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ITS TIME TO MAJOR ON WEIGHTIER MATTERS: TALK IT, WALK IT & LOVE IT (Matthew 9:36, Luke 10:25-37) PART TWO


We noted in the previous article that Jesus challenged the Scribes and Pharisees for neglecting the weightier matters of the Law i.e. JUSTICE AND MERCY. Any religious practices which lack justice and mercy are acts of hypocrisy. A closer scrutiny of Jesus’ life and ministry reflects that it was characterised by the statement: MOVED WITH COMPASSION. This statement means to have the bowels yearn, a Jewish idiom meaning having deep compassion. These are the BOWELS OF MERCY which Paul encourages the Colossian Community to have (Colossians 3:12-13). Could it be that those who want to serve God the Jesus way must have BOWEL FEELINGS which will move them with compassion in everything they do for Christ? Whilst the story of the Good Samaritan teaches us the behaviour of compassionate people, it is also a reminder that religious people can sometimes be heartless. Both the Priest and the Levite who who happened to be going down the same road where this half dead man was, simply passed by. They valued ceremonial cleanliness stipulated in the Mosaic law but ignored the spirit of the law where compassion had to out-weigh their outward cleanliness. They valued religious duties at the expense of a dying soul. Jesus asked the expert in the law, ‘Which of these three do you think was a neighbour to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?’ He replied, ‘The one who had mercy on him’. How sarcastic it is that the expert in the law hesitates to say that it was the SAMARITAN but deliberately opted to reduce him to a statistic ‘THE ONE’. 
It is my prayer that the 21st Century Church should glean lessons from the 1st Century Church whose ministry was moved by compassion. Indeed weightier matters should propel us to action. When weightier matters become your passion, you will TALK IT. Paul declared before King Agrippa that he was not disobedient to the heavenly vision. Its time to talk about Jesus wherever we are and whenever an opportunity arises. When weightier matters become your passion, you will WALK IT. Some TALK IT by the mile but WALK IT by the inch. Our greatest and most effective method of winning others to Christ is to WALK THE TALK. Somebody said it well that Christianity is easier CAUGHT than TAUGHT. Indeed actions speak louder than words. May the 21st Century Church produce WALKIE TALKIES for Jesus (WALK IT & TALK IT). Finally when weightier matters become your passion you will LOVE IT. Micah 6:8 rightfully says, ‘He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To ACT JUSTLY and to LOVE MERCY and to WALK HUMBLY with your God’. Truly humble people act justly and love mercy. You and I have to love weightier matters of justice and mercy. 
Check out some of the scenarios which moved Jesus with compassion:

# Jesus was moved with compassion for the SHEPHERD-LESS 

# Jesus was moved with compassion for the SICK 

# Jesus was moved with compassion for the DEGRADED

# Jesus was moved with compassion for the MOURNING

# Jesus was moved with compassion for the POOR

# Jesus was moved with compassion for the DISABLED

# Jesus was moved with compassion for the HUNGRY

# Jesus was moved with compassion for the SINNERS

# Jesus was moved with compassion for the HEAVY-LADEN

# Jesus was moved with compassion for the DEMON-POSSESSED
May weightier matters of the bowels be our passion.

 
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Posted by on May 10, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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THOU SHALT MAJOR ON WEIGHTIER MATTERS: TALK IT, WALK IT & LOVE IT (Matthew 23:23, Micah 6:8, Mark 1:40-44, Colossians 3:12-13)

