Prayer

Birds sing unrestrained,

Dogs barks unflinched,

Lizard’s nod unabashed,

But, once…

I questioned my faith,

I asked…

Do you ever listen?

Has my prayer ever reached you?

 

For so long I am challenged,

My doubts wrestle within me,

My sins caused me to stagger,

My iniquity intoxicated me,

I was suppressed by guilt and shame,

My knees gave in to my distress,

I was brought low by misdeeds,

My reasoning failed me.

 

I was abashed,

Totally flawed,

Until you whispered to me…

Come just as you are,

Come to me in prayer,

Forget every tide.

 

I divide seas,

I calm storms,

I make bitter rivers drinkable,

I give life.

 

Praise God! praise God!

I lift my voice in relentless prayers,

I come to you unabashed,

Oh, bless the Lord, for He listens to every prayer of faith.

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COMING OUT

I am coming out

No longer holding back

The bubbles

Suppressed

Deep inside my heart

The bubbles are

Many ideas deep inside

They are ideas

I never let out

But imprisoned

In my heart

In the prison called

FEAR….

By the prison guard

DOUBT…

Alias low self esteem.

I am coming out

No longer to be hidden

No longer to be held captive

By the dictates of my past

No longer to be held back

By my past mistakes

No longer to be swayed

By my wrong choices

I am set to bring out

Those abilities

That distinct me

From the rest of the world

I am set to let out

Those possibilities

Buried inside my heart

Those possibilities

Locked up inside

The miserable me

The miserable life

Of a girl

Who lacks the means

To let her talents out

I have talents

I have ideas

Pure, fresh, untapped

And never touched

They’ve been hidden

Well buried inside me

I am coming out

I am letting it out

Come out,

Come out and shine

Come out,

Come out and sparkle

Don’t you know

The world needs you

There is no one

No one out there

To replace you

The world misses

All you are afraid

To share

The whole world is waiting

The world waits for you

To grow

To glow

I am coming out now

I come out

Less I explode

It’s coming out time.

 

Rising Above Sin

 

 

 

 

Rising Above Sin

 

ADEYEMI S. ADERONKE

 

 

Content

 

Introduction

Chapter 1:  WHAT YOU THINK

Chapter 2:  OUR FATHER

Chapter 3:  CHOSEN

Chapter 4:  STAY TUNED

Chapter 5:  RACE MENTALITY

Chapter 6:  GROW UP

Chapter 7:  SHINE ON

Chapter 8:  FOCUS ON RISING

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                               DEDICATION

This book is dedicated to fellow brethren in the faith who thirst after God’s word.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

I am most grateful to God almighty my father and friend, he had been a father to me since when I was I child and hadn’t known what was good or bad, I just did what I felt like doing. I wonder what life would have looked like dad, if you hadn’t been there for me, during those early stage of my life when I longed for a father, you were there for me, you made my nights the best part of my day, I can’t thank you enough until I see you in heaven and hug you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Poem

Sin is me

Thinking of me,

Forgetting God has already

Thought of me,

And, I have no need to worry.

 

Sin is also me,

Trying to force my way

Into the limelight,

When God has already

Offered me,

The son in my heart.­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­__Anonymous

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

“WHEREFORE seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith…” (Heb12:1-2). Words around us points to the fact that Jesus is the savior of humanity, there is no other religion as detailed and accurate as Christianity.

THE POWER OF RISING ABOVE SIN is based on the truth of God’s love and sacrifice as portrayed in Hebrew12. It explained why we must not allow anything whatsoever to stop us from pursuing God’s kingdom, even your sins should not be a barrier. There is a mystery behind the ability to being able to rise up again after you’ve fallen to one sin or the other as a believer. As a born again follower of Christ, you must be able to see yourself always from the point of view of the grace you’ve received with God through the laying down of Jesus blood for the remission of your sin, he paid the price for your redemption once and for all.

God spoke to me from Hebrew 12, He made me read this chapter so many times until I got the message, it was at a time when I was so bitter and depressed, I knew something was wrong within me but I couldn’t point my finger to it, I felt empty and condemned, I thought of giving up hope on Gods salvation. nothing was working well for me, I felt may be I’ve missed it and God said, ‘you feel this way because I want you to understand and save others, you must let my children know that they are to at all times “…lay aside every weight and sin…” they should drop their load and let me carry it for them, they should refrain from thinking they can work out their salvation themselves, because many of you feel you are the one to walk out your salvation. However, this only draws you back from following me (GOD) and makes so many believers abandon their Christian faith by remaining on the ground where they’ve fallen.

Verse 12-13 said “Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed”. You must be ready to rise up after a fall, for the blood which cleans you speak better things than that of Abel. Don’t get it wrong, the fact that I tell you to rise when you find yourself on the ground to sin does not mean you should live a life of rising and falling “ For our God is a consuming fire” (Hebrew 12:29) You don’t know the hour your kingdom will come, GOD loves you, but cannot withstand sin!

THE POWER OF RISING ABOVE SIN talk’s about using the power of GOD already inside of you as a believer to rise above that particular situation or circumstance that seems to weigh you down from going ahead with your Christianity race.

Jesus and his disciples encountered storm on their way in the course of their evangelical mission, “And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with waves…” (Matthew 8:24). But Jesus didn’t allow the storm to overwhelm him, he knew the storm was a distraction to his mission and as such didn’t give to it the pleasure of shaking his faith in his father’s power upon him.

He knew God’s power inside of him and used it to calm the storm which threatened his and his disciple’s life. “And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm”.( Matthew 8:26).He knew God is able to save him even though his disciples had lost their faith, in the same way he is able to save you today. You believe in Gods power or you don’t, does not change the fact that God is able to save.

Jesus didn’t lose faith even though he was fast asleep when the tempest threatened; this showed his confidence in God. The devil strikes whenever we are weak, when we are far from God as a result of one sin or the other, he is always looking for the slightest opportunity to shake believers into doubting their faith. Your faith is your foundation and if the foundation is destroyed what can the righteous do?

The devil has resorted to draining faith out of believers and if this is taken out of a believer’s life, I wonder what would become of that person, for there is no way we  can walk with God other than through faith on which our redemption is based.

Jesus disciples were afraid, they didn’t know their place with God, they concluded they were going to perish, by so doing they pronounced death upon themselves in the face of the storm. God said his children still do this today they forget who He is in trails times, and also tend to condemn themselves even though He has not condemned them.

I bless God for Jesus who didn’t behave like a bastard, in the face of life’s storm. He used his father’s power inside of him to command the storm to the amazement of his fearful disciples who failed to recognize God’s power.

Jesus asked his disciples in that book of Mattew8:26, of the reason they were so fearful, he is also asking you where is your faith? I didn’t die for you to fear, I died to empower you, to enrich you and give you sufficiency in all spheres of your life. “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly” (Romans 5:6). That the ungodly wish is you and I, in our sins, should no longer be condemned. This therefore lies The Power of  Rising  Above  that Sin which has drawn you away from GOD and rather, “STAND fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage” (Galatians 5:1).

This is the promise Christ came to fulfill and it’s what we should hold on to, it is more of grace through faith than work. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

 

Paul has this to say to you in Romans 8:37, that you are more than conqueror through him who have loved you from the beginning and will continue to love you till the end of time. I pray the Holy Spirit open your eyes of understanding to see that you have been blessed richly with the power to rise about that sin. The provision for your rise in fall has been provided through grace, Jesus arose and rebuked, you must also arise and rebuke every power that try to condemn you before your savior, stand above that sin, ARISE!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

WHAT YOU THINK

For God sent not his son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through it might be saved” (John3:17)

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creation: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2Corinthians 5:17)

“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he…” (prov23:7)

 What you think is what you attract to yourself. Your thought goes a long a way to affect what and who you become over time. A newly born child has no custom or tradition but as the child grows he picks his values based on what he sees other people around him doing.

Man’s actions and reactions springs forth from the ideas conceived in his heart. Your mind being connected to your heart, which consist of your emotion and willpower has the ability to control your spirit and body. That believe in your heart is what your whole being is patterned after (your believe gives birth to your belief), it guides and makes decisions answerable to your person. On this note Proverbs 4:23 warns that you “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” Your thought shapes your view of life and tells you how to manage it in the best possible way.

Are your thoughts and perceptions in line with God’s purpose for you? Do you think your believe is also what God believe of you?, as you answer these questions, remember that it is what you think that dominates your heart, and what dominate your heart is what you become and what you become is consequently who you are.

I almost lost it completely with God, based on my thoughts. It was at a time when I couldn’t put my flesh under subjection and my flesh invariably triumph over my spirit that I began to give in to the devils idea that salvation was not meant for me.

This idea stealthily crept into my heart, found for itself an abode in my thinking channel and grew magically. “Salvation is no for you” is all I pick up in my head every minutes of the day. It became uncontrollable; it had sunk deep into my heart that the devil rejoicing, continued to build upon it.

The devil was in charge, he had gained access into me, he could tell me anything because he had gained access into my thinking faculty, he brought words from the bible to support his claim that salvation was not for people like me. He told me I was just suffering myself by not utilizing the little time I have to enjoy my life and get the best things I could while am alive, like right NOW that am still living.

The NOW rang in my hearing and I asked now? He said “yes” no other time than now! “Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified” (Romans 8:30).

He further explained that God has special people He had destined to enter His kingdom and that God’s promises are to these chosen people. He told me there is no way I can be justified or be glorified than the glory I can make for myself here on earth by completely doing all I could to enjoy myself here.

I didn’t understand that scripture at that time so I became weak by these words coming from the bible, the faith I thought I had  gave way , my strength left me, I quickly lost whatsoever hope I had and depression set in.

Nobody knew the battle I was fighting within me, I still went to church as usual but in my heart I told myself all preachers were liars, they deceived me, that I could be saved and become a loving child of the God who owns the heaven and the earth. Besides, my family lineage worshiped idols, my parents were no believer of Christ, I saw for myself that some people are really not predestinated for Gods salvation (people like myself are not called) but, I was wrong.

Before now, some years ago I discovered I could talk to my inner self, I knew I felt peace and secured after conversing with the being inside of me, I never knew I was communing with God through His spirit in me, my church don’t really preach about conversing with the holy spirit, they saw him as a spirit that takes over someone for a period of time and leaves after delivering its message. Thank God for Kenneth Hagins “how to be led by the spirit of God”.  Brother Kenneth’s book confirmed to me that God has been speaking to me without realizing it. I saw the Holy Spirit as a person for the first time. I became happy realizing I have been talked to and led by the most high in so many occasions.

