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Let's review Daniel 6:1-28.) Daniel was singled out for greatness because of his excellent spirit (v 1-3). Many sought a way to pull...

Let's review Daniel 6:1-28.)

Daniel was singled out for greatness because of his excellent spirit (v 1-3).

Many sought a way to pull him down in kingdom matters but they couldn't because he was faultless. (Note that real excellence comes with perfection). The only option left was to use the law of God (verses 4-5).

They knew that the king could change his mind because "the king thought to set him over the whole realm (verse 3)" which can only be done out of love. They made the king sign the writing ["with" the law of Medes and Persians] so that they would take the king by his words which was needed for their plot to work perfectly (verse 8). No wonder why they reminded the king about it in verse 15.

Daniel however followed the Spirit of God, leaving people and their vain laws (verse 10).

The seal wasn't enough. They made use of "strong words" too (see verse 13 "...regardeth not thee......") to ensure Daniel's destruction.

Thieves only come to steal, to kill and to destroy anything good (John 10:10).

The Excellent spirit promoted Daniel (Daniel 1:19-20; 2:46-48; 6:3). Also, it made him have enemies. Does it mean that being excellent is a crime?

No!
Good things attract thieves, remember.

Therefore, wishing for a life
without problem is like a curse. It's like saying one won't excel. Instead, one should pray for the grace to overcome
them.

Now, how do we overcome them?

The secret behind it is to continue what made one excel.

Daniel was just good [not yet excellent] when he was taken up in
captivity alongside with other children (see Daniel 1:3-4). But he
gained excellence when he purposed in his heart that he would not
defile himself not minding what others do. How do I know this? (Daniel 1:16-20.)
He excelled because he stood out for what was right.

And he continued in that;
He prayed "as he did aforetime" even when the writing of the king was
against it. He stood out FOR GOD's commandment-- "pray without
ceasing".

But how can one stand out without unshaken faith?

In Daniel 2:15-19, he stood out because of faith. He trusted God for
what was needed to change his story. He didn't stop there, he acted on
it. He told the king that "he would show the king the interpretation"
even before he got the revelation of the dream. He was a man of faith.

And he continued therein;
It was recorded of him that "no manner of hurt was found upon him,
because he believed in his God" (Daniel 6:23b).

Today, nations can amend their laws in honour of God just as it is in
Daniel's story (Daniel 6:25-26). The question is, are you ready to pay
the price?

The price of excellence remains in perfection.

Let's stand out for righteousness always, pray without ceasing; and be
men and women of faith.

May God help us all in Jesus' name. Amen.

Shalom!

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About a month later, another group of evangelists met Bunbie fetching
water from a well outside his house. He responded politely to their
greetings for he was surprised to see Christians that way. He loved
everything about them- they dressed decently (no cleavage-baring
outfit, moderate hairstyles and dresses), they helped him draw water
and even asked if he had other chores.

"Wow! These people are different" he said to himself.

"Thank you very much sisters" He finally broke the silence that ensued
as a result of the work.

"Thank God sir" Kate, the leader of the group replied.

Knowing their mission, he gave them a "what-do-you-want" look out of
hatred for Christianity.

"If you don't mind, can I share the Word of God with you" Kate said,
noticing Bunbie's look.

"Is the Word of God for non-Christians? We have Christians inside, you
can go in" he said pointing to the house.

"Thank you sir. But, the Word is for everybody. We can share it with
you" she replied.

"Okay, go on but don't take much of my time" he replied giving a
'go-ahead' expression.

"Thank you sir" she replied.
Kate rendered a short prayer to God before starting her message. This
prayer opened way for both the preacher and the listeners as she
prayed in the Spirit.

"Before proceeding, may I ask you this question? What is your purpose
on earth?" she asked.

"My purpose?" He asked.
"Well, my purpose is to make money, to make it in life."

"Good! I love that" she remarked. "Do you know that making it in life
depends on God alone?" she paused as she saw the expression on
Bunbie's face.

Guess what! He was intrigued. Anyway, that is the Holy Spirit at work.

"It depends on the one who created the heavens and the earth" she
continued, "How do I know this? 'Cause the one who created all things
will care for His creatures by making them prosperous. That is why He
sent His only Son Jesus Christ to die for you and I so that we can
make it to the peak and even to make it to Paradise"

"But this is only possible if we accept Him as our personal Lord and
Saviour. We must do that now as tomorrow maybe too late, 'cause of the
destruction to come upon the unrepentant..."



"Destruction? Why that?" Bunbie asked.