In order to make myself understood in this discourse, allow me to humbly propose an eleventh commandment; THOU SHALT MAJOR ON WEIGHTIER MATTERS. As I was celebrating my 55th birthday, I started reflecting and praying for God’s guidance on this journey of life and Christian service. Of all verses of Scripture, the Lord took me to Matthew 23:23 where Jesus Christ challenged the Scribes and Pharisees for disregarding WEIGHTIER MATTERS. The Lord challenged me to MAJOR ON WEIGHTIER MATTERS hence this sharing with my brothers and sisters in the Faith. 
Why WEIGHTIER MATTERS? This is about putting first things first. This is about letting what matters most, matter most. This is about value tags we put to the things we do. While a lot of people major on minors and others minor on majors, its time to major on majors. The Scribes and Pharisees in their endeavour to tithe to the dot, they would calculate one tenth of their proceeds from their small backyard spice gardens. But they neglected weightier matters of the law i.e. JUSTICE, MERCY AND FAITH. Jesus’ contention was that they should have practiced the latter (Justice, mercy and faith) without neglecting the former (Tithe). In a nutshell the Scribes and Pharisees focused on the LETTER OF THE LAW rather than THE SPIRIT/INTENT OF THE LAW. They gave meticulous attention to their tithes, offerings and prayers whilst ignoring issues of justice and mercy in their neighbourhood. To say ‘they ignored’ is actually an understatement. They violated weightier matters of ethical values of justice and mercy which enshrined the spirit or intent of the law.
Could it be that issues of justice and mercy have been put on the sidelines of the Kingdom Agenda because it has been misconstrued to be a SOCIAL GOSPEL which emanates from LIBERATION THEOLOGY? Truth be told, JUSTICE AND MERCY are at the heart of the Kingdom Agenda. The Church should be a shining example in the way it administers JUSTICE AND MERCY within its ranks before it moves out to the wider community. Justice is about administering what is just, factual, reasonable, morally upright, fair, righteous, impartial and legally correct. Justice is about being careful in our judgement of others well knowing that its easier to see specks in other people’s eyes whilst ignoring glaringly visible logs in our own eyes. True justice from a Christian point of view is administered with the HEART AND MIND OF GOD.
The existence of the MERCY SEAT upon which the High Priest sprinkled blood once a year on the day of Atonement is a reminder that God’s judgement is based on MERCY. God deals with our sins today from the MERCY SEAT OF CALVARY. Truly speaking if God was to do justice to the sins of Preachers and Parishioners who fall away from grace, we would all be dead because the wages of sin is still DEATH. Furthermore the Psalmist shows us that MERCY is one of the attributes of God and his mercy endures forever (Psalm 136). The Hebrew word for mercy is RICHAM which means to be soft or to be gentle. Another word in singular form is RECHEM meaning WOMB which denotes that mercy is something which should come out of our innermost being. This implies that merciless people are heartless and womb-less. In the Christian community, mercy is seen in how we treat each other. Mercy should indeed focus on the POTENTIAL GOOD that may come out of a BAD SITUATION. The Apostle Paul supports the dispensing of mercy when he says, ‘Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, BOWELS OF MERCIES (from our innermost being) kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, long-suffering; fore-bearing one another and forgiving one another…’ (Colossians 3:12-13). 
In Part 2 of this sharing, we will look at how our Lord Jesus Christ was moved by WEIGHTIER MATTERS in his earthly ministry and how this should move us to TALK IT, WALK IT AND LOVE IT.

 
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Posted by on May 1, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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GAMES, GIMMICKS AND GAMBLES BY RELIGIOUS PROPAGANDISTS


