RELATIONSHIP OVER RELIGION.

The very basis of Christianity is relationship. Jesus did not come to establish a new religion when He came to earth rather, He came to reveal/ remind us of God’s original plan. In fact, the first place the word “Christian” was used was in Antioch. A group of people saw that the Apostles had aContinue reading RELATIONSHIP OVER RELIGION.

THE CHARACTER OF A BELIEVER: A STUDY ON THE PHARISEES (VII)

CLOSING CHAPTER. After a long study on the Pharisees, it’s very easy to start pointing accusing fingers and shaking our heads in disgust at the mere mention of the word Pharisee, but it’s important to note that when we point to a person, three fingers come back pointing at us. A believer is not anContinue reading THE CHARACTER OF A BELIEVER: A STUDY ON THE PHARISEES (VII)

THE CHARACTER OF A BELIEVER: A STUDY ON THE PHARISEES VI.

Spite is a desire to hurt or make a person annoyed and it is often found with its twin version; malice which means to have ill will for a person. The Pharisees exhibited a spiteful and malicious character. I know you’re probably sitting there thinking this article is not for you but flow with me, you mightContinue reading “THE CHARACTER OF A BELIEVER: A STUDY ON THE PHARISEES VI.”

THE CHARACTER OF A BELIEVER: A STUDY ON THE PHARISEES (V).

Hypocrisy. I think one of the most popular of all the doings of the Pharisees is their hypocrisy. Hypocrisy is a practice of claiming to have certain moral or noble or even religious beliefs when that is not really the case. Often times, Jesus called the Pharisees hypocrites, directly or indirectly (Matthew 23:2-3; 13). TheyContinue reading “THE CHARACTER OF A BELIEVER: A STUDY ON THE PHARISEES (V).”

THE CHARACTER OF A BELIEVER: A STUDY ON THE PHARISEES IV

Self-righteousness is one thing that Paul the Apostle fought against tirelessly and yes, the Pharisees were guilty as charged. Wikipedia gives a lengthy definition of it but let’s see anyway. According to Wikipedia, “self-righteousness also called sanctimoniousness, sententiousness and holier-than-thou attitudes is a feeling of display of moral superiority derived from the sense that one’sContinue reading “THE CHARACTER OF A BELIEVER: A STUDY ON THE PHARISEES IV”

THE CHARACTER OF A BELIEVER: A STUDY ON THE PHARISEES III.

Last week, we discussed how the pharisees were proud people. Superiority complex is a phenomenon whereby a person sees himself as better than others. People with Superiority complex are often times proud and proud people often times have superiority complex. You guessed right, the pharisees had a superiority complex. Formerly, the Jews generally saw themselvesContinue reading “THE CHARACTER OF A BELIEVER: A STUDY ON THE PHARISEES III.”

THE CHARACTER OF A BELIEVER: A STUDY ON THE PHARISEES II.

One character that is sure to set you up for destruction is pride. A popular saying goes thus; “pride goes before a fall”. This particular character was not far from the Pharisees. Initially, it was easy to sympathize with them. I mean, who would not find it absurd that a carpenter who had no formalContinue reading “THE CHARACTER OF A BELIEVER: A STUDY ON THE PHARISEES II.”

THE CHARACTER OF A BELIEVER: A STUDY ON THE PHARISEES

The bible is given to us not only as an instruction manual but also an instrument of correction and for wisdom acquisition. Some of the stories (which are real occurrences by the way) found in the bible are there to instruct believers for the purpose of character development and acquiring wisdom. Recently, I started learningContinue reading “THE CHARACTER OF A BELIEVER: A STUDY ON THE PHARISEES”

THE POWER OF KNOWLEDGE.

Knowledge is gotten from the root-word “know”. Hence, to have knowledge is to know. A saying goes “Knowledge is power” and it’s true because it is a very crucial part of living; those who know more than others tend to be those in position of power. The power of knowledge is not just limited toContinue reading “THE POWER OF KNOWLEDGE.”

3 NOT SO SCRIPTURAL PHRASES COMMON AMONGST BELIEVERS 2.

As mentioned in last week’s post, that a phrase is popular among believers does not exactly mean it is scriptural. We also came into the understanding that just because a thing is not outrightly a sin does not make it harmful to one’s spiritual growth. Here are three more phrases that we often say thatContinue reading “3 NOT SO SCRIPTURAL PHRASES COMMON AMONGST BELIEVERS 2.”

