CHRIS IN MORTIFIED FLESH

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*πŸ‘‰VERSE:* _*”And he began to teach them, that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders, and of the chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.”_(Mark 8:31)

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Jesus Christ was scourged, crowned with thorns, spat on, mocked, despised by men, brutishly molested and finally left to die through the ordeal of crucifixion like a criminal. *The purpose for which Jesus Christ sacrificed His Godship to come into the human realm, was to overcome the power of carnality on behalf of sinful man.* He came into this world to suffer, and at the long run turn the souls of men back to God.

The Holy Bible usually makes mention of God’s detestation for those who gratify the flesh. Jesus Christ taught His disciples that His mission here on earth was to *take the shame in carnal suppression* on the part of all His believers: to worship God in spirit and in truth. He explains to us that until He could die for us, He had to be rejected by the hypocritical interpretors of the law and rejected by the Jewish authorities. The Gospel He preached, presented Him before the Jews as one who had the supernatural power of God and not just as a man. Indeed, He is.

Most of us will not hesitate to choose a comfortable way of life ahead of sufferings. *Mankind doesn’t acquaint himself with the long term effects of putting his flesh or body under subjection.* This is telling us as followers that, so long as we are alive, our flesh will have to lose for our souls to triumph t the expense of the flesh’s loss.

Persecutions may come in diverse ways, hard times won’t leave us alone, but in all these Christ has made us more than conquerors. As Apostle Paul said, nothing has to separate us from the love of God. Is it insults, loss of status, hunger, poverty, hatred, sickness, death traps? We have won over them already. However, all manner of persecutions are good for the consolidation of our souls. *Let this Easter season remind us of the need to mortify our flesh as Christ did. Our souls count.*

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*PRAYER* Dear Lord Jesus Christ, help me to mortify my flesh. *AMEN* 

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ARE YOU READY FOR HEAVEN?

πŸ‘‰MEMORY VERSE: _”Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh”_(Matthew 24:44)

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 Man is in this world to make adequate preparations to go to Heaven. *It is the time to meet all the requirements laid down for all the Saints of Christ, who have Heaven as their goal and final destination.*Our bodies, souls and any other part of our beings, are entreated by God to work out concertedly, the appropriate preparation needed to enter into the Kingdom of God.

It’s been a long time since we heard about the heralding Word of God which keeps on casting the shadows of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. This world shall pass away in no time, with all the properties, beauties, properties, and monies and affections we have for things on earth. The earth shall melt like wax and the sky shall fold up like a mat. It shall be a terrible day for those who will not make it to Heaven. The Holy Spirit will depart: then the Antichrist begins with his tyrannical and brutish torture against humankind. So where will you be when all these times of disasters and calamities occur? *Are you actually ready for the Kingdom of Heaven?*
What is pulling you away from finally arriving in Heaven? Jesus Christ has given us all that we need in order to work around the clock and finally prepare to be with Him in Heaven. 

People are following their own religions, others are fornicating , wearing ungodly adornments like make up, artificial hairs, women wearing trousers, artificial nails and jewelries. Others cannot make it to Heaven, simply  because they are caught up in loggerheads, evil thoughts, litigations, list of the flesh worldly passions, unclean hearts, love for money, disobedience to God’s Word and making choices out of your own will. *Beloved, we cannot go to Heaven with anything pertaining to our will, as we have made mention of some of them above.*

CHRISTIANITY IS LIKENED TO RACE. WE HAVE PASSED THE STAGES OF “ON YOUR MARKS”, “GET SET” AND RUNNING THE RACE TO HEAVEN. In 1Thessalonians 4:16-18, we are told by the LORD that every saint of Christ, who is treading on the path of holiness unto death, will not die but go into sleep. Their souls are destined to be in Heaven forever. Ask yourself whether you are part of the Saints of Christ or not. Those who are not journeying to Heaven, are rather journeying into eternal destruction (1Peter 2:11-12, Hebrews 12:1-2)

*In all your ways, remember that Jesus Christ shall be seated on His Judgement Throne, and nobody can stand before Him. Be ready to meet the Lord.*
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*PRAYER*: Oh Lord Jesus, kindly wipe away any wayward character that cannot make me ready for you. May I be in the number in Jesus name. *AMEN*

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WHY SHOULD MY HEART BE CIRCUMCISED?

