Dear Doomsday Preacher…

Dear Doomsday Preacher,

Seeing that you are bent on being a pain in the believers’ back, I write to give you a piece of advice: Stop seeing things, stay put on earth and get a day job for a change.

In case you don’t know, we are beginning to get irritated with your perpetual doomsday memos. When are you going to quit giving us situation reports from heaven and hell?

Come to think of it, there is no difference between the trips you take to heaven or hell or your revelations of them. When you happen to find yourself in ‘heaven’ (which is always far between) it’s only to tell us that you could only find few believers there and how most of us on earth may not make it there either. Of course, there is no point discussing your excursions to hell – it’s all about the souls of many a great men of God, believers and unbelievers alike languishing in it.

Do you really need to die and return to give us news from the great beyond? Must your mind-travels always leave fear, death and misery in its wake? Soon enough, if care isn’t taken, you will subject yourself to all manners of conscious astral projections and soul travel mediums just to gives us a ‘new message’ from ‘above’.

Why your twisted visions of hell persist

The reason for your constant twisted ‘revelations’ of/from heaven and hell is not far-fetched: the state of your mind. You can’t ‘see’ or perceive beyond your level of knowledge. What you think and believe God to be is what is projected to your thoughts and consequently your unconscious.

Let’s investigate your knowledge base a bit. For instance, you think of God as one who saves and destroys at the same time. For you, He is the supreme bipolar being who keeps alive and kills at his pleasure. Even though He is so loving of his own, he is still going to deny one of His children a pass to heaven because she does make-up or because she doesn’t follow your conceived ‘godly codes of conducts’ (erroneously called doctrine)…

We know why nothing edifying or life-transforming comes from your “revelations” and extra-terrestrial ‘sojourns’. The issue is with your knowledge of God – it needs an overhaul.

Learn from the rich man and Lazarus

Take a leaf from the account of the rich man and Lazarus. The rich man, in his pathetic state in hell, would have ‘father Abraham’ send Lazarus to his brothers to warn them of the torment of hell. (Imagine that he still thought of Lazarus as an errand boy even in his pitiful state in hell). Hope you still remember father Abraham’s response to his request: “They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them. If they won’t hear them, neither will they be persuaded though one rose from the dead”. Q.E.D.

So brother, in like manner, we have the bible; we have the gospel; we have able ministers of that gospel and we will rather hear them than listen to your damnable messages. What’s more, we don’t need folks like you who ‘come from the dead’ to persuade us.

Also, rather than obsess over visions/revelations of ‘heaven’/hell, Armageddon, the day of the trump of God, etc. get busy with the study of God’s word and preach the gospel of the love of Christ. You don’t need to die and ‘come back’ to give us some ‘breaking news’. You only need to get busy with sound doctrine.

LEARN FROM APOSTLE PAUL

In case you still don’t make sense of all that I’ve said and still need further proof that your case is an isolated one, consider our dear Apostle Paul. Such a man with abundance of visions and revelations. Nevertheless, he chose not to glory in them or confound the church with such accounts. Instead, he stuck to the gospel. All he wanted was to see the knowledge of Jesus covering the earth even as the waters cover the sea. He was busy preaching the ministry of reconciliation and not the message of doom.

So let’s introduce you to Gospel 101: First, the gospel is not in visions and revelations of the spirit realm. Rather, it finds its source and strength in the bible. It’s how that Christ died for sins, rose again, ascended into heaven and forever seated at the right hand of the father (the place of authority). Whoever believes this is saved. The gospel is not about the power of God. Rather, IT’S THE POWER OF GOD. When it is preached and believed on, salvation is birthed. Any other message apart from this is ‘another gospel’ and cursed be he that preaches such – Gal 1:8.

Obsession with hell

Quit your obsession with hell. We are not scared of it. Actually, at redemption, we’ve been rescued from its torment. Rather than pollute the airways with your incessant message of disaster, tell the unbeliever about God’s love for him. Tell him how that He has already paid for their sins with His blood. Get as many of them to believe that message. That way, you would have done your best to decongest that hell.

