Christian lifestyle

There is only one way to Heaven


Recently the FBI busted more than 40 American citizens, some well-known, in a college admissions cheating scheme.

According to news reports children of deep pocket parents, would bypass the standard admission process for entrance into top Ivy league schools, so long as their parents pay between US$250, 000 and $400,000. Some parents even paid as much as $6.5,000,000.

I scratched my head vigorously after reading the disturbing story. Then I started to imagine what I think would have happened if salvation was something money could buy. I saw all the rich people in heaven and all the poor people in hell. But thanks be to the God of the just as well as the unjust, Salvation is free because He sent His only Son to die as a ransom for our sins.

Jesus’ death and resurrection have made it possible so that nobody has to go to hell, but everybody can go to heaven

Folks, I am glad Jesus paid the ultimate price for my salvation. Because if I had to pay cash, I couldn’t afford it. And the way to heaven is not through some loopholes or back doors. It is through Jesus Christ.

Jesus closed all loopholes and back doors when He said the following:

John 10:9 New King James Version (NKJV)
9 I am at the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture.

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Further, He made it crystal clear that status and notoriety would not be a factor:

John 14:6 New King James Version (NKJV)
6 …, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. 

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Waving the white flag too early


Sometimes we are faced with overwhelming situations that require great courage, but instead of facing our giant we wave the white flag. Then, we walked away from such circumstances feeling dejected and abandoned. So, we blame God.

Lack of courage can be the difference between success and failure

 Goliath, the Philistine giant, was a brute of a man. People everywhere feared him. A mere glimpse at this giant caused soldiers to shake in their boots. No one dared to face him. In one encounter with the Philistine army, the entire Israeli army surrendered without raising an arm.

Then came a scrawny teenage shepherd boy named David. He would challenge and defeat Goliath. David might have been naive, but he was confident that the God who helped him defended his sheep from predators would help him fight Goliath. All David needed to do was to find the courage to challenge and duel a man many times his size.

Friends, often, it’s not the size of our problem that is setting us back. It is our lack of courage and our defeatist attitude.

Deuteronomy 31:6 New International Version (NIV)
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

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What about the little things?


The little insignificant things are important to God

It has been quite a while since I have dedicated my life to Jesus Christ. But I have to confess; I do get complacent every now and again. Complacency is the work of the enemy. It prevents you from doing the little things that could make a world of difference in someone else’s life. For example, the pair of jeans and the old computer which you have discarded and placed in your basement or attic could be of use to some poor child somewhere.
So, my dear brothers and sisters in Christ, avoid becoming complacent. Be watchful always.


31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:
43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?
45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.
46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

Matthew 25:31-46 KJV Bible Gateway

Christian Encouragement


Avoid denominational clashes

Christians should avoid denominational clashes at all cost. The body of (the Church) Christ supposed to be one unit that is made up of many different parts. Each part is dependent on the other. Therefore, no part is more important than the other.

In 1Corintians 12: 12-26 Apostle Paul likened the body of Christ (the Church) to the human body.

12 For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. 13 For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and have all been made to drink [a]into one Spirit. 14 For in fact the body is not one member but many.
15 If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling? 18 But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased. 19 And if they were all one member, where would the body be?
20 But now indeed there are many members, yet one body. 21 And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” 22 No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary. 23 And those members of the body which we think to be less honorable, on these we bestow greater honor; and our unpresentable parts have greater modesty, 24 but our presentable parts have no need. But God composed the body, having given greater honor to that part which lacks it, 25 that there should be no [b]schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. 26 And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.


1 Corinthians 12:12-26 New King James Version (NKJV) Bible Gateway

Christian encouragement


Cling to God’s outstretch hand

Life can get painful at times. But amid your troubles, God’s outstretched comforting hand is always there for you to hold. Still, the choice is yours. Nobody is ever beyond His reach.


I cling to you;
    your right hand upholds me.

Psalm 63:8 (NIV) Bible Gateway

I am who you say I am


Christian Encouragement

When the world rejects you-chews you up and spits you out, do not hang your head in despair. Stand tall. You are a child of God. And if the Son sets you free, you are free indeed. Your true identy is not according to the standard the world sets. You are who God says you are.