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NO SUBSTITUTES: THOUGHTS ON THE CHRISTIAN MARRIAGE AND HOME

Jesus said; If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.[John 13:17]. Our Lord, Jesus had just washed his disciples feet. Using himself as example he challenged them to do likewise, washing one another’s feet, serving one another. By that, no task should be considered too menial to serve our brother or sister. No service should be considered too degrading to render to our spouse. In a nutshell, the following are thoughts on having no substitutes or second best for our lives, marriage and home. Substitutes are counterfeits which contradict the counsel of God. Mankind shall not lie with any beast. Man shall not lie with another man. Woman shall not lie with a woman like her. These are acts of violation, contradiction and disobedience to God. Married Christians should all cherish the holy marriage institution as given to us by God.
There is no substitute for Obedience. Follow God’s example, therefore as dearly beloved children; Ephesians 5:1; When we fulfill our duties, we are being truly obedient to God. Upholding our marital vows and honouring our spouse therefore are acts of obedience to God. We are either following God fully or not at all. No half measures.
No substitute for Mutual Submission. Submitting yourselves to one another in the fear of God. Ephesians 5:21. As the husband expects his wife to submit to him, so should he submit to her. That is mutual respect. Doing otherwise is counterfeit.
No substitute for Loving Each Other. Walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Ephesians 5:2; Keep yourself in the love of God- Jude 21. 1 Corinthians 13: 1-13. Doing otherwise is sub standard.
No substitute for Physical Intimacy. The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband. The wife does not have authority over her own body but yields it to her husband. In the same way, the husband does not have authority over his own body but yields it to his wife. Do not deprive each other except perhaps by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourself to prayer AND FASTING. 1Corinthians 7:3-5[KJV is still the best, though some good work has been done with many other translations, e.g NIV]. How much is the body of believers compliant or failing today?
No substitute for Seniority at Home. Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything. Sarah obeyed her husband, Abraham calling him lord. 1 Peter 3:6. May God have mercy on the church of this Century.
There is no substitute for Selfless Loving and Giving. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot , or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church. Verses 25-29.
No substitute for Unity. ONE BODY[2 become 1]; There should be no break down, division, or disharmony. Just as the human body cannot afford to pull in different directions; so the husband and his wife being one, should stay united and strong, during tough times as well as easy times. Each person is unique, honourable and important. 1 Corinthians 12: 24&25.
No Substitute for Prayers. Pray without ceasing. 1 Thessalonians 5:17; And are we praying enough?
No substitute for the Word of God. It is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. 2 Timothy 16&17. Does the word of God have first place among us and in our homes?
No substitute for the Guidance of the Holy Spirit. Building up yourself on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost. Walk in the Spirit; talk, sing, pray both in the spirit and also with understanding!
The words of God are not man-made stories designed to deceive. No prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. 2 Peter 1:20-21. That is the reason why we should uphold the truth passed on to us in our generation and faithfully pass the same message on. The complications and challenging counterfeits of the present age should not be allowed to hinder us or confuse us! We should contend earnestly for same faith which was once delivered to the saints of the 1 st Century as Jude wrote in his epistle.
Grace be with you all.

 