“And the LORD thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live”.
Deut. 30:6KJV

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The Word of God says that we should love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. This is the second criteria to know whether I’m in love with the Lord or not. The first one is “If you love Me, keep my commandments”. So if I love the world or the things thereof, and if I’m not practicing the Word, it means the foreskin of my heart hasn’t pass through any circumcision. The only way to know that I love Christ is by heeding to His words and the only means to know that the father’s love is in me, is not having any trace of the love of the world in me.

The love of many had waxed cold in these days because they’ve once again allowed the foreskins to conceal their love for the Lord and others. Love is singular; there’s nothing like simultaneous love for the Word and the World. It’s either I’m in love with the Lord or the world. It’s either I’m gathering with Jesus or otherwise.

Factually speaking, my heart MUST be circumcised before I can even think of loving the Lord. He is a jealous God and can’t dwell with the world in my heart. The seat of my heart is only one and it’s either He is reigning or the world.
I shouldn’t even think of the rapture if my heart isn’t circumcised. If the Lord isn’t living in me now, then when?
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PRAYER:

Lord Jesus I give my heart to you. Please circumcise my heart so I can love you in your name I pray.
AMEN
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GOD BLESS YOU

CIRCUMCISE YOUR HEART.

“And the LORD thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live”.
Deut. 30:6KJV

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To circumcise our hearts is to put God at the centre of our joy of life. Circumcision is done with the use of a sharp object. And what else would God use to circumcise our hearts other than His words? For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart(Heb.4:12). The Lord Jesus said “Now you are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you”, and in His prayers He said to the Father; “Sanctify them through your Truth: your word is Truth”.

Circumcision is as painful as trials. That’s why many hear the Word but does not allow it to pierce through their hearts to take off the foreskins thereof. What are those foreskins? They are the things which have taken the place for God in our lives. The will of the heart, the lust of the flesh and eyes, pride of life etc. are all foreskins that have glued our hearts such that it takes only the divine hand of God to dispel it from within us. The friendship of the world is always enmity with God.

Dolefully, we always let the Word of God remain idle in our hearts because we cherish and cleave to the foreskins so much that when the Word tries removing it, we lust after it again. But God’s promises will only come to pass when we allow the working of that promises in our lives.
Beloved, God is still holding the sword of the Word to circumcise our hearts now, won’t we gladly submit to Him?
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PRAYER: I surrender my Heart unto you dear Lord Jesus. please circumcise my heart with your word, make it pure as you are, and come and have your abode there. In your name.
AMEN

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GOD BLESS YOU

INCONTINENCE; A LUSTFUL ABOMINATION

*πŸ‘‰VERSE:* _*”Without natural affection, truce-breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good.”_(2 Timothy 3:3)

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This world has come to a point where people think that they live to do what time and space permits them to do under the sphere of human rights and freedoms. *Incontinence is the lack of self control, morality, moderation and sexual restraint.* It is an abomination which has captivated many couples, youths and people who satisfy themselves with momentary or temporary pleasures in sex, to be guilty of inordinate affection (Colossians 3:5).

God gives the Spirit of self control to all who believe in His Son Jesus Christ. Why does He do that? Simply put, God knows that we cannot walk with Him in Spirit and in Truth, if the lust of the flesh isn’t denied and brought under control. *Nobody can love God while He is guilty of incontinence, whereby he loves to satisfy the indiscriminate sexual desire of the flesh, is not dissolved.* 

Popular among the causes of incontinence are; watching of pornographic materials on the internet and televisions, listening to songs which promote sexual relationship, listening to sex education and desiring to practice sexual positions in bed, taking in sex -enhancing drug to boost one’s libido during intercourse, and seductive conversations. Others include wearing of attractive dresses to look sexy, and peer group influence which calls for curiosity about premarital sex.

