The Word of God is perfect and what it says is as it is stated. We have a tendency to interpret the Word in a relaxed and suiting way yet turning away from any of the commandments is total not acceptable. Hear the Word spoken by Jesus in Matthew 12:36, ‘but I tell you that men will have to give account on they of judgment for every careless word they have spoken’.
We all know that money is a necessity for everyday living. The Bible says a lot about money. A quick search for the word ‘money’ in my SiSwati Bible brought 87 verses; combined both from the Old and the New Testament. There are common verses that people quote on money, one of which is found in 1 Timothy 6:10 where we learn that the love for money is the root of all evil. This verse further states that for this reason, many have lost their faith and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
Money is obviously a necessity and people should work for it just as it was in the beginning for Adam having to work to earn a living and feed his family. How you earn money counts as all these add up on the record for judgment after this life. Every one of the living will give an account before God on how they earned their money.
The king is an earthly authority that should never be taken for granted at any rate. Such a person can be called the president, their Majesties or Highnesses and facing them is not a simple walk through. Often it is considered an honor to have an invitation or an appointment with them yet when the time comes you may wish it had never been arranged for you to meet them. Kings are put by God in authority and therefore they deserve unmatched respect by everyone.
However, when it comes to keeping to Christian values when facing the king, the believer should know that the King above every other king should take priority. Kings that have challenged God’s authority by suppressing God’s servants had a share of God’s when we search the scriptures.
The Christian is called to live a Christ like life on a full time basis and let everything else be part time. Your job, business and life activities should not supersede the Christ like conduct. This is a high calling that ensures victory in every step a Christian makes.
In our time it is very difficult to tell a true prophet of God and a false one. This is because false prophets can also pray for the sick and they recover, they make manifestation of miracles which they declare come from God and take time to read the Bible. They also pray in tongues like everybody else that professes Jesus Christ as Lord of their lives. Some false prophets appear to have much more power than the true prophets. They would do things that no other preacher or prophet has done in all times. I surely do not dispute the fact that the truth can come from the mount of a false prophet.
False prophets are not always popular for performing miracles but any pastor that does not stand for the Bible truth is a false prophet. It is our culture as Christians to quote the Bible by saying, ‘the Bible says…’ yet when such thing are directly addressing issues we are struggling with we tend to ignore and mostly misinterpret the right instruction as it appears in the Bible but make ourselves comfortable in the wrong. Jesus said that false prophets will be known by their fruits (Matthew 7:15 – 20). If you preach something else but live the other, you are indeed a false prophet and that is the fruit that tells the world about it.
All around us we are surrounded by instruments of gossip yet Christians are not to be part of it. This includes reports of secretes revealed on other people’s issues, scandalous reports that do not edify or glorify God, whether founded or not. These come to us through the internet, newspapers, television, etc. an environment that seems unavoidable. How does God expect Christian to behave in such an environment?
To answer this question, I will first define what gossip is according to the English dictionary and then dwell much on how the Holy Bible defines. Later I will conclude by giving suggestions on how to avoid being defiled by gossip and how to deal with it in case it is your bread and butter.
God Himself taught that man should not only live on bread but also on the all His Words. This was way before Jesus Christ came into the world for the purpose of saving His people from their sins (Matthew 1:21). This is revealed in Deuteronomy 8:3 where the Bible says, “He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.” Jesus also confirmed this when He was tempted by the devil and reminded Him this truth in the book of Matthew 4:4.
In this post I just want to bring it to your attention that the message of the Cross, that is, the message of Jesus Christ is calling all that hear it to action. In this post I shall use the two interchangeably. I do not know your position with Christ but whatever the position, you are called to action. What have you done or what are you doing about it?
Humans are sexual beings by nature and this fact should not be taken for granted. A man is wired differently from a woman. Generally, as a person grows up, his or her sexual appetite also grows. The indicators are the obvious signs of puberty for both males and females. This therefore makes sexuality part of our lives and therefore requires special attention.
