WEIGHTS (II)

The second part of my post on Weights discusses three ways to deal with setbacks, anxiety and any other thing that draws us away from God, which in a form is a “god” to us.  

[Heb 12:1] KJV – Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.

INTENTIONALITY 
Run so that you may obtain the prize. To do this you must carefully examine what you’re wearing and carrying. The weights and sins the author of Hebrews is talking about in Hebrews. The whole book’s exhortation could be summed up in Hebrews 2:1 :

Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.

Pay close attention to what you’re believing. Wrong beliefs weigh down your heart, entangle your feet, distract your attention, and deplete your energy. They will take you out of the race. You must identify what your weights are and resolve to do whatever it takes to lay them aside.

FOCUS

You can’t run aimlessly. Though all Christians share similarities in their races, the Lord gives each of us a unique race to run. And not everyone’s weights are the same. Remember, “whatever does not proceed from faith is sin” (Romans 14:23 ). And God has assigned to each of us the measure of faith we need for our respective races ( Romans 12:3 ). What may be a weight for you may not be a weight for someone else. So be careful comparing.

You’re responsible for your race. “Understand what the will of the Lord is” for your race ( Ephesians 5:17 ), be content with the race you’ve been given (Hebrews 13:5), and focus hard on how to win it.

TRAINING & DISCIPLINE

Serious runners discipline their bodies. They “[train] by constant practice” to discern how best to run their races (Hebrews 5:14 ). Laying aside weights and sins isn’t a one-time thing. It’s a skill acquired through constant practice. So don’t be discouraged that you haven’t mastered your race yet. Don’t give up. Keep at it. Do it again. And again. And again.

And even the most skilled runners need coaching.

There comes a point when you realize that you’re not going to win the race you’re in if you don’t drop the weights. Be intentional, stern your focus, and get some training. Lay aside every weight (again) today. It requires following the unseen into an unknown, and believing Jesus’s words over and against the threats we see or the fears we feel. Through the imaginative retelling of 35 Bible stories, Not by Sight gives us glimpses of what it means to walk by faith, counsel for how to trust God’s promises more than our perceptions, and the way to find rest in the faithfulness of God.

God bless You. 

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WEIGHTS (I) 

Introduction.

Usually we all are drawn toward the easier, simple, less demanding things of this life, we all oftentimes gravitate to the things that makes us feel happy, peaceful and solemn within ourselves, and I strongly suggest, it’s thus emphatically refers us to what God proclaimed to Adam after the “Great Fall”, which is shown in the text below. 

Genesis [3:19] In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground;

Nations and Societies of our present world strive to make life better for humanity, but has God done something for Man?, YES, and the more for he wishes for us that we worship him in the full expression of freedom.

WHAT ARE WEIGHTS

They are the things, both perceivable and imperceivable that (slows, lowers, binds etc) us to whatever we dream of achieving. This stands to reason that weights are the things that battles us from living the victory/triumphant life of God. This is what God promises, 

[Mat 11:28] KJV Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest…. True rest and Peace is found in Jesus. What must we do then? 

LAYING ASIDE EVERY WRIGHT.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us. (Hebrews 12:1 )

Jesus has called you to run a race. It’s a faith race. It’s long-distance and multi-terrain. And you’ve been trying to run but you’re wondering why it’s so hard. Why do you get winded so quickly? Why are others running at a faster pace? What’s wrong?

Could it be that you’re not taking this race seriously enough? You can tell by how much extra weight you’re trying to run with.

An endurance race is hard enough when you’re running light. But it’s far harder, and often impossible, if you’re trying to run while lugging around extra stuff. Competitive long-distance runners lay aside everything except what’s absolutely necessary.

That’s what you need to do too. Because the stakes of winning or losing this race are far higher than an Olympic marathon. Winning your race is going to require intentionality, focus, and training. That’s why Paul wrote,

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it . Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly . . . [but] I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.
( 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 )

The only identity the believer is expected to have is Christ. 

Watch here for Second Part. 

God bless you. 

God & Football 

Interesting to find this from me honestly shows my love for sports particularly the game of football ⚽. According to research football is one of the most watched and patronized games in the world now and I bet to say that among these patronisers are faithful Christians who just express their love for this game out of a pure conscience and conducts themselves accordingly in all forms, whether active play, spectators etc, which gives no for criticism.

Quoted from anonymous Source: But I want to raise the question: “Should Christians be involved in the ‘game’ of football, at any level? – whether it be physically as one of the team, personally attending the matches as a spectator, or simply as a ‘Norm’, or ‘Couch Potato’, watching the game at home on the TV?”

In my experience, asking this question of Christians has produced an assortment of responses, some quite emotional, and an increasing number strenuously defend their belief that there is no harm to be done by their involvement with the game, at any level. “What could possibly be wrong with footy?” they ask. “Surely God is not against Christians having a bit of fun and entertainment, is He?”