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PRAYERS FOR NIGERIA

1. Pray for Nigeria. Pray daily. Pray as if it is your own prayers alone that can save Nigeria. Pray without ceasing. Pray and never give up. Pray for God to intervene in the affairs of Nigeria. Pray for forgiveness for yourself, your family, and the whole nation. O LORD forgive me, my family, my village, town, state and Nigeria as a whole. Confess any area where you have failed personally. Wash me clean, wash us clean. We plead for washing (cleansing) by the blood of Jesus! PRAY: Have mercy on me O LORD God, in the name of Jesus! Have mercy on my family, my village, town, state and the entire nation of Nigeria, in the name of Jesus! Give us a new heart. Make us united to honour and fear your name, O LORD!
2. The claim that Boko Haram are against Western Education is a lie. They are the ones making use of weapons more sophisticated than the Nigerian Military! They have resorted to bombs! How can uneducated people who say NO to Western Education make use of Western Weapons? PRAY: Let God arise and confuse the language and strategies of all enemies of Nigeria! WE PRAY THAT EVERY REBELLION AND ALL REBELS BE UPROOTED IN THE MIGHTY NAME OF JESUS!
3. PRAY: The MERCENARIES in the midst of Boko Haram shall not know peace again in the mighty name of Jesus! Sleep shall vanish from their eyes in the name of Jesus! The whole group of rebels plus the mercenaries shall become mad from sleeplessness and fight each other in the name of Jesus! Any person or country that supported or still supports, or may yet support Boko Haram shall experience earthquakes, floods, droughts, pestilences and epidemics of unparalleled dimensions, according to their geographical locations, in the name of Jesus!
4. The Federal Government of Nigeria talks no more about the abducted CHIBOK GIRLS! PRAY: Anyone who deceives Nigerians about the state of affairs of the nation shall experience drying up in the name of Jesus! Boko Haram are out to break up Nigeria! Anyone, group, ruler or foreigner who frustrates or tries to frustrate the peace of Nigeria shall not know peace; and shall rot and waste away in the name of Jesus! Such people shall go into oblivion in the name of Jesus! O God, Please, give us true leaders who shall serve the people of Nigeria and no more loot the nation, in the name of Jesus!
5. PRAY: Let God arise over Nigeria and let oppression of the workers, both active and retired, stop in the name of Jesus! Uproot all looters of the Treasury and let the entitlements of workers in Nigeria be paid in the name of Jesus! Dry up the bones of all looters in the name of Jesus! Let the fear of God overcome and overrule the Legislatures, the Judiciary, the Civil Service, the Police, the Military, the Immigration, the Parastatals, the Foreign Missions, the Educational institutions and the Private Sector, in the mighty name of Jesus!
6. PRAY : Let God arise in Nigeria and let his enemies be scattered in the name of Jesus! Let them also that hate God in Nigeria flee before him in the name of Jesus! As smoke is driven away, so drive away BOKO HARAM AND ALL MERCENARIES from Nigeria, in the name of Jesus! As wax melts before the fire, so let the wicked and all enemies of Nigeria perish at the presence of God, in the name of Jesus!
7. PRAY: O LORD God, You are the true God. You are the One Who made the heavens and the earth. You are the Owner of all lands. You are the Maker of all human beings. You are the Living God and Everlasting King. The earth shall tremble when you are angry. The nations shall not be able to stand before your anger. [Jeremiah 10: 10] Therefore Mighty God, show Yourself strong and mighty in Nigeria and deliver us in the name of Jesus! 
8. PRAY: LORD, according to Your word, we speak over Nigeria and concerning those who trouble Nigeria thus: The gods that have not made the heavens and the earth, even they shall perish from the earth, and from under these heavens. We speak and decree in the name of Jesus. [Jeremiah 10: 11]. Amen and Amen.
Give us peace O LORD, in Nigeria, in the mighty name of Jesus we pray! Amen.

COURAGE

Courage is the power or quality of life that makes a person able to meet threats or deal with dangers to life without fear. Courage is needed by all; needed by young and old; needed in the battles and struggles of life. At home, at work, in the school, in the church and in the community, courage is needed. Courage is needed to break new grounds. Courage is needed to maintain the old paths and qualitative standards of good and strong moral conduct. Courage is needed to ignore all distractions, face oppositions positively and learn from antagonists and their antagonisms. Courage is needed in marriage and all human relationships. Courage is needed at the battle field in order to fight; keep alive, and stay on to win. Courage is needed when wrong to say “I am sorry”. Courage is needed when wronged to be willing and accommodating enough to forgive. Anyone who uses courage negatively to perpetrate evil is the enemy of human society in any generation. Courage is needed with hope when faced with bereavement; and for the Christian, there is the hope of a better future dawn at the resurrection. Courage is needed to know, think and change location in order to experience freshness and guidance from God! When at the crossroads of life, needing to take decisions, courage is needed to see it through. Each person is divinely imbued with varying degrees of courage to face the problems or challenges of life. Several examples do abound of persons who faced problems, misfortunes, and hardships in many human generations, who with fortitude overcame those challenges.

