he Ways of our Lord Jesus Christ are mostly diametrically opposed to the ways and thinking of we lesser mortals. He uses those people and things that we lesser mortals despise and often ignore to achieve extraordinary and awe-inspiring things. His ways are beyond our comprehension. Throughout the Book of Life, He confounds us by His employment of people discarded, loathed and unappealing to achieve great feats among the children of Adam. Papa Abraham is the father of faith and all religions of the world today evoke his name as the Beginning Patriarch, but when you examine his life, he was fatally flawed too like the rest of us. He was a cheater, he had extramarital affairs and lied. But how did he succeed to become the friend of His Majesty? There were three things that brough a cheater, liar, and adulterer to the Heart of the True Lord God Almighty: faith, trust, and obedience. When Daddy instructed him to leave his birthplace and headed to an unknown location, he didn't grumble, neither did he protest nor look back nostalgically to his relatives that he would sorely miss. He abandoned all for the One Who owns all, Hallelujah! When the King promised him an everlasting inheritance through childbirth in old age, he didn't doubt the Great Promiser. He could have rationalized that promise, but his faith was unassailable. Satan wanted to off stage him through his wife, and no one should begrudge them, because what the Almighty God promised was naturally impossible.
There is a stage in natural and biological laws when human conception ceases, but He who put everything together bypassed His Own Law and kept His Promises, Hallelujah! Now another tall order by human reasoning; The Giver of all good things instructed Papa Abraham to offer to Him the same boy that would herald the covenant the Lord made to Abraham. Folks, put yourself in the shoes of Papa Abraham! Would you be able to have rest and sleep a day prior to offering Isaac as a sacrifice? Would you not wrestle with the thought for days and ask for spiritual advise from your friends? Do you read anywhere Papa Abraham discuss the Lord's instructions with his wife, Mama Sarah? He obeyed the Almighty God thoroughly, transparently and to the end. No wonder, Apostle Paul listed him first in His Hall of Faithers many years later as our number one faith role model. These three things will never be compromised and negotiated by the True Lord God Almighty, if we want to enter into His Presence and Rest namely: Faith, Trust, and Obedience.
What is in a stick? Nothing, because in the lexicon of lesser mortals, a stick is a stick. But in the Awesome Hands of the Omnipotent God, Omnipresent Father and Omniscient Deity, a stick becomes a game-changer. Ask Pharaoh Ramses and you would get the full picture of how the Sovereign Lord God Almighty uses ordinary people and things to achieve extraordinary and humungous things, for nothing is small when the Almighty God is involved. The Lord Jesus Who is the exact representation-not representative- of the Invisible God and all heavenly qualities reside in bodily form turns any and all things around when we allow Him to take the Center. Many lives have been ruined, because in our individual arrogance, we deprive Him the driver's seat and thus end up in tragic tatters. No matter the project at hand, when my Daddy is in it-not on it-but He is at the Center of it all, not only does He make a difference, but He makes all the difference. A stick in the hands of Moses remains a stick and staff to the ordinary eyes, but when the Almighty said: "…take this staff in your hand so you can perform signs with it" (Exodus 4:17), it was no more an ordinary stick but an extraordinary stick.
The Lord God Almighty earlier asked Moses what was in his hands and Daddy replied that in His Hands, what He saw was no longer a stick or staff but a miraculous herald that would be used to humble an arrogant potentate and set a nation free; a thing never heard, seen, or witnessed before in the history of mankind. Often times we belittle the little things of the world and those people we neglect and count as nobodies, but unbelievably those nobodies are the instruments God uses to become somebodies. How could the son of a slave driven into exile, humiliated and banished from the land because of his difficult and controversial parentage turn around to free a nation from an imperial king? He did it without raising an army, but with the spoken words of the Almighty God. A stick or staff in the Hands of God soon became the Rod of Freedom because God was in it. No wonder the Psalmist exulted "Your way, O God, is holy. What god is so great as our God? You are the God who performs miracles; you display your power among the peoples" (Psalm 77:13 & 14).
