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Stand Firm!

October 29, 2014

There are no half measures in this faith race. Isaiah 7:9b says that if don’t stand firm in Your faith, you will not stand at all.
It is either you have faith or you don’t have it, there is no in-between; and you can not stand in a faith that you don’t have.
So how do we have this faith; I mean the true faith, the faith of God?
Romans 10:17 tells us that this faith comes by the hearing of the word of God.
We also know that Jesus Christ is the Word of God made flesh, John 1:1-4. Therefore, we are not deceived; we know there can be no true faith of God outside Jesus Christ, the Word of God.
My friend, the validity of this truth is not subject to any human opinion or interpretation as the Truth does not need popular acceptance to remain true.
That righteousness that God requires of you, that you are looking for, only comes by faith; and that faith will not come without Jesus Christ, the Word of God.
So, what are you going to do? Will you in your pride get angry with God and stay outside His righteousness? Or, will you be wise and humble enough to take the Way He has provided? The choice is entirely yours.

If you are the wise & humble one, say this simple prayer:
Lord Jesus Christ, thank you for your death and resurrection for my sake, I accept you today as my Lord and Savior. I handover the reigns of my life to you, live your life in me. Father God, thank you for making me your child today, in Jesus name. Amen!
Congratulations! Welcome to the family of God.

Now to all of us who are in The Lord, let us not forget that if we are going to be able to stand at all in these last days, we must be firm in our faith.
Ephesians 6:13-14 …, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, …
Together, let’s find out those things we will need to do to stand in the coming days. Let’s find out how to stand firm.
Stay blessed,

Adebola Oke

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All Things Are Yours!

June 9, 2012

All Things Are Yours (…the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours)

God is good and only good can come from Him.

There is no good in Satan; he is the source of all evil.

When we were with Satan, all evil had been given to us; both the ones we experienced and the ones we did not. We could explore evil to any extent, facing its attending consequences.

In Christ, we do not lack the abilities we had in the world; we loose the love, passion and taste for evil. We lack the willingness to do evil as we no longer derive pleasure from such. The sinful/evil nature does not rule over us again.

In God, every good thing has been given to us along with Christ Jesus Eph.1:3; the ones we have and the ones we don’t have. It is our responsibility to explore good as much as we can, enjoying the rewards. The limits have been taken off. If any seems to exist, it is only in our hearts. 2 Pet.1:3

That you do not have certain things does not change the fact that they have been given to you. All things are yours. You don’t have everything, and you don’t have to have everything for not all things are expedient for you. 1 Cor.10:23

Christianity is more exciting when for a higher purpose you choose not to have certain things even though all things are within your reach. However, the great lacks seen in the body of Christ today are mostly not by choice but due to lack of knowledge, not knowing how to take possession of what has been given.

There is a difference between been given something and having that thing, and there is a process moving from the former to the later.

There are many ways of having things in this world, but there is a Way of having things in the Kingdom. We can only walk in this Way through faith i.e. the process between the states of been given and having is faith.

We exchange faith for what God has given.

Faith is a process.

A process involves more than one step or stage; it is a systematic way of doing things; a series of events that produce change or development.

At times the process is sped up and all the stages look like an act; other times the stages are well defined, separated in time. However, a fundamental truth to accept in order to understand how faith works is that it is a process.

~ David Adebola Oke


Aliens (… in this world but not of this world, from another system)

April 19, 2012

Our Creed

We walk in love and forgiveness, doing good to all men, especially those of our kind

We are faithful in what we do, and we are trustworthy

We walk by faith and not by sight

We are watchful and prayerful

We keep the peace as long as it depends on us

We put trust in no arm of flesh, not even in ourselves, but only in Him

Our loyalty is solely to the One who commissioned us, who keeps and maintains us on this side of heaven

We will look at all the above in details in subsequent writings.

In the parable of the ten minas, the Master said, “…, Occupy till I come.” Lk.19:13(b). We can understand that the Master doesn’t want us to just maintain what has been delivered to us, but to increase it.

To occupy, we have to forcefully contend for ‘space’.

While we keep the peace with all men, I think we should constantly remind ourselves that we are not here on a “peace keeping mission”, we are an occupational force.

“…, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it.” Matt.11:12

How do we exercise this force…?

If it is going to be neither by power nor by might (Zech. 4:7), i.e. not by money, intellect, or human connections (these are some ways strength is exercised in this world)*, but by His Spirit, then you’ll need tools that are operational and effective in our kingdom.

You can run around with your legs and you may be able to do a lot of things with your hands, but you must realize that your muscles don’t function in the spirit and that our God takes no pleasure in the legs of a man (Ps. 147:10).

I know some of us still think that we live by the standards of this world (2 Cor.10:2).

I agree we can camouflage (it’s an accepted principle in warfare, and we are at war). We can mix with them, but we can’t play by their rules, we can’t accept their value system. It just won’t work for us (2 Cor.10:3).

Here is a question we should ask ourselves as Christians.

Are we not been fool hardy when in a world where we are certified aliens and rebels, we try to compete with the children of this world, depending on the tools of this world?

Little wonder the tools are never as effective in our hands as they are in the hands of the people of this world.

These people end up appearing smarter than us. Why? They are at home in their games; they know their ways around (Luke 16:8).

In the parable of the smart/shrewd manager, the unjust steward was commended (Luke. 16:1-15).

As a Christian, you can’t do what this man did (he literally cheated his master), else you’ll be moving from sin to sin, and this will make you loose fellowship with God. Then one day, (because God loves you) your acts will come into the open; you will be embarrassed, loose all the ground you thought you have gained and eventually loose fellowship with men.

If only we will always live by our creed, using those tools that are natural to us. Like us, they are not of this world; they are from our home country. If only we will look not around but above for help. Then will we quickly see that the children of this world are no match for us (Eph.1:19); then will we quickly fulfill prophecies, heralding the coming of our Lord.

Eph.6:10-18 talks about the armour that is available to us.

However we should note here that by just putting on the armour (protective covering), we will be playing defensive. At best we will be able to stand and keep the ground we already have (and this will only be for a season), but we will not be able to gain any new ground for our God. The sword in our hand should not just be used to defend but also to charge forward.

So how do we live in this world? How do we wage this war? (2 Cor.10:4-6)

We don’t use the world system, no, we use the WORD SYSTEM.

We use words to demolish strongholds, arguments, and pretensions (infiltrations).

Taking captives means that we don’t just hold the fort, we press into enemy grounds.

The word system is a Kingdom technology we will keep exploring deeper and deeper on this blog.

Stay tuned.

~ David Adebola Oke

*Christians must master all these without ever depending on any of them.


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