"Oh! Thank you for that question"
"To answer that, I would love to hear your judgement on this"
"As a parent who labours over a child, how would you feel if the child
rejects you? What would be your reaction" she asked

"I will reject and deal with him or her mercilessly" he replied with a
stern look.

"That's the destruction- rejection and dealing with the unrepentant
mercilessly. We are God's children. He invested in us. Anyone who
rejects Him, His Son and His Word will be rejected and destroyed in
hell forever."

"Hmmm!" Bunbie sighed "Okay. What next?"

"Confess Jesus as your Lord and
Saviour; and invite Him to your heart", Kate replied.
Bunbie confessed his sins, accepted Jesus as his Lord, and he was
converted. He preached the Gospel to his neighbours thereafter.

[to be continued]



Oluwadamilola Funso-Adu Deborah

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About 4:30 pm on Saturday. The street was alive with people doing what
they do best. The boys, with their ball and the girls, playing
"luske". The gossips too were at it. The church took a time out to
evangelise.

Bunbie sat at the veranda of the rented "face me I face you" apartment
reading a newspaper.
He was soon interrupted by a trio evangelists of which Eunice was one of them.

"Oh! Here comes the religion of violence" he muttered.

"How may I help you?" he said even before they could utter a word.

"We are here to bring you good tidings..." the leader's statement was
cut abruptly by Bunbie's reaction.

"We are here to bring you good tidings" Bunbie mimicked, "Give this
one that good tidings!" he shouted, pointing at Deaconess Eunice as
her church members would call her.

"See, I don't have your time" he said and left for his room.


[to be continued]





Oluwadamilola Funso-Adu Deborah

Hello! I welcome you to another Spiritual Cosmetic Application of God's work! It's a happy Sunday from my end, the first Sunda...

Hello! I welcome you to another Spiritual Cosmetic Application of God's work!

It's a happy Sunday from my end, the first Sunday in the last month of the year 2017. We've got the backsliding issue on our hands. 

Let's deal!

Hello! It's another Sunday and we've got on Spiritual Cosmetics today, our Faith without Works and how it relates to the Christian....

Hello!

It's another Sunday and we've got on Spiritual Cosmetics today, our
Faith without Works and how it relates to the Christian. Powerfully,
I'll trust the Holy Spirit to explain these to our hearts!

Text: James 2:14-26.

What else do we speak of The Christian faith but of love for the
Author is love. A profession of faith is meaningless without good
works i.e acts of love (see 1 John 4:8,16; James 2:17)

The people of Antioch called the early disciples Christians because of
what they saw in them. They reflected Christ. Christians should
therefore show to the world who we are by good works (Acts 11:26;
James 2:18b). Abraham showed faith by his work as he gave God his all
(Genesis 22:12; James 2:21-23).
We must show these good works towards God and man in love by
demonstrating love to God in obeying Him and doing all you can to
bring men to Him. We should also show God's type of love to others by
using all resources at our disposal- clothes, shoes, food, money,
vehicle, time, skills etc- to meet the needs of others.




In 1 Corinthians 13:1-8a, Apostle Paul describes true love.
"Man should not consider his material possession his own, but as
common to all, so as to share them without hesitation when others are
in need."
~Thomas Aquinas.


We are to note that God's type of love is kind to the unkind, to love
our enemies (see Matthew 5:43-47). God loved us, even when we were yet
His enemies (Romans 5:8). Do not repay evil with evil and pray for
persecutors like Stephen (Acts 7:60)


John the beloved showed that the perfect way we can love God is to
obey His words (1 John 2:5). He further described God's type of love
as the PERFECT love in 1 John 4:17. This is the kind of love God
expects from a Christian.


"Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: To
visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep
oneself unspotted from the world."
~James 1:27.


Shalom!





Oluwadamilola Funso-Adu Deborah

Man and Plant: The Analogy of Fruitfulness. Bible Text => John 15:1-8. As the purpose of every plant is to bear fruits. So also, is t...

Man and Plant: The Analogy of Fruitfulness.


Bible Text => John 15:1-8.


As the purpose of every plant is to bear fruits. So also, is the
purpose of man to be fruitful. The prerequisite for fruitfulness is
growth. There is no way a plant can bear fruit without growing, just
like a plant won't bear any fruit without germinating. Therefor­e,
there is a need for every christian to grow.

Fruitfulness can be obtained when christians continue what keeps them
growing (i.e. christians must abide in Him).

"Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself,
except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me… I
am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him,
the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing."
John 15:4-5.



God is never happy with fruitlessness which I term "not bringing forth
GOOD fruit.

"Fruitfulness is not only bringing forth a fruit, but also, bringing
forth a "good" fruit.

