THE CHRISTIAN WALK
|Monday, July 30, 2018|
Cameron, Texas, USA
he World Cup 2018, like other soccer events are reminders of the lessons that life in practical absolute terms teach us on the road to eternity. When people say, God's time is the best, I laugh. The Holy Bible is not the book of destiny, but of decision. Every time is God's time and so it is left for individuals to make the most of every opportunity. The woman suffering blood hemorrhage for 12 years was not supposed to be healed of her disease, because our Lord Jesus Christ didn't put the woman in His Schedule that day; but the woman, using her faith put the Lord Jesus Christ on her schedule (Mark 5: 25-34). Had Blind Bartimaeus not cried out that the Lord Jesus Christ should heal him of his blindness, he would still be begging for arms (Mark 10:46). The soccer squads of Japan were ahead of Belgium by 2 and at half time, they and all pundits thought it was over for Lukaku and his boys. The Japanese and their enthusiastic supporters were joyous and thought the road to semi-final was paved and a cinch. Belgium didn't give up and from 2-nil reeling ostensibly in the throes of defeat; Belgium rose up like the proverbial Phoenix to defeat Japan 3-2. As long as you're still alive, there is hope. The Crown of Life is not for those who started well, but those who finished well; for this is how the King put it: "…but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved" (Matthew 24:13). It is not over until it is over; don't count any human being out. The match between Japan and Belgium illustrated this timeless Biblical Christian principle and by extension as our individual Match of Life. You can't still make heaven, if you change your mind today and embrace the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Make Him your Savior today!
To shine and etch out at the World Cup, you must be disciplined. Just as it is necessary to display discipline too in all ramifications of life, and no wonder the Holy Bible likens the Christian Journey to an athlete who must be ready and be extremely disciplined in order to win the crown. Just as it is not easy to maintain the physical agility and Spartan discipline before, during and after the World Cup; so also those qualities are essential in the Journey of Life. Look at how that young chap; Mbappe is as fit as a fiddle, agile and fast like a gazelle and in his chosen field of soccer, he is so focused and determined that he not only did France proud, he is the new star emerging in the field of football. At his age, the girls, drugs, parties, booze, music and the rest distractions beckon and seduce, not to talk of yahoo-yahoo and Internet fraud, including other get-rich-schemes that young kids are into these days; yet this kid is very focused, determined and disciplined. In the Journey of Life, Portiphar's wives, the Bathshebas of this world and the Sirens are lurking on the Highway to Eternal Life. You will need discipline and Higher Glory only found in the Saving Power and Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ to make it to the finished line. Just exactly as He promised: "Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me." (Revelation 3:20). Embrace Him now and claim that Power He promised to help you and me triumph over temptations, distractions and sins in Jesus Mighty Name, Amen!
Do you notice that it is possible to cheat at the World Cup and get away with it if you aren't caught? Why? Because the referees and fellow officiating men and women are fallible beings like the rest of us and so, Diego Maradona did it during Argentina's duel against England in 1986 and got away with it. In Nigeria, there is a demonic military general who relishes being referred to that infamous name coined by Okey Ndibe in the 1980s. You may get away with cheating at the World Cup, but my friend, you cannot escape the prying eyes of the Creator for; "Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight; everything is uncovered and exposed before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account" (Hebrews 4:13). He's watching you and me and we shall keep a date with the King anon. Yes, He is coming. Watch out!
We are here for a short span and the World Cup brings this reality home in the Journey of Life. Young Mbappe stole the show from Christian Ronaldo and Messi, because there is a time for everything under heaven as the Teacher told us in the Book of Life. No one, I repeat, no one will hang around here forever. Every time and everyone there is a season. I don't know where you're reading this, but you may well be on your extra time right now so you will not be like the foolish rich man who thought he would live it up by amassing fortunes ready to enjoy to his heart's desire but what happened? "But God said to him, 'You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?'(Luke 12:20). The Croatian squad began to look at the time during their final match against France and one of the commentators made a poignant remark: "If only there is extra time, perhaps, Croatia may have leveled up, but France was already two goals ahead and had put the match away." Friend, extra time is not guaranteed in the Journey of Life. You need the Lord Jesus Christ now! I mean it and I am not kidding.
