The Process that Magnifies the Treasure

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.  (2Co_4:7-9)

New covenant servants (followers of Jesus Christ) are “earthen vessels” (ordinary clay pots). Yet, in the container of their redeemed humanity dwells “this treasure” (the Son of God Himself). This arrangement calls for the treasure (Jesus), not the vessels (you and me) to be the object of all trust and the recipient of all glory: “that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.” Appropriately, the Lord has also arranged a process that magnifies the treasure.

This process involves the every day pressures of life, which come from all sides. “We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed.” Clay pots cannot withstand much pressure, but the treasure within us (Christ) is able to keep is from being smashed. “Be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus” (2Ti_2:1)

The process that draws attention to the treasure also involves many perplexities. “We are perplexed, but not in despair.” We face difficult decisions and impossible issues, but our Wonderful Counselor protects us from hopelessness: “in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Col_2:3).

Persecutions are included in the process: “persecuted, but not forsaken.” People accuse us, misunderstand us, or lie about us. Still, we know we are not abandoned by our Lord who lives within us. “For He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you’ ” (Heb_13:5).

Even catastrophes are a part of the process that magnifies the treasure who indwells us: “struck down, but not destroyed.” Circumstantial upheavals and overwhelming heartaches occur, but the Lord stabilizes our souls, so we don’t “tip over” under the weight of circumstances. “They confronted me in the day of my calamity, but the LORD was my support” (Psa_18:18).

Thus, life comes at us like an overpowering military tank, ready to flatten us. There is no natural hope, because clay pots can’t handle tanks. Yet, as the dust clears, the flower pot of our lives can remain intact (if we are trusting in the able and faithful one who lives in our hearts). There is no attacking tank that can overcome the Lord Jesus Christ. “He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” (1Jo_4:4).

Prayer

Lord Jesus, You are my indwelling treasure. When pressures, perplexities, persecutions, or catastrophes come my way, teach me to trust in You. When others ask how I am sustained through these difficulties, remind me to give all glory and honor to You. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Power Of His Resurrection

English: Resurrection of Christ

English: Resurrection of Christ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Php 3:7  But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Php 3:8 Indeed I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as refuse, in order that I may gain Christ Php 3:9  and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own, based on law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith; Php 3:10  that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, Php 3:11  that if possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead. Php 3:12  Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.

Joh 10:18No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.

Col 3:1  If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Col 3:2  Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. Col 3:3  For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. Col 3:4  When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. Col 3:5  Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: Col 3:6  For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: Col 3:7  In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them. Col 3:8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.

Rev 22:16  I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. Rev 22:17  And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

Prayer

In Jesus’ Mighty Name; Mat 22:44  The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool? Dear Lord Jesus as you on this day gather your children who will rise with you in a few hours time, while all your enemies (Our enemies) become your footstools, I pray thee my Lord take those that worship you in truth and in spirit with you, remember those that seek you too and those that have not heard about you; also remember those that have heard and continually ignore you Lord to forgive them and give them a chance even though there is not time enough left. Have mercy upon  us your children, for we want to do what is right but find ourselves doing wrong; let your mercy and your favor locate us day and night in Jesus’ name! Thank you Jesus Christ!

 

God’s Time Is The Best

English: The Lord Jesus Christ in the image of...

English: The Lord Jesus Christ in the image of Good Shepherd. Early Christian trsdition of symbolism. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One of the Testimonies That Will Remain Ever Remembered, Now Shared With you precious souls, beloved of the most high!

My Friends, You that fear the Lord and Join in the Praise with Angels as they Bow and Worship him as long as he has been, is and still will be – Revelations 4:11;

I have learnt it through and quite well, but; I haven’t arrived yet! Am still in this training which I do not know at all if it will come to an end. All my life I have seen the Hand of God guide me in every way. I have made a few mistakes that are very frustrating to the Lord but I have also done reconciliations with Lord and he has accepted me back to him.

Not by Works, It’s All His Grace

Our Lord Jesus Christ

It is the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ that will save us, of course he will also consider our works.

I have come to learn today that indeed according to his word, the Lord rewards us only by his grace and not by works. If it were by works, today I would have been blessed massively because am doing things that are right my eyes – judging that what I am doing is pleasant to the Lord, and later perhaps I would be punished when I do those disgraceful things in the eyes of the most high God. We all need to understand “Rom_11:6 and if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.; Eph_2:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Our works 90% are all not righteous that at the end of the business day or normal activity day, if requested to give account of what good we have done on that day according to the teachings of our Lord Jesus, only 10% will be revealed to be true. Therefore, brethren; let us come together in faith and join the angels in giving thanks to our God as stated in Rev 11:17 saying: “Lord God Almighty, the one who is and who was! We thank you that you have taken your great power and have begun to rule!

The Lord God almighty deserves the glory, and the praise and the honor as long as we live. Praise him at all times.

Christianity is Not a Life Style, It is the life of Jesus we have to live not to emulate, to do as he taught!

This started in the dreams, someone stood from afar and was commanding me to stop praising the Lord & worshiping his holy name else I would see trouble in my life. And to this person saying that to me, I said; how can I stop praising the giver of my life? I will not.

