Showing posts with label ETERNAL LIFE. Show all posts
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Saturday, 21 July 2018

THE CONCEPT OF REPENTANCE


To repent means to regret, be sorry, feel sorrow or feel ashamed for any wrong done. Therefore, repentance is the act of regretting or feeling sorry or ashamed for any wrongdoing. It is the realization that what we have done is bad/wrong and we are ready to apologize and ask for forgiveness.

KING DAVID OBEYS GOD’S CALL TO REPENTANCE. 2 Sam. 12:7-13, Ps. 51:1-19

David was the second King of Israel. The Israelite army was fighting against the Ammonites. David did not go to fight the war. One day as he was walking on the roof top of his house, he saw a beautiful woman next door taking her bath. David asked his servants who the woman was. They told him that she was Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah, the Hittite, one of his soldiers fighting in the war against the Ammonites. Later, he told his servants to bring the woman to his palace. The woman came and David slept with her and she became pregnant.
David called Uriah from the battlefield and tricked him to go home to sleep with his wife so that (he) David could make him responsible for the pregnancy. But Uriah refused and in the end David had him killed in the battle. David then married Bathsheba, who later gave birth to a son.
David did not feel sorry for the wrong he had done. Therefore, God sent the prophet Nathan to call him to repentance. Nathan told David the story of a poor man who had one lamb and a rich man who had plenty of sheep and goats.  One day, the rich man had a visitor and he took the lamb of the poor man and killed it for his visitor.

When David heard the story he became angry and said the rich man should be put to death. The prophet told him that he was the ‘rich man’ in the story. When David realized that what he had done was wrong, he repented. He felt very sorry and asked God for forgiveness; and God forgave him. The call of David to repentance and his response is found in Psalm 51.

ZACCHAEUS RESPONDED TO THE CALL TO REPENTANCE (LUKE 19:1-10)

Zacchaeus , a short man, was a chief tax collector in the town of Jericho. He used to cheat the people by collecting more than the tax he was supposed to collect. He made use of the surplus tax for himself (fraud). One day, Jesus was passing through Jericho to Jerusalem. Many people came to see him. Zacchaeus was among them. But because he was short , he climbed a tree to see Jesus pass by:  When Jesus reached where Zacchaeus was , he asked him to come down from the tree. Jesus told him that he would spend the night in his house . Zacchaeus was very happy and walked Jesus to his house.

But the people were not happy because Zacchaeus was a bad man who did not feel sorry for cheating  the people. And so, they protested and said:

    “Jesus had gone to be the guest of a bad man.

Both Jesus and Zacchaeus heard the protest . Zacchaeus then saw the protest as a call to repentance. He felt ‘ashamed’ for having cheated the people all this while. He promised to refund all the surplus tax he had taken from the people. Jesus was very happy for the  repentance of Zacchaeus, and said:
  
     “Today, salvation has come to Zacchaeus.”  


THE PEOPLE OF NINEVEH REPENTED OF THEIR SINS. ( JONAH 3 : 1-10)
The people of Nineveh were evil in their ways. They did many evil things to one another. They were wicked. They did not help those in trouble. They did not feel sorry for all the wrong that they had done and they continued to do.
God told the Prophet Jonah to go and call the people of Nineveh to repentance otherwise He would destroy them. At first he refused and ran away from God’s directive to Tarshish but later went to the town of Nineveh and called the people there to repentance. God said through Jonah that Nineveh would be overthrown in forty days time.  The people felt sorry of all the bad things that they had done. They repented by proclaiming a fast, putting on sackcloth, the king arose from his throne, removed his robe, and covered himself with sackcloth and sat in ashes and asked God for forgiveness. And, God forgave them.
JOHN THE BAPTIST CALLS FOR REPENTANCE
God sent John the Baptist to the Jews to call them to repentance. He preached to them the baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. The people regretted their wrong doings. They came to John to confess their sins. John the Baptist baptized all the people who repented of their sins.
Then, they asked John the Baptist what they should do and he told them to be of good behaviour. John the Baptist then told them that the baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins was to prepare them for the coming of Jesus Christ, who will baptize them with the Holy Spirit.
The work of the Holy Spirit will be:
  • to take away the evil influence of the devil
  • to destroy the power of sin
  • to melt the heart of stone that caused them to do evil things replacing it with the heart of flesh.
  • He will allow the Holy Spirit to give them spiritual power to obey God and to become righteous.