Friend, do you see the way the scoring team normally dances, sing and song including backslapping one another like Roger Milla of Cameroon used to do at the World Cup or delightful Kylian Mbappe arms akimbo? Don't you watch and see the rapturous frenzy displayed by spectators, especially those cameo still shots of beautiful ladies beam on television after a national team scores at the World Cup? Now compare and contrast that with the dolorous gloom and sadness on the faces of those whose national teams are losing? Those images presage the way the human race will be categorized on the Day of Judgment. Here is the way the Great Judge describes the assemblage of the Righteous Sheep and the Damned Goats: "All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats" (Matthew 25: 32). I became a sheep of the Sheep that was slain before the creation of the world more than thirty years ago and I love it. How about you buddy? Are you a believing and an obedient sheep or a stubborn and an incorrigibly sinful goat? It's your choice!
On the football field, national teams struggle against one another to score against two opposing teams at the World Cup. These are moments of struggles and competitions as 22 players spar against themselves to outdo each other's competing and gaming skills. Do you know that is all we do in real life in the Journey of Eternal Life? In our individual march to the Valley of Decision on the Two Forks to Eternity, the Word of Life tells us in Ephesians 6:12: "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." Fight we must or you perish! There is no median lane in the struggle to make heaven or hell; or, as one of my student union activist colleagues at the University of Lagos in the 1980s jocularly remarked; "no partial belongation." Just as the World Cup is at stake among competing nations of the world, the Heaven Cup of Life is at stake among the saints. I whined and complained to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ few years ago about the incessant attacks of Satan and thundered: "O Lord, when will all these stop?" The Lord Jesus Christ looked at me and in sotto voce said; "Son, do you want to come home now?" "But Dad, I still have a lot; indeed plenty, to accomplish," I replied. He replied me back: "Then do what I instructed you; Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses" (I Timothy 6:12). So I went back to work and war. Yes, folks, we are at war!
Every four years, stewards are stationed at the arenas of the World Cup Tournaments to keep vigil and eagle eyes on spectators and watch out for nutcases and chiflada. Why? In order to maintain peace and order and you also notice this in real life. It is spiritually surreal. Do you know that is what distinguishes the True Lord God Almighty from Satan: Order versus Chaos? When I enter any gathering, a house, dwelling, forum, place of worship, just name it where human beings gather; I look for three things: Order, Peace and Sound. Order connotes the Presence of the Lord God Almighty; Peace represents the Lord Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace ("Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid"-John 14:27) and Sound, which is the evidence of the Holy Spirit. ("When the day of Pentecost came, the believers were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting"-Acts 2:1-2). These three were present in the Morning on Creation Day in Genesis 1:1-2; that Sound of the Holy Spirit is what the scientists of the world mistook for the Big Bang! Hi folks, it is not the Big Bang, but the Holy Spirit the Third in Trinity, Hallelujah! Here at the Jesus Christ Solution Center, Texas, these three are the first you notice in Canaan Land. Praise the Lord! When people call us here; either on the phone; send us email or have the onerous opportunity to visit us; I can sport the presence and absence of these three in your life. That is how I diagnose your spiritual state. Order is contagious; Peace is visible and Sound talks. You see these three in all the stadia where the quadrennial World Soccer Fiesta are staged and that is why nations compete and spend millions of Dollars to host the world and the world organizing soccer body; FIFA is strict, meticulous and painstaking in their decisions announcing hosting nation(s).
The referees too are fallible and don't get it right all the time, but not the True Lord God Almighty, Who is the Great Judge. He shows no favoritism; He will give to every human soul according to what we did here as He had laid down the rules. While earthly referees do need the innovative technological gizmo known as VAR in order to get it right, the Great Judge doesn't rely on anyone's opinion to decide which part of eternity we will occupy. He told us all plainly in His Unchanging Words: "Let the unrighteous continue to be unrighteous, and the vile continue to be vile; let the righteous continue to practice righteousness, and the holy continue to be holy. Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End."(Revelation 22:11-13). Friend, let those words sink into your heart right now and right away: He is coming, He isn't bluffing. You and I and we all shall see Him soon. Yes, I repeat He is coming back again! Hallelujah!