However, knowing that God speaks to me through his spirit did not stop the devil from doing what he does best. 1 Peter 5:8 put it correctly while encouraging believers to “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour”. He almost devoured me  first gaining access into my thoughts, he made sure I lost every sense of reasoning, I couldn’t hear God’s voice as I used to, I sought for that peaceful voice but all I could hear was “you cannot be saved”. The voice was so persistent that I had to agree to it that may be I was never saved after all, that I should just embrace the world, catch the fun while it last because people like me are not predestinated, I reasoned.

I was dying silently with no one realizing it. this decision was very difficult for me but I just knew I needed peace, I stepped out to explore the world, but I realized one truth; there is no way this can be my world, I just don’t belong here I discovered, there is this strong witness in me that I belong to the household of God and from here on I told that voices which condemns me that, I do not know why you are telling me I am not among Gods children but one thing I know is I do not belong to this world.

I became confused, where do I belong? I asked myself over and over again and because I refused to listen to that voice of condemnation, it got tired and left me because I was now able to hear my friend’s voice, my inner self, I heard God’s spirit and it told me we have only one God anything outside God is of the devil, the kingdom of God is light and that of the devil is rule in darkness, it is either you are in the light or in the darkness as Jesus has rightly said “…I am the light of the world; he that followeth me shall not walk in the darkness, but shall have the light of life.”_____mattew8:12.

Jesus never rejects anyone, he only said you should believe and follow him, he that followeth him does not belong to the kingdom of darkness but is a member of his own kingdom which is of light because it is ruled by truth. God’s word is light so you must live according to God’s word to remain in the light which is Christ himself.

I told the holy spirit I know I do not belong to the world’s kingdom, now if I don’t belong there why then do I still fall short in doing all of God’swill,I was not convince I am truly saved. I struggled with my spirit to the delight of the devil. I judged myself based on my deeds, even though the Holy Spirit reminded me of God’s love and Jesus blood that is ever available to wash my sins away. “…your sins are forgiven you for his name’s sake.”______1john2:12 He told me. For the sake of Jesus, not your sake, for you cannot save yourself, nor have anything of your self if God has not given you.

Words of the devil I had entertained haunted me for a very long time, it made me afraid, there was no one to tell, everybody around me expected me to be okay and perfect especially when you look righteous on the outside by not wearing earrings, make ups, trouser or artificial hair, but I was struggling with salvation and righteousness inside of me.

I searched for peace, thirsted for something I can not name, I didn’t know what it was but I just knew something was missing inside of me, I reasoned with the devils point of view that may be I was not called after all, but my spirit will never agree to this school of thought, even though I felt condemn on the outside, my spirit felt secured.

I told God, I no longer care what is going on within me, all I know is that he is the only one that can save me, nobody knew what I was going through, the few people I tell about things Gods has been telling me seemed lost, I knew their words only brings discouragement, so I stopped telling anything ,what I felt in my condemned state was true and alive, so I concluded that one day they will understand, I held all of Gods word to myself, a sinner who is lost, but my eyes was fixed on God, he alone knows why I thirst, because his word says he knows all things, I told Him.

My thoughts almost snatch my salvation from me, thank Jesus who never gave up on me. The Holy Spirit was indeed patience I argued with him the more he tried to make me understand Jesus called all humans, he opened my eyes of understanding to the truth as it is written “and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free”_____john8:32.

This is the truth “I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”_____luke5:32. It was for you who were in darkness I brought my light to, the covenant was to save the world through Abraham’s seed.

God told me to let every one know, it is the devils device from old to deceive God’s followers, he said Sarah I want you to understand this and save others. The devil uses my own words to turn people away from me. “Let no man deceive you with vain words…”_____ephesians5:6.

Believers loose hope over their fall, although your spirit is renewed spontaneously at new birth, your flesh takes sometime to adjust, you need only to believe you are saved in Christ for he alone is your righteousness. Check the lives of my servants from old, they all fought with the devil, “and they overcame him by the blood of the lamb, and by the word of their testimony…”,____revelation12:11. The devil will never leave you until he is defeated, he battled with Jesus, and Jesus overcame him by his word, you also need God’s word to defeat the devil daily, and how can you defeat him, when your thoughts are not established on what God has said.

You must learn to let go of yourself and let God have his way, he is your maker and deliverer, he is the only one that can recreate and refashion you according to 2cornthians5:7 “…if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature…”. You did not create yourself and as such cannot recreate yourself. Surrender yourself to the lordship of Jesus who alone has the patent right to your liberty from the bondage of sin.

Didn’t I say none is perfect, but also said be thou perfect even as I am perfect?, in Jesus is your perfection, you can never be perfect outside of him. You must believe and arise, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of your faith.

Your thinking should be I must arise, Christ has paid it all on the cross for me and for all and has said I should “be of good cheer, I have overcome the world”_____john16:33. You have all it takes at your reach, all you need is think of me and what I did for humanity and you.

What you think is what you get, I heard that somewhere and it is true. Focus on God’s will, don’t enter his way through your thoughts. This is God’s will that you prosper in all things especially in your spirit. So therefore no doubting, no thinking condemnation, you are saved because God says you are in Jesus, he sure cannot lie. You only make him a liar in your doubt. Even when it doesn’t seem you are saved, believe you are because God says so and it will be counted unto you for righteousness.

I pray your eyes of understanding be open as did mine, as we continue in the remaining chapters of this book to see that, there is the power of rising inside of you, to grant you total victory over your enemy the devil in Jesus name!.

 

 

CHAPTER TWO

OUR FATHER

 

“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of man, but of God”_____john1:12-13

“wherefore in all things it behooved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people”____hebrew2:17

“…for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren”.____hebrew2:11

God says we are his child by power, not by flesh and blood. As you that receive him (Jesus) he gave the power to become his child just the way Jesus is his child. You are God’s child by the reason of God’s spirit that enters into you at conversion from darkness into light through Jesus. “…even to them that believe on his name”——-john1:12

He didn’t say you should do any other thing than to believe on the name of Jesus to be adopted into his family, Thomas one of Jesus disciples asked how they could come to God and “Jesus saith unto him (you), I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the father, but by me”. ——john14:6.

Christ was ready to come to this world in the flesh, “…it behooved him to be like unto his brethren…”——heb2:17, he wanted to be just like you, he knew God created you to be with them, to be like them and he was happy for the chance of being in the flesh, just so you know God esteem you even though you carry flesh outside of you.

He didn’t mind to leave his throne to a sinful world, like a brother he just wanted to save his brethren, he told his father you needed a righteous man to save my brothers, I will go and save them, please send me, put all their sins in my account, on my righteousness they shall be righteous, I can’t watch the devil destroy them, and God will tell Jesus be careful, you know the ruler of this world is very deceiving, you are the only one that can save your brethren, I love you and love them also, go shed your blood for them once and for all, I need your brothers to be before me blameless once again, I will be counting on you. And Jesus must have said yes father I will do as you wish, for I missed them too.

Christ knew that the price he had to pay for man is able to reconcile us back to God, although we were  condemn sinners, he believed God and on Gods word, that his sacrifice is able to bring us back to the father, he was not ashamed of us, he called us brethren.

If God has called us children with his spirit bearing witness with our spirit through Christ jesus that we are the children of God, why then do you doubt Gods word that says “for ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the spirit of adoption whereby we cry Abba, father”.——romans8:15.

You were adopted based on jesus blood, God is our father, we should be able to see Him always as such. Do you say to your father, “dad I don’t think it is possible for me to continue being your child because I have wronged you so many times, I have stolen, disobeyed all your instructions, therefore, I cease to be your child”. How does this sound to you, does it sound realistic? , if it doesn’t, why do you think it does with God?, what makes you think you can just walk away from following God because you feel you have disobeyed him and you would ask, if its your earthly father who is just a man, how can my father stop being my father because I disobeyed him?, Even if he disown you, he cannot drain his blood you carry out of you, you still carry his blood no matter what.

Do you know what it means to have God, the creator of the universe, call you child and you take this truth with levity. Haven’t you heard and seen from the scripture that God is not a joker with words. Every word God says carry with it power. “For the word of God is quick and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword…”——hebrew4:12.

God speaking through his prophet Isaiah said His word shall not return unto him void and that it shall proper in the thing whereto He sent it.

As a believer, the first most powerful tool you must possess is, to learn no matter the circumstance, to take God by his word, because Gods word is always yea and amen. You must first believe in your heart and confess with your mouth that God is your father, because you have believed on the son.

By accepting Christ as your lord and savior, you are automatically saying to God, come and take charge of my life, I know I can not save myself, I depend on the shed blood of your son on cavalry for redemption.

Your acceptance of Gods provision for your atonement is what declared you the adopted child of God.

The Jews were urged in hebrew3:12, even as I urge you now to “take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God”. You became Gods child by the reason of Jesus blood, not by flesh nor your own blood, but solely on the will of God as pointed out in ephesians1:5-6 that “having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved”.

A writer touched me deeply with reality when he challenged me with this reason that “if God is your father, then call home”. he said it rightly and I agreed with him, since then I realized, I have the right to go on to God as much and more than to my earthly father, I mean who else would I have gone to if not to him.

How can God call you child by his word and you feel He will stop being your father because you ran away from home, like a sheep you went astray. Don’t let hypocrites get the best out of you that you can stop being Gods child because you fell, they don’t know what Gods love is, my saying could be against other peoples belief, but this is what I am sent to preach, to tell you, you are Gods child by believing on his son, just the way he has said it over and over again through outs the scripture.

The spirit of God will have me demonstrate Gods love to you from Luke 15, it is a parable given by jesus himself, telling us of his fathers love, “and he said, a certain man had two son:and the younger of them said to his father, father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living. And when he spent all, there arouse a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want. And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him. And when he came to himself, he said, how many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and I will say unto him, father, I have sinned against heaven and before thee, and am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants. And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him… for this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.——-luke15:11-20&24.

Some people who are far to see can never understand Gods love towards us, the father to the prodigal son was also challenged of why he would shower so much unrestrained love to a son who left him wasted his resources, but his reply was that, he was glad because his son was back safely to him, that’s what he desire most. Where you’ve strayed to doesn’t matter to God, all he wants is for you to, come to yourself like the prodigal son and come back home. God is your father believer and your heavenly family awaits your return home.

God never said he would cease to be a father to you because you strayed away, what he did say is this “…return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon you…”—–isa55:7.

