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Ecclesiastes 12:13  - Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

PUSH - Pray Until Something Happens

Plan ahead -- It wasn't raining when Noah built the ark
& Read the Bible -- It will scare the hell out of you

Christianity is not a religion. It is a way of life. It is a continuous renewal of the whole man.
    - Tunde Itayemi (2004)

Psalm 4

Divine Selection

Thistle in Lebanon

Songs (All time favorites)

The message of the Bible can be summarised by its two shortest verses:

"Jesus wept" (1 John Chapter 11:25) so that we may "rejoice foerver" (Phillipians 1:4)

NOTE: Some bibles use the longer text "Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice" for Phillipians 1:4

 

FAITH: what is really going on?


Faith comes up in our conversations fairly regularly - "have faith in me", "have faith in yourself", "have a little faith in the system" - etc. But how much faith does the average human have? I am not talking about faith that can turn water to wine here! Visualize a man lost on a snowed-up mountain; he has lost everything but the warm clothing on his back, he is thirsty but all there is is snow everywhere. His eyes catch sight of something close by which turns out to be a plastic-cup. He fills it with snow then holds the cup between his two gloved hands. The next minute or two, the only thing that moves is the mans coat being tugged by the wind. He then tips the cup to his lips and has a drink of warm water. He repeats this twice over. Then carefully puts the cup in his pocket and continues on his way.

I ask again, how many people do you know personally that can by faith melt snow into drinkable water?

Ever wondered why we are not doing the things God said we would be able to do? Because our faith is so little, it's almost non-existent!

So why is our faith so anemic; so small? It is because of the "cares of the world" - when nothing is chasing after us, we are busy chasing after something.

Jesus Christ the Son of God was given the Spirit without measure (John 3:34b) - why is this possible? Simple, he could receive it since he was totally holy. The average person limits the Spirit in his/her life becuase of other concerns apart from the Father's work. "We" venture to say that faith and the Spirit form the old chicken and egg dilemma - faith gives you more of the Spirit and the Spirit gives you more faith (when you see his power in action). But due to sin and numerous worldly cares, the Spirit has little effect in our lives, leading to lesser amount of faith thus leading to lesser Spirit-ual influence and so on.

The disciples on the other hand (apart from Judas Is-ca(use)-a-riot) were able to exercise faith abundantly and do miracles exceedingly because they had very little cares outside the Kingdom's work. They weren't trying to be like the Joneses - unless the particular Joneses were closer to God than them; they weren't trying to amass wealth that spent wisely, their 9th generation down the line can't exhaust - at the expense of the people; they weren't trying to entrap (depends on how you look at it though :-) young brainless girls when they had their own wives at home; they didn't go about trying to buy the latest models of cars; acquire houses in all the "bubbling" centers of of the world; getting high on ecstasy et al - if they got high at all, it was on the Spirit (The "Spirit" not Jack, not Seaman's and definitely not your average moonshine!)

So any hope of a change soon? Recommendations?

I will not attempt to make any serious recommendations but if you have any, do let me know. The problem with men is that they never learn, and when they do they just memorize but do not apply ... . As an illustration, I may be critical of the government at times, but deep inside me, I can't be certain that things will be any different if I happen to be president say tomorrow. I suspect after banging my head against a few walls, I might just conclude that it is easier and better to just flow with the tide!

So watch out for solutions all the same. As per the likelihood of change, I hope very much it happens, but outside of that, your guess is as good as mine!

Peace!

29-June-2004 (late at night in Katsina)


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