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   Many are looking for those things in life which will bring them personal fulfillment and independence. How they love not to depend on anyone for anything, they are walking through life with a search for the ideals rather than the real. Many now seek those pleasures that are gained from one’s fulfillment of the desires, failure of which leads to disappointment; they set their hearts and soul to achieve that which they see as the one that would give them contentment. This could be in the form of respect and therefore go for knowledge, status, achievement, wealth and anything with a perceived value in the society.

   Satisfaction has its roots in feelings and thought, all desires find their origin in the soul and heart; they make you feel, think and want. They are perceived desirable and are realized through instincts and functions of the human body and mind. You thus set your mind on something that is supposed to bring pleasure and contentment, you therefore dance, drink, marry, study, steal and many others. The more you try to satisfy them the more you find a bigger groaning you then engage in hard work to achieve it  through, beautiful homes, luxurious cars and anything else in order to attain status and acceptance in the society. You then become miserable; for you never seem to have enough, making it more acute the struggle to fulfil these desires. If by any nature you are able to fulfill them it brings arrogance and self-sufficiency, but life is not about independence but interdependence. People need to fellowship because they are fundamentally different from each other.

 God is the ultimate source of satisfaction, Christ becomes the center and fulcrum upon which life revolves, this doesn’t remove the perplexities of life but that you may know the joy of being used for mighty purposes by the Almighty God and through this have your life transformed and dignified. A Christian then as Trueblood puts it, is a person who confesses that amidst the many confusing voices heard in the world, there is only one voice that wins his full assent, uniting all his powers, intellectually and emotionally into a pattern of self-giving.

    Many humans seek for the ideal ignoring the real; they assume that their views and values, standards and points of view are without argument the best for them. When the reality therefore differs from these stereotype values it results in disappointment, many therefore will turn to marriage, religion, relationships, friends, manipulation, career etc. there is no consistent pattern which things must follow. It is not the slavish adherence to standards

But an ability to humbly re-examine our own conventional expectations and standards relative to what is there in the contemporary world.

   Happiness and favor in God does not come from reaching those marks, to attain or reach one’s end and be successful. We cannot attain it by striving. When tempted into actually doing that, it only brings fighting, envy, hatred and manipulation, which are all mechanisms of hiding our own evils.

   The essence of desire is real happiness and serenity of the soul is not dependent on social position, economic position nor the educational ladder but on the disposition of the heart. The source of this cannot therefore be in fellow men but God. A right disposition only comes from God, the Psalmist rightly put it when he said, create in a clean heart o Lord and renew a right spirit within me. He later says that a clean and contrite heart will not be despised. Jesus confirms it to us when He says that my joy may remain with you and that your Joy may be full. (John 15:11) the first thing is to seek the Kingdom of God and all these things will be added to you. the Spirit of God will teach you about God and glorify Him, (John 16: 8-15) which is the full duty of man. (Ecclesiastes 12:13)

   can there be satisfaction when things are not going well for me? How would  that be, I am happy because things are going well for me and I have what I have desired ever to have? Maybe that is true, but I have never found it true in the world we live in, the people with the greatest possessions are normally the most miserable. I am not saying that to justify my luck. Sometime back I visited some relative in the village, this turned out to be quite some experience for me. After having a very nice day, night soon was upon us; with the mindset of the city, I expected everyone to hurry back home because there were no street lights for those who had to stay on until late in the night. I was also told that the area has some hyenas who come out in the dark to search for food. I had noticed though that the doors were made of sticks running across the frames with gaps enough to fit your hand. When the time for sleep came, everyone apart from me was deep asleep while I thought of all the evils imaginable of what could get to me through those gaps. There was so much happiness when this family sat down for dinner amid the evident abject poverty so evident. Contrast this with the men of the city who have all that the world can offer, they hide behind curtains of stone, concrete and steel; a little knock on their door at the wrong time sends panic into their mind, they have forgotten what freedom really looks like. There are many who have therefore put all their trust in their Jobs just for the much comfort they can afford them. How good it would be if we could remember the admonitions of scripture in Proverbs 21: 2, 3; that says all a man’s ways seem right to him, but the Lord weighs the heart. To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the lord than sacrifice.