Quit trying to scare us with the vision/revelation of Christ’ Second Coming. How that you saw Angel Michael about to blow the trumpet but was stopped by God at the last second. No man knows the day of His visitation- not even the angels. The message of Christ’ Second Coming is not meant to elicit fear. We are not scared of it. Rather, we live for it. We hope on and rejoice at His coming. In the meantime, while we await His return, we keep enjoying our state of heaven on earth.

Quit ministering fear all over the place, for there is no fear in love. If you must preach; minister grace, edification and salvation. Until you can, learn to be quiet, rightly divide God’s word and do the needful!
Selah!

With love,

A Concerned brother


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RELATIOSHIPS AND APOLOGIES

Human relationships (be it familial, filial, congenial, romantic or professional) is an interesting albeit complex phenomenon. Inherent in them are contradictory aspects struggling for supremacy. Just as some parts struggle to keep the bond of a relationship, other parts ensure that they leave it fragmented. For instance, while traits like love, mutual understanding/respect, and empathy tend to foster cordial relationships, idiosyncrasies such as attitudinal problems, unwholesome behavioural patterns and a sense of distrust tend to breathe friction. In the words of Kienzle and Dare, each relationship nurtures a strength or weakness within an individual.

MISTAKES

One of those things that projects the imperfection in humans and hamper cordial relationships is mistakes. I’ll define a mistake as an incorrect, unwise act or decision due to bad judgement or a lack of information or care. There’s a saying among my people that says no matter how hard a man tries, whenever he walks, he can’t help his head from shaking now and then.

Imagine that the world is a big school and everyone in it are pupils. Mistakes then will be likened to backpacks – every pupil straps his own. We all make our share of them – some trivial and others grievous. The interesting is mistakes are often not premeditated. Instead, they are mostly products of bad judgements calls.

Human interactions have never been a perfect one; it demands that we step on one another’s toes now and then. After all, even the teeth and the tongue do have their occasional issues. Since we are not all wired the same way, we are bound to speak, act or behave in a manner that will displease the other.

FOR INSTANCE…

The father who has had a hectic day at work screams at his poor little girl who asks him a harmless question…the immediate boss at work reprimands his subordinate for a wrong he didn’t commit…the fiancée vents an anger caused by someone else on her fiancé…and the scenarios are endless. However, whatever the dynamic is, a wrong can always be overlooked/forgiven when the wrongdoer makes proper amend.

ATTACHED TO A PENCIL IS AN ERASER

Consider mistakes and redress from the point-of-view of the makers of the typical pencil. Consider the foresight they exhibited in making them. They knew that, in the course of using it for creative purposes, errors/mistakes are bound to occur. Hence, they fit an eraser right on top of it to clean them off. Such forward-thinking perspective concerning mundane things can also come to bear on the art of relationship, especially when it comes to tackling wrongs done to a person.

Except in extreme cases, we have the capacity to re-write any wrong/mistake. Interestingly, no antidote to wrongs does a better job than admittance to wrongdoing and a sincere apology.

THE WEIGHT OF AN APOLOGY

A wise man once said “it takes a big man to admit when he is wrong and even a bigger man to admit that another is right”. An apology is a statement expressing remorse for an action. To apologise is to acknowledge a wrongdoing or to take responsibility for a wrong done to another.

Really?

Rendering an apology is a face-saving act. The truth is in every ideal individual is a sense of self-esteem or dignity that he tries to protect. When he is wronged, there is a threat to that sense which makes him feel hurt. However, such threat is mitigated when genuine apologetic statements are offered. However, more importantly, a genuine apology is backed with the preparedness to do what is right going forward. While some interesting folk will view apologies as a sign of weakness, every right-thinking individual understandsits potency.

To apologise is to say sorry, i.e. express regret for an action that has upset another. Most times, an apology goes with the utterance of three simple yet powerful words “I am sorry”. Many relationships have been salvaged because the offending party apologised as at when due and in the right way while others have been severed because particular parties involved found it difficult to apologies. Some even made matters worse because of the manner in which they apologised.

