of Pharaoh. I wonder whether he got a staff to bring about the plagues. Well, maybe he can; if he wills.
Off she went to Babalawo’s. Sooner had she returned than she knocked on Father Moses’ door. “Michael has to go on a journey for three days for my baby to live. Please help me pray, pray that he would be safe, pray for everything to work on well. Please pray Father, Father, please pray”.
Before he could separate his lips to utter a word, she was on her feet. Off to the house, she neither ate nor drank for a whole day. Brave for young Liza, heavy with child. On her knees she went, praying for Yahweh to intervene in Michael’s journey to Babalawo’s hometown for the safety of the baby in her womb. Like seriously?
Mercy said “No, I’m not letting Liza go”. Father Moses on his knees too would plead, plead for Liza, plead for Michael, plead for the baby; even plead for himself. The heaven did he get there? Who’s kidding who?
2 Kings 17:41 So while these nations feared the LORD, they also served their idols; their children likewise and their grandchildren, as their fathers did, so they do to this day.
Hosea 10:2 Their heart is faithless; Now they must bear their guilt The LORD will break down their altars And destroy their sacred pillars.

NO TWO TRUTHS

Things are dangling blue and white; We tell not wrong from right

As days go by, darkness from light; We lose track of the sight

Today we’re male, tomorrow not; The sun couldn’t well be hot

Or better still I’ll tie the knot; With a beautiful escargot

Guess it’s better today I am canid; Man’s ways suck, so I’ve got to be candid

With myself, as with every hominid; Did I say hominid, no; I feel I’m a canid

 

The truth shall set thee free!!!

The truth shall set thee free!!!

All who receive Christ have gotten the right to become “children of God”, not otherwise. (John 1:12). That passage clearly says sons of God, not something else of God. For the several human beings struggling today with their identity, some confessing and believing they are Christians; I think the solution is knowing who you are in Christ Jesus.

Romans 8:16 says “The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God”. Children, as heirs, and co-heirs with Christ Jesus, could only be those who identify themselves to Him, those who identify themselves to His family, those who abide by His life and His kingdom.

Not those who deny Him, His truth and righteousness and cloak themselves with the deceit of this world; not those who seek vain approval and acceptance of the traditions of men.

God has given us all freewill; He has given us the choice to choose what we want for ourselves. Nevertheless, when we do so, we shouldn’t hide under the cloak of “Christian”, because a Christian or a disciple of Christ is a follower of Christ who accepts His way of life and living.

This world is going topsy-turvy not even because of the heinous claims that abide and are backed by the powers that be, but because the true sons of God do not stand up for what is right. Mind us that the Bible calls us to put away falsehood and speak the truth, especially for those who say they are one with us, one with the body of Christ (Ephesians 4:25)

Whoever can do what he/she wants; but whoever says he/she is of Christ does not do what he/she wants, but what Christ wills. There are some things which even in the basest levels, are not acceptable; even the more for Disciples of Christ that we claim and strive to be. No good comes out of such. This is the truth of God’s word given to us His children.

The Bible says this “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:2)

Stick to the truth of God’s word; God bless your soul!

 

THE EMBER DUST

The ember dust that settles on our ever grumbling lives;

It’s pure, it’s fine, it’s sweet and sound, it makes you come alive!

It is upon no plane or hill, but lies within our being;

From He who knows the end from now, the One; the all-seeing!

 

The ember dust, the one made sound, the firstborn of the dust;

It lived and toiled, went back to dust, bust simply could not rust!

It is within no gold nor dough, but in the human hive;

From when we know we now believe, we make her glow alive!

 

ember 2The ember dust, the glowing alp that knows our Zee from Ey!

It is the plane that plains our pains, it knows the squirmy bay!

It stretches up the high and low, the glow kicks out the grey!

From when it glows, it blows and grows, it glows our everyday!

 

 

IF GOD HAD VOICEMAIL

From http://marmarthunder.wordpress.com/2014/01/25/if-god-had-voicemail/

th 2Most of us have now learned to live with “voice mail” as a necessary
part of our daily lives. But have you ever wondered what it would be
like if God decided to install voice mail?

Imagine praying and hearing the following:

Thank you for calling Heaven.
For English, Press 1.
For Spanish, press 2.
For all other languages, press 0.

Please select one of the following options:
Press 1 for Requests.
Press 2 for Thanksgiving.
Press 3 for Complaints.
Press 4 for all other inquiries.

I am sorry; all of our angels and saints are busy helping other sinners
right now. However, your prayer is important to us, and we will answer
it in the order it was received. Please stay on the line.

If you would like to speak to:
God, press 1.
Jesus, press 2
Holy Spirit, press 3.
If you would like to hear King David sing a Psalm while you are holding,
press 4.
To find a loved one that has been assigned to Heaven, press 5,then
enter his or her social security number, followed by the “pound” sign.
(If you receive a negative response, please hang up and try again.

For reservations at Heaven, please enter J-O-H-N, followed by the
numbers 3-1-6.
For answers to nagging questions about dinosaurs, the age of the earth,
life on other planets, and where Noah’s Ark is, please wait until you arrive.

Our computers show that you have already prayed today. Please hang up
and try again tomorrow.

The office is now closed for the weekend to observe a religious holiday.

Please pray again on Monday after 9:30am.

If you are calling after hours and need emergency assistance,please
contact your local pastor.