EVALUATION
1. what is repentance?

2. give account of the circumstances surrounding Uriah’s death.

3. itemize how Zacchaeus responded to the call to repentance.

1. Outline how the people of Nineveh responded to the call to repentance.
2. What was the theme of John the Baptist message?
READING ASSIGNMENT
Read 1 Sam. 3:18, 4:10-21.
CLASS ACTIVITY
     Students should sing song on Zacchaeus repentance. An example can be seen below:


                                        O Zacchaeus come down from the sycamore tree Zacchaeus come down from the tree
                                       Zacchaeus come down from the tree.

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

NEW WORDS

Repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations. —Luke 24:47. It is important to notice among these last words of Jesus what it is that is to be preached. We are to preach repentance and remission of sins. It is not right to preach remission of sins without repentance. Neither should repentance be taught without the comfort of sin's remission. The two go hand in hand.

Both repentance and forgiveness are to be preached only in his name. As Peter later followed His Saviour's commission, he proclaimed, "There is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved" (Acts 4:12). Salvation, including both repentance and forgiveness, are only found in Jesus Christ. We observe where this message is to be taken: it is to be preached among all nations. How utterly we miss the point if we think the command is fulfilled by only declaring the forgiveness of sins through Jesus Christ from our safe pulpits and within the walls of our own home!

The name of Jesus is to be exalted in all the earth. This message is to be shared among all nations. None are to be excluded, none are to be considered above, or beneath, this proclamation. Will you be a faithful witness today? Will you pray for and support those God-sent heralds whose beautiful feet are trekking the planet for the glory of Christ?


What an embarrassing scene. What a shameful spectacle. Samson, who had been judge over Israel for twenty years, had been blessed with supernatural strength, had in one day killed a thousand Philistines with nothing but a bone in his hand — this same Samson now stands in the stadium of the Philistines, being made sport of and being himself the occasion for thanksgiving to their pagan gods.

And the worst of it all is this: he is there because of his own sin, his own foolishness. Because he wouldn't say no to the temptress Delilah, he had been caught unawares, defenceless, and helpless. His eyes have been put out because he was too blind to see how dangerous sin is.

Why then would anyone use Samson as an example of faith? Shouldn't he be an example of how to throw away everything that God has given you and make a royal mess of your life over and over again? Well, yes, he is that too.

But Samson is also an example of true, God-honouring, world-overcoming faith. God himself mentions his name among the select few that are included in the "hall of faith" in Hebrews 11. And why is he mentioned? Because, through faith, Samson "out of weakness was made strong" (Hebrews 11:32, 34).

Even after all his failures, all his shameful conduct, all his detestable sins Samson had faith to come to God again and pray for forgiveness and healing. Imagine the nerve! And yet God commends him for his faith. In fact, that kind of faith is mentioned as one of the most courageous and admirable to be found.

Believer, if you have made a mess of your life, follow Samson's faith and turn to God. He will hear you, He will heal you. He laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. — 1 John 3:16

John 3:16 famously declares the love of God, the giving of His Son, and His purpose that whoever believes on His Son will have everlasting life. But 1 John 3:16 takes this truth a step further.

It is true, John says, that genuine love, perfect love is seen in the death of Jesus Christ for us. From this, however, we are meant to learn that genuine love is a sacrificial love. You see, John explains, not only did the Father give His Son for us, but the Son gave Himself for us! He laid down his life for us. This was not cosmic or divine child abuse, as some have suggested. The cross of Christ is the ultimate display of the perfect and united love of both the Father and the Son.