Moses needed courage with his faith in the LORD to stand before Pharaoh in Egypt and through all insults and provocations, he stood his ground before leading out the Israelites out of bondage! God spoke to Joshua, the assistant of Moses, as he stepped on to continue in his new role as leader of Israel, after the death of Moses. “Be strong and courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you, do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth, meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful”. (Joshua 1: 7&8).
David needed courage in addition to his faith in God to kill a lion and a bear and eventually defeat the intimidating giant, called Goliath of Gath! (1 Samuel 17:33-51). Elijah had courage which he applied to his faith in the LORD as he confronted and defeated the 450 prophets of Baal and the 400 prophets of Asherah, who ate at Jezebel’s table, on Mount Carmel! (1 Kings 15:19-46). Call it various names. Call it boldness, heroism, bravery, valour, fortitude, confidence or fearlessness; you are referring to the same thing; courage!
The greatest example of human courage is seen in Jesus Christ. Jesus showed the greatest act of courage in history when he left his glory in Heaven to volunteer to come into this world in order to die for the sins of every person ever born and every person yet to be born! The best action any living person can take is to respond to the love move of Jesus by making a U-turn to God. The Almighty God says: “Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.” (Isaiah 45:22). Demonstrate true courage by looking unto God. Ignore liars, deceivers and oppressors. Trust God who truly loves you. Jesus has already paid the price for your condemnation and death. He died instead of you. “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. (John 3:16)
In these days, commonly referred to as the last days, courage is needed more than ever before. Courage is needed by the Church in order to face many challenging and intimidating counterfeits in the world today! There are the counterfeits of Al-Qaida, Boko Haram and Isis! The frequent abuses by these and other similar violent religious fanatics and extremists continue to pose threats to the peace and security of nations across the world, especially in Africa and the Western world! There are cases of renewed slavery and women oppression! There is the counterfeit of re-emergence of oppressive regimes as in Russia, Syria, Iran and North Korea! Mere economic sanctions have not been effective enough to stop these regimes! The ploy of Islamic fanatics and extremists to lure the United Kingdom into gradual Sharia law practice; soon to be compelling on the entire nation, is being viewed as harmless by the innocently spiritually-ignorant, unsuspecting leadership! The accommodating stance of secularism does not imply that Britain is no longer a Christian country statutorily! HAVE THE STATUTES BEEN CHANGED? No Christian dares to practice openly in Saudi Arabia or Iran as these Islamic fanatics and extremists are doing in the United Kingdom, with reckless abandon! A peace-loving and accommodating society is being taken for granted and used as a training ground for Islamic extremism and terrorism! God Almighty shall judge these acts of ingratitude, intolerance, unpatriotism and inhumanity! The frequent and recent barbaric acts of killings, kidnappings, raping, forced marriages and decapitations of fellow human beings clearly demonstrate that those perpetrators do not love humanity, do not know God and therefore cannot truly claim to be serving God! The LORD who made Heaven and the Earth shall expose these ruffians and they shall have no hiding place. All nations who fund these vicious activities shall continually experience the judgement of God. The financiers of terrorism across the globe shall not escape the punishment of God; unless they repent quickly and make a U-turn to God!
The Church should continue to pray for the innocent majority in society and governments for wisdom and alertness! The Church does not use or need physical weapons to overcome these challenging counterfeits! The Bible states: “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds; Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled. (2 Corinthians 10:4-6).
Brothers and sisters in Christ, let us go on to follow the LORD fully! Let us follow the LORD in obedience, in love, in unity and with courage! Let nothing be found within that exalts itself against the knowledge and the will of God. Let nothing be done through strives and vain glories! Let us build up one another in love and humility. Let the combined resources of the Corporate gifts and Anointing be made available to strengthen the people of God at such a time as this. No more of back- biting and back- stabbing should be found in the house of God! If a brother or sister makes a mistake or sins, the Church should not start a celebration party along with the world and Satan! Let there be a distinction! Let us make a difference! Let us throw strong long rope to a brother or sister who fell into a pit or ditch! Let us stop throwing stones of condemnation. (Ecclesiastes 4:10). With love and compassion; faith, hope and courage; let us put on the WHOLE armour of God to fight the intimidating, challenging counterfeits of our generation! Let us go on to win. On our knees praying; we shall win! On our feet standing, watching and praying; we shall win. With our wills and mouths reducing delicacies and meats; we shall win. In the powerful name of Jesus, we shall win. Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; we shall win. Ministers of the Church have been appointed as watchmen and women! Indeed, all true Christians are watchmen.
In conclusion, we should remember that we do not fight or battle against flesh and blood! We are drawn in battle against rulers, authorities, and powers of this dark world; we are confronting the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. That is why we need the whole might of God in us to be at work against these agents of evil in society and our contemporary world, this Century! Finally, brothers and sisters, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.(Ephesians 6:10-18). To stand properly in these evil days we must not toy with sin and worldliness! We ought also to watch our brothers’ backs! We should not ask the foolish question of Cain again, who asked God: “Am I my brother’s keeper?” The answer comes quickly to you and me. Yes indeed, you and I are our brothers’ keepers! BE COURAGEOUS! Shalom. Grace be with you.