He never did told me he has stopped being a father to me even when I doubted my place with him, I knew there is a blocking between us, there was separation, but all I heard was, I still need you child, because  “…where sin abounded, grace did much more abound”—–romans5:20. He said what is the need of grace, if it’s not to keep us in him, if you doubt this,  what about what is written in romans5:8 in response to condemners “but God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

If He would that Christ is sacrifice for our adoption, then would He disown us, after the provision for our cleansing has been provided? , I can no longer think that, I now understand better.

How can God call you child and you find it difficult to commune with him because you ‘feel’ you are to full of sin, please study David’s relationship with God even though he was not born at a time as this when Jesus’ blood speaks on our behalf. How can you call yourself unclean when Jesus blood cleanses you from all unrighteousness? What do you mean?, were you the one who counsel with God to sacrifice his only son for you, did you talk him into giving you the spirit of adoption, if you were not there to counsel him, why then do you doubt the truth that He is able to save you just as he promised?, I asked you these questions just the same way the holy spirit asked me.

There is nothing wrong in being remorseful when you fall in the course of your running “for godly sorrow worketh repentance…”——2corin7:10. But in your sorrow, you should remember that, you are permitted to remain outside, you should come back home again in the knowledge that your father will be waiting outside for you to return, don’t keep him waiting for long.

Gods spirit said to him at one time when I told God that, I can no longer be his child, I told him; dear God my father, I know you said I’ve been saved through Jesus blood, but with all I have done, I don’t think I can continue to call myself your child, it is not just right, I must have caused you so much pain I know, please just let me go, am sorry for all the wrong I did you, I disappointed you so many times so I just need to go, bye dad, I love you so much. He listened to me and after am done, he said “Sarah, do you know what your problem and that of thousands believers is?”, I said no and he said, “with great love have I drown thee, you do not understand that I am your father”, and I laughed and said, “off course you are my father, I have heard it so many times and also read it from the bible”, I replied, he said ok, but do you see me as your father just the way you see your earthly father (Suleiman)?,and then I realized it was true, I joined people to say God is our father, but never said it from deep within me, as in not in the way I would describe my retired soldier father to anyone, anytime, any day, without doubt whatsoever.

He further explained that if we only see God the way he sees us, as his children, believing his words, obeying his commands and following Christ footstep would be so easy, for you wouldn’t like to be offending your beloved father all the time, or would you? He asked and I said ‘no’.

He added that, what the devil does to the present church is to first steal Gods knowledge from the people, instill in them the spirit of unbelief and thereby makes their faith waver, by so doing believers are quick to pull out base on little shake.

If your earthly father who is just a man and full of evil know how to do good on occasions, how much more good we are to expect from God who knows no evil.

Are you a believer and still find it unrealistic to see God convincingly as your father?, believe with your heart this minute and confess it with your mouth without doubting that he is your father just as he has declared in the pages of his book. The previous pages of this book has quoted Gods words telling you reasons to believe that God is indeed our father, there are many more words in the bible which tells us of how we became the adopted child of God, search through the scripture yourself, find them, declare them to yourself, there is no other truth anywhere than the one contained therein. God is your father, especially, the father of your soul.

As a father, he wouldn’t want you to be destroyed, he would teach you in the way you should go, stretch forth your hands to him even as he hold out his toward you, please follow him as he leads, he loves you, our father loves you so much, more than you can ever imagine, you sure know he can never lead you astray right?. “thus saith the LORD, thy Redeemer, the Holy one of Isreal; I am the LORD thy God which teacheth thee by the way that thou shouldest go”—–isa48:17.

A writer rightly said that as a believer you are Gods project still under construction. God will not abandon you, you have been given Gods divine nature after his spirit being made manifest in the physical, for a city set on a hill cannot be hidden.

I therefore urge you to shake thyself from that sin, especially of unbelieve that has kept you captive and blindfolded you from the truth that you are indeed Gods child, and him being your father will not cast off forever, for his anger is for a moment, but his mercy endureth forever.

You are on a journey that must continue until we reach him in our home which is in heaven. God your father, my father, and our father really need you home, and, nowhere else after your journey here on earth.

The power of rising is in you, although God is your father, this does not mean you should take the privilege for granted. Despite the fact that God loves you, you still have a role to play, but I tell you all you need is complete in Jesus, so therefore “cast all your care upon him: for he careth for you”—–1peter5:7.

He is our “one God and father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in all (OUR FATHER)”.—ephesians4:6.

 

A POEM

No, no

You know

I can’t ever leave you

I can’t leave you for anything

For you are;

My first,

My last,

My best, till eternity.

 

All I want

Is to be close,

Closer to you,

For you to be

By my side

And, inside of me.

 

I want to talk

To talk to you always

To hear your voice

To hear you speak,

And, call me child

 

You called me child

I believe you

I trust you

I follow you

As you

Lead me.

 

I tried

To please you

To do as you said,

Even though I fail

Most times, father.

No, no

I can’t leave ever!

Not right now

Now that I’ve known you

I’ve seen you

As you are father

 

I will give up

Everything for your love father

It has always been you

It will always be you

It will end with you

My father.

CHAPTER THREE

CHOSEN

“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins”——mattew1:21

By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name (Jesus)”.—–romans1:5

But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the spirit and belief of the truth”.——2thessalonians2:13

You are very much important to God. From the previous chapter, we saw that Jesus was not ashamed to call us brethren, you are his brethren. For you to be his brethren means you have a relationship with him, and that relation has been from the very beginning when God created man, “and God said, let us make man in our image, after our likeness…”—–gen1:26.

And the bible reveals Jesus was born to “…save his people from their sins”—–matt1:21. Gen1:26 shows Gods purpose from the very beginning that he intends for you to be his people, however something went wrong that brought about the need for the shedding of Jesus blood once and for all so that you can have your original place with God again.

Among everything God created, he said it is you He chooses to talk with him, to take care of earthly affairs on his behalf. He picked you above all thing, breathed his sanctified spirit into you, and made you a part of him.

God created you as His own, before man decided to go his own way, and, out of Gods will he went. Man was condemned in himself, he became naked, powerless and exposed to evil.

Devil infiltrated his evil seed into man, as a result of mans powerlessness without God presence, although God didn’t leave man completely, there was however separation, man couldn’t stand boldly before God. They were corrupted and the devil wickedly delighted in mans weakness, he thought he has been able to separate man from God and that was the end of God’s relationship with man.

How wrong of the devil, whatever God has said must be establish, no matter what, He never knew God had a plan B, to reconcile man to himself in a more powerful way than when he first created them, he will not leave them a mere creature, but would now make them his children and be a father to humanity, by spirit of adoption through Jesus blood.

Now God doesn’t have to visit man occasionally he dwells in man through the holyspirit a member of Gods trinity. He wants you to be with him always in his truth and your spirit.

God in his diligence and love gave the seal of righteousness through Abraham and perfected it in Jesus Christ. “And he (Abraham) received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also”.——romans4:11.

The promise of redemption was given through Abraham, but it doesn’t mean it is Abraham’s seed by natural that the promised is meant for, it is for anyone that believe through God’s power.

Being chosen of God is as the same thing to being called, everyone is called to be chosen, the decision is yours to make because not everybody are Gods children even though all are called.

Every human has the privilege of being called, Jesus died on the cross drawing the world to himself, your calling is a free gift, an invitation to partake in Gods kingdom no matter what part of the world you belong.

You are the chosen of God, if only you have embraced his calling, God is not a respecter of persons, it is those that come to him that he would receive, and he’s declared he would not in any form reject anyone, take a bold step right now and acknowledge Jesus is your redeemer and deliverer, that’s all there is to it.

I tell you this in order for you to have an answer to anyone who contradicts Gods word to deceive you into believing you are not chosen of God or that they are more precious than you in Gods sight based on their works. Jesus is your righteousness, the royal robe you wear before God. I was once deceived into believing I could actually save myself based on my filthy righteousness, the more I tried, the more I failed, this is because I didn’t depend on the one, who alone can wear me the garment of holiness, and, a crown of forgiveness, how wrong I was.

You are the chosen of God through Jesus, you are Jesus people, he is not ashamed to call you brethren, he came for sinners not to those who claim they are righteous by the law, and he came for the people who will be willing and ready to trust on his grace. “And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day”.—-john6:40

God chose you from the very beginning, he promised he would save you, he pitied you, had compassion on you and said do not worry I am able to save and to deliver, I will purchase you from sin and death making you my people. Gods hands is still stretch forth to you today, cooperate with God in fulfilling his will for you, he has said he would impute righteousness into you.

He knew you are in the flesh, but by the time you acknowledge and believe you are the chosen of God and that you are his child through Jesus, then you don’t have to live according to the dictates of your flesh all the time, you will live through the spirit of God which made you joint heir with Christ in God’s kingdom.

God went extra length to redeem you, a people he has chosen. The devil knows that with the price paid on mans soul, humanity is saved without defects, you were redeemed completely, without  an outstanding debt to pay, Jesus paid it all. And as such he went about deceiving many into not believing that God truly loves all.

The devil tells you Gods requirement is too complicated to be achieved, he says God is wicked, if not, how can he make so much demands even after he said he was just trying to save you. This is not true, all God require of you is to believe on HIM, don’t let people who are too far to see Gods loves turn you away from what is the truth, which is so simple, he said you need only to believe, to them it is so good to be true because they hate good things, they are used to being in the dark and therefore finds Gods light too bright for them and that’s why they have set for themselves standards that they cannot carry and rather pretend to carry holiness by blowing their trumpet.

God’s spirit will have me say this to you because I have been there and he has given me this understanding to save others also, to proclaim liberty to the captives. Even as Paul said that; “to wit, that God was in Christ reconciling us to himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them and hath commited unto us the word of reconciliation”—–2corin5:19

It was because of you Jesus suffered, the children of Israel were set apart in the Old Testament to fulfill Gods will of delivering the world through them to set an example for others to follow, in Abraham he said all nations of the world will be saved. For he said “if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleans us from all unrighteousness”.—–1john1:9.

Paul encouraged the romans to believe through faith that God chose them also, he thus spoke “therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law but to that also which is of Abraham: who is the father of us all”—-romans4:16.

It was you whose salvation was sealed in Christ, peter referred to when he said, you should stop to border whether you are saved or not, he wondered at the gentiles skepticism and said “but ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into a marvelous light”—-1peter2:9.

You are the one, who was once in the darkness of sin, a kingdom where devil was your ruler, but Jesus commanded his disclples to go into the world and make disciples of all men, to make disciple of you.

The book of acts, explained better the fact that you are not condemned but are the chosen of God, peter said he perceived that God is no respecter of persons, but in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.

You are indeed the chosen of God, the beloved of God, don’t let any power or demon tell you otherwise “…because that on the gentiles also was poured out the gift of the holy Ghost” acts10:45.—–. God’s love has been set on you long before you were created, your race, tongue or colour of your skin cannot change that truth.

