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A dear friend just shared this with me and I know you will be blessed reading it.
A King had a male servant who, in all circumstances always said to him; My king, do not be discouraged because
everything God does is perfect, no mistakes. One day, they went hunting and a wild animal attacked the king, the servant managed to kill the animal but couldn’t prevent his majesty from losing a finger. Furious and without showing gratitude, the King said; if God was good, I would not have been attacked and lost one finger. The servant replied, ‘despite all these things, I can only tell you that God is good and everything He does is perfect, He is never wrong’. Outraged by the response, the king ordered the arrest of his servant.
While being taken to prison, he told the king again, God is Good & Perfect. Another day, the king left alone for another hunt and was captured by savages who use human beings for sacrifice. On the altar, the savages found out that the king didn’t have one finger in place, he was released because he was considered not “complete” to be offered to the gods. On his return to the palace, he ordered the release of his servant and said; My friend, God was really good to me. I was almost killed but for lack of a single finger, I was let go. But I have a question; If God is so good, why did He allow me to put you in prison? His servant replied; My king, if I had not been put in prison, I would have gone with you, and would have been sacrificed, because I have no missing finger.
Everything God does is perfect, He is never wrong. Often we complain about life, and the negative things that happen to us, forgetting that everything happens for a purpose. God is good and perfect!!!
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PASTOR, I LOVE HIM, BUT CAN I CONTINUE?
It is 8 a.m. on Monday morning.
Puting the key into the key-hole of my church office door, I heard a voice behind me, ‘Good morning, Pastor’.
I had now become accustomed to that voice. It was Tola , a committed member of our church.She has just finished her weekend calls.She looks scared, tired and exhausted.
‘What could be wrong again’, I asked myself.
A senior resident with the department of Obstetrics and Gyneacology in the University Teaching Hospital, she had already told me earlier that she will be on call that weekend,so I was not surprised when I did not see her in church the sunday before. But hearing her voice that morning did nothing but surprised me because she was the last person that I expected to see in my counselling session of that day.
Turning around and sighting her, I responded with a smile,’Sister Tola, Good morning’.’Come in’.
Tola has a always been ambitious since she finished high school. Even though she went to school in a rural area, where there were no qualified teachers, except some couple of youth corp members which the government sends to the school, she made up her mind that that will not be a hinderance for her to becoming a doctor. At the age of 21, she had completed her housemanship. And that was when I knew her. Despite her busy schedule as a young doctor, she always came to church.
She lost her mother at the age of eight to complications of child birth and that made her determined that she was going to be a doctor that will help women. Tola was the first child in a polygamous family and despite the hatred and hardship experiences of her childhood , she did well in school.
‘Pastor am scared of going home’, she sobbed as she sat down in the sofa in my office. ‘I don’t feel secured with him any longer’, referring to her husband.
Still crying,’He has turned to a beast’,she said.’He beats me at every slightest provocation. I love him but I am afraid he might kill me.’
She had met this young man 4 years earlier in the church, rich and also committed. Tope was the dream man every lady would desire. An engineer, working in one of the high paying multinational oil companies in town. No one would have envisaged that the once caring and loving gentle man would change for whatever reason some few years into their marriage.
He keeps telling me that he regrets marrying me. ‘You are a man and I can’t continue living with you in this house.’ ‘ It is better you go, so that a real woman can come in and give me a baby.’
They have been married now for over four years and Tola has never conceived for once.
‘Pastor, what do I do?’ She asked.
Let us pray for God’s direction’ , I said. Apparently not satisfied with my response, she bowed her head however.
After the prayers, I wanted to console her and tell her to be strong and keep believing God for a miracle but it was glaring from Tola’s look that she was tired of hearing that from me. I have always been encouraging her to keep trusting God in our numerous counselling session.
Initially when the pressure started mounting on them, we had gone through the various medical options available to them during the counselling sessions with the couple . Tola had always cooperated but Tope had always insisted that there was nothing wrong with him. He claimed he once impregnated a girl when he was in his final year in university.
‘Where is the child,then?’ I asked.
‘The girl terminated the pregnancy because we were both not ready to be parents then.’ He said.
Tope had gone through all sorts of medical investigations ranging from from hormone assays to hysterosalpingram etc and none of it showed any abnormality. Even though all indicators point to Tope as the culprit in this problem, he remains the bully and the uncooperative one .
What do you think Tola should do? Should she leave Tope and start a new life with another man or should she continue to endue the abuse?