APOLOGY MEANS RESPONSIBILITY

When a fellow apologises, he is taking responsibility for a fault and expressing his regrets. It’s therefore counteractive when certain speech and attitudinal factors betray the genuineness of the apology rendered. For instance, what’s the good in an apology rendered with an irritating/angry tone or with voice raised? J.A. Holmes is right when he opines that 90% of the friction of daily life is caused by the wrong tone of voice.

What’s more, apology and amends are like Siamese twins; they go hand in hand. There is no point apologising for an action one will keep repeating. A sincere apology will imply shying away from whatever upsets another. For example, if I apologise to you after saying something rude to you, my apologies should also imply that I won’t say such rude words to you in the future. It’s then that my apology will make sense and bring about the required change.

YOU WANT IT TO BLOSSOM? NURTURE IT!

Human relationships can be likened to a tender flower. If you don’t want it to wither, you have to nurture it. Since mutual affection is a basis for its survival, one has to ensure that it sustained. Consequently, the ability to sustain it is hinged on having the right set of attitudes. One of those attitudes is the ability to render a sincere apology as at when due and ensure that the mistake for which one apologises doesn’t keep repeating itself.


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IN THE ABSENCE OF INSPIRATION…

Whoever says writing is always pleasurable is either downright insincere or miserly with the truth.

Let’s face it, writing can be a hell of a task at times, especially when you don’t have the motivation to do so. And the ‘good news’ is you won’t always have the inspiration to write.

Sometimes, in the absence of the right stimulus, each word that goes into a write-up feels like torture. The case is different when you have a muse to write. But then, you can’t always wait on that if you want to be a serious writer.

SPEAKING FROM EXPERIENCE

I once wrote a short story (just a short story) that took me about four months to finish up. (Well, it was a ‘pet work’ of mine so I didn’t have to commit to a deadline). I was at work one fine morning when the inspiration to write it came. There and then, I set to work on it. It was as though I was under a spell while at it at work as the idea flowed seamlessly.

However, the minute I got home and resumed the writing, inspiration bid me farewell! I didn’t even know the next word to write let alone how to develop the story further. Although I could have dropped it and move on to other important things, I decided to put the short-lived inspiration to shame by finishing up no matter how long it took.

So today, I write a sentence, cross it out and wait till another time my brain cooperates. Anyway, I finished the blasted story after 4 travailing months. It turned out to be one of my finest stories. Ever since, I’ve made it a point of duty never to give up on a write up I start but ensure I perfect it.

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Most of my works are products of a nudge or some kind of inspiration bug. I’ll like to think that the case is the same for the best of works written by the finest of writers. Unfortunately, even the best of wordsmiths don’t always have the luxury of a muse to write. If you intend to make a life/name off the writing profession, you won’t always wait for an inspiration before you put pen to paper.

I’ve written many write ups in fits and starts. I seem to get into the mood to right something, I start writing and at some point, I get the writer’s block and then abandon it. I however make it a rule to finish whatever I started, no matter how long it takes. Some articles/stories I wrote are products of weeks of efforts. When you keep making conscious effort at writing, with time, it becomes less irksome. Even though you are still going to need inspiration for many of your works, you won’t always have that luxury.

This art requires a great deal of passion, persistence and practice.

What do you do when the inspiration to write doesn’t come?

Be your own inspiration!

Sometimes, when the ‘spirit’ doesn’t ‘move’ you, you ‘move’ the spirit. Proactivity is the key. Don’t always wait for that exceptional idea to come at you. Instead, take the initiative and create something out of nothing.

Personally, in the bid to inspire myself, I explore diverse alternatives. Occasionally, I write in response to something I saw, heard, read or experienced that got me thinking. At times, I read voraciously and find inspiration to write from the works of others. From time to time, I get to assign myself topics in particular fields, research on it, read up similar works in that area, gather relevant facts and set a deadline for completion. Sometimes, I write based on some areas of interest. It’s much easier when you write on subjects you find intriguing. That way, you won’t have to labour excessively each time you pick up your pen to write.