God has said a lot about sexuality in the Bible to guide mankind through the lifetime journey as sexual beings. 1 Corinthians 7 Verse 9 says, ‘But if they cannot exercise self-control, they should marry. For it is better to marry than to burn with passion. Self-control is the keyword here yet there is no measure for it to help the next person realise how exposed he or she is to harassment. This therefore leads me to conclude that the best thing is to trust no one but guard yourself not to be a victim of someone that has poor self-control. Furthermore, guard yourself not to be a sexual offender to others.
The prosperity gospel is wide spread and pulling crowds from all over the world. In this post, I will unveil one overlooked aspect of the prosperity gospel yet it is a fundamental factor for holiness. According to Zac Poonen, the prosperity Gospel started in America where Christians have not been persecuted as much as it has been in other parts of the world.
If you have watched, attended or heard a sermon where the prosperity gospel is preached, you will know that money and attaining riches is aggressively promoted. The message is on how to live a good life in this world. The strategies to attain the prosperity promote increased offerings of all kinds to the one sharing the message and those in leadership. Guidance of the Holy Spirt and God’s will is never brought forth. There are many things that are contrary to the doctrine of Christ that are attached to the prosperity gospel teachings. This includes upfront fees for special prayers, specific huge amounts of money demanded from those that want to attain such prosperity, selling material ornaments / medicine that will impart the change, etc.
God is just. This is a phrase we often say in passing without really looking into its true meaning. I will explain my understanding of the word and relate it to who God is. The starting point is the dictionary meaning and that of the Wikipedia.
Web dictionary – based on or behaving according to what is morally right and fair.
Whether in public or private, to a group or one-on-one, you may be expected to talk about your Christianity to a Muslim or a non-Christian. Allow me to share some thoughts.
I hope this post will not be misinterpreted for anything else but the reality that Christians have no power to convince anyone but Christ Himself through them. Muslims (and everybody else) are our brothers and we are called to preach the true Gospel of Jesus Christ to them.
Sin is common among man and it is humane to sin. God has even said it in His Word that he who says has no sin is a liar (1 John 1:8). No one is immune to sin yet there is a way to deal with sin. Sin should not be hidden, instead it should be unveiled and confessed before God and forsaken.
Job is an example of a man that lived in this world like all of us yet he was confident to ask his friend the question, ‘If I have covered my transgression as Adam, by hiding my iniquity in my bosom’. This is Job declaring that he never lived a life of hiding his sins. It can be assumed that before Job’s uttered these words, his friends must have asked him many questions, particularly pertaining to things he could have done that may have offended God.
Nudism is so popular in our time. Some people, mostly woman, participate in nudism even without noticing it. The dress code issue and modest dressing has been ignored and those that oppose it are seen as primitive and a threat to the comfort of nudists. It is not surprising that people can charge you in a court of law for condemning their dress code. Indeed the day are evil and the Christian should keep watch and pray to God for strength to overcome (Ephesians 5:16).
Today nudity is easy to access for all man. Male or female, if you want access to it, you can. The internet has made it so easy for people to access explicit nudity and even graphic, packed and all sorts of promiscuousness. The internet is the greatest source which has no any other restrictions but self discipline.
You know how hurt I become when I know I have been overcome by my lust for whatever is worldly. The devil provides, sometimes even when God is speaking audible to you through television, radio, DVD, social networks, etc. You could have switched on the Gospel channel because you feel the pressure mounting. You may have consulted some pastor or friends somewhere through a social network just before you take the decision to bribe someone. Sad, sad indeed that we often let down the army of the Lord just because what we see in front of us seems more valuable than eternity in heaven with God.
The devil wanted to provide to Jesus when he tried his chances in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1-11). He provided options to calm Abraham’s fear of Pharaoh (Genesis 20:2) when he said Sarah was his sister. The devil also did the same for David with Bathsheba (2 Samuel 11), he provided a chance to cheat a man, Uriah, who way loyal to the colony. Nothing will stop him from providing you free internet to watch porn, secrete phone numbers to use to arrange for a bribes, etc. You may have tried all you could to escape the trap but you find yourself being drawn into sin and you eventually yield to it. The devil never gives up and that you should know whenever you fall for the same sin. Later in the post I will suggest what you can do to keep winning over the devil.