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THE MYSTERY OF THE HYMEN
(The beauty of virginity)
Bringing to the fore the values of abstinence until marriage
Be a girl with a mind, woman with an attitude and a lady with a class.
What is the Hymen? What mysteries lie behind it? Why should the Hymen be kept intact for Marriage? If it is already lost, what should be done? These are some of the questions that this write up intends to address.
The hymen is not just an ordinary fold of tissues or membrane that partly covers the vagina in a virgin. For a girl and a woman, it stands for much more. It is more of a spiritual entity than a physical one. It is a gateway to your destiny. It is a gateway to your soul. Whoever has assess to it sticks to you for life. The hymen and virginity has been highly trivialised. For obvious reason, virginity all over the world has been looked at as something that should be discarded as soon as the slightest opportunity presents itself. Purity before marriage looks more like a taboo in this day and age. But we cannot know better than our creator, who commands that marriage bed be kept undefiled. Marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled: but fornicators and adulterers God will judge.Hebrews 13:4
THE UNCLAD CULTURE
Every thing precious is covered. A woman modestly dressed is like a pearl in its shell.
Most valuable and precious commodities of life are not easily accessed by men. Such commodities are accessed by two factors. One is by favour and the other is by diligence and hard work. I read a story about an incidence between the famous Mohammed Ali and his two daughters.The incident transpired when Muhammad Ali’s daughters arrived at his home wearing clothes that were quite revealing.
Here is the story as told by one of his daughters, Hana: “When we finally arrived, the chauffeur escorted my younger sister, Laila, and me up to my father’s suite. As usual, he was hiding behind the door waiting to scare us. We exchanged many hugs and kisses as we could possibly give in
WHAT SHOULD A CHRISTIAN DO WHEN FACED WITH A MEDICAL PROBLEM?
“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest proper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth” 3 John 2
Medical challenge, like every other problem of life is a common challenge confronted by one and all, believers and unbelievers alike. Does God desire this for His children? No! Because He has expressly told us His mind that His desire is that we be in health (3 John 2). God will not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men. Lamentation 3:33. But the practical reality that we see every day is that Christians fall sick. Faith homes, churches and even hospitals are filled with believers who have one form of disease or the other.
What is then the factor that is responsible for the medical challenge that believers face? If Christians are confronted with this challenge, what should they do to overcome the problem? First, believers must realize that the following are the tools that the enemy uses to penetrate our lives with sicknesses and diseases (1) Disobedience to God (2) Ignorance of God’s promises (3) Ignorance of the principles of healthy living (4) Lack of faith in God’s word.
God’s own people are destroyed for lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6) Many Christians are not aware of the rules and principles of healthy living. Some who claim to know hardly abide by them. Knowledge that is not applied or put to use is as good as not having such knowledge. Rules and principles govern life. God made it that way. Stick to the rules and you will prosper by it. Break the rules and the rules will break you. Ignorance of the rules of life is not an excuse or a reason to be exempted from its repercussion. Let us just highlight a few of these rules and principles of healthy living that we must live by.
1. Be active –exercise is an extremely important factor in staying healthy, so try to be as active as you can.
2. Maintain good hygiene. Remember that cleanliness is next to Godliness.
3. Rest well and maintain a stress free life. Make sure you get enough sleep
If I was not a christian and Jesus was not the way to heaven/God (which I am certain He is), I could not descend so low as to be involved in this terrible and violent religion called islam because of the following reasons.
Ten Obvious Reasons Why
Islam is NOT a Religion of Peace
#1. 18,000 deadly terror attacks
committed explicitly in the name of
Islam in just the last ten years. (Other
religions combined for perhaps a
dozen or so).
#2 Muhammad, the prophet of Islam,
had people killed for insulting him or
for criticizing his religion. This included
women. Muslims are told to emulate the example of Muhammad.
#3 Muhammad said in many places that he has been “ordered by Allah to fight men until they testify that there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad is his messenger.” In the last nine years of his life, he ordered no less than 65 military campaigns to do exactly that. Muhammad inspired his men to war with the basest of motives, using captured loot, sex and a gluttonous paradise as incentives. He beheaded captives, enslaved children and Molested women captured in battle. Again, Muslims are told to emulate the example of Muhammad.