UNITED KINGDOM, LET US CALL UPON GOD ALMIGHTY FOR MERCIES NOW

During the Second World War, The leadership of Britain called for national time of prayers, asking for the merciful help of God Almighty. More disaster was averted and victory was won. God saved Britain then and God can do it again. The present dreadful state of severe weather is very threatening. Lives and properties have been under severe risks. Means of livelihood have been adversely affected. Major infrastructures have been damaged and more damages cannot be ruled out. There is no visible end in sight to the severe weather. The inundation is unprecedented. Water table has been over saturated. More storms, rains and floods are imminent. The situation is very drastic and calls for more drastic measures and actions. More money, more human and material resources, massive reconstruction, massive appraisal and refocusing are all good and necessary, but these are not sufficient. Many people have been praying. Now, let the Leaders in government call out for NATIONAL TIME OF PRAYERS. Let pride, arrogance and every form of indifference be cast aside. ASK for prayers officially. The nation has everything good to gain and nothing to lose. We do not have to prolong the hardships of people already affected across Wales and England. United Kingdom, please, do not forget or abandon your roots. Our hearts go out to the affected communities. May the LORD have mercy on the United Kingdom. Merciful LORD, please, heal the land and deliver us speedily in the Mighty Name of Jesus Christ.[Read 2 Chronicles 7:13-14; Joel 2:15-19]. Let the Church declare another solemn assembly now. God bless you.

GLASGOW HELICOPTER CRASH: OUR CONDOLENCE

It is shocking to learn of the tragedy which struck as many people were out on the night of Friday 29th November in a Pub, THE CLUTHA, in a relaxed, unsuspecting mood. What a traumatic experience it must have been for an helicopter to land on the roof of a pub! Our heartfelt condolence go out to the Police, the families of the bereaved, those being nursed for injuries, and those who experienced the shock at the crash scene. Scottish First Minister, Alex Salmond described the incident as a black day for Glasgow and Scotland, whilst also commending the swift response by the citizens around and the Emergency Services. Indeed it is a black day in the midst of the celebration of Saint Andrew’s Day[Scottish National Day]. We join others to praise the several untrained citizens who selflessly rose to give help at the scene to the victims before expert hands arrived. We praise the Police and other members of the Emergency Services for swift response. May the Lord comfort the people of Glasgow, and Scotland as a whole at this time of grief, bless the health teams at work, ongoing rescue operations and give quick recovery to the injured and ailing.