Effectiveness is birthed in consistency and doggedness. Nothing good comes cheaply. Even the best of writers will be sincere to tell you that perfecting a piece isn’t always a walk in the park. Sometimes, they struggle to put pieces of ideas together coherently. At other times, they feel drained after a series of imaginative back and forths. However, what they don’t do is quit.

It takes determination, effort, proactivity, practice and interest to get the job done. Inspiration is needed and advantageous. However, it’s not always available. If you really want to write, you’ll have to go out of your way.


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🙏THE LORD’S PRAYER?

Hello there!

Today, I’ll like to share with you my knowledge of a passage in the scriptures that we both know. You remember that famous portion we often recite? The one we call The Lord’s Prayer? That’s it! Indulge me to say a few things about it….

TEACH US HOW TO PRAY!

One fine day, somewhere in the city of Jerusalem, Jesus’ disciples came to him and said to him: Lord, teach us how to pray. His response to their request is what has been famously dubbed ‘The Lord’s Prayer‘ and is now the pattern of prayer for many believers. In many Christian gatherings, this prayer is recited as a cue to ending the meeting. Ironically, though a popular recitation in Christendom, it’s mostly learnt by rote. Not every Christian gets the essence of Jesus’ response. Though it’s not out of place to recite it now and then, truth is it’s not intended to be a prayer to be rendered by believers today.

In what we call The Lord’s Prayer, Jesus wasn’t giving his disciples prayer points but was speaking concerning what was going to be (and is now) the Believer’s reality today. Each line of that ‘prayer’ projects the believer’s state of mind, especially when he prays. We call it The Lord’s Prayer today because it’s the subtitle the blessed translators gave it and not because it was a prayer Jesus prayed.

How about we take a look at each line of that ‘prayer’ and see what exactly they mean?

Ride along…

OUR FATHER WHO HATH IN HEAVEN!

In the context of prayer, Jesus situates familial relationships. He makes reference to a family of saints who have God as father. As believers, God is our father! By virtue of salvation, He has made us to be sons and co-heirs with Christ. When we pray, we have fellowship with our father.

But who is a (real) father? He is one who takes responsibility for his offspring and ensures they are well taken care of. This should be the mindset of the believer at all times and most importantly when he prays. That consciousness will inspire confidence in him. Because he is praying to his father, he is bold to make his requests and he is confident that his desires will be granted.

FATHER IN HEAVEN?

Heaven here won’t be referring literally to a region beyond the sky where God sits on a throne and the angels render worship. While that can be inferred, it’s not the real deal. Heaven here speaks of a sphere of influence beyond the natural. It’s speaks of the nature of our father: He is not of this earth (physical world); rather, he is immortal. The reference to heaven is to defer from the notion of earthly fathers with their flaws and inadequacies. The Father we pray to is eternal; devoid of any human failings. One we can wholly rely on.

HALLOWED BE THY NAME…

God is holy and so is his name. In prayer, we show reverence to him and thereby affirm his holiness. We don’t get to pray that his name be holy because he is already holiness personified. He won’t be any holier than he ever was. When we pray to God in the name of Jesus, we hallow his name.

THY KINGDOM COME!

Don’t begin to think about a territory ruled by a monarch. The term ‘kingdom’ is not to be confused with an physical kingdom but a sphere of authority where God has dominion. The kingdom of God is in the heart of men who are saved. That’s where God rule.

THY WILL BE DONE ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN!

This expression is an extension of the previous one: Thy Kingdom Come. God’s kingdom comes when his will is done on earth just as it is in heaven. The believer is an expression of heaven on earth. The will of God is to make the believer his sphere of influence on earth via his words and activities.

Jesus here was speaking prophetically of God’s desire. That desire is already accomplished in the believer today. The kingdom of God has come in the heart of the man in Christ. Through him, God displays his abilities/authority.

GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD.

Definitely not this 👆kind of bread!

The word ‘daily’ in the Greek means today and tomorrow. The bread requested here is one that suffices for each day (always). By my reckoning, even the best of breads can only last a few days without getting bad. What’s more, no single bread, no matter the size, can be sufficient for always.