#4 After Muhammad died, the people who lived with him and knew his religion best immediately fell into war with each other. Fatima, Muhammad’s favorite daughter, survived the early years among the unbelievers at Mecca safe and sound, yet died of stress from the persecution of fellow Muslims only six months after her father died. She even miscarried Muhammad’s grandchild after having her ribs broken by the man who became the second caliph. Fatima’s husband Ali, who was the second convert to Islam and was raised like a son to Muhammad, fought a civil war against an army raised by Aisha, Muhammad’s favorite wife – and
one whom he had said was a “perfect woman.” 10,000 Muslims were killed in a single battle waged less than 25 years after Muhammad’s death. Three of the first four Muslim rulers (caliphs) were murdered. All of them
were among Muhammad’s closest
companions. The third caliph was killed by allies of the son of the first (who was murdered by the fifth caliph a few years later, then wrapped in the
skin of a dead donkey and burned).
The fourth caliph (Ali) was stabbed to
death after a bitter dispute with the
fifth. The fifth caliph went on to
poison one of Muhammad’s two favorite grandsons. The other
grandson was later beheaded by the
sixth caliph. The infighting and power struggles between Muhammad’s family members, closest companions and their children only intensified with time. Within 50 short years of Muhammad’s death, even the Kaaba, which had stood for centuries under pagan religion, lay in ruins from internal Muslim war… And that’s just the fate of those within the house of Islam! #5 Muhammad directed Muslims to wage war on other religions and bring them under submission to Islam. Within
the first few decades following his
death, his Arabian companions invaded and conquered Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist and Zoroastrian lands. A mere 25 years after Muhammad’s death, Muslim armies had captured land and people within the borders of over 28 modern countries outside of Saudi Arabia. #6 Muslims continued their Jihad against
other religions for 1400 years, checked only by the ability of non-Muslims to defend themselves. To this day, not a week goes by that Islamic
fundamentalists do not attempt to kill Christians, Jews, Hindus and Buddhists
explicitly in the name of Allah. None of these other religions are at war with each other.
#7 Islam is the only religion that has to retain its membership by threatening to kill anyone who leaves. This is according to the example set by Muhammad.
#8 Islam teaches that non-Muslims are less than fully human. Muhammad said that Muslims can be put to death for murder, but that a Muslim could never be put to death for killing a non-
#9 The Qur’an never once speaks of Allah’s love for non-Muslims, but it speaks of Allah’s cruelty toward and hatred of non-Muslims more than 500 times.
#10 “Allahu Akbar! Allahu Akbar! Allahu Akbar!” (The last words from the cockpit ofFlight 93)
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The God of the man or the man of the God?
New in the ministry, quietly seating in front of my Bishop, I was absorbing all that the older ‘man of God’ had to impart upon me. Like a tornado, he said something I will never forget for the rest of my life. ‘God can use anybody to fulfill his purpose on earth, irrespective of who they are, what they are involved in or where they came from’.
That sounded strange to me. From the Pentecostal background where I came from, I have always believed that only ‘holy’ people can be used of God. If you are not holy, then God has no use for you. It is this same mentality that a lot of Nigerians have that make them ‘worship’ their ‘men of God’. They have the impression that these so called men of God are holy and super-human. They idolize their pastors, bishops and prophets. The honor they cannot give to God is what they give to their men of God. They have forgotten that these people are first ‘men’ before they were called men of God. And that is why many ‘fake’ people are rushing into ministries as it is with Nigerian politics, because they have observed that theirs is cool cash in it and a lot of honor fame and prestige comes with it also. A lot of this fake men of God will go any length to acquire power to prophesy and wrought miracle, covering up with the name of God .
A story was told me of one them who went all the way to Ghana to consult a witch/traditionalist, who told him that the only means of getting such power was to suck the breast of the traditionalist. He did, and eventually became very powerful to the extent that he can predict all the things that will happen to you the following day and it will happen just like he has said it.
We need to be grounded in the scriptures and not be tossed to and fro with every wind of doctrine. Ephesians 4: 14. God can use any one, including the devil himself to bring to pass the purpose of God, but that does not make them men on God. Quit trusting and believing in man of God, rather believe the God who created the man.
I was reading a blog of a certain lady who felt betrayed by her man of God, having slept with her and he is now portraying her as the bad one, who intends to destroy the image of the man of God. We have heard recently of men of God who are pedophiles, cheats, homosexuals etc. it is actually not new because Jesus himself has told us about them . Matthew 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
Preaching with sugar coated tongues (probably secretly laced with juju) and performing miracles does not make anyone a man of God. But by their fruits we shall know them. Matthew 7:16
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