Such love, though, is meant, not only to save us from hell in the future, but also to deliver us from selfishness and vanity right now. As we look at Jesus on the cross, His sacrificial love for us should lead us to lay down our lives for each other. In fact, John says, the cross makes us indebted ("we ought") to love each other.

How has Jesus' love affected you? Does it lead you to more self-absorption or to sacrificial service? Christ's love for us includes His love for others, and so our love for Him must include a love for others, as well. “Wherefore he did evil in the sight of the LORD like the house of Ahab: for they were his counsellors after the death of his father to his destruction” (2 Chronicles 22:4)

Association with a bad company is dangerous to one’s spiritual life. It gradually leads him back into sin. It starts with befriending people who are not necessarily deep in outward sin, but simply without God. Next, he is found in the gathering of sinners. Before long, he stops walking closely with God and loiters with those who commit outward sins. Finally, he finds himself taking on their ways, mocking the righteous and holy, and hating the teaching of the Bible.

This was what happened to Ahaziah, who associated himself with the house of Ahab and had them as his counsellors. He joined affinity with the son of Ahab, Joram, to fight against Jehu, whom the Lord had anointed to cut off the house of Ahab. He met his waterloo as he died prematurely and was buried as a commoner.

Our association is key to our success in life and ministry. A Christian must carefully choose his companions. He lives in the world of sin and does business with its inhabitants. Yet, he must realise the danger of close association with the mixed multitude. Ungodly association saps the foundations of his spiritual strength and cool his fervency of the spirit. As good people desire to make others good like themselves, bad people desire to make their companions as bad as themselves. Thus, those who fear and love God should come out from among the ungodly. They must separate from unnecessary associations, for God has promised blessings, both in time and eternity, to all who renounce the company of ungodly men.

Lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. — Luke 11:4 There is a balance to successfully avoiding or facing any temptation. On the one hand, we have a responsibility to turn away from any situation, person, or opportunity that draws us away from God.

We cannot, with any sincerity, be praying for our heavenly Father not to lead us into temptation, if we are not ourselves striving to avoid temptation. If we are praying "lead us not into temptation" while rushing headlong into sin, our prayers are a farce and will be ineffective.

On the other hand, Jesus' model prayer reminds us that we do not, in and of ourselves, have the strength to face or overcome temptations to sin. This is why we pray for our Lord to deliver us from evil. We need His deliverance. We need His strength. When it is all said and done, we must confess that any sin we have ever overcome or been delivered from was overcome through the grace and leadership of our heavenly Father. It is for this reason that we are taught to also pray, "thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever." May that be our heart's song as we face and overcome every temptation through the strength of His Spirit.

Let us reason together. When you go to market to buy gala or bread and you discover that the nylon has torn and the bread or gala is exposed, will you buy such bread. No, because we know it is contaminated or exposed to germs. Now imagine yourself as the bread, displaying what God gave you as treasure (your body) to everyone.. How do you expect them to value you. And how did u expect a responsible person to approach you... As a matter of fact. The bread that was exposed lost its value in which the buyer will under price it or not even buy it but drop it for another better bread, well packaged and well covered...

You have been wondering, no guy approached you for marriage, no guy approached you for relationship and no matter the length of relationship you had, they still drop you for something better. It is because you never value yourself.  If you dont value yourself, no one will value you. Once a bread is exposed, none will value it and so many thoughts will be in d mind of the buyer, maybe the bread has come in contact with insect, with cockroach etc... Same as the impression man willl have ladies who exposed themselves to the world. Thoughts like, Maybe she is a prostitute. Maybe she has nothing good to value in life, maybe she is the useless type, maybe she is the uncared type etc...

The way you dress is the same way you will be approached and appreciated. Now look at another analysis... When some food are cooked. They are reserved in a cooler to make such food fit and edible to it.. Now imagine such food has been exposed for so many hours. The food will becomes cold and unattractive to eat. Same as every lady who exposed their body to the world...

If you treasure you, the world will treasure you. Vice-versa.

Everyman likes a food that is hot and delicious, every food that is hot are reserved for the best. While less food are reserve for dogs..