*As Christians, we need not allow the lusts of the flesh and eyes, to arraign us guilty before the judgment throne of our Lord Jesus.* No wonder inconsiderate desire for sex has landed many people into practicing homosexuality and masturbation of various kinds. All are abominations before God. *We can practically and spiritually flash out the sense of incontinence by refusing to watch or read contents of sexual materials, checking the conversations we have with the opposite sex and peers, and praying for the Spirit of self control to dominate your heart.* Love to occupy yourself with positive people.

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*PRAYER* Heavenly Father, save me from all manner of lusts and direct my sensitivity to be controlled by your Spirit in Jesus name. *AMEN* 

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NO FALSE ACCUSER IN HEAVEN

*πŸ‘‰VERSE:* _*”Without natural affection, truce-breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good.”_(2 Timothy 3:3)

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If something isn’t true, then it is obviously false. God has taught us to be slow to speak and quick to hear. False accusation is a typical example of one’s hatred for his or her fellow human being, and this is an indication which signifies that Satan has taken over one’s soul. 

Unforgiving and envious hearts are always quick to condemn innocent people. *They wouldn’t mind seeing the downfall of their brethren.* If someone is rightly accused of a crime, he or she will be proven guilty by the constitution of the land.

*The corruption in false accusation is that, it claims to have basis to justify one’s condemnation.* Are you always fighting over possessions with an innocent person? You will not hesitate to think evil for the person. Is there any one who has lost his job or a bright opportunity, due to your false accusation? Do you promote false accusations as a legal practitioner or politician? *Make all your restitutions appropriately because your failure to do so will lead their poor souls into bitterness and grief.*

No false accuser will be forgiven on the Day of Judgment. On the Day of Judgment, God will ask such accusers to produce the evidence backing their accusations and this will lead them into destruction for ever. *What is false cannot be true !* Don’t just jump into accusations without any reliable evidence.

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*PRAYER* Oh Lord, may I bear your true image without falsely accusing my neighbor in Jesus name. *AMEN* 

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GOD’S RECONCILIATORY TRUCE WITH HUMANITY

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*πŸ‘‰VERSE:* _*”Without natural affection, truce-breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good.”_(2 Timothy 3:3)

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Truce Truce Truce!!!

Toast to the truce!!!

With the enjoyment of constitutional human rights and freedoms in this generation, many civilians will not be very much conversant with how peace and stability, could be achieved through the keeping of truce. Peace is the only requirement that can open doors for every human endeavor to take place.

People of ancient times were locked up in frequent and series of interethnic and interstate wars. At a point in time, some of them needed to come to the table of truce for ceasefire to save lives and preserve their states. Apart from pockets of bloody revolutions, tribal wars and terrorist attacks, many people in developed countries have come a long way from a period of warfare.

Treaties and truce were signed by many opposing forces of which European nations and African kingdoms were not exceptions. Every truce breaker was a threat to the security and peace of a state. They were punished according to the terms agreed in relation to any truce breaker who wanted to wreck the smooth relationship between different, opposing states.

During our separation from God because of our sins, we came contrary to the will of God and that brought down curses and wrath of God against us. God is strongly against sin and so all sinners are in a lost battle against God, the Almighty battle stopper and Mighty Man in battle. All of us would have landed in the lake of fire with Satan; but He reconciled sinful man through Christ Jesus (2Corinthians 5:18).

This is a great truce. Will you break this truce and become an enemy of Christ? You cant stand the consequence, beloved. Believing in Him and walking in His Word, will free us from His uninterrupted indignation. The truce has eternal impact on the soul of man. God’s Word is the terms of agreement for us to abide by. Never break this truce. 

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*PRAYER*Oh Lord, let my inner man always long to keep your truce above every thing in Jesus name. *AMEN*

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