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5 CHARACTERISTICS OF A CHRISTIAN


The Bible has made it clear for us as Christians the kind of transformation that needs to be exhibited after we have accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and personal savior.

In this brief message for new Christians, we want to look at the five things that should characterize every Christian living in any part of the world.

  1. Studying the Word of God

The Bible is the sword of the spirit and also the ultimate Word of God to all mankind. As a new Christian just like any Christian, you should spend most of your time studying the Word of God. It is through the Word that the Will of God concerning our lives are revealed and manifested.

When the devil (our enemy) comes knocking at the door with temptations and challenges, it is the Word of God that we use to attack him.

Joshua 1:8

This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

  1. Prayer is the Key

No one is too busy to pray. Prayer is communicating with God. God is in control therefore it wise to always speak to him. He is the BOSS! Prayer is the secret weapon we use to fight the evil in the world. A prayerless Christian is a weak Christian. We exercise faith in God when we pray.

1 Thessalonians 5:17

Pray without ceasing.

  1. Fellowship with brethren always

As a newly convert, there is a need to fellowship with your new family ALWAYS! It is by so doing that you learn more about Christ and also get answers to questions. You need to be at Sunday Service, Bible Studies and Prayer Meeting ALWAYS! Do not separate yourself from the gathering of the saints.

Hebrews 10: 25

Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

  1. Change of Character/ Hating Sin

There should be a different character personality as you have now become a Christian. All things and way of thinking are gone. The change of Character will make even unbelievers that note of you. There will always admire you secretly as you follow the Lord. You have to hate the sin you were once use to. Hating them will directly prevent you from engaging in them.

Romans 12:2

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

  1. Bearing FRUITS

Every tree is expected to bear fruits in season. Therefore as a new Christian just like any other Christian, you have to bear fruits for the glory of God. Teaching the Word to others (Evangelize), serving in the Church, playing instruments, Ushering, Cleaning the Church, helping the poor, orphan, aged, widows etc can be ways you can bear fruits for the Lord.

Galatians 5:22-23

But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

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December 15, 2014 Posted by | SETTING THE NEWS AGENDA | Leave a comment

MY FUTURE UNKNOWN WIFE


I just celebrated my 25th birthday and preparing to meet my Lord and Master sooner or later. As a young man, the thought of marriage and a partner has been a concern to me and my family.
God is very interested in marriage and union that is why he created it. Marriage should bring honour and glory to the Kingdom of God. It’s should be build on the foundation of love and Christ (1 Corinthian 13).
I am not in a relationship now but I believe and have faith that God will prepare someone who is interested in souls and the furtherance of the Word of God through our union.
Even WITH this list, my focus is always on Christ–not a checklist. Through the Holy Spirit, God is working on me to be like the things outlined in the list.
God knows our end from your beginning. Therefore I have Trusted Him with my list.

My Future Unknown Wife

1. She must love the Lord thy God with all of her heart mind soul and strength and love her neighbor as herself.

2. He must be a hearer and a doer of the Word of God.

3. Must Put God first above anything including her husband.
4. She must have a servant’s heart, not lover of money

5. She must be a virgin
6. Must be obedient and Submissive

7. Must love to study and mediate on the Bible
8. Must pray always

9. Must have a pure heart
10. NO foul language

11. Be faithful, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach the Bible to others

12. Must be an encourager and trustworthy
13. Cooking and domestic is always a bonus

14. Must be blameless and tender hearted
15. Must Love evangelism

 

April 23, 2014 Posted by | SETTING THE NEWS AGENDA | Leave a comment

GOALS OF EVERY CHRISTIAN


Everybody has goals in this life. As Christians we also have goals that determine our purpose in this life on earth. Our goals defers from the goals of the people of the world. The world (pagans) are aspiring to be famous, rich, wealthy, higher status, higher educational ladder, etc. But as Christians we CANNOT have the same goals as unbelievers.
NOTE: A Christian is someone who is practicing the Word of God.
We are called to light in this dark world. We have to continue walking in the light of God and having faith that in the last day, Jesus will call us home to dine with him.
Today, we discuss the goals of every Christian.
1. To Please God
This is our primary motive on earth. There is no other purpose than to please Jesus Christ our Lord and Personal savior. In all our daily activities, we should be mindful that all that we do should be in the glory of God and nobody (human) should take that credit.
Colossians 1:9-10
For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God.
2. To Know God
The second goal is know God. We can know God by reading and applying the Bible, praying and been led by the spirit. Perhaps this is one of the challenging goals but we have the Holy Spirit to guide us and lead us. Knowing God do not come in a day, it takes continuous effort to reach there. The Bible says Enoch walked with God for 300 years and he was righteous in the sight of God. God took him to Heaven.
John 17:3
And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
3. To be fruitful to Jesus Christ
We are called to bear fruits to God. We can only bear fruits when we imitate Jesus Christ, the High Priest and the leader of the Church. Everything outside this is worthless. We should be ready to separate ourselves, suffer and carry our cross for the crown. We are going to render an account to Jesus for our decisions, actions and thoughts about Him.
John 15:4-5
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.