The Bible says.. God formed man from the soil. Looking at the soil. There are many hidden treasures from the soil like Gold, diamonds etc and to get such treasures, you have to dig deeper to get it.. If Gold can be seen anywhere do you think it will be valued. If God can be seen anywhere also, do you think we will value him...

Today am encouraging you to Make yourself a person of value. Enough of hide and seek. Enough of make up. The word make up to me means.. Making it up to standard which means the person doing it is not up to the standard God made him or her. Everything God created are Good.. Value yourself and be the change the world is expecting. As a man add value to yourself and as a woman add value to your beauty. Beauty without value is faceless and disdain.  

Everything we’ve covered thus far forms the non-negotiable foundation for prayer. The moment prayer becomes anything other than a conversation with God, we’ve made it into something it’s not. But what do you say when you’re talking to God?

This question is all-important. One answer is that we can say anything to God. He’s listening, and he cares. It doesn’t matter how trivial, difficult, outraged, or perplexed your prayers are: God cares about what you care about. And a whole lot more. So if you care about other people, you should expect those people to come up in your conversations with God.

There is a statement that pops up a few times in the New Testament: “If you ask anything in [Jesus’] name, [the Father] will give it to you.” How’s that for a blank check? But looking at the context of just one of these statements will give some insight into what Jesus wants us to be praying for.

In John 15, Jesus tells us that in remaining connected to him, we find life. And we find his life flowing through us to others (a concept he refers to as “bearing fruit”). When he tells us that God will grant our every request, he adds “so that you will love one another” (v. 17). In other words, praying for people is a form of love. Jesus’ love flows through you as your love for other people leads you to pray for them. This is what we mean by “intercessory prayer.” It’s a sign of health in your conversations with God when you find yourself naturally talking to God about more and more aspects of your life. If you care about it, God wants to hear about it.


Thursday, 24 May 2018

THE ULTIMATE PRICE

Tim had been in New York City before. He loved the annual trip that his family made from Provo, Utah, to watch the U.S Open together in New York , USA. One Sunday during the 1990 tournament, Tim was waiting with his parents in a Manhattan underground station when a gang approach them. Surrounding the family,   they robbed Tim’s father and then attacked Tim’s mother.

Tim fought back to defend his mother. The attackers turned from Tim’s mother to Tim. In the struggle, one of the robbers pulled a knife and stabbed Tim to death. Tim paid the ultimate price because he couldn't  stand watching the ones he loved get hurt. Jesus , God’s son , willingly paid the ultimate price for us because he doesn't want us to get hurt for ever. In John 3:1-21 , Jesus talks about the gift of eternal life that his death would provide.

“There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be?Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things? Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness.If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things? And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven. 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. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.” [ John 3:1-21]


Tuesday, 15 May 2018

GOING THE DISTANCE

At the age of nineteen, Canadian Terry Fox lost  his right leg to cancer. After the amputation, he became a discouraged and bitter young man. He assumed he was stuck in the wheelchair forever and felt cheated out of the “ normal” things in life. Trying to provide some motivation, Terry's formal basket coached showed him an article about a one-legged man who competed in the New York Marathon. The article ignited a sense of challenge in Terry. “If he can do it, so can I, ” Terry thought.

Gradually, Terry began to set goals for himself and decided to take more control of his life. He began to build his body and find ways to run with an artificial limb. He perfected the stride that came to be called the “ Fox Trot ” . He was soon running frequently and feeling good about life.

On April 12 1980, Terry started his “Marathon of Hope” , a solo run across Canada to raise money for cancer research. Four and a half months later , after covering 5,300 miles and raising $24,000,000, he had to stop. The cancer had spread to his lungs. Terry was hospitalised, and pneumonia set in. He died at age of twenty two

Terry remains a dramatic symbol of hope and courage to Canada and the world . “I wanted to show people that just because they are disabled, it’s not the end,” he said. All of us need more kind of hope and courage. Read about the rewards in Daniel 12:1-3 for those who trust in God for strength to go distance.

Further Reading
Mark 13:1-12
Ezekiel 37:1-14
1 Corinthians 15:12-28

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