    What else can you do to change the way things are in your life? How sure are you that people will always do the right things as far as you are concerned? What are you really living for? Maybe this are questions you don’t want to answer, maybe you have solutions to all of them. The biggest mistake that we all make is to imagine that we are always in charge of the circumstances around us. We assume that we can change the other people around us to conform to our thinking, how else could you justify your view and priorities in life? How else could you justify all the acquisitions in the name of progress and development? The unfortunate thing is that we all fail to learn the lesson given in the book of Ecclesiastes, Solomon had tried all that there was but still ends up saying that, there was a man all alone; he had neither son nor brother. There was no end to his toil, yet his eyes were not content with his wealth. “for whom am I toiling,” he asked, and why am I depriving myself of enjoyment? This too is meaningless – a miserable business. (Ecclesiastes 4: 8)

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Have always heard this saying, “Let go and let God,” this is a statement that I have used often in my sermons like it is the gospel itself. Reading through a book a friend put in my hand a few days ago, I have come to see the limitation of the statement. As much as the statement has basic foundational truths, it also opens a door to responsibility-less Christianity. It makes you embark on this journey where you take a ride with Christ and masks the struggles that a believer must contend with all the days of their Christian lives. Christianity is a life of obedience. Obedience is act of the self-will. To bring this self-will into submission to the will of Christ is a daily struggle greatly dependent on the Holy Spirit who became your guide at your new birth. However spiritual you think you are, you will never overgrow the tension between the desires of the flesh and the desires of the Spirit, the more spiritual you become the more sin you see in your life and the more dependent you become to the Spirit. You realize that the Bible is not just a book to be believed but a guide to our life to make us like Christ and a guide is only good when his instructions are obeyed.

Gal. 5:17, For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want. Once you become a believer you realize you have not arrived but started the journey of becoming like Christ, it is not a performance scorecard, but a dependence on the mercies on God manual, that if it must  get us to the image it points us to. It must be obeyed to the later; it must be followed in its entirety. That is the only time His mercies are new every morning (Lam. 3:22-23). Every Christian believer must see their own need to grow for them to seek the ingredients that make that growth possible and this need is the daily hunger that requires daily manna from God. You realize that without Christ, the living bread of life (John 6:35, 48). The point therefore is that our relationship is not based on how good or bad we think we are but on the perfect goodness and sacrifice of Christ so that we might have life.

The apostle Paul postulates a number of prepositions in the book of Romans that demand  another look for all who call themselves children of God. First let me start by stating that Salvation is by Grace through faith (Eph. 2:8-9), staying in salvation though is a two way street where the will of God is fused into the will of the believer; the believer’s will must conform to that of God so that the believer delights in obedience to the will of his maker.

Let me begin with the statement of Paul in Rom. 3:9-12; What shall we conclude then? Are we any better?  Not at all! We have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under sin.  As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.” Paul here is writing  to those who believe in Rome and among those who are under the condemnation of sin, he includes himself when he asks, “Are we any better? In our humanity, we have all turned away and together become worthless; our own, none of us ever does any good; and if we inadvertently manage to do good outside Christ. Isaiah confirms this in Isa 64:6 All of us have become like one who is unclean,  and all our righteous  acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf,  and like the wind our sins sweep us away. Outside of Christ therefore, what we do is tainted with who we are. He notes that outside of Christ we are like open graves; exposing the rot within us, we practice deceit, we are full of cursing and bitterness, we are quick to shed blood, misery marks the places we have been; we leave many hurting wherever we go.