When I looked at my life, I wonder how far this Good God has brought me, considering the manner of my upbringings. No father, no mother and growing up as an orphan, living a hardscrabble life, an orphan who had no place to call a home while growing up in poverty but today has achieved greatness. Many of my folks hated me when we were growing up; they thought it should be one of them that would etch out in life, but like Joseph, the one mostly despised soon became the instrument to save the entire family. Why are people and things despise normally those the Almighty God uses? Simple! To display His Awesomeness among the children of men, because if He uses the lionized, the nobles and the powerful among the children of Adam, the glory will be ascribed to self. Has He not told us that He would never share His Glory with anyone? Consequently, He is the Only One Who can do what no one can do and thus the Glory, Honor and Power would onerously belong to His Majesty, Hallelujah! Friend, I do not know where you are reading this piece from, but I want you to know that it is not over until it is over when the Almighty God is truly in it and fully involved. The journey of life takes a dramatic and new twist when you allow the Owner of Life to take charge. That was why He summoned us all thus: "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.… (Matthew 11: 28 & 29).
David was shunned and considered as an outcast by his family that his father forgot his name during the nomination for kingship. Samuel couldn't understand why the King of kings didn't choose the next king of Israel from among those broad-chested and hunky seven sons of Jesse. He was compelled to ask; "Are these all the children you have? Jesse then remembered his last born and Samuel said, we shall not rest until he comes and as soon as he entered, the Almighty God Who sees everything instructed Samuel thus: "…And the LORD said, "Arise, anoint him, for this is he" (I Samuel 16: 12). I remember vividly when I was at the University of Lagos studying Education in the '80s and I visited a senior sister of mine. As we were discussing, she belched out impishly and rather condescendingly; "Is it not education you're studying?" Here was a sister with just high school certificate working in a bank and poking fun at her younger brother for studying what in Nigeria is an inferior course of study that would end up as a classroom teacher. I laughed, not until I arrived in the United States that I discovered it is easier to enter Law School than read Education to become a teacher in an American University. So, when I left Nigeria for the United States, I prayed to the Lord God Almighty to touch my brain and turn me around. Today, the man being poked fun at eventually earned three master's degrees and a PhD. Do you notice that those who count you off are those close to you and bring to life the Words of the King of kings thus: "…And a man's foes shall be they of his own household…" (Matthew 10:36)? I visited another sister after my mandatory one-year national assignment after graduation way back in Nigeria and she cast a glance askance and asked: "Do you know it would be difficult for you to get a job now upon graduation and not to talk of owning a car?" I chuckled shaking my head. She ate those words five years later when I became a millionaire at the young age of 32 and that was more than thirty years ago in my native Nigeria! When my Lord Jesus Christ, the Creator Himself is totally, unreservedly, and genuinely the Center of your life, your Real Master, and True Savior; indeed, your All in all in all things and always, what you could not and never be able to do and accomplish become possible, because that is what He does. Hear Him: "Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible" (Matthew 19:26).
Do you know why most people on earth are missing the Only Way, the Truth and Life? The Lord Jesus Christ did not fit into the world's mold, just as Isaiah disclosed: "He had no stately form or majesty to attract us, no beauty that we should desire Him. He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, acquainted with grief. Like one from whom men hide their faces, He was despised, and we esteemed Him not" (Isaiah 53:2-3). Do you know that if our Lord Jesus Christ had fallen from heaven and demanded He should be worshipped, all human beings would line up behind Him and take Him as Lord and Savior which He truly is? But why didn't He do that? Simple! People would believe and serve Him, not because they truly love, believe, and have faith in Him as their God, but because of the miracle of falling from heaven in front us. Yet, true Love doesn't elicit or ask for wonders and miracles, but Faith, Obedience and Worship. Satan would also have asked God to let be allowed to fall from heaven as well and you will see human beings lining up behind him too as lord. Are not many souls doing same today? Do you see how revered charlatans and false teachers draw eclectic and mammoth crowds to themselves because they go about with bevy of bodyguards, cavalcade of automobiles, private jets, airplanes, bling, and bling to draw thunderous ovation. What does private aircraft have to do with saving the lives of precious souls? Do you see how people and ordinary men and women are drawn to churches that preach heresies, prosperity, and easy life? What is the verdict of the King of kings on these life's vaingloriousness? "…What people value highly is detestable in God's sight" (Luke 16:15).