Your root is from God, your place is with God and not the devil, I find myself falling short sometimes, but it has not stopped me from holding on to God, because the holy spirit has opened my eyes to see that it is God who strengthens me and tells me I am a treasure found inside Abraham, so are you if you believe. For “doubtless thou are our father, though Abraham be ignorant of us, and Israel acknowledge us not: thou o LORD, art our father, our redeemer; thy name is from everlasting”.—isaiah63:16.

I used to doubt Gods love, like you could be doing right now, but by the time my eyes were opened to the truth and position I am with God, when I realized it isn’t about me, but about him, that he had set his love upon me from the very beginning, as stated in Ephesians1:4 , that “according as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love”. I became confidence and very quick to tell everyone given the occasion that; I will go to my father who hath chosen me, when I die. This may sound too confident, but it is what the scripture says, that whoever believe in Jesus is redeemed.

Revelation5:9-10, tells it better about me being saved “for thou wast slain and hast redeemed us (me) to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; and hast made us unto God kings and priests: and we shall reign…”. Yes because we are the chosen of God, through our belief in his son.

I strongly believe we are more than conqueror through God who loves us, for like Abraham, in whom I was hidden, I staggered not at Gods promise through unbelief; you must be strong in faith giving glory to God.

Be persuaded fully that God who chose you to serve him among all that he created knows you better than anyone else and he blotted out the handwriting of ordinances that was against you, which was contrary to you, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; and having spoiled principalities and powers, for your sake, he made a shame of them openly, triumphing over them in it”—-colosians2:14-15. (paraphrased).

God loves you more than you can ever imagine, if the holyspirit could convince me into believing Gods love for me unconditional, and that his intensions and plans for me are not debatable, despite the fact that I was so great a sinner, especially when it comes to the matter of faith and believing on God words, I am the most guilty, and if he still loves me despite these, I wonder who that person is that God doesn’t love.

I heard some where that God loves sinners but hates their sin, then taking your sin out of the picture by coming to cavalry, means your love is indeed complete in him.

You have been chosen to render praise to God, a task Lucifer failed in doing, you are called to reign with God, he gave you the earth as a portion for you to administer. This is more than a fact, it is true that you are Gods chosen “which in time past was not a person, but now a person of God; which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy”—-1peter2:10.(paraphrase).

John mason wrote that you should “let your faith run ahead of your mind”. This is because your mind may lead you into doubt, so you need your faith to come first before anything else, the power to rise from that seat of doubt and defeat is in you in Christ Jesus, he guaranteed you, heaven citizenship, ”for all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen…”2corin1:22

 

CHAPTER FOUR

STAY TUNED!

“Surely he hath borne our grief and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed”.—-isaiah53:4-5.

“He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten son of God”.—-john3:18.

He took your sins upon himself, so you could be faultless. The bible said Jesus was wounded for our transgressions; the wound inflicted on him was for all of your sins once and for all. There was no where in the bible where it is written that you have to make another sacrifice yourself for your cleansing apart from that made by Christ.

This is the truth of the whole matter, that Jesus was bruised for your iniquities, you’ve not been given birth to at the time Jesus was crucified, but God said on him were the sins of you and I, the world before now, presently and for the time to come, did He placed upon him that the very blood of Christ is sufficient for all.

God commanded; “drop down, ye heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness: let the earth open, and let them bring forth salvation, and let righteousness spring up together; I the LORD have created it”—-isaiah45:8

This is fulfilled in Jesus death on Calvary. Christ paid the ransom for your redemption, not for reward or gain. never fail to forget that salvation is of Gods command through the words of his mouth and not of your making.

From the account of john3:16, God so much love you, that he gave his only begotten son that if you believe on him, you should not perish but have everlasting life.

Stay tuned to this truth that you need only to believe on Jesus to be saved, as simple as this truth, the devil makes it so difficult.

I greet you congratulation if you are a believer of Christ, this is because, it is not an easy thing for you to come to the realization that truly Jesus is the son of God, on whom only you is your salvation. Peter told Jesus in mathew16:15-16 that he is God son of the living God and Jesus replied peter that, “… flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my father which is in heaven”. It is God’s spirit that draws us to repentance.

Your believing in Jesus is what saves you, “he that believeth on him is not condemn; but he that believeth not is condemn already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten son of God”—-john3:18. I didn’t say this, the bible declared it so.

On the reason why you must be tuned on God’s word at all time is what Jesus said to those who refuses to believe on him in john8:24, “I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, (the one on whom the sins of the whole world was placed upon), ye shall die in your sins”. There is no two way about it, if you don’t believe he took your sins away, then your sins remains with you.

This is a very simple logic, you believe on him, your sins are washed in his blood, you don’t believe, your sins remains with you. It is your believing in Jesus that brings you to God, you cannot come to God without Jesus, for he is the way, truth and life.

This has been repeatedly said, that you need only to believe on God, it is free, it is cheap, why then do you pay such a costly avoidable price to unbelieve?.

What else do you want God to say to you in order to accept that all you need do is to believe it, as he has said it. He is not wicked, never, not in any way, all he demands of you is to believe, depend, and lean on him.

“…if ye will not believe, surely ye shall not be established”—-isaiah7:9. God does not force his will on man, Adam was left to make his own decisions, God told him don’t eat, if you eat, you shall surely die, he went ahead and ate, it was his decision not God’s. God also pleaded with the children of Isreal don’t go after strange gods, if you do, I will leave you and you will become other peoples slave, they went after strange gods and did became slaves in strange lands.

God is also saying to you right now, don’t depend on yourself, wait on me, believe in me, wait on me, if you don’t you will surely die, because by your strength, you cannot prevail, for, “…he that doubted is damned…”—-romans14:23. Please be wise and don’t give doubt room, be tuned to faith in God’s word.

Knowing convincingly that the salvation of your soul is giving by a far higher power of God, the very same power that raised Christ from the dead, there is therefore the need for you to stay tuned to this power at all time without wavering, but believing faithfully in your heart that the death  and resurrection of Jesus is able to brighten your soul daily unto the perfect day.

Draw closer to God and he would be near to you and be in you. Use the blood, wounds, bruises of Jesus to purify yourself daily, relying on him for reconciliation to God.

Depend on God’s spirit living inside of you as his child, wait on him even when the road seem so rough, full of portholes, that you find it so difficult to move, and you find yourself deeply in the ocean of sin, you must stay tune so that you don’t go with the tide.

People have found themselves in this ocean also, a lot of Christians like you are going through the same journey as yourself, many have allowed the tide of sin to carry them away, they refused to swim back to the shore where Jesus is, they didn’t call on God, they thought they could save themselves, but God is calling out to you right now saying; even while you yet speak I will answer, I don’t desire you to perish. “But thou hast not called upon me… I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions…”——-isaiah43:22&25, through the blood of Jesus.

God sent Jesus to give you the power to rise not to sink “for by grace are ye saved through faith; (in Jesus’s blood) and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God, stay tuned!.

 

CHAPTER FIVE

RACE MENTALITY

“Brethren, I count not my self to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus”—-philipians3:13-14.

“…so run, that ye may obtain…, I therefore so run, not as uncertainly…”—-1corin9:24&26.

It is not over, until it is over!. As a child of God, you should see yourself always, as one running a race.

Christianity connotes followership of Christ steadfastly unto the saving of your soul. It is your actions and activities here on earth that would be valued, to determine if you would be counted among the winners or not in the heavenly race we so run.

When you carry the mentality that you are currently on a race, you would know too well, not to allow your short comings, keep you at a track or in most cases take you back to the starting point or get you out of the game completely.

Prophet Isaiah in his prayer to God concerning us opined on our behalf that “but we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away”.—-isaiah64:6

God said the devil now uses our righteousness against us, some people have pursued righteousness in so much that they stop living  the life God gave them, they barely existed, which is strongly contrary to Gods will for them, for it is Gods will that we dominate, subdue and replenish the earth.

Do you find yourself doing what you resent and the devil tells you, you are condemn, you can never be able to live righteously, that you cannot be rescued from destruction. Tell him apostle Paul was rescued, he also confessed that at a point he found himself doing the things he knew doesn’t befit him as a Christian, but that didn’t stop him from continuing on the race, he pressed toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God.

A lot of Christians have stopped running the race set before them, they have been led astray because they have given the devil so much attention raising from doctrines, religion and philosophies. These vain philosophies have deceived and blind believers from the truth in Christ that “there is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit”—–romans8:1.

The race you so run is a spiritual one, where nobody sees how you are faring, but, you know when you are up and also when you are down, your faults are known to you and your master and maker, even when others can not see it.

No one can condemn you unless the one whose blood was shed for your cleansing condemn you, but he has said, no more condemnation to you, because he lives in you.

You were once a condemned person outside of Christ, but as far as you’ve acknowledge Jesus as your lord and savior, you cannot be condemn because Jesus now reside inside of you as you have invited him to, and if he is in you, who can condemn you, it Is so funny because, the only person who has the power to condemn lives in you, who is it that want to condemn, or who are you to declare yourself condemned, when Christ lives?.

I tell you as you continue on this race, all you need is to “…receive with meekness the engrafted word which is able to save your souls”—james1:21

You need Gods word to come out of the world successfully, that word is Jesus, and you’ve been urged to look unto him, for he is the author and the finisher of your faith. You cannot run this race without Christ, he is your manual and password, he is the one to direct you as you run and tell you the save road to take; you will find him if you seek him, because he is always near.

When your flesh and circumstances around you tells you that, you cannot come out of this race triumphantly, tell them Christ wouldn’t have died if it were not possible for you to successfully run this race. There are enough crowns for every one, it is not about first or second position, it is about everyone coming out triumphant. In our fathers home there are lots of mansions, Jesus has gone ahead of us to prepare a place for us, that was what he said, he wouldn’t tell us so, if it is not so.

Tell theologicians, philosophers, present day Pharisees and Sadducees that, your strength is from God almighty and Jesus Christ in whose strength we find courage for our weaknesses. For my sins are taken away in him, I come to him with my sins and he washes it away, sin cannot abide in him. “and ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin”.___1john3:5

You cannot come out triumphant, if you continue to listen to everything doctrine, philosophy or theology tells you, you must follow Christ in the truth and in spirit.

This is what God said concerning peoples idea and judgments, “for as the heaven are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your way, and my thoughts than your thoughts”—isaiah55:9. You cannot know the heart of God, although they are contained in his word, he needs to reveal them to you. That is why he is God, and you have to believe whatsoever he tells you, for he is the only perfect one.