From Matthew 3:10, we understand that every tree that does not bring
forth "good" fruit will be destroyed.

Which fruit do you bear? Do you bear the fruit of righteousness which
is void of any form of evil?

Examine yourself if you are in the faith –if you abide in Him– (2
Corinthians 13:5).

Examine yourself with the word of God, through the help of the Holy
Spirit and not by comparing yourself with others. Do not be like the
Pharisee in Luke 18:10. [You can use these Bible verses Galatians
5:19-21; Colossians 3:5-8; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10; Romans 1:29-31; 1
Timothy 1:9-11,etc].


Fruitfulness is not complete without impacting on others. As a plant
gives a positive impact on our lives by yielding its fruits. So also,
must you impact on other people by telling them the word of God.


What is the purpose of planting when you cannot harvest from the plant
after investing your time and energy? Likewise, what is the purpose of
man on earth when he does not bear good fruits?

Failure to bear good fruit will lead to damnation (Luke 13:6-9).
"Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away… If a man
abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and
men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned"
John 15:2a,6.


Shalom.


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Oftentimes, we know the glory of God through His works in our lives. We glorify and call Him great from what we see in Him and what He doe...

Oftentimes, we know the glory of God through His works in our lives.
We glorify and call Him great from what we see in Him and what He
does.

In Exodus 33:18-19, we see God's glory as His goodness.

¤ His goodness gives deliverance (Exodus 18:9).

¤ It gives victory (Nehemiah 9:24-25).

¤ It provides (Psalm 68:10; Jeremiah 31:12)

¤ It gives hope (Jeremiah 31:14,17).

The third stanza of "Holy Lord God Almighty" says:

"Holy, Holy, Holy!
Though the darkness hide thee,
Though the eye made blind by sin,
Thy glory may not see..."

From this hymn, no man can see the glory of God when he is in sin (See
Ephesians 4:17-19). A man cannot see His glory when sin is "standing"
between him and God. In other words, God cannot wrought great works in
man if sin is present (See Isaiah 59:1-2 and Romans 6:1-2).

"As you cannot see the beauty of an object in the dark, Likewise, you
cannot see the glory of God in sin."

Darkness will vanish anywhere there is light. Light will show forth
the beauty of what is hidden by darkness. Jesus is the light of the
world (John 8:12) sent by God (John 6:38-40) to abolish every form of
darkness (2 Timothy 1:10). This darkness could be sickness, attack,
etc. We see the glory of God and know more about Him through Jesus
(John 14:7a)-The miracles He did, His death and resurrection are all
about God and His glory. It is the light in Jesus that will make you
to see His glory and become a carrier of His glory.
[JOHN 8:12]

Only Jesus' followers can claim this light. Are you His true follower?
Hold fast to your confession that He is your Lord and Saviour. He must
be Lord in everything and we must be obedient to His commandments.

Follow Jesus today and have the light which is life.

Shalom!


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Never knew I could write a word, I never knew; Never knew I could write a sentence, Never knew; Never knew I could write an article...

Never knew I could write a word,
I never knew;

Never knew I could write a sentence,
Never knew;




Never knew I could write an article,
I never knew;


Never knew I could write a song,
Never knew;


Never knew I could write a poem,
I never knew;


Never knew stuttering would stop,
Never knew;


Never knew I could sing a song,
I never knew;


Never knew I would give my life to Christ,
Never knew.


We can not do all we do
But for God
So,
Rise, 'Courage, Rise!
and be strong.




Oluwadamilola Funso-Adu Deborah is a model christian, blogger and poet. She blogs at www.wetrainchristians.wordpress.com

Dear Violent mortal! This tale began Just after the fall. The Stories of Innocence came like a child's waters Then the dev...

Dear Violent mortal!

This tale began
Just after the fall.
The Stories of Innocence
came like a child's waters





Then the devil came
And swept our innocence away.


We are backward today
'cause we gave the right tool
To the wrong man
And
The wheel, to the death driver

A device in devil's hand
To make us stray
From what?
The good of our Providence





Jesus! Welcome!
Since They call you Providence,
Here is the tool; It belongs to you

I am The Way,
The Truth,
The Life.

I am.





Oluwadamilola Funso-Adu Deborah is a model christian, blogger and poet. She blogs at www.wetrainchristians.wordpress.com

There lies diverse definitions for the word "Success", but one remains encompassing. It is the "achievement of a goal"...

There lies diverse definitions for the word "Success", but one remains
encompassing. It is the "achievement of a goal". Success is what
everybody desires. However, not everyone succeeds. Briefly, I will
highlight some points responsible for this.