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GOD’S GONNA GET SOME GLORY OUT OF YOUR STORY (John 9:1-3, Philippians 1:12)

Are you aware that your story is for His glory? God is gonna get some glory out of every chapter of your story. Some of the things you are going through may not be glorious but God is in it. The Johanine corpus gives us a setting where Jesus is confronted with a case of a man born blind. The question was; Who caused this situation of being born blind? Is it the sin of the parents or the victim? Those who posed this question had what is well known in academic circles as DEUTERONOMISTIC THEOLOGY. This theology has it that misfortune is a result of sin. This theological framework blames the victim for his suffering. Bad things happen to bad people as a punishment from God. Similarly good things happen to good people as a reward from God. It was inconceivable that BAD THINGS DO HAPPEN TO GOOD PEOPLE. Whenever someone suffered misfortune he had to do a lot of soul searching to find out where he went wrong or missed the mark. The community was also quick to judge you harshly for any misforne which befell you. This is the same thinking Job’s friends had when evaluating Job’s plight.
Jesus’ response to the plight of the blind man focused on demystifying this notion hence Jesus’ answer, THIS BLINDNESS IS NOT A RESULT OF SIN, BUT THAT THE WORKS OF GOD MAY BE DISPLAYED. In other words this man’s blindness does not need any research into the cause. His story is for his glory. Having said this, then Jesus miraculously opened the man’s eyes leading to God getting all the glory. 
The Apostle Paul similarly reassures the Philippians of his story of imprisonment. He asserts that all the adversities which happened to him helped in advancing the gospel. His suffering and possible execution did not in any way curtail the propagation of the gospel. Could it be that all the adversities you are facing are by divine design for the advancement of the gospel? Could it be that God may deliberately not remove some thorns in your flesh and he gets glory through his sustaining grace? Could it be that today’s Christians prefer golden chains and crosses to adorn their necks rather than carry a blood stained cross in their daily walk? Could it be that the modern Church has classified the crucified life as an outdated Theology suitable for Primitive Christianity? I beg to differ. Check out the following for your consolation:

# Your story may littered with sickness and suffering like the ten lepers but God is gonna get some glory out of your story

# Your story may be littered with betrayal like Joseph but God is gonna get some glory out of your story

# Your story may be littered with barrenness and childlessness like Hannah but God is gonna get some glory out of your story

# Your story may be littered with being dropped and dumped like Mephibosheth but God is gonna get some glory out of your story

# Your story may be littered with being born, bred and buttered in pain like Jabez but God is gonna get some glory out of your story

# Your story may be littered with loss and misfortunes like Job but God is gonna get some glory out of your story

# Your story may be littered with grief like Naomi or the widow of Nain but God is gonna get some glory out of your story

# Your story may be littered with being a fugitive like David but God is gonna get some glory out of your story

# Your story may be littered with threats like Mordecai but God is gonna get some glory out of your story

# Your story may be littered with bills and debts like the Prophet’s widow but God is gonna get some glory out of your story

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Posted by on May 11, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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PREACHERS OF GRACE FALLING FROM GRACE (Hebrews 12:14-17, 1Cor. 9:25-27)

I write this article with deep pain because of the tragedy which has befallen the Christian community at unprecedented rates. I do not put myself above my fellow preachers as a judge. Rather I write as a concerned Preacher who is also aware of Paul’s warning that ‘Let him who thinks he stands be careful lest he also falls’ (1Cor. 10:12). This article is about Preachers of Grace falling from Grace. The Apostle Paul is conscious of the possibility of being disqualified or falling from grace hence he puts his body under subjection. To fall from grace means to lapse into sinful life or to be entangled again with the yoke of bondage. Preachers are being dragged into secular courts of law charged with abuse of the very parishioners they are supposed to be shepherding. These cases range from indecent assault, attempted rape, rape, adultery to mention a few. Some have ended up serving long jail sentences or doing community service. But there are other cases of abuse which go unchallenged in the Christian community. Some of the weird practices which take place in the Christian community are a clear indication that the practitioners have long fallen from grace. Unfortunately there are so many innocent followers who have been brainwashed such that they cannot discern that the Preacher in question has crossed the line of grace. The million dollar question is why Preachers of Grace are falling from Grace. Listed below are some of the reasons why we preachers are falling from grace:
# When we become unrepentant when we have sinned before God
# When we become careless in our interaction with people of the opposite sex and even the same sex
# When we get carried away by self-glory instead of giving God all the glory
# When we get preoccupied with the cares of this world especially prosperity at any cost
# When we become over-confident and no longer need God’s grace in our daily lives
# When we forget to be sober and vigilant in a time the devil is targeting those who dispense grace
# When we ignore common danger warning signs and the still small voice of God
# When we breach ethical standards and values we used to embrace
# When we rely on the false gospel of hyper-grace which promises forgiveness of future sins in advance
# When we focus on external gratification of the flesh instead of inner satisfaction
# When the new phenomenon of ‘Miracles on Demand’ forces us to perform miracles at any cost
# When we begin to see ourselves as super-humans, semi-divine, super prophets, super apostles, super pastors, super evangelists and super teachers

 
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Posted by on October 12, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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