Argument is always stirred whenever you mention the Law and today you will be quickly reminded that we are not under the Law, I think this is a wrong application of Romans doctrine as Paul taught it. In Ro 3:19-20; Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced  and the whole world held accountable to God.  Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin. The Law is an integral part of the Christian life, God never intended that the Law should bring people life; the Law has no life. in God’s system of things he gave the Law to silence the whole world and hold it accountable to Himself, that through the Law we become conscious of sin, a very important step in Christian living.

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Whenever you are charged in a court of Law evidence is always gathered by the prosecutor to determine whether you are guilty or not guilty. The guilty verdict is never passed on hearsay; it means that a conviction based on evidence has been arrived at. I am aware in this time of judicial merchandize where the things would favor the person with the deepest pocket, we can still trust somehow in the gathering of evidence against you. A not guilty verdict will normally be a result of insufficient evidence that you committed the crime you are charged with.

If you and I were charged in a court for being a Christian, what verdict would be passed on you? Is there enough evidence against you that would return a guilty verdict or what would be brought against you would only be circumstantial evidence and so you would be acquitted?

What is the evidence that will be adduced against you?

First and foremost is faith; this is not belief. Though the new birth is a work of the Spirit, it has evidence in the physical realm with what we do. Faith is understood to mean a complete trust or confidence in someone or something. Many of us see faith as a synonym to belief but belief alone cannot amount to faith. In essence, faith is more an action more than a mere mental ascent to facts( Ro 10:17). Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ. We hear many things that bring  us much knowledge but not all we hear translates into faith; for faith is an action not mere belief, that is  why James insists that saving faith if it is not accompanied with action is dead being alone (James 2:17). So what really evidences your claim of faith? Our faith cannot be measured by how many church services we attend in the week, or how many overnight prayers, fellowships, church activities we involve ourselves with but with how we treat those around us.

In Heb 11:1ff “faith” is taken to means “reliance,” “trust.” Here “Faith is the substance,  “the guaranty” of things hoped for, the evidence (or “convincing proof”) of things not seen.” This faith is illustrated by Abraham, Moses, Rahab, was simply reliance upon the word of a trustworthy God. Such reliance enabled these believers to treat the future as if it was the present and the invisible as seen.

This faith is not just a belief in anything but in Christ Jesus, Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  Jesus  is the first and the last as an example of faith, or of confidence in God. He did everything the Father asked of Him in all things, he thus takes the preeminence above all things, being the most complete model that can be placed before us for trust. The writer refers to him as above them all; as a case that deserved to stand by itself. It is these who believe that he gives the power that they be called the sons of God (John 1:12). Gal 3:26. You are all sons of Godthrough faith in Christ Jesus, which occasions Christ to come in to dwell with us and us with him. We know that If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God (1 John 4:15). As believers, the life we live is no longer our life but that of Christ so as to say with Paul that, I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me (Gal. 2:20). To become a habitation of God through the Spirit Eph. 2:22 so that Christ dwells in our hearts in love. This relationship is therefore characterized with obedience as Jesus himself put it in John 14:15, “If you love me, you will obey my commands.” Them who are in Christ are therefore guilty of one thing, obedience to Christ Jesus; that they live according to his word.

There are therefore certain things happen to us, this he describes in Colossians 3:1ff we set our hearts on things which are above where Christ sits on the right hand of God. true belief has a controlling influence over the hearts of those who believe, he specifies the following: we fix our affections on heavenly things.

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Discipling is an intentional relationship in which we walk alongside another disciple in order to encourage, equip and challenge one another in love to grow toward maturity in Christ. (Creg Ogden, 17)

What was Jesus model; select a few and pour out your life in them. Jesus never concentrated on building an entourage, with his power and position that would have been easy, for many would come to him for food, healing, comfort, and all the things that would alleviate the suffering of man for nearly all of us are running away from such.

When people were impressed with his great signs and believed in him, he could not entrust himself to men that John would say in John 2:25, “He did not need man’s testimony about man, for he knew what was in a man.” With the ever changing hearts of men, nothing remains the same. Disciples can never be produced en-mass on sifting superficial impressions and emotional capital that is only for a short season. He concentrated on those who would apply his authority like he would and not abuse it for selfish gain. Paul exhorts Timothy when he says in 2Ti 2:2; And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses   entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.

