The world knows that making mistakes is human yet we also know that according to Psalm 37:23 Christian’s steps are ordered by God. Therefore, whatever happens to a Christian, God must have allowed for it to happen. Then the question arises, ‘why do Christians find themselves having made terrible and expensive mistakes sometimes?’
This is a question that could be holding back some people from believing in a God who is omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent. A God who is loving unconditionally.
One of the greatest challenges of running corporate companies is managing its resources in a Godly manner. Christians have been, and many still are and will be in the future, entrusted with billions of dollars in companies all over. Sadly, many misrepresent Christianity when it comes to managing money.
Jesus knew this fact that money is not different from an idol that people can worship and one that can take God’s place in people’s hearts (Mathew 6:24). We have learnt that people can kill for money, they can do terrible physical or emotional pain to people that want to expose their evil deed arising from the love for money.
Top sinful traps for mankind are the three; sexual immorality, the love for money and taking alcoholic drinks. This is not to say that other sinful practices are less of an abomination or do not matter to God but I assume that these three are common with many people.
In the book of Romans 7:15 – 25 the Bible confirms that often people that are trapped in sin do not like what they do yet they find themselves falling into the same sins. This reveals to us and confirms that we know when we are about to, have crossed and are over the line. To many, the outcome is regret and that is how is should be.
The first thing I want to address is disobedience in the Christian sense. Disobedience can only be relevant when one knows about the omission or commission s/he has made or makes. The Christian that knows the will of God for a particular situation but decides to take the opposite action is perfectly defined as disobedient to God’s will. Disobedience for the believer or Christian is possible because God does not force Himself into one’s personal will. In this post I will detail what the will of man is and its nature, relying on insight from a book by Howard O. Pittman titled ‘Demons an Eyewitness Account’. The book references the website lakehamiltonbiblecamp.com yet I downloaded it from the website www.jesus.707.cz/demons-pittman.pdf
I cannot agree more with Pastor B Mavuso from Ezulwini Evangelical church when he reiterated in a main service on Sunday that sin is a voluntary decision. Sin is a decision one makes to cautiously go against God’s will. Mavuso referenced the scriptures in Matthew 1 verse 21 where the Holy Bible says that Jesus was born to save His people from their sins.
According to Pastor Mavuso, sin is the direct oposite of God’s will. The devil works directly aganst God, making the devil an ultimate enemy to God. Jesus’ purpose is to save His people from sin but the devil is the author of sin and works at tempting people to fall into sin. It is true that the devil works hard becuase he knows that his time is limited (Revelation 12:12).
Sin and temptation, pull the plug to deal with them.
God feels pain to see His creation go against His will, plan and command. The pain that God feels when we sin is so unbearable yet we continue to sin without considering this fact. There are no earthly words to explain His pain from seeing people sin. Remember that He sacrificed His only son for the remission of sin and no father would do such unless it really matters.
Be reminded that God is holy, Jesus is holy, His angels are holy and Heaven is holy. He surely cannot tolerate any unholy thing. In this post I will attempt to express the pain He feels about sin in man. You will know that God does not hate man but the sin in man and He expects man to have that quality as well, ‘hating the sin and not the sinner’. God is in control of everything in the world but He cannot force His way into mans will. He gave man absolute power on will yet He calls all man to yield to His will.
Next I will attempt to give an explanation of the pain God goes through when we sin. Continue reading →
Divorce as we all know it does happen. It happens for people from all walks of life. You will know that even Gospel artists like Benjamin Dube and Yolanda Adams have gone through divorce at one point. I have a couple of friends that have gone through divorce. It surely does happen even though God does not like it (Malachi 2:16). Reasons for a divorce is a subject for another article yet it matters because God encourages people from everywhere to forgive, especially believers.
These days the world is shocked to learn that Pastor Chris Oyakhilome from Nigeria, the head pastor of Christ Embassy Church, is going through a divorce. Its hard to believe that people of his calibre go through tough times like these but yes they do.
What does the Bible say about eating food dedicated to ancestors or in honour of any other religions? Is it right or wrong to eat any of the food that is bares the names of such? Halal food may or may not be dedicated, just like any other food stuff baring a certain mark, but it is an issue amongst Christians as to whether it’s okay to eat Halal food or not. You may be surprised at this, particularly if you live in first world countries, yet I know for a fact that in Swaziland there are differing views in eating Halal food.
Sin and temptation, pull the plug to deal with them.
Sin is a snare and the devil will never stop tempting you. It is true that you may win against the devil several times but unless you are routed and always willing to pull the plug, you may not sustain your holiness long. The Bible warns us that he moves around roaring like a lion looking for someone he may devour. It is also true that the devil knows that his time is limited and that the more souls he wins, the more damage he makes to the Kingdom of God.
Working at impressing someone other than God is a useless toil. Whoever you may expect to tell good reports about your Christian life may not be really ready to give you the credit if asked to. People around us may applaud us for good conduct and impressive Christ like living only when it is convenient to them and most probably when they will be taking the glory. It is unfortunate that human nature has the ‘it’s about me attitude’ which makes it a natural instinct to point fingers at others if there is a chance to do so.
This reminds me of the experience often expressed by Christian celebrities on hate speeches, hate conduct and unsubstantiated claims of evil deeds that they often find themselves having to defend in public. I have seen this happening with Pastor Justice Dlamini and MP Timothy Myeni and other countries there is Mrs. Mbokazi Nkhambule, Pastor Benjamin Dube, Bishop TD Jakes, Dr. Creflo Dollar and many others. One time I was told by a friend who helps his wife in the gospel music ministry that people may go to the point of breaking your CD in your face just to express their hate for what you do.
Religious violence in Nigeria is a live example of what all Christians should be ready to experience anytime of their lives in this world. I know it may be easy to write about it but living up to the Christian standard is another issue. It is not easy to practice what Jesus said we Christians should do ‘turn the other cheek’ (Matthew 5:39). He, Jesus Christ, did it when He was crucified.
Christians are not of this world and therefore not the world’s favourite. Paul warns in Romans 8:36 that ‘For your (Christ) sake we are killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter’. Christians must expect that for them this condition holds even to the point of death.