There is Liberty

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                    2 Cor 3:1-18
‘Now the lord is the Spirit, and where the spirit of the lord is, there is liberty ”

Where  Christ is, there is freedom, there is direct access to God. Unlike Moses, who covers his face with veil. No wonder, the Pharisees and Sadducees were sanctimonious, religious, dogged, dogmatic set of people. Never wanting the new convenant. They held on to that faded glory that Moses brought. Oh!  If only they could allow themselves a taste of this ‘Amazing Grace ‘.

‘He was full of grace and truth,….and out of his fullness have we all received, and grace for grace’. Liberty is all we need This grace is so glorious, and it is contagious. ‘But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror, the glory of the lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. 2 Cor 3:18.

God is so sweet, we don’t have to live our lives like miserable and hopeless people. Jesus wasn’t like that. People could see his glory, and they testified (John 1:14). Let’s allow the spirit of the lord and the liberty around him transform our life and make a meaning out of it, so that we can affect other people’s life as well. Salt and Light are two things Jesus liken us to be when he was here physically. These two things are contagious. We are to be a contagious Christian everywhere we go

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Take away the stone

Take away the stone
John 11:39

Many a times we are faced with seemingly hopeless situation. Our community seems to be best at defining the nitty gritty of the situation. Even our common sense tells us why we should give up. Jesus was faced with a similar situation. He told them, “Take away the stone, “but what response does he get, “Lord by this there is a stench, for he has been dead four days. ” If Jesus could get this kind of response,  the Son of God, that was known to have wrought miracles and wonders among the people, how much more we as individuals.

The world will always want to convince you why you can’t make it, why you are doomed,  why you cannot get a job, why cannot excel, why will die in poverty, why you cannot succeed in that endeavor. It will give you reasons, but you can learn from Jesus our lord, he didn’t try to argue with them, he didn’t make them see anything, he didn’t even try to tell them he was a Christian as some would have claimed or that he was the son of God, he simply quote the word.

Hallelujah!  Jesus quote the word, “Did i not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?”  He wasn’t even moved by whatever reasons Martha had given him or what science has to say ,neither was he moved by what the so-called “sane” people would have tagged him. He was not thinking otherwise, his heart was fixed on the word of God. A lot would have thought otherwise  and would have discarded the idea of praying in the public, trying not to fall our hands if nothing happened.

Jesus was not trying God’s power, he wanted to manifest it. A lot of pastor would have said something like this, “am just going to try to wake him up with my prayers “, it doesn’t work like that. Moreover, he didn’t pray in out of fear or anxiety.  Let’s take a look at his prayers,
“Father, i thank you that you have heard me. And I know that you always hear me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that you sent me,.. Lazarus come forth! ”

What a prayer of someone who knows the power embedded in the word, and who knows his authority, who knows how to use it. He wasn’t praying ceremoniously, he simply prayed a prayer of faith that was rooted in the word of God.
What is that thing you’ve been so sure was hopeless, rise up today and roll away the stone, people, family members, neighbors or friends might be doubting your sanity, in as much as you have the word to back you up, all you need is a fixed heart on God, and declared with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth!
Yours Faithfully,
Dolapo Onawale (bishopdolly)

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Have you tasted Jesus?

Have you tasted jesus?
— Author unknown

At the University of Chicago Divinity School, each year, they have what is called “Baptist Day.” On this day, each one is to bring a lunch to be eaten outdoors in a grassy picnic area. Every “Baptist Day” the school would invite one of the greatest minds to lecture in the theological education center. 

One year they invited Dr. Paul Tillich. Dr.Tillich spoke for two and one-half hours attempting to prove that the resurrection of Jesus was false. He quoted scholar after scholar and book after book. He concluded that since there was no such thing as the historical resurrection, the religious tradition of the church was groundless, emotional mumbo-jumbo… because it was based on a relationship with a risen Jesus, who, in fact never rose from the dead in any literal sense. He then asked if there were any questions.

After about 30 seconds, an old, dark skinned preacher with a head of short-cropped, woolly white hair stood up in the back of the auditorium. “Docta Tillich, I got one question,” he said as all eyes turned toward him.

He reached into his sack lunch and pulled out an apple and began eating it. “Docta Tillich… CRUNCH, MUNCH… My question is a simple question… CRUNCH, MUNCH… “Now, I  ain’t never read them books you read… CRUNCH, MUNCH… and I can’t recite the Scriptures in the original Greek… CRUNCH,  MUNCH… I don’t know nothin’ bout Niebuhr and Heidegger… CRUNCH, MUNCH…”

He finished the apple… “All I wanna know is: This apple I just ate… was it bitter or sweet?

Dr. Tillich paused for a moment and answered in exemplary scholarly fashion… “I cannot possibly answer that question, for I haven’t tasted your apple.” 

The white-haired preacher dropped the core of his apple into his crumpled paper bag, looked up at Dr. Tillich and said calmly, “Neither have you tasted my Jesus.” 

The 1,000 plus in attendance could not contain themselves. The auditorium erupted with applause and cheers.

Dr. Tillich thanked his audience and promptly left the platform.

Have you tasted Jesus?

“Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him. If you have, rejoice in the hope of the resurrection that your faith in Him brings.” — Psalm 34:8

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The Three Trees.

Once there were three trees on a hill in the woods. They were discussing their hopes and dreams when the first tree said, “Someday I hope to be a treasure chest. I could be filled with gold, silver and precious gems. I could be decorated with Intricate carving and everyone would see the beauty.”

Then the second tree said, “Someday I will be a mighty ship. I will take kings and queens across the waters and sail to the corners of the world. Everyone will feel safe in me because of the strength of my hull.”