4. Love one another
In this world, people will hate you because of Jesus Christ but we (Christians) are not suppose to hate them but to love and pray for them. We must love as Jesus loves us. Jesus said the whole commandment in the Bible is sum up as ‘LOVE’
John 13:34-35
A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

5. To live at Peace
Living at peace starts when we love one another. One of our goals is to live in peace with all men. Sometimes, it’s challenging but we have to apply the Biblical command with the help of the Holy Spirit. The world may provoke, insults and persecute you but we have to pray, love and to live in peace with them.
Romans 12:18-21
If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
6. To Spread the Gospel
If you know what you have been saved from by Jesus then it’s a sin not to spread the good news. The gospel can be sum up as the birth, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ and the promise in Heaven for all who believeth. Christians are commanded to spread the message of the Lord Jesus to all tribes, nations, Kingdoms, and everywhere in the world.

Matthew 28:19
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

7. To grow to maturity
When we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and personal savior that is the first step, the next step which is one of the goals of every Christian is to grow into maturity in Christ. Growing into maturity means to take the image of Jesus Christ. People should see Jesus Christ in all that you do. We have to be led by the Holy Spirit to bear all the fruits of the spirit. As Christians we have to be periodically examining ourselves of our level of faith and maturity in Christ.
Ephesians 4:13
Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
8. Our Final goal is Heaven
Our suffering, trials, persecutions, goodness, righteousness, and holiness are preparations to Heaven. Every Christian goal is to go to Heaven. If you don’t have such a goal then you have examine your salvation. Heaven is our home, earth is the preparation field therefore we should not live like the pagans do. We have to be eternity minded.
Revelation 7:9-12
After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;
And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.
And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God, Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.

Conclusion:
God guarantees that all Christians should be able to meet their goals. We have no excuse in not reaching our goals. When we miss any of the goals we have indirectly miss the FINAL GOAL-Heaven. We ought to be extra careful in the way we live in this dark and evil generation.
The FINAL goal should be in our heart, minds and soul. We must be Ready, Prepare and Awaken for the Second Coming of Christ! Shalom.

October 7, 2013 Posted by | SETTING THE NEWS AGENDA | Leave a comment

The Beatitudes


God blesses you who are hungry now, for you will be satisfied. God blesses you who weep now, for the time will come when you will laugh with joy.

God blesses you who are hated and excluded and mocked and cursed because you are identified with me, the Son of Man.

“When that happens, rejoice! Yes, leap for joy! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were also treated that way by your ancestors.

“What sorrows await you who are rich, for you have your only happiness now.

What sorrows await you who are satisfied and prosperous now, for a time of awful hunger is before you. What sorrows await you who laugh carelessly, for your laughing will turn to mourning and sorrow.

Luke 6:21-25

September 30, 2013 Posted by | SETTING THE NEWS AGENDA | Leave a comment

FOUR NEEDS OF EVERY CHRISTIAN


In this short life on earth, we have needs that need to be met. That is why the people pressurize the government to meet their promises. Every human being needs the 4 basic things to be able to survive here on earth. The basic needs are shelter, clothing, food and water, and health.
As Christians we also need 4 basic things that can guarantee our passage through this life on earth to Heaven to see our Lord Jesus.
1. We need a life-giver.
All Christians have a life giver in Jesus Christ. He is the only one that can rescue us from our trials and tribulations. Jesus Christ came to die on the cross and whoever believes in him will have a life guard for eternity. John 3:14-15 says “and as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.”
2. We need Salvation
All born again Christians have Salvation. Without Salvation our live here on earth will be meaningless and worthless.
Acts 4:12
Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
If your Salvation is sure, real and true then you need to share the good news to the rest of world. You cannot be saved and remain silent about the joy you have received in the Lord Jesus.
3. We need the Holy Spirit
When Jesus was leaving the disciples, He promised them the Holy Spirit would be their leader and fortress. Without the Holy Spirit many Christians would have it difficult to live the Christian walk of faith. The Holy Spirit speaks to us, guides us, protects us and directs us. The Holy Spirit transforms us and makes us different from among them.
Romans 8:12-16
Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
KJV
4. We need a future and home
We all retire to our various homes after the end of the day. Likewise, after our life on earth is over, we retire to see our dear Lord Jesus. Jesus our life giver and savior is preparing a place for us-His Children. We need to know that our sufferings and persecutions will soon end and we go home to dine with Jesus. Heaven and Hell is real, it’s going to be our address, and you decide which address you will be located.
Revelation 21:1-8
And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
KJV

September 30, 2013 Posted by | SETTING THE NEWS AGENDA | Leave a comment