The challenge of POPULAR RELIGION is not just a 21st Century phenomenon. Popular religion has been with us from time immemorial. In the Old Testament times people were obsessed with High Places instead of Temple worship. Similarly Aaron succumbed to the demands of popular religion when he made a golden calf to be a god for the Israelites i.e. Idol worship. Needless to mention that baal worship was the greatest eyesore to Yahweh worship due to its fertility attraction to people in an agro-based economy. Judges like Gideon and Prophets like Elijah challenged this popular religion among the Israelites. By popular religion in Christian circles, I am talking about the type of gospel which is geared for those with itching ears whose ears enjoy hearing a particular genre of the gospel. This is the gospel with mass attraction but is void of the Saviour. Popular religion thrives because of its propagandists who are obviously benefitting big time from it. 
Just like in yesteryear, today’s propagandists capitalise on playing with the human mind and human needs. Many well-meaning innocent people are being manipulated by these false teachers, false prophets and false messiahs because of ignorance. Today’s Christian community needs to be more vigilant like the Bereans who examined Scriptures to establish if what Paul said was true (Acts 17:11). Check out some of the games, gimmicks and gambles being used by modern religious propagandists:
# PROPAGANDA: is information which is biased or misleading which is deliberately used to deceive. To deceive means to give a mistaken impression, to fool, to cheat, to trick. Just like politicians, religious propagandists have an inner circle which knows all the strategic tools which are used to mislead. The most hated people are those who manage to come out of the inner circle. Both in politics and religion, such people are viewed as traitors because of their exposure to official secrets and their potential to demystify the propagandist agenda.
# DISTORTION: to distort means to pull or twist out of shape, to misrepresent, to change the form of something. From Latin DISTORQUERE meaning to twist apart. False teachers play around with Church doctrine, pulling it and twisting it to suit what they want. Even Bible verses are pulled apart to bring out a meaning which is unscriptural. Several historical figures known to this writer have claimed to be the last Elijah before the second coming of Christ but unfortunately they died before the parousia materialised. 
# DEVIATION: To deviate means to diverge from an established course or from normal standards, to go astray. From Latin DEVIARE meaning to turn out of the way or divergence from the intended route. The Bible says, ‘Do not move the ancient boundary stone set up by your fathers’ (Proverbs 22:28). What used to be viewed as abnormal has now become the NEW NORMAL in the Christian community. If there is divergence from the intended route, what assurance do we have that we will  arrive at the right destination? Today’s proponents of popular religion are not only MOVING ancient boundaries, but they are actually REMOVING them. 
# EXAGGERATION: to exaggerate means to alter beyond normal proportions, to overstate, to overemphasise, to amplify. Altering Christian truth beyond normal proportions is LYING. Truth overstated becomes questionable. For example, whilst prosperity is the heritage of God’s people, the PROSPERITY GOSPEL or the claim it and have it gospel is truth overstated hence it borders with heresy which emanates from EW Kenyon who is well-known as the grandfather of the Prosperity Gospel.
# BRAINWASHING: to brainwash means to subject someone to a prolonged process to transform their attitudes and beliefs totally, to indoctrinate i.e. to cause to accept a set of beliefs uncritically through repeated instruction. Several modern political regimes are using brainwashing as a political tool to manipulate and control people. The same is true of some religious movements today. Needless to mention that Jim Jones made his brainwashed congregants to take cyanide poison leading to the death of over 900 souls. Brainwashing is the worst form of spiritual abuse and it is the starting point of all other abuses in the Christian community. God expects us to be critical thinkers even on religious and spiritual issues. He says, ‘Come let us reason together ……’ (Isaiah 1:8).  
# OBSESSION: to be obsessed means to be preoccupied by something to the point of being carried away. Some religious propagandists are obsessed with DEMONOLOGY. Demons are real but they should not be given centre stage. Too much talk about demons removes people from God. Too much concentration on casting out demons means whatever gets your attention GETS YOU. Some believers have an obsession with miracles leading to dependance on miracle workers in the same way non-believers depend on Sangomas/N’angas. Other believers are obsessed with prophecy to the point that many of them end up being manipulated in the name of prophecy.

BEWARE OF THE GAMES, GIMMICKS AND GAMBLES USED BY RELIGIOUS PROPAGANDISTS.
   

 
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Posted by on April 23, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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IT PAYS TO TAKE THE HIGH MORAL GROUND