Paul draws us to the main point of his reaching out to others, “We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ. To this end I labor, struggling with all his energy, which so powerfully works in me (Col 1:28-29)”. His desire was that Christ be formed in those who believe (Galatians 4:19), with eyes set on the multitudes he wanted to do it a soul at a time. We have to be able to attribute the change in the people we disciple from their growth in the image of Christ in them. But even though each is called to the work in their own unique way and no two disciples are ever the same yet they all have a part in the wider body of Christ.

Every human seems to have their own tailored conception of who God is, often, this is a projection of the God we wish existed; as someone has put it “creating a God in our own image.” For some He is white, for some He is colored, for some He is black, for some He is vengeful, for some he can hardly harm a fly, for some He is mean, for some very generous etc. what if we just took God just as He is as he reveals himself to us through creation, history, scripture, circumstances and most fully in Christ Jesus.

This is where humanity has the biggest problem in trying to suppress this knowledge so that we remain with the true image of God. Scripture has lots of attributes of God but in Christ dwells his fullness experientially.

I think one of the scariest things is to have an encounter with God, not really because of his truth, love, power, and many other attributes but because of his Holiness. Isaiah gives us a clue of what it is about in Isaiah chapter 6. It is this attribute that though we want to be near him, creates an infinite gap in us that repels us from him and when our hearts grow enough courage to want to get close to him, like Moses, he has to hide us in the Cleft of the rock lest we are consumed by his purity. Why so? Because holiness of God consists of two main ideas;

  1. His separateness; being totally other. He is like none other. This is what threatens our mortality and self-awareness.
  2. Purity; having an absolute perfection. This is what threatens our moral integrity, the standard that tells us that we are not whole.

Adam ran from God because God’s presence evoked that repulsion, Isaiah hid from God because his presence caused him to know how sinful he was. The first response therefore between a mortal with God is terror and rightly so (Isaiah 6:5; Job 40:4; Habakkuk 3:16). He is holy and his presence demands holiness from those in contact with him. But as one gets closer and closer, the terror slowly turns into joy. When what cause the repulsion is dealt with, God’s presence becomes a joyous experience rather than dread.

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Reading Your Bible,Constructively

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Reading your Bible as a Christian gives you more insight into the mystery of the universe than Moses or King David or Solomon ever had. Reading gives you unimaginable understanding.

We don’t understand “the mystery of Christ” (Ephesians 3:3) through mystic incantations, or mental meditations, or even through bare prayer. Rather, Paul says that it is by reading what he wrote that we can understand what was not made known in its full significance “to the sons of men in other generations” (Ephesians 3:5).

From this, we ought to infer that God wants us to pay attention to the words of Scripture and know how they are being used. So when we come to our Bibles, let’s put off the twin errors of laziness and hopelessness. We cannot afford to lazily drift in the words of God — we must put forth effort to understand what God intended for us to understand through the biblical authors. But even when it’s hard to understand, read with hope, knowing that God through reading his word, God desires us to understand the greatest truths of the universe — and he will help us do it.

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How to prepare a seminar and a lesson

Preparation of a seminar:

A seminar is a gathering of people for learning or reflecting on a specific item to meet or address the specific need of the community or of a church.

Objectives of the lesson:

The objective of this lesson is to help the participants in how to prepare a seminar or conference that will bring and maintain a change and transformation in the life and ministry of the participants so that they may reach the expected results in their homes, churches and community.

Introduction:

–         People do organize seminar for the sake of report or routine

–         One of problems in our life and in our ministry is how to maintain the results of any successful training or teaching we offer. One of the reasons is the fact that people do not take time to prepare the seminar or the lesson.

–         There is need for spiritual transformation and change and help the church and especially believers and church leaders how to prepare a seminar and  a lesson for effective and permanent change.