This line of the prayer is not a request for daily supply of material needs – of meals or victuals. Actually, the proper rendering of that line says (you) give us this day our daily bread. That bread is not made from flour. Rather, Jesus is that bread – the bread of life. He is the bread that last forever (eternal life). Whoever believes in him will never want.

This line isn’t intended to request daily food. Instead, it speaks of the redemptive work of Christ for man’s eternal salvation. When a man believes on the gospel of Christ, he has eaten of the bread – of Christ. The believer today has eaten of that bread which will remain ever sufficient for him – eternal life.

AND FORGIVE US OUR SINS AS WE ALSO FORGIVE

Reading this line, one is likely to think that God’s forgiveness is dependent on ours. But no, God’s forgiveness is without condition. If otherwise, why will Christ die for us even while we were dead and deep in sin? This line is better read (you) forgive us our sins… The daily bread in the previous line is the forgiveness of sins. When a man believes on the gospel of Christ, he eats of the bread of life and thereby receives forgiveness of sins.

This line is not intended to ask for forgiveness of sins but to restate what Christ has done for us: He (you) forgave our sin. Therefore, when the believer prays, he does so with righteousness consciousness – as one whose sins have been forgiven.

In essence, our ability to forgive others is dependent on the reality that he has forgiven us. As believers, we share of Christ’s spirit. We can forgive others because he has forgiven us. In redemption, God’s love was shorn abroad in the heart of the believer. He now has the ability to walk in love by forgiving others. This is the mentality of the believer when he prays. He has the spirit of forgiveness!

LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION!

Really? Was Jesus actually pleading with God not to lead us (believers) into temptation? Was he implying that God in his ‘sovereignty’ could choose to lead us into trials? No! No! No! Temptations (of any sort) never comes from God. James emphatically says that God doesn’t tempt anyone. In fact, the only set of things that comes from him is good and perfect. John Corroborates James’ witness when he says that God is light and in him is no darkness at all. Temptations and trials are works of darkness; you won’t find God in them.

From this line, we see what God will and will not do. He will not lead a man into a temptation of any sort. Hence, (you) lead us not into temptation…

…BUT DELIVER US FROM EVIL

What God will not do is to lead us into temptation. However, what he does is to wrought deliverance for us hence, (you) deliver us from evil. James 5:11 and 1Cor 10:13 corroborate this.

God is not a tempter but rather a deliverer!

The Lord’s Prayer is really not so much of a prayer but a confession of the Believer’s reality. It’s Jesus revealing the mind of God to his disciples and by extension believers today. It’s the mindset the man in Christ should have even when he prays.

Next time you recite The Lord’s Prayer, bear these facts in mind.

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I hope this blessed you.

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THE SEEMINGLY LITTLE THINGS

Sullivan felt disappointed at what his old man left him for an inheritance. Not that he expected to get the bull share of what he left behind. But then, he never anticipated the ill-luck- of- a benefaction his late father bequeathed to him. His father Truman had passed away a couple of months ago, having lived till the ripe age of 80. He died a wealthy man with a good number of holdings, businesses and property to his name.

But of all there was to give away, the only thing that came to him was a document for a parcel of land with a note attached to it. All the note said was ‘value this inheritance; there is more to it than you think’. And to add salt to injury, he got to know that the land was located in the hinterland.

He mused over what he was supposed to do with a parcel of land in the middle of nowhere. It wouldn’t even fetch a good price to start a small business if he decided to sell it off. Just to think that Billy the family’s black sheep had cut a better deal while he got next to nothing for his meritorious service to Truman. For all he cared, his late father never meant well for him.

Not long after the will had been read, he visited the community where the land was located. Seeing that he’ll never have a need for it, he decided to transfer its ownership to Ryan, an old acquaintance of his who lived there. He’ll rather give it out for free than sell it – good riddance to bad rubbish.

It was a fortunate Ryan to whom Sullivan bequeathed the property. He had been desirous of acquiring a piece of land where he could farm and sink a well in order to water the crops. He set to work immediately and engaged the services of a couple of labourers who began to dig.

