Floodgate of Blessings for 2013

”Hear my prayer, O Lord, and let my cry come to You.” Psalm 102:1

2013 may have been a wasted year to you. Nothing and I mean absolutely nothing worked out for you. You spent days, weeks, months and in fact the whole calling on God, hoping that He in all His Almightiness would attend to your prayers. Your prayers were not answered, God seemed far away from you. Shame was your crown, your legs knocked against each other as your heath failed. Breakthrough never came your way, friends and loved ones and even those whom you know had no reason to laugh at you, even those who may not dine with you as you are better than them but for your situation, made fun of you. Some said, ‘where is your God? You trusted in Him, let Him come and help you.’ You watched 2012 close on you in shame and misery. As others celebrated the end of another year, you wept in your closet wishing the year never came.

But I say to you, that as 2012 winds down, the LORD shall arise and have mercy upon you, for your set time, the LORD’s time to favour you has come. As 2013 is unveiled, those that laughed at you shall laugh with you. Those that gathered against you shall gather for you. Nothing shall happen to you in 2013, but ALL things shall happen for you for your good. The floodgates of blessings are today open before you. Doors shall no more be closed against you. You shall no more be crowned with shame but with glory. As Joseph was remembered in prison, so you shall be remembered and set free. As the gift of God in him propelled him to higher heights, so shall the little you enter with in 2013 generate much and propel you to greatness. In 2013, you shall see a total restoration of all that you lost in 2012. By this time next year, nations shall celebrate with you for the LORD has given you much room. The Spirit of the LORD shall perfect these in you. Amen

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The Benefits of Christmas.

December 25, 2012 was another joyous day for millions world over. So much was said about sharing the love of Christ in the mood of Christmas. By this, faithfuls were encouraged to give to one another even as Christ gave.

But we all know that like all other religious events, Christmas comes and goes yearly with many not understanding its value or benefit. I strongly believe that we have lost a clear understanding because humanism has actually taken over reality of Christmas. So much attention is given to caring for fellow mankind at this period with little time to reflect on God and His Only begotten Son, who is the essence of the season. One clear example is this; to do away with the reality and focus of Christmas, Christ has cleverly been replaced with an X, thus making it Xmas and not Christ-mas, which in its real sense the celebration of Christ—Christ – Mass. I have tried as much as possible to understand the correlation between Christ-mas and X-mas, but to no avail. Or put in another way, can a letter such as X take the place of Christ ( the Messiah) the redeemer of mankind?

Christmas must be viewed from the standpoint that the coming of Jesus Christ marked the beginning of redemption of the nations of the Gentiles, which we all were part of. Knowing first that at a time we were all living riotous lives and were in fact condemned to death. That we as Gentiles were people without God, thus, were not partakers of the common wealth (inheritance, promises, covenants) of Israel. But with His birth, death, resurrection and ascension, we who were not a people have become one and in fact can now call God Abba Father. As before now we were forbidden to call God our Father even as slaves of old were forbidden to call their masters father. But with the finished work of redemption we can go boldly to Him and say Abba Father–the God who make things happen. A title that also shows emotional relationship between God and His children.

This is the essence of Christmas—understanding where we were and in thankfulness appreciating God for extending to us who were Gentiles the covenant rights Israel has with Him.

1. Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called ‘uncircumcised’ by those who call themselves ‘circumcised’  Ephesians 2:11

2. Remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. Ephesians 2:12

3. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood. Ephesians 2:13

Now and always, Jesus should remain the focus of Christmas. Except we appreciate this fact that as a people we all were hopeless and without God, we cannot appreciate Christmas. God was God of the Jews and salvation is of the Jews. This is akin to the fact that the Laws of Moses was the prized possession of the Jews (Deut. 33:4).

It is by His grace that salvation, which was for the Jews has come to us  who were once Gentiles–people without God.

Except we appreciate this and come to terms with it and humbly accept Jesus as Lord and Saviour by repenting of all sins, the pleasantries and gifts with the talks of love for mankind, which I call humanism, is of no value.

Think about this: how much can you give for your life?

Humanism

”For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23

God seems to be completely absent in our world today. Organisations and even individuals talk about doing good. It seems as though doing good has become the norm, thus relegating God to the background.

Humanism–a system of thought that is based on the values, characteristics and behaviour that are believed to be best in human beings, rather than any supernatural authority—a concern with the needs, well being, and interest of the people, is clearly the standard for life now.

Humanism tells you to be good to the poor, and in fact, people through deception so believe in humanism that God is no way to be found in them. They believe that as long as I am good to my fellow humans, am ok—I will be a better person in the next world. To them, anything God is old fashion.

While I accept that God’s word teaches us to love, no one can love his fellow human being and think that by doing this he will be a better person in the next world without first loving God and reconciling with Him.

No one can be a better person in the next world except that person has done away with sin.      Works for humanity–millions in donations, philanthropy, etc will amount to nothing if you have not reconciled with God. Even if you give your head to the world, yet you do not have Christ in you, you shall gain nothing except pains and disappointment.

The fact is, humanism deceives making one think he is alright, however, it keeps one away from God now and in the world to come. For man is justified–put right with God through faith in Christ (grace). No man is put right with God through works.

Act now, believe in Jesus Christ and accept Him.