Finally the third tree said, “I want to grow to be the tallest and straightest tree in the forest. People will see me on top of the hill and look up to my branches, and think of the heavens and God and how close to them I am reaching. I will be the greatest tree of all time and people will always remember me.”

After a few years of praying that their dreams would come true, a group of woodsmen came upon the trees. When one came to the first tree he said, “This looks like a strong tree, I think I should be able to sell the wood to a carpenter”… and he began cutting it down. The tree was happy, because he knew that the carpenter would make him into a treasure chest.

At the second tree a woodsman said, “This looks like a strong tree, I should be able to sell it to the shipyard.” The second tree was happy because he knew he was on his way to becoming a mighty ship.

When the woodsmen came upon the third tree, the tree was frightened because he knew that if they cut him down his dreams would not come true.

One of the Woodsmen said, “I don’t need anything special from my tree so I’ll
take this one,” and he cut it down.

When the first tree arrived at the carpenters, he was made into a feed box for animals. He was then placed in a barn and filled with hay. This was not at all what he had prayed for.

The second tree was cut and made into a small fishing boat. His dreams of being a mighty ship and carrying kings had come to an end.

The third tree was cut into large pieces and left alone in the dark.

The years went by, and the trees forgot about their dreams. Then one day, a man and woman came to the barn. She gave birth and they placed the baby in the hay in the feed box that was made from the first tree. The man wished that he could have made a crib for the baby, but this manger would have to do. The tree could feel the importance of this event and knew that it had held the greatest treasure of all time.

Years later, a group of men got in the fishing boat made from the second tree. One of them was tired and went to sleep. While they were out on the water, a great storm arose and the tree didn’t think it was strong enough to keep the men safe. The men woke the sleeping man, and he stood and said “Peace” and the storm stopped. At this time, the tree knew that it had carried the King of Kings in its boat.

Finally, someone came and got the third tree. It was carried through the streets as the people mocked the man who was carrying it. When they came to a stop, the man was nailed to the tree and raised in the air to die at the top of a hill. When Sunday came, the tree came to realize that it was strong enough to stand at the top of the hill and be as close to God as was possible, because Jesus had been crucified on it.

The moral of this story is that when things don’t seem to be going your way, always know that God has a plan for you. If you place your trust in Him, He will give you great gifts.

Each of the trees got what they wanted, just not in the way they had imagined. We don’t always know what God’s plans are for us. We just know that His ways are not our ways, but His ways are always best.

Keep this moving… share it with others, so it could inspire more people on His way.
Sometimes the heart sees what the eyes can’t.

The 6th Sense?

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The 6th sense
(Matt 14:30,31)

Peter here allowed his senses to take over. There is nothing wrong in seeing; “he saw the wind and the waves”. This was the same case with the first woman Eve, she saw that the fruit was good for food, but it was the proceeding action that is the problem. Peter after he saw, chose to be afraid and he bagan to sink. Eve when she saw the fruit was pleasing to the eye,she took some and ate (Gen 3:6).
Faith is not denying reality, rather it is acknowledging reality and yet not acting on it or not making it a basis for our actions. “Yea, though i walk through the valley of the shadow of death, i will fear no evil…”(Ps 23:4). The psalmist said,though the fact is, am walking in unpleasant situation, though i agree things are not right financially, though  having headache, though am having terminal disease, yet i will fear no evil. This should be our confession as Christians.
Our Lord Jesus Christ also faced the same thing. The devil came ,” you are hungry you know,” “yes, i know, after 40 days of fasting and prayers, am exhausted and hungry, Ok, then turn this stone into bread, so that you can be refreshed. Jesus would have lied if he had denied the fact that he was hungry. Or tried to have faith that as the Son of God, he cant be hungry,but he didn’t. Rather,he said ” man shall not live by bread alone,but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God…”( Matt 4:4). Most christians have failed here. There are anointed tongue-blasting, devil pursuing brothers which are but chickens in the devil’s hand.There is this beautiful, curvy & talented sister in a fellowship where we have one of such brothers. The brother is sexually attracted to this sister, but yet denying & hiding under the canopy of the so called “spirituality” and each time he comes close to the sister, he burns inside and juat pretend as if all is well. He tries to faith-it-out. This is dangerous and its not faith.
The combination of two or more senses is a sin. When you see (sense of sight) and you neglect it. It is not yet a sin. But when you see and gave thought to what you saw and you now see again because you really wanted to see,it is then a sin. Peter saw, gave thought to what he saw, and he became afraid then he began to sink,the same thing with Eve. When we pray and to the best of our knowledge have fulfilled all requirement, and things refuse to take shape. We can choose to praise God and wear a positive attitude knowing fully that all things work together for good to them that lovr God, or become worrisome, anxious, depressed and broken allowing regrets and sorrow to creep into our lives.
Secondly, after we have failed, we should be humble and bold enough to shout “Lord save me” just as Peter did. Not trying to struggle-it-out ourself or trying to save ourselves, because we are already drowning and the more we struggle, the heavier we become and the faster we sink. Samson is a good example (Judges 16:28), after he failed,he wasn’t stupid ti try-it-out himself, he was humble and sincere enough to call on God for help. So no matter the height of our fall,God is still merciful and capable of helping us. He said anyone who comes tovhim, he will in no wise cast away.
Lastly, remember the wind and storms are just passing moment. Immediately Jesus and Peter entered, the wind ceased. (Matt14:32), Jesus didn’t struggle to rebuke it, it calm automatically. Christian must be aware that there comes a time when storms like this arises, it is not to kill or destroy us, just to make us better. No wonder Job said, when he hath tried me i shall come forth as gold (Job 23:10). Test and exams are not primarily set to fail students. But to afford them the opportunity to earn grade and promote them to the next level. This exactly why God allows it at times. Therefore the 6th sense which is the greatest of all the senses is FAITH, so put it into action rightly.

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