Do you see how the coaches of the two competing national soccer teams are always on the edge dishing out silent instructions and signals to their boys? The destinies of their squads are inexorably tied and linked together; for as I indicated elsewhere, Rohr should get the boot the moment the Super Eagles were sent packing from Russia 2018. Let me ask you; who is your coach in the Journey of Life? Who you belief in is as important as what you belief in, because if you cannot tell me where your coach is leading you to and you are following him or her foolishly, you are pathetic. It is not enough to continue to hold onto what Apostle Peter called: "…the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors through culture and traditions…"(I Peter 1:18a&b). It is not enough to call your coach the Right Coach without verifiable and convincing proofs and assurances. Are you being lied to or deceived? Are you sure this way you are is indeed the right way or you are just following the crowd? This is about matters of Eternal Life and Eternity. Are you sure your coach is the Real Coach or you are gambling? Are you sure, really and absolutely sure this road leads to the Real Road? Here is how the Lord Jesus Christ solved this nagging, agonizing and perplexing matter of Who the Real Life Coach is: "I am the way and the truth and the life…" (John 14:6a). He didn't stop at that; it was the second leg of that statement that alarmed me: "No one comes to the Father except through me." (John 14:6b). That was thirty years ago! Was and is this a joke? That was an exclusive Real Life Coach. There are no wiggle rooms in that statement. It is either this Jesus Christ of Nazareth is a liar, an impostor or a fraud or He is saying the truth and is the real deal; He cannot be both. Did your life coach say the same thing? Examine again and once again friend what you are being taught. This is eternity, like the coaches at the World Cup, their continued employment and sources of livelihoods depend on the winnings and loses of their soccer teams; similarly, your destiny and mine depend on this great truth and it is forever. The choice is yours!
Pride caused England to lose to tiny Croatia 2-1 at "injury time" and the latter went ahead to play the finals with France at Russia 2018. "But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: "God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble."(James 4:6). It is a timeless law on the football field and the pitch of life. It was what caused the shellacking of Mr. Ayodele Fayose and his factotum; Prof Olusola in the recently-concluded Ekiti State governorship election. That was what I told the Opposition Leaders in The Gambia in this column on Tuesday December 13, 2016 which led to the downfall of that tea-pot dictator, Mr. Yahya Jammeh. See the link here:-
https://nigeriaworld.com/feature/publication/fayemiwo/121316.html) The moment the demonic spirit of Pride enters a soul, an organization, a society, a home, a nation, a leader or country, the incipient destruction of that person or entity is around the corner. Can the APC please warn and rein in Mr. Adams Aliyu Oshionhole, its new national chairman over his current prideful outbursts concerning defection of members from the APC? That demonic spirit of pride is so destructive, yet subtle and it is so condescendingly corrosive. It is also everywhere; and the True Lord God Almighty judges it swiftly and decisively. It caused the fall of Satan and his demons. It led to the defeat of England in the recently-concluded Russia 2018 and it will lead to the defeat of President Muhammadu Buhari next year, if Oshionhole is not called to order. This is a spiritual message. The APC did not win the Ekiti State Governorship Election two weeks ago, but Dr John Kayode Fayemi won the election. As I have disclosed here last week through the revelation of the Holy Spirit, Alhaji Adegboyega Isiaka Oyetola of APC will win the Saturday September 22, 2018 Governorship Election in Osun State not because of APC, but because the True Lord God Almighty will use outgoing Gov. Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola, Period! Elections are not won because a particular administration performs well. It is possible to satisfy the yearnings and aspirations of the masses and perform brilliantly, yet be voted out of office. The True Lord God Almighty doesn't use the indices human beings use in electing people into leadership positions. "Vox Populi" which is called "Voce of the People" as the Voice of the Lord is unbiblical and unscriptural. It is possible to do everything right and still fail. The APC should talk to their new chairman and rein him in. His outburst and pride may destroy the party and lead to the defeat of President Muhammadu Buhari for re-election next year. We are talking spiritually here now. As Africa's bard, Wole Soyinka once said; "A tiger don't advertise and boast of its tigritude."
KOGI 2019: WILL GOV. YAHAYA BELLOW RETURN? He was not supposed to there now in the first place, but rather fortuitously, the youngest chief executive of any state in the Nigerian Federation is there now till next year. But after four years, will he return for a second and final term? For those that have been following this column for quite a while, you know what the Holy Spirit revealed about the Confluence State. Next week, we will tell you what the political future of Yahaya Bello is.
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