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GETTING INTOXICATED WITH PRAISE TONIC

If you’ve watched the displays of a drunken person, you’ll understand when I say there is what’s called praise tonic. The alcohol inflames him to the point he can only think of things that cross his mind and acts likewise.

As a Christian, you have every right to get intoxicated with the spirit of praise. Have you got it? I tell of a man who got overjoyed when the presence of God finally “came into the city of David,” after long absence. Every attempt to get the ark proved futile. But it came finally. “And David danced before the LORD with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod. So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the LORD with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet… king David leaping and dancing before the LORD” exhibited his intoxication with praise (2 Samuel 6:14-16).

He got drunk with praise. So what is the use? He became the man after God’s own heart. That is an everlasting testimony. That’s the power of praise. When you praise God you give an organic command to heaven’s hosts. That is when God shows up valiantly on your behalf than ever. Prayer is good but praises it the express way into God’s heart in the spirit of holiness.

You can jump into the ocean of praise and see the power of God. Multitudes praise God everyday out of a pure heart fervently. Joining and jubilating won’t be a time waste.

Paul and Silas is classic to the power of praise. Amid gross darkness, they mocked their predicaments. That blows minds, right? They didn’t complain. You know why? Because complaints is the sharp knife that truncates our blessings when it’s dropping from heaven. Compliant does no good. It sabotages, defrauds and weakens faith. Void it as a plague and pull the praise cloth over.

Will you rise now and rejoice in the Lord over your problem before you drop this article? Rise to mock Satan. Tease him to the core. Glory to God!

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THE RULERSHIP OF DEATH

Death is a thing many abhor. Some even shake away the thought altogether. They never want its mentioned. Yet its rules in the affairs of men, since Adam’s fall. Whether you prefer it or not death is about its business. And guess what? It’s a faithful servant!

But the question is not whether you die or not. The question is, how prepared you are to die? Many have never considered it. A man of purpose ponders on all these. His life’s “to do lists” includes death! Such a man departs the Earth fulfilled. Apostle Paul is a classic model. He lived with the thought of exiting the earth a short while. If you asked him, “Paul, are you ready to die?” He would answer: “I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.” (2 Timothy 4:6)

Give him a follow up: “Paul, have you so planned your life that you mean what you’re saying?” He answers, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day.” (2 Timothy 4:7, 8)

Don’t walk this earth unprepared. And don’t die unprepared. Pause to ponder: “When will I die? When I die who takes over all I’ve toiled for?” And the most important question: “What happens to me when I’m dead?” These quizzes should set your mind on the essentials of life.

The vital thing to note is to prepare for your eternal destiny. You should be prepared to die at any time. Live with heavenly eternity in view. Let your life account well in eternity. Meet you there!

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DEALING WITH OTHERS’ SACRED EMOTION

Emotion is sacred and it’s hard to delete. I’m talking of any kind of emotion. If you’ve hit on one you understand me. But whether you’ve hit on one or not, I’ve a punch for you.

Don’t tell any soul you understand them when they say, “you don’t understand” while they’re going through emotional down drain. It’s a terrible crime you can bullet their hearts. Even if you’ve been through such situation or even worse, still don’t commit such crime.
Let me tell you why. The matter of emotion matters the soul. If mishandled can affect both body and spirit. And that’s ruining. Listen, the soul is the most complex part of our being formed from the fusion of the breath of God and the clay of the earth! Selah.
So what do you do then when faced to help an emotionally imbalanced person? Here’s what to do. Align with their feelings. Don’t dictate but empathise and sympathise. Then recommend sound biblical music or something blissful; anything that can anchor the spirit man. Then pray mentioning their names and claiming emotional victory. Do that to their hearing.