The Almighty God humbles the proud and when He is in a thing, the impossible becomes possible. He is in the business of turning situations, circumstances, conditions, peoples, and places around to the shame of the haughty, the self-assertive and the arrogant. I tell personal stories about my Christian Walk; infinite love, unreserved faith, and monomaniacal commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ as my All in All, because of what I used to be and what I have become now and will eventually leave behind when I transit into His Glory as my God Eternal, Hallelujah! As I often say in sundry places and congregations, if after I transit to the Other Side and I discover, for sake of argument, that Jesus Christ is not what He says He is, I have not lost anything, absolutely nothing. This Jesus Christ has been so good to me; honestly. When I was counted for dead quarter century ago in Abacha's Gulag in the '90s as we fought for the democracy Nigerians are enjoying today, this Jesus Christ brought me back to life. Earlier on when I relocated from my native Nigeria to the United States, the assaults of Satan and his fallen angels, working in cahoots with their human hirelings were relentless and unceasing. The intense spiritual warfare was so debilitating that I was threatened with deportation from the United States. I remember when I visited Nigeria with my American wife, I was shocked that none of my siblings was ready to welcome us to their home to the consternation of my wife who asked unbelievably: "Don't you have family members in your own country?" I explained to her that they thought I had been deported back to Nigeria, that was before I became a US citizen, Folks, again, I do not know where you're reading this from anywhere on earth, whatever you're going through, do not give up! Do not trust anyone, only my Lord, Master, and Savior Jesus Christ. I am not saying you should write-off the entire human race, but what I am saying is that success is not served a la carte and do not be deceived that someone somewhere is genuinely interested in your success. The only Person Who wants you succeed is the One Who Created you and sent you to this earthly dimension. He is the One Who knew you ever before He created you and from the time you have been in your mother's womb, He wants to see you become what He has created you to become. He cannot destroy the works of His Hand, because Jesus Christ loves you and if you admit and embrace Him, because you are one of His numerous Masterpieces. Return to Him, plead with Him you have missed it all this while and you want to make it right so that you can become what He created you to become and fulfil your destiny. He is waiting! Give your life to Jesus Christ! He is the Way, the Only Way! And there is no other way out! Do it Now! Yes, now, because tomorrow is not guaranteed.
OWO LATEST! My hometown of Owo was besieged recently by so-called herdsmen and scores of lives were lost. The tragedy captured both local and international headlines. What happened? Who perpetrated these heinous crimes and what are the undercurrents? For avid readers of this soaraway column, the incident in Owo few weeks ago was obliquely prophesied in this column three years ago. Let's refresh your memory with this link as published here in this column on Monday September 16, 2019: -(https://nigeriaworld.com/feature/publication/fayemiwo/091619.html)
Stay tuned and read the real truth in this column next week by God's Grace.
GIVE YOUR LIFE TO THE LORD JESUS CHRIST TODAY! HE IS COMING BACK SOON TO TAKE HIS OWN OUT OF THE WORLD
There is no other life to live apart from the life of our Lord Jesus Christ. He is our Creator, believe me. He is not a prophet, He is the Lord God Almighty Himself, because He said so in John 10:30; "I and the Father are one." Again, He said in John 14:9 thus: "
Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, 'Show us the Father'? There is plethora of Bible references for you to know that my Lord, Master, and Savior Jesus Christ is the Sovereign Lord God Almighty Himself. So, if you think you believe in God, you must give your life to our Lord Jesus Christ, because as He again declared to us in John 14:06: "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."