He said “if you confess your sins, he is faithful and just to forgive you your sins, and to cleans you from all unrighteousness”—-1john1:10

God’s word is sure and true, he didn’t say you will never fall, but said, you should get up (repent of your sins) and continue the race. For “the just shall live by faith, but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him”.__hebrew10:38. Take this, that, it is God that justifies you and has warned you not to draw back. You are not to stop moving ahead no matter the circumstance you find yourself, its what God said, he promised you justification through Jesus blood.

There was a time, I told myself there is no way I can be called God’s child because I had fallen, I told myself that a true child of God will be like God, without traces of sin whatsoever and the spirit of God told me; it is true you are to be like your father which is in heaven, but don’t forget you live in a body and your father doesn’t live in a body made of durst like you, it is possible to wonder sometimes as you grow in strength spiritually. You are the righteousness of God true Jesus, but it is written that a righteous man shall fall seven times, but he shall yet rise again. I am not giving you the guarantee of falling and rising or saying you should continue to live in sin, all am saying is for you to move on genuinely and he concluded saying; sarah, get up, up you go now, for I am not done with you, I shall cleanse you from all your iniquities, so you therefore, cannot remain on the ground, move on, and move on I did.

There was a time when I was wondering how possible it is for someone to just continue with God even when you knew you’ve done wrong and the holy spirit replied me, asking me if I knew about David’s sin of adultery, took somebody’s wife and murdered, I said, ‘yes’ from what I understood about him from the bible, and he said, ‘ok, do you know what God called him at a time he has done all these things?’, ‘a man after God’s heart’ I replied. And he said, ‘have you ever ask yourself why God will refer to him as such, despite all he did’, I said, ‘not really’ and he told me  that, what David did, was what God expect from all his children. David knew he cannot save himself, he knew his flesh would fail him and so therefore he depended on his spirit for he knew with his spirit he can be at peace with God and not his flesh, he trusted God for mercy and salvation, he was quick to say; rejoice not over me my enemies, for when I fall, I will surely rise again, so great a faith!, he didn’t have what you have now (Jesus blood), but he strongly trusted on God’s mercy. Trust and believe (faith) is what God require of you, and David earned it.

You have Jesus blood, ever available presence of God to guide, lead and teach you and yet you still doubt God’s mercy, even when He said, you are now a new creature in Christ Jesus.

Let go of your past, move forward, it is a great sin to doubt God’s word that says, there is therefore no death for you but life because you have Jesus, and if there is no death, then we have victory, the race is a won one.

Do you still doubt this victory we have in Jesus?, Paul has this for you to learn of him “for sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me and by it slew me”—-romans7:11.

This was what philosophies and doctrines did to Paul, trying to meet up with peoples view concerning how to follow God pulled him down, he realized he’s been deceived, he needed more knowledge about Christ, some people have told him his sins were too great to receive the grace Jesus brought, he tried all he could but failed because he forgot to look to the one who called him, what he needed was the word, not doctrine or religion. Thank God for the gift of holy spirit who opened his understanding to the fact that “for if when he was yet an enemy against God, he was reconciled to God by the death of Jesus Christ God’s son: how much more, being reconciled by this blood, he shall be saved by the life in Christ Jesus” (paraphrased)—-romans5:10.

Paul saw the need to continue the race, his eyes was opened to the fact that as far as Christ lives he is able also to live through Christ. If Jesus blood remained from 2000 years ago to forgive your sins, even though you were not yet born, Will it not cleanse you now that you need it the most?, Jesus blood is the breath of Christians and it remains forever.

Paul didn’t hide his weaknesses; he knew he cannot help himself, like David he turned to Christ for help. He was not ashamed of anyone, he knew that the one who called him is able to deliver him. Nobody other than Christ brought him salvation, he told this to the Romans to strengthen their faith, he made them know he is not immune from temptation, he told them I am just like you, don’t look at me as a saint, I have my own faults for “…that which I do, I allow not: for what I would, that I do not; but what I hate, that I do, now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. For I know that in me (that is in my flesh) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not; but the evil which I would not, that I do. Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it but sin that dwelleth in me. I find then a law, that, when I would do good evil is present with me for I delight in the law of God after the inward man: but I see another law in my members warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is my members. O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our lord.—romans7:15,20-25. He was delivered through Christ, he didn’t give up hope and neither did he depend on his strength.

He encourages the people to look on Jesus, who alone can deliver them. You are to continue running so that you may obtain the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Although you may fall, you must never stop running because you have been redeemed from the power of darkness and have been translated into the marvelous light of God’s kingdom.

It is by Gods grace that you so run, it is the goodness of God that led you to repentance. Don’t despise the riches, forbearance and longsuffering of Jesus in your life.

The power of your rising is in Jesus, you must not let your faith faint, you must stand like Abraham your blessed father, who staggered not at the promises of God through unbelief: but was strongly in faith, giving glory to God.

You are alive at this moment reading this book is an opportunity for you to pick up once again from where you have fallen and move on, rather than condemn yourself before God, making vain his promised salvation for you. For to be carnal minded is death, because carnality is an enmity against God and that is why you must walk after what the spirit says and not what people think is right.

Your spirit man has been renewed on calvary, your spirit is reconciled to God in Jesus, you must therefore like Paul, run zealously and purposefully, for he said, “ I therefore so run, not as uncertainty; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air”—1corin9:26. I know why I run, I know where I am headed, Christ has promised me victory, I know I have overcome, so I therefore press toward the mark.

If you’ve now realize you are currently on a race of which end point is victory of life after death, then, you should be aware that, it is not your fall that disqualify you from getting the crown of life, it is your remaining on that spot wherein you had fallen.

When you fall and quickly get up, people tends to forget you even fell as time goes by, but when you fall, remain on the ground, and stop running , people notices it as long as it last, you will even get a name for it ‘the one on the ground’. On this race nobody can stop you unless you stop yourself.

Your Christianity race continues until your kingdom come. It is not as if you can save yourself, but you need to be willing to rise for God to lift you up. God needs you on your feet to move your leg. It is not how you run, but how you end.

The number of times you fell does not count, as you race on, what count is if you end it with Jesus Christ. So therefore look on to Jesus faithfully and expectantly, for you know not when your master cometh.

The power, ability and strength to rise up are deep inside of you. For “…where sin abounded, grace did much more abound”—-romans5:20

I pray God our father grant you the strength and grace to continuously wait on him as you race ahead. David Abioye said that, you should not let a wrong step give birth to a wrong life and a wrong future. Holding on to Jesus is the right step to take as you journey ahead, pick up where you fell, come back on track and move ahead, God is able to lead you home, ready?, go!.

 

CHAPTER SIX

GROW UP!

“ When I was a child, I speak as a child, I understand as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man I put away childish things”—1corin13:11

“wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the lord is”—ephesians5:17

 Desire spiritual food to get God’s knowledge. You are worth much more than you think and you can never know who you are as long as you have not decided deep within you to know the truth about you and your place in Christ Jesus.

Paul admonished the Ephesians not to be unwise, he urged them to seek after knowledge in God’s word in other for them to get understanding of what God perfect will for them is through his word.

Albert Einstein wrote “any fool can know, the point is to understand”. It is true you know Jesus is lord, but do you understand Jesus is lord?, your knowing is knowledge, but you need more than knowledge to  know what that knowledge is all about, you need wisdom and more of  understanding. “…knowledge is easy unto him that understandeth”.__proverbs14:6

Without understanding people continue to toss you around with all hook and cranny of doctrines. You need a hunger for Gods word, to get the truth out through understanding and be free from the bondage of Pharisees, for they are very much present with us in this day than ever before.

Until you come to the point where you hunger for growth in Christ, you will continue to rise and fall or more pathetic remain on the ground without ever realizing that the power to rise above sin is in you.

I say this not of myself but as Gods spirit told me, for he said, search the scripture, Sarah, therein contains all the truth, there is nothing you ever need for your growth that is not there, you don’t need to seek people to know the truth, “the simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going”.__proverbs14:15. The babes in Christ are so easily deceived.

Search out with understanding the truth of the gospel yourself, for it is not hidden to them who thirst for the pure word of God. He said, you see yourself poor in the spirit and also thirst for God’s word, it is written “blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled”—mattew5:6. What you need is for your eyes and your heart to be opened to understand that everything you need is in the bible, you can learn from Paul for he gave you charge that “brethren, I beseech you, be as I am…”—

There are a lot of people you can learn of Gods power and mercy from in the bible, instead of going from prophet to pastors who have deviated from the truth and only seeking after their own gain.

In Galatians1:6-8, paul said “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed”. Over the years we’ve allowed ourselves to be deceived because we refused to learn of Christ ourselves, but were so comfortable letting others feed us, we are so used to consuming, rather than to develop and produce.

Yes, you must try every spirit, you don’t just accept anything people tell you in the name of Jesus. It is so foolish to refuse to grow up, how could you be so contented with being fed everyday with every form of doctrine, whatever idea they come up with, is being thrown into your mouth, they know you know nothing and must therefore swallow it hook, line and sinker.

How can you know the mind of Christ and hear Gods voice through his spirit when you have refused to stand up on your feet, let no man trouble you with vain imagination, stand up for yourself, you are the one to stand before God’s judgment throne, why not find out what the master require of you in your own heart.

A child of a king, who doesn’t know his rights, will be controlled by the servants. I am not saying your pastor cannot teach you, off course, they are our spiritual heads, shepherds and representative of Christ on earth, but that not withstanding, we’ve been taught by the lord Jesus himself to watch carefully, for they are many wolfs in sheep clothing, coming to us in the name of our lord and savior.

Paul indicated that truly he spoke as a child, conducted himself like a child, when he first encountered Christ. This is because he needed to learn from people who knew more about Christ, in order for him to grow. The fact that he was not a follower of Christ during Christ earthly mission didn’t stop him from learning from people that have been with the savior.

He dedicated himself to the study of God’s word, especially when he discovered he needed to depend more on the Holy Spirit for counsel, than on fellow man who would in most cases concern themselves to what suit them, and he also urged timothy his spiritual son to study to show himself approve. There is need for you to study God’s word yourself if you must grow, and as it is there is a pertinent need for you to grow.

So many believers find it difficult to study Gods word, especially in the present dispensation of the world today. The wind of civilization has ardently taken us away from the rock on which we were supposed to stand.

Being so ignorant of what Christ would have done on certain situation or circumstances due to the lack of God’s word, has left us running from pillar to post, seeking help where there is known.