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After, spend time with such person. Then call and text when they least expect. But don’t get excess. Now it’s going to be tough since you’re an emotional being yourself. However, via that way you pull on such and make him know you’re feeling same and that you care. After calling and all that, give him space, a little lone lovely space. Every creature enjoys loneliness and hates the same with situation-wise. That’s what makes dealing with emotion a complex matter. But I think loneliness in itself is sacred.
Now if you’ve dealt with melancholic or phlegmatic you’ll affirm what I’ve said. You may think they’re emotionless. Really when their emotions spark you’ve got to park far from the side lines. So the person may appear strong a minute and in a dividing second, he’s down dead! Watch, so you don’t push such into the grave. No jokes, it’s real case as walking on the edge of a blade.
Be wise and subtle and sweet toward them. That put you into the same hole as the emotional-victim. And guess what? He’ll call you, perhaps with a smile. That’s game over! You won behind the scene.

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SEX AND LOVE: THE POSSIBLE TWIN FOES

Trust me on sex and love: many in the church think sex is the same as love, chiefly the rising youths. Some say sex sweep into love and vice versa. The statement is a half-truth, which makes a lie. In fact, not every love culminates with sex.

But love is king. The lack is sin. Yet the lack of sex isn’t; even in marriage–it’s defrauding your partner.

Any relationship built on sex will suffer soon or someday. It’s the wrong notion people carry that “you must test the engine before you buy.” One, which manufacturer allows you to take his engine home, test, and bring it saying, “That’s not what I wanted. Can I test another?” He isn’t in our world. But God isn’t as any manufacturing company. Dare you charge Him with imperfect “engine”?

You needn’t test any engine. If so, where’s the faith you claim? With this single point, many super-spirituals shrink. Here is the truth: when love leads, you won’t fall into the sex pit before marriage. Yeah, it isn’t easy. I know. But that’s why grace avails.

Yes, it’s legal to enjoy sex in marriage. But singles should steer off until then. Or are you married? Enjoy it only with your partner. “Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge” (Hebrews 13:4).

You’ll have problems when sex leads and pretentious love follows. You don’t really love the girl if you sleep around with her. But do I condemn the fallen? Far from it! I want to meet them. I need them. The church needs them.

Dear leap from the mire of sin. That’s not your home. Repent. Come let’s form allied to save the un-fallen with prayers, the word, and your experience.

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THE WORLD I WAS BORN INTO

Counting memories, I see mine as a clayey world; which is yours? Winding a thousand times, I can’t deceive myself it is a world composite of corrupt fragments not made so; what’s yours made of?

Entering and probing and pondering fields, I know mine is a world of mounting civilization and increase in knowledge, yet jacketed with pure ignorance. What is yours made of? Not the least of a drowsy dazzle, I behold power in every arena and yet see countless incorrigible power-grabbers. Ah, answer, what’s yours made of? Mine is a world of fun and seeming joys salted with grief and anguish.

I’ve seen the plights of men and women, young and old, rich and poor, sick and hale and yet almost all ignore the balm–the only Balm–Who is the only answer. Is your world any different? Every day, I’ve “looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God” (Hebrews 11:10).

No. I don’t seek to escape from this world because it is blood-drenched and sex-filled, as surpassing Sodom and Gomorrah. Instead, because the pain aggravates every dividing second and there’s no slight evidence of hope. Sure there’re signs of change. But alas, it is one that promotes heartaches.

My soul is vexed and my body wearied while my spirit groans loud and long. Thinking through and torturing my brain, I had the answer, though not born of myself. Upon my waking one morning, God blessed me when He said, “The material world is only material and nothing more than material.” There’s no hope in it.

That’s why I give you the invite. This’s the invite to glorious internal and external peace that the UN or any other cannot offer. You needn’t reason through to make all the senses. Suffice you do a preliminary to accept Jesus and probe later. I’ve tasted the black and white; the gall and honey. I’ve served the pains and the precious; mammon and manner. Yes, even women via lusts and I’ve tasted the wonders of the cross after hitting rock bottom. I tell you my story as evidence and the story of my Savour for your eternal life as you chose now.

Friend, perhaps you have not accepted Jesus. But as we see the world is not getting any better, I call you to accept Him today for eternal hope. Maybe you were in the Christian faith but have backslide. Please rise and come. Brother look not behind, just come home. Sister, linger no more, just come. Despite the gravity of your sins, just come home. Jesus will not scrub you off. I, together with many folks too, desire and pray that you hit home today.