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

THE SIGNATURE OF GRACE IS SEALED IN THE PASSOVER


The Passover Feast or Celebration is one of the most important events in both the Jewish and Christian calendars. In it is sealed the salvation story. The Jewish community celebrate their deliverance from Egyptian captivity, whilst the Christian community celebrates the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ the Saviour of the world. Both religions view blood as central to their deliverance/salvation. From the Jewish context, God instructed every Jewish family to kill a lamb on the Passover night and then sprinkle the blood on their door posts. Exodus 12:13 says, ‘The blood will be a SIGN for you on the houses you are, and when I see the blood, I will pass over you…..’ From the Christian context, Jesus Christ is the mediator of the new covenant and his blood which was sprinkled at the cross speaks better things than the blood of Abel (Hebrews 12:24).
Could it be that our identity as Christians is determined by God’s signature of grace upon our lives? When our Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross, his last will and testament was in his last statement: TETELESTAI meaning it is finished or FULLY PAID. It is common knowledge that when something has been fully paid for, it is accompanied by a signature. The Apostle Paul rightfully illustrates this signature of grace in his epistle to the Colossians (2:14-15) ‘Having canceled/DELETED the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us: he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. And having DISARMED the powers and authorities, he made a spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross’. 
From antiquity up to the modern times, a signature was known as a SEAL, a SIGN, or a MARK by an authority. Kings and nobles used SIGNET RINGS to sign documents. Accompanying that signature was the NAME, OFFICE and TERRITORY of the signatory. The signatory of grace is none other than our Lord Jesus Christ. His offices include the following and many more: Lion of Judah who is the SEAL BREAKER in the book of Revelation, Alpha and Omega, King of Kings and Lord of Lords. His territory is the entire universe. A signature was used to authenticate official documents, to guarantee the security of the document and to prevent unauthorised reading, altering or tempering. God’s signature on your life means that the devil cannot alter or temper with your destiny. This signature of grace is inclusive i.e. it does not discriminate. In Christ there is neither Jew nor Gentile, slave nor free, male or female. We all have equal access to the blessing of Abraham. This signature of grace clears your past sins and failures to the point that no one will have the guts to cast the first stone upon you. 
There are three things which you need to always bear in mind and also appropriate them daily in your life. Firstly, when Jesus died on the cross, he declared AMNESTY over you, thereby deleting the charge of your legal indebtedness which stood against you and condemned you. You must declare and decree: CHARGE DELETED. Secondly, Jesus’ death on the cross disarmed principalities and powers. This means that he captured and controlled the enemy hence he now holds the keys of death and hades. With keys you can SHUT OUT things and SHUT IN things. May diseases, discouragements, disappointments, depression, deprivations, dishonour be shut out of your life. You must declare and decree: ENEMY DISARMED. Finally, you must learn to sprinkle the blood of Jesus over your life. You must declare and decree: BLOOD DISPLAYED. The signature of grace is good enough for you.

 
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Posted by on April 17, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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THE SEAL BREAKER: LOCATE IT, DECODE IT & DOWNLOAD IT (Part 2)


We noted in part 1 of this presentation that God has a habit of hiding things of value and that such pearls of great price are not hidden from us but are actually hidden for us. For this reason it is necessary for us to have the ability to locate, decode and download what God has in store for us. The ability to locate where your blessings are sealed is about discovering, unearthing, pinpointing, uncovering, searching out and sniffing out. May the Lord give you the anointing of a sniffer or detection dog which uses its senses to locate things by sniffing. I am sniffing the climate of favour in the air. God is shifting some people from the dungeon of shame to a place of double honour. May the Lord give you the stereoscopic visual acuity and enlarged visual field of the eagle which can locate prey as small as a rabbit 3.2 km away and can swiftly come down and snatch it away in a twinkling of an eye. Your spiritual eyes shall not suffer low visual acuity or macular degeneration. You shall see visions of things that are sealed from the generality of mankind. Just like Caleb you shall locate your heritage and declare, ‘GIVE ME THIS MOUNTAIN which the Lord promised me on that day’ (Joshua 14:12).

Its one thing to locate the place where your blessings are hidden, its another to have the ability to decode and download. Remember that wherever great blessings are located, it is common knowledge that such a place is deliberately sealed with coded language hence the need for SEAL BREAKER ANOINTING. This is where revelation knowledge and ability to understand mysteries comes into play. What you failed to achieve by your intelligence, you shall achieve by supernatural revelation. God is calling you to go to A PLACE OF BETTER VIEW where you are going to see your destiny with spiritual eyes. This gives you the power to decrypt concealed information. For your own information, all you need to decode your blessings is contained in an ancient book called the bible. May you be found worthy to decode your blessings just as The Lion of Judah was found worthy to open the scroll and its seven seals in the book of Revelation (Revelation 5:4-5). Once you have decoded that which is encoded it means ACCESS GRANTED. This is your season to download your blessings. Downloading is about moving your blessings from the Spirit realm to the physical realm. A lot of Christians have the ability to spot their blessings in the Spirit realm but they live a life of lack simply because they are not able to decode and download their stuff. This is like driving a top of the range mercedes benz in the dream world only to be awakened from such a blissful moment and be faced by reality. But as you download your blessings, beware of cyber attacks from the Prince of Persia, the devil who wants to block or hack your answered prayers in cyberspace (Daniel 10:13).