When you have refused to grow, you will be blind to the truth of the gospel of Christ, you remain retarded at the gain of the devil because you have not feed your soul with enough spiritual food.

The Holy Spirit told me that, the problem of the world today is not that of spreading, the gospel, because God has declared that the gospel must be preached to all the ends of the earth, he knew there is nothing that he can now do to stop the gospel, the problem is standing on the gospel. This problem arose as result of people refusing to search the scripture for the hidden truth that can be found within the pages of the scripture, this can not be comprehend with the physical eyes, what they need for their rising has been hidden to man,  faith has been stolen from the heart of believers, how men lack faith! .

He said Christ freed them from bondage, but they allowed themselves to be lead into bondage all over. They didn’t border to seek for the spiritual manner, they forgot so quickly that God work with men and through men, God needed Moses to divide the red sea, he needed Abraham’s faith to bless the world, just as He needs you today, for the revelation of his words. The bible is complete.

There is no revelation Christ would give you that is not already been spoken about in the bible. So you must be “standfast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage”—gal5:1

Nobody can work out your salvation for you, you are the master of your fate, you are an ambassador of Christ, he has set you on liberty, you were once a slave, but now you’ve been set free. Engage yourself in learning more of Christ and of his sacrifice. You just have to grow.

It is not about when you gave your life to Christ, it is about how you have grown in Christ. How long do you want to remain a baby Christian, whereby people push you around with doctrines and philosophies? I used to be this person, I longed after Gods salvation, I looked up to people to weigh my salvation, I saw them 100% saved, I depended on them, but by the time I saw they were just like me, I crashed, my foundation was destroyed, because it was not founded on a solid notion.

I almost gave up Christianity, how foolish of me, I was not rooted in God’s word, thank God for Holy Spirit who never left me, he was there with me all through, giving me words of encouragement, he made me understand that there are many people like myself out there who I must save by this knowledge and understanding, that all you need is God’s word, you can pick some helpful traits you think you lack from your leaders, but the surest one to learn from is Jesus life from the account given in the bible.

Christianity is freeing indeed if practiced in Jesus. You find it hard to live above sin because; the word is not rooted in you. Refusing to grow up leaves you a toddler and by so doing, you are left at the dictates of the flesh. This is because you spirit is weak, you’ve remained where Christ has called you out from.

You cannot understand the full gospel of Jesus when you are still playing the baby Christian. Paul said to the Corinthians “I have fed you with milk, and not meat, for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. For ye are yet carnal; for where as there is among you envying and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal and walk as men”—1corin3:24.

There is no way you will rise when you’ve not decided to leave where you are, your remaining on the ground gives devil the leverage to trample you under feet. It is to your own shame for allowing the devil to molest you, how can the child of the most high be made slave of the devil, it is your fault.

If God didn’t work, I would have said you learnt your laziness from your maker, but he worked, Jesus worked too, Abraham worked and so must you. Christians of this age are so lazy, they want God to do everything for them even though the power they needed has been given to them, God is not a magician, he does miracle through his children “for the earnest expectation of the creature waited for the manifestation of the sons of God”—romans8:;19.

God wants you to stand up on your feet, he needs you standing, don’t just sit there for people to feed you, be connected to God’s spirit, meditate on Gods word for it is the only food for your spiritual growth. God is waiting for you to grow up, for your eyes to be opened to his truth.

It was in this light Paul said he couldn’t speak unto the Corinthians the deeper truth of Gods kingdom, he said this on the bases that they’ve not enough spiritual food that would aid them with the understanding of the mystery of Gods kingdom. He told them they would not understand and so are you, you cannot understand the Holy Spirit teachings, you cannot detect the true worshippers, you’ve been blinded, because you refuse to grow, with you leg, you led yourself into another form of bondage.

Grow up!, I tell you, get Jesus, get the word and rise, knowing fully well that you are a member of Gods family by power, you must not allow yourself to be used anyhow. “For brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh…”—gal5:13.

When you grow in the spirit, you will loathe sin, you will no longer obey the dictates of your flesh, and you now know that God’s way of life is the best way to live, for the burden of following Jesus is light. When God says he frowns at fornication, is it not to your advantage, the only wage you can get from sin is destruction and death.

It is true you have grace, but should we continue in sin so that grace may abound. What God says he hates, he hates, and you cannot mock God, by taking advantage of his grace. What you sow is what you reap, take heed lest you fall, for you know not when your master comes, it could be right after you read this book, so therefore forsake your evil ways, don’t remain on the ground, don’t say it doesn’t matter, God loves you, but he is no respecter of person.

I didn’t say you should learn God’s word and leave it at that, you must know God’s will and walk in God’s will. The prodigal son said I will arise, he didn’t understand, but now he understood and rose, you should rise also, not just grow but stand.

Jesus has paid the price, you have his word, he left behind a teacher and an instructor, and you have no excuse for not understanding. You’re rising and falling is of your own foolishness. God intends for you to grow and not remain on the ground, you have not received understanding because you have not asked. God replied Moses, why are you crying to me, what you needed has been provided, I have done my path, it is left to you and your people to move forward.__exodus14:15

You are at liberty to decide whether to grow or not. “The heir as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all”—gal4:1

What you don’t know, you don’t know, but when you know, you will do better, because the truth you know will set you free. There was a time that I was carried away with doctrines, I never cared to find out the truth myself, I was following people. I am free now indeed, I now understand why Jesus said the kingdom of God is ‘within you’, it is time to grow up brethren and don’t forget “ that we hence forth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness whereby they lie in wait to deceive; but speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ”.—ephesians4:14-15

 

CHAPTER SEVEN

SHINE ON!

“Arise, shine: for thy light is come and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee”—isaiah60:1

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your father which is in heaven”.—mattew5:16

“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them”.—ephesians2:10

  Your light is your belief. Child of God, the light of your father is in thee by the power of your calling.

We’ve seen the need for you to grow up into knowing your right in God, but I tell you, you are not meant to just grow into knowing what God’s will is for you, you are to shine as well inside God’s will.

For you to grow and rise is one thing, but for you to remain risen is to shine and that is what your rising is meant for. It is for you to shine.

People rise and fall all the time, but it is God’s desire for you to rise and remain risen just as Christ did, God’s purpose is for you to shine in the world whereby you manifest your sonship rights as a child of a supernatural father.

Once you are born again, the life of Christ comes upon you, you are being regenerated spiritually into a new being, your old self and sin is washed away, your spirit man now wears a new look.

The new you is shone with time on the outside to the people around you, this is because those things you used to  derive pleasure doing contrary to Gods will becomes hateful to you.

If you are born again, and still find pleasure committing sin without remorsefulness, then you must check yourself and see if truly you’ve given your all to the lordship of Jesus. Don’t deceive yourself, this is another opportunity to make up with God, don’t think it is finish except, if you sold your soul to the devil and you would not be interested in a book like this if you’ve done that. Please make up now!

Having received Christ, and knowing your place with God, there is no other time for to shine and show forth God’s glory in you than right now.

You cannot call yourself a believer, when people around you cannot identify with you that truly you are of God household. People should see the light of the kingdom you claim to possess, it should reflect in your conducts.

Jesus must reflect in you from your inside, you are the light of the world around you; a city set on a hill cannot be hidden. There is no way your light as a Christian will reflect and people will argue with you the status of your faith. I am not saying your Christianity should be with eye service or people pleaser, but as a light people must see you shine, seriously, if this is not the case with you, then you must go back to calvary, it is not possible for you to be hidden for you are a light that must be seen.

You are Christ ambassador on earth, your light should be a ray with which others see. Your light should save others from darkness, it should give hope to the weak, especially in relation to this present age in which people are so easily side tracked, your light should show people the pathway to life. “…knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed”.—romans13:11

You should not be counted among the lazy and sleeping Christians, Jesus didn’t sleep with his two eyes closed, his works showed the light of God to men. We are in the last age, a time very close to the coming of Jesus for the second time. The world awaits your manifestation, they have heard of the gospel but want to see the good news effects in you.

It is possible that your transformation is not immediately seen, but you must be ready to shine, you have been called to life, men do not light candle and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick, so that it will give light to all. You are different from anyone without Christ, you are no longer a mere man, and you are extra ordinary. This is because you carry Gods power inside of you.

By Gods power and grace you’ve been made a light to your world, you must therefore, “let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your father which is in heaven”.—mattew5:16

This is what God called you unto, for you to rise up from where you’ve once fallen, so the world may through your rising and shining glorify God and come to him also, because he desire all to be saved.

You are God’s earthen vessel, housing great treasures that can never be fully exhausted, you may think you have nothing, or that you are empty, “but as it is written, eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him”— 1corin2:9.

God’s love drew you to him, there is no way you would have come to Christ if you’ve not loved him. You see people going out during alter call even before realizing it. They fell in love with Jesus and go after him. Although you may find your love for Christ waxing cold sometimes especially when you fall into a sin, and you feel so insecure or unsure, don’t linger much on your failure, focus on your strength through God’s promises and don’t give anything the chance of coming between you and the love you have for God.

When you love someone, you would do anything possible to remain in close relationship with that person wouldn’t you?, there should not be an exemption with God, let his love be shared abroad in your heart and you will then be able to follow his dictates effortlessly and reap the fruit therein.

What you need to enable you shine on this earth and beyond is already inside of you in the same way God’s kingdom is within you. You are created to shine forth God’s glory, although sin may have darken your light, the Christ you have now has consume your darkness and left you with a marvelous light.

Beloved, God cannot shine for you; he only shines in you and through you. He puts his light in you for you to shine. God glory in his children, he wishes for you to prosper and that is the more reason why you are to shine and God be praise.

God’s light in you is His gift to you, to enable you shine by the fullness of Christ upon you through your walking and waiting on him “for God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ”—2corin4:6

God’s glory was shown through Jesus. It shines in our hearts by his works. Let the world see God’s light in you by your fruits in regards to your works. To rise and shine is not only about you growing up to yourself, it is really about you bringing others to Jesus, helping them grow and stand. Paul learnt, grew and taught others.

As a believer, you have the potentials to shine in you because you have received God’s light in person of Jesus, you can decide to be an imbecile or crippled Christian, and then you would have to explain who you took after with your dullness, that is if you do not lost your light completely by your dormancy. Jesus shined, lived on earth and continued to reign.

God gave you life in fullness, abundance and dominance, you can decide to barely exist and not live, because there are people who only exist and do not live the life God gave them, that is your shame for from what I’ve known of God, he expects us to live, shine and bring forth.

Paul wrote that the gospel of Jesus cannot be hidden, but must shine and spread abroad and if peradventure, it seems hidden, it is only to those who refused to look into it, for it is God’s wish that it spread to every part of the world in other for people to hear, to believe and be saved.

