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Sifted Faith


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Suffering and sorrow are part of the human life cycle. And yet we often blame the devil when these ills befall us. Of course, the devil is always plotting and scheming. But he cannot touch you unless God permits him.

So, the next time, unusual circumstances put your faith through a sift, don’t yield to Satan’s schemes; your trials might very well be God testing your trust as he did Job.

In the book of Job, we read about a man named Job who lived in the land of Uz. The Bible says Job was blameless and upright. He feared God and shunned evil. He had seven sons and three daughters. And he owned seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yokes of oxen and five hundred donkeys, and had many servants. He was the greatest man among all the people of the East.

Job was an honorable man and a faithful servant of God. The devil who roams the earth like a roaring lion could not touch him because the Lord had built a hedge around him. But the devil was determined to prove Job as a fake. So, he had a talk with God and suggested that if God took everything Job had, Job would curse Him.

God removed the hedge from around Job and permitted Satan to take everything Job had. Satan sifted Job’s faith in God as wheat. And Job lost everything, including his children. But Jobs faith never wavered. In all his suffering and sorrow, Job didn’t sin, neither did he curse God. He justified God’s confidence in him.

In the end, God would restore Job and doubled his prosperity.

Prayer for America


Dear Jesus, I pray for everyone in America. I pray that one day, we can all get along and be happy together. I pray for those who continue to sow hate and division. Soften their hearts Lord, and remove the scales from their eyes. Help them to see and accept your truth and strive to become good Samaritans.

I pray for those who have little or nothing at all; some of whom have worked all their lives tirelessly. Now, they have hit hard times. Gone are the days of plenty for them. Many of them do not know where the next meal comes from. Give them courage, Lord, give them hope. Send them a good Samaritan, preferably one who will not judge.

Father, I am thankful for what you gave me and what I will receive in the future. Give me the spirit of caring and sharing, so when I gather the harvest, I do not store it up for myself alone.

Jesus, I thank you for my family, and I thank you for my friends. Lord, I thank you for placing me among some of the most incredible people. Thanks for giving me the chance to live and thanks for teaching me how to forgive my trespassers.

Father, I thank you for my legs so I can walk on your beautiful earth, I thank you for my eyes, so I can see the beautiful things in life, and I thank you for letting me be me.

Bless those in need and bless those who are suffering, that they can be healed. Bless those who continue to dedicate time and resources to help the poor and needy. Heavenly Father, You are our leader, our savior. You have sacrificed your life for us and asked for nothing in return.

Amen

Everything else can wait When you are in God’s presence


Don’t allow anything to distract you from the gracious presence of Jesus Christ

Everything else can wait when you are in the presence of Jesus Christ is the essence of the story about Martha and Mary found in (#Luke 10:38-42), It is both intriguing and instructive. I think every Christian should take note. Because so many of us are like Martha and so few of us is like Mary.

This is how the author begins: Jesus and his disciples were out and about one day. They entered a village, and a woman named Martha received them into her home. Martha had a sister called Mary. Both women were excited to have Jesus in their house.

Martha was a kind woman. She liked to serve others. So, it was not a surprise that after she welcomed Jesus and his disciples, she went straight to the kitchen to prepare a meal. Mary who always help her sister in the kitchen went and sat at Jesus’ feet and listened to his words.

Meanwhile, Martha was distracted and overwhelmed by all the work she had to do in the kitchen. She approached Jesus and asked him if it did not bother him that Mary had left her to do all the work in the kitchen. But, instead of instructing Mary to help her sister, Jesus scolded Martha. Martha! Martha! He said! You are worried about many things. But only one thing is needed. And Mary has chosen that right path, and it shall not be taken away from her.

It seems to me, like many of us, the one thing Martha needed was to receive the gracious presence of Jesus Christ and listen to his words. Because in the end, it does not matter who you are or what you do. If you do not have Christ, you have nothing.

Hence, everything else can wait when you are in the presence of Jesus Christ.

Should a believer be unequally yoked with an unbeliever?


The New Testament is the blueprint for how to live a Christ-centered life; follow its instructions, and you are on your way to heaven’s gate.

Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers

Unfortunately, many of us (Christians), pick and choose what we should and should not follow. For instance, in the book of (2 Corinthians 6:14-18), apostle Paul warns Christians not to become unequally yoked together with unbelievers. Still, yet many of us do.

But there are consequences to our actions. The Bible calls us the light of the world. And as you know, light and darkness are not compatible. There is bound to be enmity between the two. 

So, to avoid unnecessary hostilities, and to preserve one’s faith and belief, single followers of Jesus Christ should resist becoming yoked with unbelievers. Moreover, the two can only coexist peacefully if either or both parties are willing to give up something. And history has thought us that often the believer is the one who makes the concessions.

 I am a product of an unequally yoked relationship. My mother was a prayer warrior, and my father was a wayward man. He drinks, smokes, and curses like a sailor. Often, he would come home liquored up, and all hell breaks loose. He curses, breaks things and carries on like a mad man. My poor mother could not convince him to change, so she compromised her faith and belief. And if she were still alive she would tell you that she did it for the kids. May her soul rest in peace.

Religious hypocrisy


Jesus said we should do what our religious leaders told us, but we should be careful that we do not do everything they do; because many of them often do not practice what they preach. He called them hypocrites and other not so cute names.

Religious hypocrisy is rampant in our Churches. And it should be rooted out. Too many of us do not practice what we preach. We live double lives. And we often pick sides and pull punches when we are called upon to call out sin. Sometimes we play the hear no evil see no evil game if it suits our purpose.

Jesus calls us the salt of the earth and the light of the world. Therefore, one cannot be salt one day and sugar the next, light one day and darkness the next. We must be consistent in attitude and behavior. And we must call the game as we see it and let the chips fall where they may.

The angel rolled the stone away; the tomb is empty


April 21, 2019, is designated as Resurrection Sunday. On this day, Christians all over the world commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. But, despite what the critics say, Jesus’ resurrection was not a myth. He has risen, and the tomb is empty.

After more than two thousand years, scientists have yet to unearth any remains that they have verified as that of the crucified Christ.

That the tomb is empty speaks volume. It means Jesus has risen from the dead and the Christian faith is on solid rock. Hence, the argument that the disciples stole the body is hogwash.

Besides, John, the disciple whom Jesus loved was the only one who witnesses the crucifixion. The rest went into hiding. Furthermore, the Romans had doubled the security around the tomb. Plus, they placed a large stone at the entrance of the tomb.

Matthew 28 New King James Version (NKJV)
He Is Risen
28 Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone [a]from the door, and sat on it. His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. And the guards shook for fear of him and became like dead men.


But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; th

ere you will see Him. Behold, I have told you.”
So they went out quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy andgrant to bring

His disciples’ word.