During the first week of January 2013, the Lord revealed Don Moen’s Song afresh to me, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIj6k3yYWo0 and when I heard it this time; it was as if the song was sent anew to speak to me, but I did not understand what the song meant until I faced a few challenges that almost turned my mind upside down. This was one of the toughest times I had ever experienced in my life. {The Wife & Daughter’s permits expired and to renew them, I was charged three times more than the normal charges}, I fought of course with the help of the Lord I managed to overcome the financial situation and went ahead, 12 days later; it started raining while I had gone into the reserve doing a few monthly duties, when I received a phone call from my office that my office and the entire lodge including my households are drowned in water. I live within the Lodge premises which is located right on the river banks of the Limpopo River in South Africa. Driving wasn’t easy to get back and rescue my household as the road was muddy though I was Driving TDI Land rover. I managed after about 45 minutes to get back to camp, when I arrived; it was quite surprising, it was as if someone had opened a fire fighters hose reel and placed it on the doors of the house and offices. At this point there was nothing we could do but escape to higher land. I had found my wife and kid have been rescued by one of my colleagues and taken to my office. I rushed to my house to pick a few important belongings I could, when I got to the house; the only way to get in was by swimming, the water level in the house was going through my waist. I managed to collect only a file case that contained mine and my Family’s IDs. That was all I could get, the rest was in water!

The place being a game reserve has lots of dangerous animals including venomous snakes which we feared at this time, if one sustains a bite, they will die without help. Thank God all the venomous snakes and dangerous predators where running for their lives too. The only place we had to take refuge to, is our staff complex which is on a hill where the water could not reach.

While I was swimming in my house my colleagues were pushing my car to higher ground which wasn’t easy, thank God they are my team so dedicated and strong. I pray for them always that God may bless them mightily. What was most amazing was that, it took us 45 minutes to fight against the strength of water while we swam to rescue employees who were on duty in a range of 50 meters. Some were capsizing in Water while others swam slowly in a water depth of 2.1 meters high. We were so lucky that even though it took us time, we managed to rescue everyone and isolated our abode which we could do nothing about. It took 18hrs for the water levels to go low. During this time, my household praised & thank God for his grace that saved every soul.

Properties I had worked for, for the past 15 years including academic qualifications and Study resources, disappeared in 18hrs. Today I remain empty with nothing to show that I have anymore.

The Miracle still remain today, no life was lost; all the material gain will take you nowhere as they can go anytime. Yet the Lord will never leave you by yourself. He will save you with your family and take care of you in any situation that may come. I am so thankful to God today because he alone promised to be with me, to see me through all this toil.

Afterwards, my feet though so big; when I entered into my house before cleaning it, could not be seen as I was fully covered in thick mud. We later killed 4 Deadly snakes black Mambas in my house during and after the cleaning – Mar 16:18 they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; …

I want you to know brethren that the Lord will be with you at all times whatever the world can bring, the Lord Jesus will stand with you. Here I am today, I still remain the same; when I go into the midst of people who know me not, no one will tell what I have been through; the flood I experienced is just a dot of all the things I have seen in a short life I have so far lived. But, even today; I still boldly strand to say, the Lord as old as he is; he is what he says he is. Psa 89:34  My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips. Rev 3:7 … he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth; Only Jesus Christ of Nazareth does what he promised.

1Co_12:6 and there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.

Eph_4:10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)

 

Last Word:

Heb_10:23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised 😉

NB* I have received lots of warnings that in this place
I am, I should stop worshiping the Lord. But, brethren; let me tell you. We can only receive command from the lord Jesus not those we are supposed to Command. God bless as you journey on and may he give you the grace to stand faithful to & in him. Love you all, for Christ. In Jesus Christ’s name. Amen!

 

 

Enoch’s Pleasing Walk With God

By faith Enoch was translated so that he did not see death, “and was not found because God had translated him”; for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. But without faith it is impossible to please Him. (Heb_11:5-6)
It is the will of God that we learn to walk in a manner pleasing to the Lord: “that you may have a walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him” (Col_1:10). Again, such godly living can only be developed by faith. Much helpful insight into such a life is provided in Enoch’s pleasing walk with God, by faith.
Enoch was one of our earliest forefathers. “Enoch lived sixty-five years, and begot Methuselah” (Gen_5:21). After the birth of Methuselah (who became, at 969 years, the oldest man ever on earth), Enoch began a three hundred year long journey of close fellowship with God. “After he begot Methuselah, Enoch walked with God three hundred years” (Gen_5:22). After three centuries of spiritual intimacy, Enoch was taken into heaven without experiencing death. “And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him” (Gen_5:24). Enoch’s intimacy with God and his unique home going were related to a life of reliance upon the Lord. “By faith Enoch was translated so that he did not see death . . . for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.” Of course, what was so pleasing to God about Enoch’s walk was his trust in the Lord. “But without faith it is impossible to please Him.”
Enoch is a wonderful reminder of what life is all about — walking with God by faith throughout our days on earth, then walking right on into the presence of God in heaven someday. Many will eventually do this, like Enoch, without facing death. “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord” (1Th_4:16-17). Others may face death, but the key ingredient of fellowship on earth right on into heaven is the same. “I am continually with You; You hold me by my right hand. You will guide me with Your counsel, And afterward receive me to glory” (Psa_73:23-24).

Prayer
Dear God, creator of heaven and earth, I desire to please You by a life of faith here on earth. Help me to walk closely with You day by day throughout my pilgrimage here below. I eagerly anticipate the day that I will forever be with You in the fullness of Your glorious presence in heaven above, in Jesus’ name, Thank you Jesus. Amen.