Month: September 2010
One of the greatest quest in my life is making make sure I have got my thinking and belief system in alignment with the Word of God. It’s unfortunate that I have seen, heard, and been with well meaning Christians who are living in error.
I define living in error as a way of living that is presumptuously wrong and in conflict with Divine thoughts. Most of the time people living in error are believers who have taken a contrary stand towards God unknowing. I was astonished the day the Holy Spirit told me, ” Your ignorance is the joy of your enemy.”
Our society, culture and global community is full of people whose lives are characterized with error. National leaders like Saddam Hussein of Iraq, Adolf Hitler, and Charles Taylor of Liberia were men who had a mindset that was built up in error. But in their minds they thought they were right.
THE CHURCH MUST GUARD AGAINST ERROR
The reply of Jesus was, “You are in error, through ignorance of the Scriptures and of the power of God (Matthew 22:29). Our ignorance of the Word of God will always lead a generation astray.The Sadducees in Jesus time had taken an erroneous stand on marriage and resurrection.
Error had produced in the deception of heart. Their deception appeared in their supposing, that if there were a resurrection, men and women were to marry and be given in marriage as in this life; which our Lord shows is not the case: for men and women there shall be like the angels of God, immortal, and free from all human passions, and from those propensities which were to continue with them only during this present state of existence. There shall be no death; and consequently no need of marriage to maintain the population of the spiritual world.
They had taken a wrong view of the doctrine of the resurrection.
PASSING THE BATON OF ERROR TO THE NEXT GENERATION–
The Bible says , ‘One generation shall commend your works to the next generation.’ It therefore means that we will impart to the next generation those beliefs we hold so dearly.
The Sadducees must have transfer the error of resurrection to the next generation while they felt they were right they were wrong.
It’s sad what the power of error can do. I read in christian journal that in America gay and lesbians are being joined in marriage by church leaders. I also read about the Naked Church. They are of the view that God’s primary intention in the garden of Eden was that Adam and Eve were to be naked. These so called christians attend church service and conduct church marriage in nakedness.
Not knowing the Scriptures, nor the power of God. These two things were the spring and source of our errors: when we lack a true knowledge, and right understanding of the Scriptures.
Many of their ideas though gotten from many places in the Old Testament, though they approved of the Scriptures and read them, yet they did not understand them, and so fell into those gross errors and sad mistakes; nor did they attend to the power of God.
STICK TO THE WORD NOT TRADITIONS
Jesus Christ is perfect theology. He is the “exact representation of His nature,” (Hebrews 1:3) the ultimate portrayal of the Father. Questions that exist about God’s nature in the Old Testament were clarified in the New Testament.
I’m a disciple of Jesus.” Jesus is the answer. If our study of Old Testament issues doesn’t lead us to Jesus as the answer, it reveals we never really understood the question. The types and symbols of the Old Testament do not override the clear manifestation of God through Jesus in the New Testament. Any understanding we have about the nature of God that can’t be seen in the person of Jesus, must be questioned.
by Revivalist Ndubuisi Eke
Honor is one of the most neglected virtue in the lives of most Christians. The truth is that, who you dishonor can never be a true source of blessing in your life. In our competitive society we have failed to celebrate the gifting of others who have more than we have. When someone is better than we are we begin to envy and criticize them. You will never have grace in the area where you have criticized.
Honor is to show a courteous regard for another person.
Invitation for Dishonor
I remember been invited to preach in a meeting. The host of the programme was a close friend. So since he was a close friend I didn’t bother to discuss the issue of honorarium and my welfare during the meeting. During the three day of ministering,I was discomforted.
I think the minister of God can never be a blessing to people where he not properly treated. Fellow ministers are in the business of dishonoring one another.My minister friend,dishonored me unconsciously and I said in my heart ‘I will never accept an offer of invitation to preach for him again’. Dishonor is the quickest way to close the door of favor in our lives. One of the things God has taught me as He brings people both great and small into my life is to honor them. When a fellow minister comes visiting me, I do my best to honor him by sowing the best of honor into him. I make sure his comfort and satisfaction is guaranteed. When leaving I sow a seed (financially) to the best of my ability into his life. Don’t mistreat your fellow minister and don’t allow those around you mistreat him. If you are inviting a minister honor him with respect and your substance. Mike Murdock said,” Your future is determined by who you have chosen to honor. You must have a code of honor. Honor is a seed that will outlast a lifetime.”
Our offerings to God are seeds that produce a harvest. There are many types of seeds in our life. Honor is the seed for access, kindness is a seed, time is a seed, love is a seed, teaching is a seed, giving is a seed. This law is to work in the financial arena as well.
Familiarity the thief of Honor
But Jesus said to them, ‘ A prophet is not without honor except in his own country,among his own relatives,and in his own house” (Mark 6:4). Most of those entrusted with the authority to transform our lives lose this ability because we devalue through familiarity. Great people most times change geographical location because those closest to them are the last to discern their gifts. Honor may make you look like a fool but it will make you look good in the end. The man or woman you honor may be younger than you are,shorter,poorer but he may hold the key you need to unlock your destiny. God has attached certain reward to honor. For example some Christians dishonor their parent whilst remaining committed to a life of service. The apostle Paul in Ephesians 6:2 said,”Honor your father and mother…that it may be well with you and you may live long on earth.” Most of them end up becoming victims of premature death and calamity.
When we fail to do what God has arranged for us to get through obedience we can never substitute to get them through sacrifice. It also mean that you cannot pray into your life things that God has designed for you to get through honoring others.