They hadn’t dug for too long when one of the labourers called Ryan’s attention to a curious find: It was a sprinkling of metallic elements of a deep, rich yellow colour. I think you just struck gold Mr Ryan, one of the labourers informed him.

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Nothing is too small; nothing is too big. It’s all about perception.

Most times, it’s the seemingly little/intangible things of life that matter the most.

I woke up this morning, hale and hearty and with a roof under my head and loved ones around me. I have good clothes to wear and can afford a three-square meal. I’m healthy enough to step out and work. I can put a smile on people’s faces by the little acts of service I render… I’ve got a lot to be grateful for!

It’s a flaw in human nature that we don’t get to value those seemingly little things of life until we lose them. Most times, we only find pleasure/happiness in the supposedly spectacular things. Things like the purchase of an expensive piece of property, a mouth-watering contract, a new highly-paying job, etc. We seem to forget that the presence of those little things is what makes it possible to hope for the big things in the first place.

5 blessings we rarely take into account:

🙏The fact that we are alive: only the living can long for anything

🙏The good health we enjoy: it’s the best wealth we can ever have.

🙏The gift of true friends and loved ones: they keep us going when the going gets tough

🙏Sound mind: It’s why we can dream and long for ‘better things’ in the first place

🙏Life challenges: they bring the best out of us

In placing priority on the things we desire, we are oblivious of the manifolds of goodness concealed within the so-called insignificant things that we have.

When we fail to appreciate the little things God has given us, we set ourselves up for a life of regrets, worry, dejection and misery. For every single thing we long for, there are dozens more to be grateful for.

Dream, desire and pursue better living conditions. Strive to achieve life goals and aspirations. Want more than ‘just a little’. However, never allow your longings and pursuits make you lose focus of the good things you already enjoy. On your way to ‘more’, celebrate/enjoy what you have.

Be thankful for the little things, for they are most important. Little is much when God is involved.

When was the last time you were thankful for the little things?

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BEFORE THE FALL

His name was Mila

He lived above all yet beneath all
A creation who acted like the creator
Ever boastful, forgetting his palm kernel was cracked by a benevolent spirit

All knowing yet with the least incline
A bloated head of nothing but nothing
Eyes as bright as the bat at noonday
Ears so attentive to none but his own counsel
His thoughts? Warped
Feelings of exaggerated self-esteem
Lived in a world where he alone was fit to thrive
That’s how best to describe him

He was decked in splendour
But not a farthing to spare for his fellow earthlings

Never had a shred of sympathy for the needy
For his sense of empathy was long seared in the couldron of vanity

“Their misery their business”
His pleasure his prime pursuit

“Tread softly my friend” Alero once told him
One mindful moment in the morning
“Life is never about just you”, he pursued
“Oh, spare me the homily”, Mila countered
“For I no longer have a use for such pitiful counsel
Up I am and down you are”

He sauntered through the bridge called life
From one end of oblivion he crossed to the other end of recognition
Then burned down the bridge at his wake
Not thinking he was ever going to need it hereafter
He sold out his beloved during the time of plenty
Never for a second thought he could need them in time of scarcity

He got a long-desired ticket to Eden
And pulled down his homestead on his way out
What happens when tornado strikes at Eden?
Will he have a homestead to return to when tormented?

“Tell him to take a leaf from the haughty elephant” cried Awero
Even to his friend Alero

“But he never listens, don’t you know?
His ears all boarded up with the hype of vanity
His stream of wisdom dried up
When his season of spring showed up”

When the downfall of a man is ripe
The sense of reason in him is wiped

He was like the fly that scorned good counsel
And ended up in the grave with the corpse
Even like the stray dog who never heed the hunter’s cry of retreat

So he continued in his self-appointed path
Destitute of true companions
But surrounded by backscratchers
Dance on! We are right behind you! they cheered
Regailing him with the beats from the mocking drum
And trumpets blasting melodious doomsday tunes

He danced on in perceived forward motions
Till he got to the edge of an occluded cliff
Here he danced so much till he began to spiral
Loosing control of himself
His feet slipped and gravity came true
Hastening him down in such a seamless descent
Till he plunged finally into a certain end.