All it takes is to repent–acknowledge you did what you did. After, don’t seem ajar. Tell Jesus, “I’m sorry. Forgive me,” mentioning those sins. “Please infuse Your grace and intoxicate me with Your Spirit’s witness in my spirit. I’ll roam no more by Your grace, Lord. In Jesus’ name.” Amen.

I’ve a word for you. Here;

When life becomes tough

Too rough to bear, look up

When you’re written off

Like a chaff, worthless than a dung

Be an Abraham, looking into the night skies

Up resides the Day Star

There, your salvation will drop like dew

And always remember “here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come” (Hebrews 13:14).

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THE INVITE, THE CALL, THE CHOICE

It’s common hearing, “I’ve a call from God” or “I’m not called as others.” Many have abused this to the point the great populace of Christians believe they’re not called into ministry or something. Biblically, this’s not so. But I won’t dwell on what a call to ministry is for now.

But are some Christians called and others not? Some think, others like me shrink. You’ve heard “many are called, but few are chosen.” So am I conflicting scriptures? No. I’m justifying it claims.

The questions worth asking are who those called people, and the chosen people are. How are they called and others not?

The point is, all are invited. Consider a ceremony invite. It’s eligible people of a particular unit that get the invite. Yet it’s only those who avail themselves can get the call to undertake a duty or something.

It’s same with Bible language. All fallen men qualify for the invite, and Jesus has done and is still doing that. The invite is “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28). It’s after one recognises his need for the Saviour that those “many” that wilfully recognise and respect the invite get called and given salvation, with no exception.

Thus, “come,” indicates the invite. Jesus also said, “I will,”depicting the call.Because if I invite you to a ceremony and you shun, how can I call to remind you of the kick-off time? It’s absolute to say he who yields to the invite, and the call becomes a Christian.

Then comes the choice. The choice is based on the self-fit faithful few. And this’s not exclusively divine selection but individual preparation that fits you into that divine purpose. The chosen are those who distinguish themselves. They make full proof of their calling because they work out their own salvation with fear and trembling. Because, “in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.” (2 Timothy 2:20-21)

What I say, I repeat. World, listen. All are invited and anybody can be called. Only respond to Christ Jesus’s invite. Church, listen. All Christians are called and anybody can be chosen. Only desire and purge yourself from filthiness of the spirit, soul and the body and walk the path Jesus walked (2 Corinthians 7:1). You’re needed to be enlisted as chosen. Because “The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few.” (Matthew 9:37) Only those called or (and) chosen have divine permit to reach those lingering about the invitation to Christ.

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THE RAVAGING I POWER

Evil is rising. One of its kinds is burrowing values from countless Christians. Today, we’re fed with motivational teachings which we don’t need. These messages dwell on I can. Yet this “I can” is not what the Bible teaches. Vain motivational messages have ruined the spiritual lives of many Christians.

The effect of I power has eroded real revival and God’s presence in our churches. I speak without apology. Ministers and members are caught in the web. Vast preachers have changed from teaching Christ to, “how to discover your inner power and rule your world” messages. What vanities! This’s not a slight matter.

Check your life. Consider the past five years when you were glued to God, ignorant of this false I power. Were you not useful and productive in God’s hands? Were you not fervent? Were you not tough bone for the devil? Were you not selfless? Scan your life if I’m not hitting the truth. What went wrong?

Alas, the end of time is at hand. Men’s pride is on ascendency. They seek their own shameful glory. Howl church! We’ve drifted past the line. Let’s get back before it’s too late. Solomon, after learning the follies of his pride, flogs, “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud” (Proverbs 16:18-20).

Don’t trust soul power without the Holy Spirit. It’s folly. Don’t chase I power and never turn your soul to the dustbin of pride. Cleave to humility and receive grace to walk the path of the lowly.