3 NOT SO SCRIPTURAL PHRASES COMMON AMONGST BELIEVERS.

There is a difference between what is right and what seems right. Over the past two weeks we studied the effect of the words we say. Some of the “Christian” things we say actually fall under the same category; they aren’t entirely scriptural and they can affect our walk with God, in a bigger wayContinue reading “3 NOT SO SCRIPTURAL PHRASES COMMON AMONGST BELIEVERS.”

THE TONGUE: DECLARATIONS AND HOW TO TAME THE TONGUE.

Today’s post will explain to us more, on the needs to take caution while speaking. When speaking especially as a believer, you have to be very careful. Last week, we discussed how the words of a man could ensnare him and how the enemy is waiting for us to slip at every point in time.Continue reading “THE TONGUE: DECLARATIONS AND HOW TO TAME THE TONGUE.”

THE TONGUE: NEGATIVE CONFESSIONS AND WORDS OF THE MOUTH.

Have you ever sat down to think about what the saying, “There is power in the tongue,” means? Apostle Paul encouraged us to let our speech be full of grace. Chapter 3 of the epistle of James also emphasized the need to tame the tongue. With the mouth, we can sow seeds of discord orContinue reading “THE TONGUE: NEGATIVE CONFESSIONS AND WORDS OF THE MOUTH.”

HOW TO REMAIN IN CHRIST.

As Christians, we are liable to face many challenges and persecution from people of the world. Especially in situations that require patience, it can be hard waiting when you see others cutting corners and getting it quick. No one likes to be stigmatised but at one point or the other, we would be stigmatised forContinue reading “HOW TO REMAIN IN CHRIST.”

WHY YOU NEED TO BE MORE APPRECIATIVE OF JESUS III.

The worst thing we can do as believers is to underestimate the finished works of Christ. This underestimation begins the day we start to appreciate less, the things Jesus Christ has done for us. In addition to the posts of the past two weeks, we’d be discussing more on reasons why we should appreciate JesusContinue reading “WHY YOU NEED TO BE MORE APPRECIATIVE OF JESUS III.”

WHY YOU NEED TO BE MORE APPRECIATIVE OF JESUS II

A lot of times, especially as believers, we say things like “thank God for Jesus” but only a few times do we actually ponder on how messed up our lives would have been without Jesus. To buttress the post of last week, this week’s post will also cover the reasons why Jesus is important to us asContinue reading “WHY YOU NEED TO BE MORE APPRECIATIVE OF JESUS II”

WHY YOU NEED TO BE MORE APPRECIATIVE OF JESUS.

I’m not talking about Jesus the footballer, I’m talking about Jesus the Savior. In this post, I’d be explaining why you need to be more appreciative of Jesus Christ but I can’t talk about that without giving you a background knowledge on who Jesus Christ is. Jesus Christ, as His name implies, is the Messiah.Continue reading “WHY YOU NEED TO BE MORE APPRECIATIVE OF JESUS.”

GOOD DOES NOT EQUAL GODLY.

Too often these days, people are getting comfortable with good in the place of godly. Take the marriage institution for example, many believers are marrying outside of the faith and hiding under the fact that “he’s a good man” or “she’s a good woman”. “He gives to the needy and is very principled”, “although sheContinue reading “GOOD DOES NOT EQUAL GODLY.”

SAVIOUR BUT NOT LORD.

Recently, I learnt that it is possible for one to believe Jesus as their saviour but refuse to accept Him as their Lord. What does it mean to accept Jesus as your Lord? It means to surrender, to let His will formulate your will. It means to be submitted to Him. When the bible speaksContinue reading “SAVIOUR BUT NOT LORD.”

MAKE YOURSELF AVAILABLE!

“Then He said to His disciples, ‘the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few’” Matthew 9:37. As a believer, you are called to a life of stewardship but how available are you for God’s use? With the rising, overly common passion to make more money, ride expensive cars and build huge houses especially atContinue reading “MAKE YOURSELF AVAILABLE!”

GET SERIOUS: HAVING AN INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.

Seyi and Bola have been “together” for a while now. They claim to be in love with each other. Once in a while they go on dates and sometimes, they talk for long hours over the phone. One day, Bola’s friend came to visit her and asked “has he asked you to be his girlfriendContinue reading “GET SERIOUS: HAVING AN INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.”

GET SERIOUS!

“These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.”  Matthew 15:8 The bible verse above describes perfectly, what unseriousness with God is. As a wake-up call to the body of Christ; the church and believers all around the world, I think its high time this message is passed across. IfContinue reading “GET SERIOUS!”

THE HUMAN MIND.