–         One of the weaknesses we find in the ministry today is the fact that churches do not take time to learn how to do things the way they should be done in their Christian life.

Preparation of a seminar

  1. The objective of a seminar. 1Corinthians 9:4-27

 

A seminar should have a clear, specific and measurable and concise objective. That is to say that at the end of the seminar the participants should have reached somewhere.

  1. What is the need/problem that is there?
  2. What are the consequences?
  3. What is the greatest consequence that directly affects the lives of people, of the church, of the community or of the nation?

 

  1. Teaching a lesson is communicating knowledge on how to do things.
  2. Causing to accept, to persuade
  3. Handing down or pass on a body of knowledge or a set of traditions or doctrines,

not head knowledge but a new reality that interprets the way things are, affecting our cultures, our values, our motives, our attitudes and our actions.

  1. It implies discipline, practice, and memorization of scripture (Ephesians 4:11-13).

 

A lesson of a training conference or seminar should meet the objectives of the seminar and addressing the real need in order to bring a solution to the problem that has been found. Therefore they should be well fixed in prayer and wisdom, order to meet the need that is there. They should be clearly formulated, understandable, without confusing wording or phrases or terms. Make sure the lessons will address the problem that has been detected and that needs to be solved.

These lessons should be taught by people who will be able to address properly the issue and who are convinced that the problem needs to be addressed and solved. Do not give it to anybody. The subject of the lessons should be given to the facilitator earlier enough to enable the facilitator to have time to be prepared in prayer and interacting with the books about the topic.

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Discipline is an intentional relationship in which we walk alongside another disciple in order to encourage, equip and challenge one another in love to grow toward maturity in Christ. (Creg Ogden, 17)

What was Jesus model; select a few and pour out your life in
them. Jesus never concentrated on building an entourage, with his power and
position that would be easy for many would come to him for food, healing,
comfort, and all the things that would alleviate the suffering of man for
nearly all of us are running away from such.

When people were impressed with his great signs and believed
in him, he could not entrust himself to men that John would say, “He did not
need man’s testimony about man, for he knew what was in a man.” With the ever
changing hearts of men, nothing remains the same. Disciples can never be
produced enmass on sifting superficial impressions and emotional capital that
is only for a short season. He concentrated on those who would apply his
authority like he would and not abuse it for selfish gain.

Paul draws us to the main point of his reaching out to
others, “We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so
that we may present everyone perfect in Christ. To this end I labor, struggling
with all his energy, which so powerfully works in me (Col 1:28-29)”. His desire
was that Christ be formed in those who believe (Galatians 4:19), with eyes set
on the multitudes he wanted to do it a soul at a time. We have to be able to
attribute the change in the people we disciple from their growth in the image
of Christ in them. But even though each is called to the work in their own
unique way and no two disciples are ever the same yet they all have a part in
the wider body of Christ.

Every human seems to have their own tailored conception of
who God is, often, this is a projection of the God we wish existed; as someone
has put it “creating a God in our own image.” For some He is white, for some He
is colored, for some He is black, for some He is vengeful, for some he can
hardly harm a fly, for some He is mean, for some very generous etc. what if we
just took God just as He is as he reveals himself to us through creation,
history, scripture, circumstances and most fully in Christ Jesus.

This is where humanity has the biggest problem in trying to
suppress this knowledge so that we remain with the true image of God. Scripture
has lots of attributes of God but in Christ dwells his fullness experientially.

I think one of the scariest things is to have an encounter
with God, not really because of his truth, love, power, and many other
attributes but because of his Holiness. Isaiah gives us a clue of what it is
about in Isaiah chapter 6. It is this attribute that though we want to be near
him, creates an infinite gap in us that repels us from him and when our hearts
grow enough courage to want to get close to him, like Moses, he has to hide us
in the Cleft of the rock lest we are consumed by his purity. Why so? Because
holiness of God consists of two main ideas;