You can give your life to Jesus Christ now! Say this prayer now using Romans 10:9-10: "Jesus Christ, I come to You now with penitent heart and contrite spirit. I confess I am a sinner. I have been living my life the way I want, which is a rebellion against You. I know that nothing good resides in me. That is why I come to You today to forgive me of my sins and rebellion. I believe in my heart that You came to this world over 2,000 years ago. You were born by the Virgin Mary in the city of Bethlehem of Judea. You lived with us for 33 years and was sinless. Then, You went onto the Cross and died for my sins and sins of the world. Then You rose up again three days later after defeating Satan and the hordes of darkness in the nether gloom and today, you are holding the keys of death and hades in Your Hands. Jesus Christ, I confess You with my mouth as my Lord, Master, and Savior. Your Death on the Cross had paid the penalty for my sins and Your resurrection was for my justification. From today onward, I will obey, worship, and praise You. I will not live for my self-centered and egoistical life anymore. I will do what You want me to do. I will serve You for the remainder years of my life. I will tell others about You and witness to others about Your love and works of redemption and finished work on Calvary. Take me as Your Own. Seal me with the Holy Spirt. Enable me to do what You have created me for on this earth. Use me for Your Glory Jesus Christ and let me live my full life span. Let me fulfill my destiny and after I have accomplished the purpose for which You created me and sent me to this earthly temporary realm, I will return to You as the Shepherd of my spirit and soul reign with You in Your Kingdom for eternity in Your Holy Name, Amen."
It is done now. You are saved and are now a child of the Living God. He is your father from now onward. Pray that this Jesus Christ will direct you to a Holy Spirit-filled and Word-based Church in your neighborhood where you can join other believers to grow in your new faith from now on. Please be careful you do not keep company with your former friends and crowds so they will not draw you back to your former ways of life. Remember the Holy Bible says in 2 Corinthians 5:17: "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come The old has gone, the new is here!" Remember you confessed your sins to the Lord Jesus Christ, and He forgave you, because He cannot lie. Make sure you do not renege on our vows never to commit those sins again. Find a Bible believing Church and tell the pastor or shepherd there that you have just given your life to our Lord, Master and Savior Jesus Christ and you want him to walk you through walking the Christian Walk. Hallelujah! Tell him I sent you and if moved by the Holy Spirit to contact me, shoot me an email: email@example.com. Congratulations and welcome to the family of the Living God!
WAR IS TERRIBLE! THINK AGAIN. BETTER TO TALK THAN WAR-WAR
The heart-wrenching stories and pictures that dot the global mediascape coming out of the South-Asian nation of Afghanistan are assaults on our collective consciousness as human beings. The precipitous withdrawal of the United States after two decades of occupation are eyesores to the rest of the world that, when the chips are down, no foreign power, outsiders and organizations or otherness will come to develop your nation. Between September 11, 2001, when President George W. Bush invaded that nation and last week when President Joseph R. Biden withdrew our troops, the United States spent $2 trillion on the war against the Taliban. That staggering amount translates to $300million per day. If you divide that amount by head for the poor people of Afghanistan, that translates to $50,000. In the war, 2,300 US soldiers perished, 75,000 Afghan soldiers were massacred while 71,334 civilians died with many unaccounted for. As a matter of fact, the true costs of the war may never be known.
Many people became millionaires, toads of war who cashed in bigly like the runaway Ashraf Ghani who helped himself to unknown amount of the Green Backs. The military industrial complex also helped themselves handsomely while the poor, the women, young girls, the marginalized and the vulnerable are on their own. That is war! For those who are beating the drumbeats of war elsewhere, they should look no further of what awaits them. War is terrible. It is not a dinner party. Why can't people of the world understand and get it? Satan and his demons love and crave blood of human beings and are behind all the major wars in human history. If you want to learn more, please visit this website http://www.monnac.club/?fbclid=IwAR0XT7442CqJafaHlovoXnuUTX-wkZqx0u3NGB6sujTUoZnKuGEe0OOMDYU
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