This is not an organ or something that can be physically seen or touched. It resides in the brain and manifestations of it include thoughts, emotion, memory, perception, imagination and so on; which are all activities that take place in the brain. Hence, the mind and brain are often used interchangeably, as will be inContinue reading “THE HUMAN MIND.”

THE HOLY SPIRIT II

“The Holy Spirit illuminates the minds of people, makes us yearn for God, and takes spiritual truth and makes it understandable to us.” Billy Graham. As mentioned in the previous post, the Holy Spirit is part of the triune Godhead and He happens to be the acting force of God. That is, He is the channel throughContinue reading “THE HOLY SPIRIT II”

THE HOLY SPIRIT.

Time and again, in virtually every post on this blog, there has been reference to the Holy Spirit. In sermons and messages, He is frequently mentioned. From Acts of the apostles in the bible to Revelations, He is mentioned. Most Christians still struggle and suffer things they should not, because they are yet to comeContinue reading “THE HOLY SPIRIT.”

STAYING POSITIVE.

What does Christianity have to do with staying positive, you may ask. But there is lot that staying positive helps you achieve as a Christian. In fact, they are somewhat interrelated. With the degree of evil and depressing things happening all around the world today, the only One that could keep us looking up andContinue reading “STAYING POSITIVE.”

DEALING WITH GUILT.

At one point or the other, we all have been guilty of something. Be it doing that one thing your mom told you not to do or going against God’s will. And the thing is, guilt has so many adverse effects from depression, to self-hate to withdrawing from God’s purpose for your life and inContinue reading “DEALING WITH GUILT.”

MAINTAINING PURITY.

“Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God” Matthew 5:8. If there is anything God glorifies, it is purity. Little wonder why the Messiah came through the Virgin Mary…she had a level of purity that God could work with. Even as humans, we tend to incline more, towards people with pure hearts.Continue reading “MAINTAINING PURITY.”

OLD THINGS ARE PASSED AWAY.

If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature. Old things have passed away, behold all things have become new. That is what the bible says in 2 Corinthians 5:17. The moment you accepted Jesus as your saviour, you became a new creature. That is, you became born again into the family of Christ.Continue reading “OLD THINGS ARE PASSED AWAY.”

DEALING WITH OUR WEAKNESSES.

In this post, I would like to use King Saul as a case study. Saul was envious and disobedient. He failed to put his trust in God and he let his weaknesses get to him. Many of us could have been living a better life but for the weaknesses that hold us in the bondageContinue reading “DEALING WITH OUR WEAKNESSES.”

SELF-CONTROL.

Lack of self-control leads to multiple sins and is a major cause of many sins. The person who lost that job after misspeaking did not lose it because his or her “village people” were behind it. The person lost it because she/he lacked self-control. It’s easy to dictate to someone and ensure they do thatContinue reading “SELF-CONTROL.”

IMPATIENCE.

If there is one thing that has been a major constitutor to the nuisance going on in the world, it is impatience. Two drivers are arguing on the road because one of the two has bashed the other’s car. He was in a bid to overtake the next person and then ran into problems. YoungstersContinue reading “IMPATIENCE.”

ANGER.

It is not a sin to get angry. Jesus Himself, got upset in Matthew 21:12-13 when He saw the people buying and selling in the temple and extorting money from each other. His anger was permissible as it was because of the disrespect the people had towards God. However, in all of this, He managed the angerContinue reading “ANGER.”

PRIDE.

“Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit, before a fall” Proverbs 16:18. The end result of pride more often than not, is destruction. Why? Because it’s wired to work that way. A proud person is provocative to fellow humans and rejected by God. As I have said, one too many times, God would neverContinue reading “PRIDE.”

HYPOCRISY.

If there’s one thing we’re sure of that God hates, it’s hypocrisy. Jesus dealt with other types of sinners gently but when it came to the Pharisees who were hypocrites, He was a little harsh. Really, it can be frustrating to see someone pretend to be what they’re not but as Christians, we need toContinue reading “HYPOCRISY.”

BLASPHEMY EXPLAINED.

The issue of blasphemy is one topic in the Bible that has been given multiple interpretations and has been a source of confusion to many Christians. When we read through the bible, we learn it is an unforgiveable sin (Matthew 12:31; Mark 3:27-29). However, that same bible tells us that the blood of Jesus blots awayContinue reading “BLASPHEMY EXPLAINED.”

WHAT CHRISTMAS IS ABOUT.

It’s that time of the year again and trees are decorated beautifully, carol songs are being blasted through the radios and most people are cooking up something tasty to eat. Though Jesus was not actually born on December 25, the day has been chosen to celebrate His birth. But what does this all mean? InContinue reading “WHAT CHRISTMAS IS ABOUT.”