Many football players and associates are diligent and faithful to Christian values and even in it extremeties good church contributors who have mastered the need to seperate this demanding profession and their Spirituality. 

I once made a comment to a friend that, the kind of enthusiasm that many Christian football lovers have and exhibits for their fan Clubs ♧ is to be reciprocated into their singular service unto God, a much more results would be experienced. 

You see, fun is not same as game, and game is not same as fun, but both can produce each other. Your purpose in life as Christian is larger than any of these, thou must therfore set your intents correctly any time you want achieve any of the above.

God bless You. 

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ABYC MENTORSHIP: It’s a fragment of our mother Unit that is set forth to engage young people who have a due yearning to be useful In society, and in the masters hands. Our focus primarily is to ensure this vision is influenced on school campuses to the glory of God. 

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Unfortunate LOVE ❤

​Love is one of the strongest forces God gave to humanity, apart from Gravity the only other thing I know of which behaves just like it is love.

How???

Gravity pulls things to itself, and holds things compact together. Isn’t this similar of loves behavior, how that love makes people gravitate towards each other, mostly of different decent, race, color, faith, status etc.

It’s such a beautiful phenomenal experience which people who finds themselves In this “Cove of love” can’t even better explain the felling.

Nuela Charles song does well. Click here

UNFORTUNATE LOVE
The general thoughts on this is close to getting a disappointment from someone whom you love, but isn’t certain on his/her love for you. That unfortunate feedback is so hard to deal with, the mental strength needed to sail through such a time is plus.

I therefore wish all those who have been in this position before and now to be strong and make discrete decisions promptly. 

G.K loves You. 

Our Creed – Goodwill Kodua 

There are many ways through which people can know what you believe and what you don’t believe. Two of such indicators of our faith or Believe in Someone, Something is by communication and act of life/living. For one to be distinguished from the many about what he/she stands for, unless it’s expressed, Therefore the need for Creeds.

WHAT IS A CREED

A creed (also known as a confession, symbol, or statement of faith) is a statement of the shared beliefs of a religious community in the form of a fixed formula summarizing core tenets. A statement of Faith means that our Faith has BASIS. 

The Apostle Creed.  Click Here👆

In my own definition, a Creed is a collection of summarized beliefs and sacraments to express the basis of our faith as Christians.

There are two (2) popular Creeds known, which is the Apostles Creed and the Nicene Creed. Both contains code of absolute convictions on how they have personally experienced God.

PAULS ON GODS LOVE

The Man of God expresses a deep level of surety concerning the love of God, so profound even in his choice of words, read 

Rom 8:3839 

For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

On the love of God Paul says there is absolutely nothing such as even death, cannot separate us from the love of God. 

WHAT IS YOUR CreedThe reason for this question is because the word of God convict, brings certainty and assurance. 

  • Your Creed is what you will die for to protect.
  • Your Creed is what will make not denounce God.
  • Your Creed is your overriding passion. 

This is a worthy saying, God bless You.

THE RECENT CONVERT

Goodwill Kodua 

Humanities thirst and quest for the NEW, GREATER, the SUPERNATURAL, UTMOST SATISFACTION, etc is never ending since God himself imbibed it in man. Man is made to naturally seek for more, to aspire for the better/perfect.

By the order of life, every parents joy is to see his offspring grow fully into all spheres. A parents wish is to see the son or the daughter become good examples to family, peers and society. Just as it is in the natural order, there is an exact replica of it in the Spiritual.

EVERY BELIEVER HAS BEEN BORN.

[[1Pe 2:2]] BBE

Be full of desire for the true milk of the word, as babies at their mothers’ breasts, so that you may go on to salvation;

God’s character as a parent is to see you and me grow to assume full responsibility of our lives as believers where His nature so draws an imprint in us for others to see and glorify Him.

The text reads that “Be full of desire”, the simplest understanding here is likened to a grown up man who can’t take care of himself, or a 15 yrs old boy who is still breastfeeding. This situation is very unlikely to happen but it’s so the more with a newly born again in Christ.

THREE (3) REASONS TO GROW/MATURE AS A BELIEVER.

[Eph 4:14]KJV

That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

The first reason why we should mature is;

  • TO BE USEFUL

The state of a child is so conditional that it’s can’t even cater for itself, cannot even speak plainly, cannot control its feelings and many more. A child cannot be given responsibility over grown ups. Thus, to be useful in the hands of the master we must desire to mature. Paul the Apostle admonishes Timothy not to appoint a novice to take the role of leadership in the church of God.

  • TO HELP MATURE OTHERS.

In the family of God we are made and divinely positioned to be interdependent to each other, this is the will of God with no controversy. A perfect allegory is what Paul makes mention of in the Book of Ephesians 4:1516

But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

He says that we all as believers are made to spiritually contribute to the growth and well-being of every beloved brother or sister. Therefore once undesirable or unfortunate effort to not grow in the grace of our lord Jesus Christ, affects the majority.

  • ETERNAL REWARDS.

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