Check out these bible characters who located, decoded and downloaded their blessings:

The bleeding woman’s healing was sealed in the hem of Jesus’ garment

The widow of Zarephath’s blessing was sealed in a jar of flour and a jug of oil

The Prophet’s widow had her blessing sealed in a little bottle of oil

The Shunamite woman’s blessing was sealed in Prophet Elisha

The five thousand crowd’s lunch was sealed in a little boy’s lunchbox

Elijah’s abundant rain was sealed in a small cloud

The day of Pentecost was sealed in the book of Joel chapter two

King Jehoshaphat’s water was sealed in a valley which he needed to dig ditches

Samson’s strength to fight against the Philistines was sealed in his dreadlocks

The deliverance of Israel from Harman’s threat was sealed in an orphan girl called Esther

Elisha’s double portion was sealed in Elijah’s mantle

The ministry of Jesus Christ was sealed in Isaiah 61

Mephibosheth’s blessing was sealed in a friendship covenant between his father Jonathan and David

YOU ARE A SEAL BREAKER!!! YOU ARE ANOINTED TO LOCATE, DECODE AND DOWNLOAD YOUR BLESSINGS

 
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Posted by on April 4, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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THE SEAL BREAKER: LOCATE IT, DECODE IT AND DOWNLOAD IT (Part 1)


Scripture Readings:

# Isaiah 29:11 For you this whole vision is nothing but words sealed in a scroll. And if you give the scroll to someone who can read, and say, read this please, they will answer, I CAN’T, IT IS SEALED.

# Proverbs 25:2 It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings to search out a matter.

# Isaiah 45:3 I will give you hidden treasures, riches stored in secret places………..
The prophetic word I have for you comes as a declaration which you have to make: ‘I AM A SEAL BREAKER, I am anointed to locate, decode and download blessings’. This message comes from the backdrop that our God has a tendency of sealing, concealing, hiding and locking away things of high value. In the natural he purposefully hid natural resources like oil, gold, platinum, diamonds and many other precious stones down under. In the spiritual God also purposefully hid pearls of great price in the Bible. Any good reader of the Bible would concur that the message of the word of God comes to us sealed in symbolic, apocalyptic, parabolic, epistolary, figurative and metaphorical genres just to mention a few. That is why the Ethiopian Eunuch needed a Philip to unpack Isaiah 53 in light of Jesus Christ as the suffering Saviour (Acts 8:26-36). Could it be that going by computer science knowledge the bible is ENCRYPTED or encoded in such a way that Christians need revelation knowledge to decode the cipher-text of the word so as to fully benefit from God’s promises.
A lot of modern Christians give up reading the bible regularly because just like the Ethiopian Eunuch, they can’t read it because its sealed i.e. they are not able to decipher the hidden treasures. The book of Proverbs as cited above says that IT IS THE GLORY OF GOD TO CONCEAL A THING. God, as reiterated earlier conceals blessings in hidden/secret places but the good news is that these blessing are not hidden from us but rather, THEY ARE HIDDEN FOR US. Hence when Isaiah quotes God saying, I WILL GIVE YOU HIDDEN TREASURES, RICHES STORED IN SECRET PLACES, he was speaking with the understanding of how ancient kings like those of Babylon stored their wealth in gold, silver and other expensive artefacts. These kings stored their wealth in vaults or archives which were located in basements or underground floors. These rooms were known as CRYPTS being rooms which no one was allowed to enter without authorised access by the king. For further security these rooms would be locked and sealed with the king’s ring so that access would not be tempered with. Could it be that modern computing language borrowed heavily from ancient technology, because to ENCRYPT means to convert or conceal information into a code to prevent unauthorised access by hackers in cyberspace. May I declare that your blessings are safe and secure because no demon from the pit of hell can hack into what God has in store for you.
While it is the glory of God to conceal a matter, Proverbs goes on to say that IT IS THE HONOUR OF KINGS TO SEARCH OUT A MATTER. The kings in question are you and me the children of God. It is our honour and privilege to search out that which is sealed because down under lies our blessings. May God give us the anointing of Isaac who re-dug all the wells of his father which the Philistines covered with rubble. In other words true blessings or true prosperity does not come on silver platter. This message is not in the category of the CLAIM IT AND HAVE IT GOSPEL. This is a call to a blue collar job where those who are serious about digging for their wealth are being enrolled. Its time to wear your work suit, hard hat and work shoes and take your pick and shovel and journey with me as we LOCATE, DECODE AND DOWNLOAD OUR BLESSINGS. You are indeed a SEAL BREAKER. See you in Part 2 where we extrapolate the art of locating, decoding and downloading our blessings. 

 
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Posted by on March 28, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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