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CHOSEN YET OBSTINATE

Scripture is replete with men and women who God chose to carry out specific tasks. Although some fulfilled their lives’ purposes, a great aggregate deviated from the path earmarked by God. This doesn’t make God a liar. Never! It only proves that those who are willing and obedient shall eat the good of the land. (Isaiah 1:19)

The reason is obvious. Man is a free moral agent who may choose, even against God. If God appoints you for a task, it means He desires you to carry out that task. And He makes full provision to fulfilling the task.

It’s our part to align with Him to hit the point of success. He doesn’t cohere but counsels; He many not whip, but He welcomes you if only you boathook with Him. That’s God. Perhaps God has chosen you like Solomon, Jeroboam, king Saul of Israel, Judas Iscariot or Gideon, but if you don’t align your very existence to God’s plan, you’ve set sail to hurt. Yes, you’ll be a self-enemy to your divine purpose.

Draw near the Throne of Grace and receive strength and power to reach your destination with joy. Treat every day as a fresh beginning yet pressing toward the mark of your high calling.

Above all, trust in One who bids, “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”

Don’t fight God. Linger at His feet and let Him help you. And again, give yourself a chance to receive divine empowerment for your call. Always remember the obstinate shall never find grace in the LORD’s sight.

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DREADFUL TWISTS AT CROSSROADS

Every point of life takes you to decide. Some decisions are simple, others are though. Some appear scary. Sounds you? I’ve been there. Sometimes it feels you’re in the mire. If it were possible, you would pay a fellow to cook the entire episodes of your life in microwave and hand it to you. That way you can edit them and get your way through without rough edges.

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But here is the case you’ve to make marriage decisions–who to marry, when to marry all that. Some even get perturbed about precisely where to set the marriage. And this is just one of those hateful, mental hell and time consuming moments. Worst, when you peep at the window, the educational program to enroll stares you at the face and career choice giggles behind. You feel a dumb fellow.
Then late at night while your head points the ceiling the toughest crossroad question comes, “where do I spend eternity when I die?” We hate it, but crossroad decisions are inevitable.
Certain decisions are crucial that they throw between life and death. It affirms, “Decision determines destiny.” Once they’re made, they’re irreversible. It’s comparable to a novice swimmer. He goes down the deep ditch for his swim folly. You must bear the consequence, whether negative or positive.
Our human nature makes us subject to mistakes. And the multi-million dollar question is, “how can one avoid decision casualties?” Or is there not a way?

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At the point of decision?

Well, I know how and I’ll tell you. It’s only wise to bank on One who’s mistakes-free when making decisions. I’m talking about Jesus. He knows the end from the beginning. To Him the end is a history. But we see it as future.
Hook up with Him? If you don’t have a substantial relationship with Him yet, seek Him. Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. (Isaiah 55:6, 7).
Or are you His follower? Here is my counsel: submit completely to Him and “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” (Proverbs 3:5, 6)
There is hope. When you’re baffled with thoughts and decisions, call Him. Friend, cheers. The promise is still good. He’ll guide you and life will be a delight. Sweet ride with Jesus!
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SANCTIFICATION, UNDER MY FOOT!

The Church today is after the things of the world. Many members and ministers have practically called a fellowship to trample holiness, the very heartbeat of God, under feet.

The problem is many are not the least ready for a talk on it. The angels of the church who ought to be examples are trading their sheep’s soul for wealth.

There is a cry in heaven and joy in hell. Where are you walking? In the woods or on the highway? Which part are you contributing to? Don’t answer. Just prove it. Live it. Let’s see it. There is a way. It is “The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.” (Isaiah 35:8)

I call you to take the banner of holiness. Let others choose to mock it. But together let’s live it, sing it, shout it as long as time exists. We have a home. A home for the holy; a home so dear; a place of holiness where no unclean thing is found. It’s so holy. How can we get there with filthy garments? No! We shan’t do that evil. Lord, we give our hearts and all to You. Send us thirst, real thirst and burden for Your holiness. Even if we have not asked well, Lord, we desire it dearly. Do it, Lord. We’ll die with the banner of holiness raised high. Father, let our hands stick to it. And our blood infused with it. Yes, our mind seared with Your holiness. O that we will see it as our very life! In Jesus name! Amen.

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