5 TYPES OF PRAYERS YOU SHOULD NOT PRAY FROM THE NEW YEAR GOING FORWARD

Actually, you should stop praying these prayers from now. Christianity requires a lot of learning, relearning and unlearning. The bible tells us in Ephesians 4:23 and Romans 12:2 that we are to subject our minds to constant renewal by the Spirit. Formerly, some certain kinds of prayers were okay to pray but, in this dispensationContinue reading “5 TYPES OF PRAYERS YOU SHOULD NOT PRAY FROM THE NEW YEAR GOING FORWARD”

4 MISCONCEPTIONS THAT NEED TO BE CLEARED ABOUT BEING A CHRISTIAN.

“Thou shall not call the name of the Lord thy God in vain” Exodus 20:7. This is one of the commandments of God to the children of Israel and subsequently, every believer. However, over time especially in the area where I live, this statement has been misinterpreted over and over again. When I was aContinue reading “4 MISCONCEPTIONS THAT NEED TO BE CLEARED ABOUT BEING A CHRISTIAN.”

FOUR TIMES WE SEE A REFLECTION OF JESUS BEFORE THE NAME JESUS WAS EVEN MENTIONED.

For some weeks now, I have been studying a bible plan called “Jesus in all of Genesis” on Youversion Bible. It is centered on the times we see Jesus in the entire book of Genesis. This bible plan along with the Holy Spirit, have been a great inspiration to today’s post. When Isaac was aboutContinue reading “FOUR TIMES WE SEE A REFLECTION OF JESUS BEFORE THE NAME JESUS WAS EVEN MENTIONED.”

WHY ME?

So many times, we go through situations we cannot understand, we go through challenges that bring us to our knees and have us question God, “why me?” In several cases of believer-turned-atheist, such situations happen to have been the triggering factor. They experience hurtful things that lead them to conclude “there is no God” orContinue reading “WHY ME?”

THE POWER OF GOD II

As a follow up to last week’s post, I’d be sharing with you, more details about the power of God. If you are ever caught up in a negative situation, call on God. He has the power to turn the most negative situation into a positive one. He can bring out good from an entirelyContinue reading “THE POWER OF GOD II”

THE POWER OF GOD.

Sometimes, when we are not constantly reminded of a thing, we are likely to forget about it. In the type of world we live in now, we tend to be easily preoccupied with its challenges and pleasures that we forget the magnanimity of the power of God. This is a reminder to someone today thatContinue reading “THE POWER OF GOD.”

THINGS THAT GOD DOES NOT WANT YOU TO BE IGNORANT OF AS A BELIEVER.

When you live in ignorance, you live in darkness. The sole weakness of man is cluelessness. Clueless as to whether this new job is good for you, clueless of what your significant other is doing at the moment, clueless of your very tomorrow. And the devil has taken this as a leverage. He is onContinue reading “THINGS THAT GOD DOES NOT WANT YOU TO BE IGNORANT OF AS A BELIEVER.”

SIGNIFICANT THINGS IN THE BOOK OF EXODUS.

When God’s appointed time to deliver the Israelites from the hands of Pharaoh came, it was not exactly the best of times for them. Pharaoh ordered that their labor be compounded and when God started warning the Egyptians with plagues, one could trust that the atmosphere would have been tense (Exodus 5,7-11). To them itContinue reading “SIGNIFICANT THINGS IN THE BOOK OF EXODUS.”

THE MAN BEHIND A GREAT EXODUS.

In case you don’t know, this man is Moses. One of the greatest Exoduses of all time was led by Moses. For several years, the Pharaoh of Egypt at that time, put God’s children through so much hardship. At God’s own appointed time, He raised Moses to be the one who would deliver His childrenContinue reading “THE MAN BEHIND A GREAT EXODUS.”

THE BOOK OF ESTHER.

This a study of the book of Esther…well, sort of. One key lesson in the book of Esther is purpose. When Haman, the king’s right-hand man, devised a plan (a wicked one at that) to wipe out the Jews; God’s people, Esther just happened to be queen at that moment (Esther 3). Esther had wantedContinue reading “THE BOOK OF ESTHER.”

PARABLE OF THE PRODIGAL SON.

Luke 15:11-32. The parable of the prodigal son has many more lessons than you realize. I also just figured out. That the father had not given his sons their inheritance was because he knew what the outcome may be. When the younger son asked for his inheritance, we see clearly how much his life gotContinue reading “PARABLE OF THE PRODIGAL SON.”