Don’t be deceived into allowing God’s light be darkening in your life as is the case of so many “in whom the god of this world (the devil), hath blinded…lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them”—2corin4:4

The light of God is come to you and his glory has been risen upon you, because “…ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light”—1peter2:9. Arise with the knowledge of the power of rising, and shine on!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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FOCUS ON RISING

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins…” (Romans 3:23-25).

Jesus died so you could rise. We were declared sinners, condemned in the world after Adams fall. The glory of God which man wore as cloth was stripped off him. What differentiated man from the other things God created left man and we where made as common being.

Man was transported into bondage, a land of captivity and hopelessness, but, God said, what I have proposed concerning man must be and so He said, my son will be born of man and die in the place of man’s sins, because he is holy and righteous, there is no sin in him. Jesus my son is the only one that can deliver these people I created of myself, and so his son was sent forth, with the father watching how he would fare among men, and in mans clothing (flesh).

The decision to lay down Jesus’ life must have been a very tough one for GOD; no wonder God asked Abraham to sacrifice Isaac his only son, just so Abraham would know a father’s love for his child and what it means to give your only son as a sacrificial lamb.

GOD needed Abraham to understand the extent to which He is going in other to redeem humanity, and for him to know that, the promise of a seed to save the world through him (Abraham) is a serious and concluded deal.

How Abraham must have felt placing Isaac his promised son whom was born to him at a very old age on the altar of sacrifice? God felt what Abraham felt too, don’t forget He is a GOD driven by compassion and love towards us we know Him as one with compassion. That is, his love for you and I made him went ahead with His proposition to give His only begotten son as a ransom for man’s fall from HIS glory.

God did all these for you, why then do you repay Him with ungratefulness and doubt, no wonder He said, my people perish because they lack knowledge, remember that, knowledge is not knowledge until it is understood.

You refusing to gain God’s knowledge of His will and purpose is to your shame, “For the invincible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and God head; so that they (you) are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened” (Romans 1:20).

God made all things known to you as to the history of what was, what now is, and what is to be, so that you will understand and be ignorant of nothing. He never imposed anything on you, He gave you the freedom to reason, evaluate and make your decisions.

He has told you the reason for human sufferings, I see how people struggle to survive and I wondered why it should be so, but God said he created us prosperous and gave us everything lavishly, he never meant for us to suffer. If you proposed in your heart to succeed sincerely, you will come out shining because the provision to succeed on earth lies within us. That’s a diversion meant for another time. What I’m concerned about here is in regard to your life being patterned after God’s purpose, for you to be with Him after our short walk here on earth and to have a blessed life here on earth. He told you the reason for death and did also made provision for your escape into eternal life where there will be no more sorrow and pain.

Although you were condemned, He said you could be saved, He said you could have a better life where you don’t have to store up wealth and die, leaving it behind, while your soul perish from your foolish decision, from your blindness to see that, there is a more real life that awaits you after your short passage on earth, in which, your deeds gives you the ticket to where you will spend eternity.

God has shown his love and people take it for ancient story. Like the foolish lover, you take God’s genuine love for granted; you will never know the value of a true love until you’ve lost it. When someone is willing to take your shame and pain and you still see nothing wrong in doing that person wrong, you are headed for doom, Romans 1:21, puts it better, “… when they knew God they Glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations and their foolish heart was darkened”. I see how people like me misbehave and live life without reference to God, and God just watches us because He had loved us from when He created us and even until now.

The truth is GOD is actually grieving over us for our lack of believe on Him and the provision He has made for our reconciliation back to Him. I could seriously can a cane just like Jesus and begin to wipe everyone of you for having to let my father regret over you and over me, we’ve caused Him so much trouble, just because He loves us, lets imagine how great a sacrifice it is that God has made on our behalf, lets digest it and allow it sink into us then we would understand why we mustn’t take this grace for granted.

God didn’t create you stupid or foolish; you were crafted in GODS wisdom. He wouldn’t have asked Adam to name the other animals He created if he hadn’t blessed him with the ability to do so, He knew Adam could do it. Where is the wisdom with which you were created? Stand up, shake yourself out of that state of feeling condemn and abandoning your redemption walk with GOD, God loves you and wants you to focus on rising and continue to depend on Him daily for your salvation.

The previous chapters of this book have said it all, from when you offend God through your thoughts and vain imaginations “…if ye will not believe, surely ye shall not be established” (Isaiah 7:9), to telling you, how you became Gods child by power, through the spirit of adoption “…bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth; Even every one that is called by my name…” (Isaiah 43:6-7), to building your confidence in your calling to God’s kingdom, by saying, “Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.”(Isaiah 45:22), to telling you to stay tuned to the promise of God that, there is no condemnation to those who have believed and trusted on the son for “Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows…”Isaiah 53:4, to telling you, you are currently on a race, which ends in death and that you are not disqualified no matter what unless you disqualify yourself, as Romans 9:16, urge you to move on by stating that “So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that showeth mercy.”, to telling you, you must grow up and get knowledge of God yourself to build up your faith and not be deceived “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17), to telling you that the salvation of others around you depend on the state of your light, Jesus exhorts that you “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16), and now, He is telling you to focus on rising above that sin and looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of your faith.

You’ve been urged to focus on your rising and not on your falling. Don’t be ignorant like the Romans who Paul in Romans 10:2, 3, and 9, told that, “For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God… That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved”.

You should be thankful for the privilege to worship at Gods feet, many people have died without understanding that, they were supposed to submit themselves to the lordship of Jesus and not think they can earn their salvation by struggling to be righteous, whereby they stumble by the stumbling stone, because whosoever believeth on him should not be put to shame, but majority of we Christians fail because we hadn’t placed our trust on Him who alone is able to deliver us unto the perfect day. Reading this book right now is an opportunity for you, go over it until you understanding that, it is not about your falling, but much more about your rising.

God said you are saved, tell doubt and fear, you’ve been saved, stand on your feet and claim what is rightly yours. Don’t let the workers of iniquity who go about establishing their own righteousness place on you a yoke which they cannot also carry.

Let Jesus himself judge you. As a truly adopted child of God, you have an inner witness in Jesus, how could you base your faith on what people (humans) have to say, when it is written and we’ve seen with our eyes over the years that there is none righteous, no, not one. Even the people who may seem standing to you have been warned also to take heed lest they fall. Tell me “Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us”.(Romans8:34).

What more can I say than the message I have been sent to deliver, this is the conclusion of the matter; the world we now live in is a path way to another life after death, in which we enter into a life more real than the one we see right here on earth.

Jesus knew what you and I  his brethren would miss if he didn’t come to our rescue and he came he, endured shameful pain on the cross, the people he came to deliver where the ones who mocked and killed him, yet he endured all of these just so we would be saved.

If you would only take time to ponder, the enormity of CHRIST sacrifice then you would know and understand that, truly it is God that justifieth, and that Jesus is interceding on your behalf then you will understand that it is not worth the foolishness of striving to accumulate wealth outside God for yourself on earth or doubting Gods provision of redemption, and that, you are to rather strife to move on with God towards the perfection of your soul.

There is nothing as good as ending this journey with God, your maker and father, don’t say this is another story, don’t allow death to visit you before your realize the truth. When you die you should go home and home is where God is, and the power to rising above sin is what can take you there, SHALOM!

 

EPILOGUE:

I COME HOME

I can see you,

I see your hands

Spread out

In holy embrace,

Waiting for me,

To come home,

For me to, come home to you.

 

I know your love

I know your embrace

I know your mercy

I know your grace

I know your waiting

And, I know your calling.

 

You are loving

You are caring

Take me,

I am thine

Take me Lord God,

I am yours alone

Please don’t share me, not with anyone.

 

You told me:

To seek first your kingdom

And, every other thing

Will be added

Unto me

 

Yes, lord!

I leave friends

I leave family

I leave money, wealth and riches

I leave fame

For, I long to come,

To come home, to you.

 

I follow you

I take your cross daily

I take your sufferings

I take your shame

I take your pains

For, they are able

To save me, to lead me , and

To take me home.

 

 

 

 

A PEOM:

I CAN SEE HIM

Growing up

I did things my way

Nobody can stop me

I know that,

I know what I know.

 

But now I see

I don’t know enough

Not as I thought I knew

For now I can see

I can see the devil

He rejoiced over me

Before my savior.

 

I see him laugh wickedly

Truiphantly,

I cant let this

Not anylonger

I will go back to my savoir

My savior weeps

He’s so sad, over me.

 

Oh, I can see him

I see his sorrowful eyes

He watches every

Step I take

For me

Not to disappoint him.

 

I don’t want to turn back

I don’t want to stand back

For I see

How he longs,

For me to move on, and I hear him say;

 

Oh you Jerusalem

The city of the lord

Guide your gates

Mark your walls

Lest the devourer get you

 

Oh precious jerusalem

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Girl

Girl

I don’t understand

I don’t know why

I can’t understand

Why you had to leave

How could you leave

Even after you’ve

Witnessed my pain

You saw my weaknesses

Witnessed my sorrow

Saw my unquantifiable tears

And shared in my fears??

 

Girl

Oh girl

Was my pain

Too difficult to bear

Was my tears

Too hot to behold

Was my distresses

Too difficult to handle

Why did you

Have to leave?

 

Girl

Was it because

I didn’t love you enough

Was because

I didn’t show you

How much I care

Was it because

I didn’t hold you dear?

 

Girl

Please, tell me

Why you had to leave

You meant so much more to me

Am sorry

I didn’t love you enough

Please,

Come again

And I will hold you dear

Come again

And I will love you well

Come again

And I will never hold back my love

From you.

©Adeyemi Aderonke

Dear God

                                                                                                     No, Nineteen Oron Street,

                                                                                                     Romi New Extension,

                                                                                                     Kaduna South,

                                                                                                     Kaduna State,

                                                                                                     Nigeria,

                                                                                                     West Africa,

                                                                                                     Africa,

                                                                                                     Planet Earth.

                                                                                                    Twenty fourth,

                                                                                                    August,

                                                                                                    Two Thousand and Fifteen.

Dear God,

My lord, My king

My father, My savior

My friend, My lover

My defender, My rescuer

My shield, My provider

My redeemer, My deliverer

My hope, My guidance

My comforter, My overseer.

How are you doing today?

I hope I’ve not hurt you much?

You know…

Sometimes I wonder…

What you think of me?

I wonder…

What you think about me right now…

Are you sad about my conducts today?