Continue reading BEFORE THE FALL

GOOD THINGS DON’T FALL LIKE RIPE CHERRIES

The price of greatness is responsibility – Winston Churchill

EVER SEEN A FELLOW SO IRRESPONSIBILE?

Have you ever come across a man who, in trying to make sense of life, does everything except consciously taking practical steps to achieving his goals? I mean one who refuses to use the abilities God has endowed him with in tackling life issues yet expect the same God to do it all? He can fast, pray, make faith confessions about success in exams without taking time to study. He can waste away on the mountain top praying for prosperity without being gainfully employed. Well, he is the very definition of irresponsible.

We live in a world where men outsource critical thoughts to religion; a society where many hide their ineptitude under the guise of spirituality. In such a world, seeking escape in religion tends to be an easy way to escape accountability. Even issues that require a commonsensical approach are taken to the Lord in prayer.

Here is a piece of good news for the indolent: The Lord doesn’t take pleasure in laziness (in all ramifications), neither does he reward slothfulness.

Religion gives the religious a false sense of hope and paints in his mind a picture of El Dorado. It tells him to relinquish his thinking faculties to the sovereignty of a supreme being who can do it all while he goes to sleep. It makes him dwell in a pitiful state of delusion where he believes he can have his cake and eat it. Aldous Huxley isn’t far from the truth when he said religion is the price folks pay for being intelligent but not as yet intelligent enough.

I dare say that a true believer is not religious; instead, he is one whose relationship with God prompts him to take steps/actions of faith. He is not one who lets go of his mental faculties in dealing with life/natural situations. For instance, while he trusts God for prosperity, he knows He (God) won’t rain them down from heaven like ripe cherries off a tree. Hence, he plays his part in the process.

NO FREE MEAL IN CANAAN!

Ever wondered why manna ceased to fall for the Israelites once they set foot on Canaan? Did you think God no longer had the ability to provide it at that point? Manna stopped because there was no longer need for it. God only rained it down because they couldn’t grow crops for food in the desert. Free meal was over the minute they stepped into an environment where they could plant crops and get their own meal. God won’t encourage unproductivity.

I believe in miracles; they happen every day. However, to think that it’s something one can conjure at any time when one needs to cut corners is the height of self-deceit. Miracles won’t be miracles if they get to happen randomly, at one’s whim. Essentially, miracles are interventions (emphasis on intervention) of the supernatural in the affairs of humans when natural efforts fail.

It’s gross irresponsibility for a man to dwell in a state of unreason and believe he can pray away everything. After all, he can do all things through Christ. When such a man has an interview, he doesn’t bother to acquaint himself with the modus operandi of the company – God is able. When he has a professional exam to prepare, he’ll rather spend all his time praying and studying the bible – I know all things. He detects strange and persisting symptoms in his body but refuses to go for check-up to know how to address it– He is Jehovah Rapha

THE PARABLE OF TWO FARMERS

Consider the story of two farmers who went to sew crops on their individual farms. While one kept going back to water it, weed it and fight pests, the other sat contentedly at home trusting God for a good harvest. We both know who is deserving of that harvest. You see, prayer is an effective weapon in the spiritual arsenal of the believer. With it, he can turn things around and make things happen. When the believer prays the prayer of faith, God hears him. However, there are things mere praying won’t do. Some things also simply require that a man think, plan, and be proactive.

Great nations of the world didn’t turn out so simply because they had a large population of spiritual men. These nations grew because well-meaning citizens engaged/challenged their minds and took practical steps. The same applies for successful people. Many who like to pray away everything without taking actions do so because thinking gives them pain. So they’ll rather abdicate their responsibilities and leave everything at the doorstep of faith.

If you fail to do what is within your capacity in order get desired results, you won’t have God to blame for your misery. While you rely on God to perfect all that concerns you, ensure you do what you have to do in the natural.

Engage your brain, plan, be proactive, work and pray. Remember, God is going to send the rain but you’ve got to prepare your field to receive it.

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