FROM SHEPHERD BOY TO MIGHTY KING.

I want to remind someone out there that, just because the world or circumstances or ‘fate’ has written you off, does not mean God has written you off. David was by all means unqualified to be king. I mean, he was the last of 8 sons and he was not even a warrior, he wasContinue reading “FROM SHEPHERD BOY TO MIGHTY KING.”

TO LOVE OR TO HATE?

Text: Matthew 5:43-48 AMP. Love in this context (this post) does not refer to the emotion rather it refers to agape love, an unselfish love that seeks the best for others. The type Jesus has for you and I. This post comes as a reminder to us of the kind of love that our saviorContinue reading “TO LOVE OR TO HATE?”

GRACE IN COMPARISON WITH THE LAW

“Tell me why you are bent on being under the Law, do you not listen to what the Law really says”? (Galatians 4:21). This post comes as a follow up to the post of last two weeks on Grace. Whenever grace is mentioned, the Law is more than likely to be mentioned as well. So,Continue reading “GRACE IN COMPARISON WITH THE LAW”

THE POWER OF PRAISE.

HAPPY NEW MONTH EVERYONE, MAY THIS MONTH BE A MONTH FILLED WITH PRAISES TO GOD FROM YOU IN JESUS NAME. Not many people have even the slightest idea of how important it is to give praises to God. For so long, the power of praise has been underestimated. We place faith and prayer on highContinue reading “THE POWER OF PRAISE.”

“MAY THE GRACE OF OUR LORD…”

More often than not, in Christian gatherings and ceremonies, after the closing prayer comes the grace. When we are asked questions that we have no definite answer to, we go for the default ‘by God’s grace’. And why does Apostle Paul keep mentioning the grace of God? The bible even lets us know that theContinue reading ““MAY THE GRACE OF OUR LORD…””

TRIALS AND TOUGH TIMES.

“When things don’t go right, go left”, they say. But what happens when you’ve gone left and right and up and down but it all seems to be yielding the same result? I’ve got two answers for you, depending on your category. If you happen to be an unbeliever, your solution is Jesus. Everything isContinue reading “TRIALS AND TOUGH TIMES.”

…BE ANXIOUS FOR NOTHING…

DEALING WITH ANXIETY.     Everyone has anxiety at one point in time or the other. Take for example the feeling you get when you’re on your way to a job interview or going for an exam or even taking the opening speech for an upcoming event…that feeling of fear, eagerness or nervousness is anxiety. However, itContinue reading “…BE ANXIOUS FOR NOTHING…”

FAITH.

Happy new month everyone! I pray this month is filled with many blessings from God to you in Jesus name. For the past weeks, every article on this blog has made mention of the word faith. Even in church gatherings, from audio messages and the likes, the word faith is always reoccurring. Maybe you’re thinking ‘what is itContinue reading “FAITH.”

JESUS SAVES.

Salvation as we know it, is not just having our souls delivered from the eternal damnation it was set for. It means to be saved and a person can be saved from different things. However, the type of salvation found in Christ is not like that in the world. Jesus Christ saves and saves completely.Continue reading “JESUS SAVES.”

PRISON BEFORE PALACE:

LESSONS I LEARNT FROM JOSEPH’S LIFE.              N.B: this is going to be a long article but hopefully, an impactful one…enjoy! I know, the topic seems cliché. If you’re an African, precisely a Nigerian, you’ve probably heard that phrase before. But hopefully you’d learn something different today. By the way, I don’t mean an actualContinue reading “PRISON BEFORE PALACE:”

UNANSWERED PRAYERS.

Some days back, I had had a conversation with a friend who said she always felt as though God doesn’t answer her prayers. She said that when it came to the prayer requests like “wake me up tomorrow morning Lord as I sleep tonight” He answered but, when it came to others like “help meContinue reading “UNANSWERED PRAYERS.”

8 Things depression says versus what Jesus says.

From the company you keep to past mistakes to loneliness and low self esteem, there are so many things that could make a person depressed. Normally, depression is not something a person would want to find himself in but what happens when you find yourself getting depressed. Sure, it has a lot to say butContinue reading “8 Things depression says versus what Jesus says.”

AN INTRODUCTION.

Hello, Welcome to Faith + blog : ) This is a blog that focuses on things of the Spirit. From frequently asked questions to challenges encountered on a daily as Christians to what Jesus is telling those who are His and basically all other faith related topics; this blog covers it all. I chose toContinue reading “AN INTRODUCTION.”