I also wonder…

Did I ever

Make you smile

I hope…

I hope I have ever for once made you smile

Well…

Until then

When I see you face-to-face

I sure

You will give me answers

You will get to answer my speculations

And my questions too

Until then, I beg you

Don’t get so mad at me

Because of my conducts

Each day

Don’t get so mad

Don’t get so sad

Because of me

Today and every other day

Know that…

I love you

I always do love you

And I wish above all

To do your will

I want you to know

I will keep pressing to be good

Today, and every other day

love you!!!

                                                                                                                     Your Daughter,

                                                                                                                    Adeyemi Aderonke.

BEING A SENATOR IS NOT A CRIME…

Nigeria is one country where you see people running after the band wagon like poor miserable zombies. This saddens me a lot and Ican never stop to wonder if we will ever outgrow this card stacking.

I am not a politician, never thought I would be concerned about politics but the issue of SAHARA REPORTERS and Senator Dino Melaye is another propaganda I can not play deaf hears to.

DINO

let me start here, is Senator Dino Melaye the only person in Nigeria who has no transcript of his result? no, I can answer that one because I am a graduate too and do not have my original transcript because I never collected it  from my school.

Don’t get me wrong I do not say it is right to go about calling yourself a graduate when you refused to get your original transcript, that is negligence on my part but that hasn’t stopped me from telling anyone  that I am a graduate. I have been in situations where I needed to present my original transcript but somehow I manage to scale through without bribery nor manipulation, is it possible for Senator Dino Melaye to be as lucky as me? that is a question for you to answer without prejudice.

wait o, am I the only person who sees advert of courses home, abroad, online and what have you, where they award degrees for attending training’s and seminars. We are encourage every now and then to take different online and weekend courses to widen our scope of knowledge, please, how is this different from what the Senator has done? we criticize him for simply saying he got this or that certificate, don’t we also pose with our 30 minutes certificate, abi is it because he is a Senator?

okay, so because he is a senator he can not brag about his certificate whether its 30minutes, 1hour or 1week,  but you and I the ordinary Nigerians can abi? no problem. If what we are saying is that he as a senator must do things differently from every other Nigerians, why are we still condemning him for his possessions because his taste is different from that of the average Nigerians. so, in this case he should behave like the ordinary Nigerian but not in the case of bragging with an award from a seminar he attended.

why are we so easily swayed, why are we so easily influenced to condemn others especially when the person is a public figure, is that how we want to make Nigeria great, while refusing to change? haba…the fact that Senator Dino Melaye made an attempt despite his schedule and commitments as a Senator to attend seminars, workshops and training’s should be applauded.

How many of our other Nigerian senators have gone out to engage in activities that would broaden their scope of knowledge, shouldn’t the one who showed interest be encouraged and urge to do more and better, isn’t his confidence in coming out to boast about engaging in educational pursuits be credited as a quality of a leader who believes in education and knows that education is the only key to civilization and our national development? let’s think Nigerians, don’t be led by other people’s thinking, think for yourself and stop following the band wagon.

 

YOUR LIFE IS A BOOK

1xdlryx3_biggerYour life is a book

With each day

Seconds and minutes

As it tickles

Points towards an end.

Your life has chapters

With themes

And settings too.

Each day forms plots

With rooted backgrounds

Prologue and epilogue

We can never give

A straight narration to

Because, we were never there.

Your life is a book

There is always a beginning

If only we look deeply.

There is always an ending

Although, not without suspense

Dilemmas and conflicts.

Sometimes, there is resolution

If you stick to the end.

And off course,

There is the rhetorical questions

A whole lot of them

I tell you.

Your life is a book

You are your own book

And in books

The endings differs

There is happy ending

And there is tragic endings too

So is tragic- comedy

And the best…comedy

Comedy….

It’s a friend of happy ending

I heard

Most book ends

With happy ever after

I hope, you are lucky too.

Your life is a book

You are your story

You are your writer

You are your actor

You are your director

You are your main character

You can change

The supporting character too

You cant act all by yourself right?

But, its your story

And you can be

You own hero.

Your life is a book

You could be

Your own enemy

You could make mistakes

Be your mistakes,

Or you could well just change

And stop making mistakes.

You could change characters

You know…

Do away with those

Who don’t fit

In the lines of your book.

Your life is a book

Sit and write

Write it out

Right it out

With the picture

Of your ideal life

Don’t you know it?

Then write and right it

And if its not okay

Erase, and start over

Your life is a book

With your stories

Legibly written

In the history

Of yesterday

And marked by the sand of today,

You determine what’s written today

Remember always…

Your life is a book

@ADERONCARES #POETRY #AMWRITING

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FEMINIST: ARE WE RIGHT TO BLAME THE MEN FOLKS?

 

 

FEMINIST:  ARE WE RIGHT TO BLAME THE MEN FOLKS?

I am a woman, I love women, they are my sisters, they are my friends, and I sure the hell hate to see them suffer, so you can as well say I am a feminist, cause am in support of what Maya Angelou said “I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch, you’ve got to go out and kick ass”. Yes it’s time for women to rise up and take charge of their lives.

For years women have suffered in ignorance thinking men are wicked creatures or that they must be slaving themselves in the name of submissiveness to men in order to live a better life, well, that’s not true, I say to you: you are wiser and stronger than you think you are and Princess Diana has this to say about this, “people think at the end of the day that a man is the only answer to fulfillment. Actually a job is better for me”.

Women are so far stronger than men, by this I don’t mean physical strength; I talk about the woman emotion. God created the woman to fill a void in the life of a man. That missing link in which the woman was meant to fill is what makes the woman what she is; this is where the strength in the women folks lies. Thus, this brings us to the understanding that the man is never complete without a woman, but over the years the women not realizing their power has limited themselves to the false notion that the man must be looked up to for survival.

It is true God made the man head over the woman as the man was first created and given the task to direct the woman, but the man lacks all it takes to be a woman which is that attribute that makes up a woman, but the woman on the other hand has a vital part of a man which makes her a complete entity, a finished product, there was nothing missing in the woman whereas the man was declared unfinished and above all she has that greater power in which the man is at her mercy; she carries the man in her womb for nine month in which period it is long enough for her to do to him whatsoever  she dims –fit, it doesn’t stop here, the man looks to her for food, care and guidance just as a slave look up to his master for livelihood.

Men are the most fragile and obedient creature when being compared to the woman. From creation’s record, the woman taught the man to do wrong. Women said men are bad, selfish, rude and all sorts but I say the woman taught the men how to treat and estimate their worth.

J.K Rowling opined that “it is our choices that show what we truly are far more than our abilities”. Why would you say a man broke your heart, he dump you or cheated on you when what you bargained for was a boyfriend/girlfriend relationship. On what basis did you begin the said relationship with this man? You don’t just jump into a relationship with someone and start fantasizing in the middle of it of a being together forever, you start creating an imaginary future of you and this guy together, then you begin to question if you and this man are meant to spend the rest of your life together, if this is what you do, still do, or about to do, then you’ve got it all wrong, 98% chance is you will end up disappointed, desperate and frustrated.

I’ve seen good men, really nice men who sees women, all women for who they are; a mother, a companion, a friend in tough times and in their innate instinct to care and nurture others, women are selfless in nature. To keep fighting for equality is simply because you don’t know who you are as a woman, feminism to me is women standing up for themselves, giving and showing unconditional love, simply put; feminism is being a woman and all it entities. If you are being woman, then automatically, you are a leader which makes you in charge of everyone around you.

The men treat you as you are woman. Nobody can treat you anyhow unless you allow them, like Sheila Murray Bethel said “one of the most courageous things you can do is identify yourself, know who you are, what you believe in and where you want to go”. I have seen women standing tall far above lots of men around her, women are born leaders. Deborah in the bible was a leader who led the Israelites to war and recorded success. Over the years women have hold bigger positions than men in organizations, yet 80% of women still fold their hands saying men rule the world, this notion has been intensified by the recent Clinton Hillary’s defeat by the male contender Donald Trump during the USA presidential election.

Women are wrong to hold this believe, we give birth to these men for heaven sake, so I say we should be able to rule and tame them, it is your fault if these men seems uncontrollable, this is because it is how you train them that they will grow, it is how you present yourself as a parent, a guardian to that child that he will relate with you when he is grown up.

I said it and I will say it again, men don’t treat women bad, men do not see women as their subordinate, I mean how can a creature tell it creator I am stronger than you? It is you woman who causes the man to treat you bad, this makes me agree with what Al Anon said that “if you don’t like being a doormat, then get off the floor”.

Women fail because they didn’t realize how powerful they are, they fail because they’ve been made to believe over the years that women are weak and thus, must depend on the men for survival, but this is what Madame Marie du Deffand has to say about this “women are never stronger than when they arm themselves with their weaknesses”. The reality here is that the man and woman co-existence is a two way thing, it is a symbiotic kind of relationship and the man though physically stronger like the cattle and the woman physically weak like the cattle egret , needs the woman twice as much as the woman needs the man. All you need is to do as Marie Curie said that “women must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing at whatever cost must be attained”.

 

 

Being young

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life is an interesting movie.

Once I was a young girl

Full of hope and youthful vibes

Vibrant and energetic

I feel so tall

Taller than my mates

And people older than me

I actually concluded

I was taller than everyone

I look to the future

With bright eyes

Everything was perfect

My future is bright

I could see it

Cristal clear

Then I would say to myself

I would enter into

My perfect life

Once am a little bit older

But, what I didn’t know was

Each day brings me

Closer to older

I didn’t know I was

Getting older

As days goes by

I thought being old

Comes only with age

But it is days

Who give birth to age

And today I realized

How old I’ve become

And decided

The future is now

Not tomorrow

But, today

The future is right now

Cos you only young

Once in a life time.

 

 

 

 

 

THE UNKNOWN

A POEM OF COURAGE AND HOPE

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We started very small

From out of nowhere

We rose

And tread for the unknown.

We didn’t know where

Or, how we will get there

We journeyed on,

Heading for the unknown,

We will get there

Somewhere, somehow

Of this we are sure.

We are not there yet

We get tired

Very tired

Sometimes, we are not enough

Although,

We suffered

We forged ahead.

In our pain

 We journeyed

Not drown in our tears

For we tread towards

The unknown

The long-awaited golden place,

Where our journeying ends.

We never gave up

In our ignorance

We walked,

As we learned

 On the road.

We carried nothing,

We were sent out empty

Not relenting,

We walked on,

Relying on us,

And, with us

The unknown

There is no turning back.

Where we fell,

We rose.

Our bitter tears

We ignored

For an abode

We never knew.

We are very close

Our…

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