Thank you, and have a heavenly day.

 

IT’S TIME FOR SOME LAUGHTER THERAPY

  

Mind's Seat

Dear readers: There was a time I offered tutoring help to my stepson, Joe, when he was in high school. Karen presented the offer to Joe. He said, “No way, Mom! Kevin’s too intense!” He’s right.  

I know I have presented you with some tough topics to deal with ranging from abuse to poverty. Thank you for listening to what I say on these important issues. 

I need to give both you and me a much-needed respite from this degree of intensity. 

If we accept the belief that Christ, in addition to being divine, was human, it becomes easy to picture Him cracking a few jokes with His disciples. They would have had to have something to lighten the continuous strain of preaching the gospel. 

You will see in the Bible if you look at it as literature that Jesus loved using the literary devices of…

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TIME TO REVIEW

I often blame the world, but now I know it is my fault

I focused on the go-ahead, and failed to take a halt.

The grass was green, and true it is, the flowers and the trees

But lo, I didn’t get to see the fiery lake and bees.

PRAYER 2

My world, my mind, and all I had, was laid upon my goal

The time to sit and think is gone, and now I’m in the hole.

I’m left but with my body soaked, with still the grass in view

I pray next time I won’t self-cloak, but take time to review.

THE CLOSED DOOR

Mind's Seat

A wise man of God once told me “The door God has closed in your life, leave it closed”.

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This phrase was buried recently in my life all for the sake of not having as I am accustom to. Over the past month, I’ve noticed that all the friends of the past, people I had to let go of as I drew closer to God was popping up, one by one. Forgetting what was ministered to me, I was happy to “reconnect” with my “friends”. Some I hung out with, others I frequently spoke with. Little did I know of what I was re-entering into my life. As the month progressed, the old man was acting up again. Things that I dealt with, were back and ten times harder. So the little prayer and regurgitation of the verses was not working this time around.

At first, it was easy to…

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THE EMPTY CHAIR

A WORD FOR THE SEASON

Mind's Seat

In all of our preparations for Christmas let us reserve a chair or two for Christmas for those souls whom society often rejects. You don’t have to look hard to find these hurting souls. They are all around you. When you take the time to look into their eyes, you can see pain and sorrow etched on their faces.

Their need knows no season. Loneliness , hunger, poverty and despair don’t just happen at Christmas. Love is needed in every life 365 days a year.

There is a gift all of us can give that is far more enduring and more valuable than the latest Ipad, Smart Phone or Ipod. It doesn’t require special gift wrap. It will never need to be returned because it isn’t working. You don’t even have to put this gift on a lay away plan.  It is rare that this gift will be returned to…

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NO HARM

It seems the world is going gray, I cannot tell a lie

And if it is, I wish and pray that I and Mine don’t die.

Cuz everyday we sit and think and end up with a cry,

For every water trough we filled just ended up a-dry.

 

He smiled and held my hand and said “My child don’t give a damn

I make the grass to grow and sure I own your every farm.

The water trough you think is dry is only but a balm,

Fear not, He said, I am for you, and none would do you harm“.

“Your Greatest Strength”

30 Days of Purpose

It has been said that the two hardest things for a person to say is, “I was wrong” and “I am sorry”.  But there is one more that seems to be equally if not more difficult to say, and that is the ability to sincerely tell a person “I forgive you”.  For a number of reasons forgiveness is one of the hardest character traits to develop; but for those of us who desire to live our lives on purpose, I say this is truly your greatest strength.  Our lack of forgiveness does not hurt the person who offended us, but it keeps us forever tied and locked into the offence.  But somehow we have come to believe that withholding forgiveness gives us some sort of power, makes us more right, or makes people pay.  But who really has the power when we say things like, “I will never forgive him…

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LET NOT YOUR OIL LEAK OUT

When the anointing of God upon the life of a Christian leaks out, that person loses the greatest gift he/she would ever have had.

Consider this: God tells a man to utterly destroy a nation. He goes, destroys the inhabitants, but spares the life of the king. He loots some of the choicest of sheep and cattle. He further returns and goes down to a place he’s not sent to, and sets up a monument in his name. As though not enough, he pretends to a servant of God, when questioned, that he has fully obeyed God’s command. When reminded of his sin, he instead justifies his sin, that he saved the choicest of cattle to offer sacrifice to God. He uses the idea of giving God a sacrifice, in a bid to bribe the Almighty God. On another side, another trusted person keeps the company of the enemy. (1 Samuel 15v 10-25 and Judges 16v19-20).

Like our friends above, we might:

Disobey God’s voice and instructions; Build a name for ourselves instead of God; Live a pretentious life, with two facades; Give justifications for our sins instead of repenting; Try to bribe God with sacrifices and offerings; Make unbelieving Delilah our friend.

If such is, then our oil is leaking, or has leaked out. Saul paid with the throne that was taken from him; Samuel lost his strength, ego, and his eyes were gouged out. But fear not, there is still a way out. Repent, as our friend did, and ask God to refill your oil (Judges 16v28). He is faithful and just, and if we sincerely ask, He’ll do it.

 NB: OBEDIENCE IS BETTER THAN SACRIFICE; REBELLION AGAINST GOD IS AS BAD AS WITCHCRAFT, AND ARROGANCE IS AS SINFUL AS IDOLATORY. (1 Sam 15v22-23).