Beauty Versus Behavior   Leave a comment

“Don’t be concerned about outward beauty of fancy hair styles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God. This is how the holy women of old made themselves beautiful. They trusted God and accepted the authority of their husbands.” 1 Peter3:3-5. NLT.

The above quoted verses have been (and still are) a serious source of doctrinal controversies among the people of God.

Whereas, this ought not be so.

A careful study of the Scriptures will convince us that every word from the Scriptures is for the benefits of everyone who abides by it. It is rich in content and application.

Many times, however, we fail to “…fully obey the Lord your God and carefully keep all his commands…”(Deuteronomy 28:1).

A more careful examination of the verses reveals that
*They teach moderation because too much of everything is bad.
*They encourage balance between the spiritual and the physical.
*They encourage more focus on the inner man and how to make him beautiful.

These are always forgotten.

Every creature has twenty-four hours at its disposal. What is important is “how” these hours are spent in that this directly dictate what will happen to each creature, most especially, man.

Many women spend hours on ensuring they look best outwardly. They care for the external man. They never fail to “acquire” all things they feel are necessary to achieve this.

Cosmestics also take a good bunch of their income in their attempt to look beautiful. Do you know what the Scriptures say about this external decorations?
“Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last,
but a woman who fears the Lord will be praised.” Proverbs 31:30.

Do not deceive people with your outward appearance. Take care of your REAL self who is within.

Your inner contents will influence what you will receive and what will happen to you.

Your behavior is a direct product of your inner man.

Unfading beauty is a result of “spiritual cosmestics”. It benefits the spiritual and physical man that you are. A few of these are listed below: *a gentle spirit;
*a quiet spirit;
*holiness;
*trust in the Lord;
*ability to accept the authority of their husbands;
*absence of fear.

Understand that to accept the authority of your husband is not slavery or servitude. It does not make you inferior in any form. However, it guarantees your security in every way.

Sarah’s lifestyle, Abraham’s wife, remains a good reference point. Because she was able to submit to her husband’s authority. King Abimelech said to her,
“…behold, he (Abraham) is to thee a covering of the eyes; unto all that are with thee, …” Genesis 20:16. KJV.

Who is to you “a covering of the eyes”? You need one; your submission will procure this for you.

Sarah accepted Abraham’s authority, although a beautiful woman, that she called him “Lord!” or “Master!” . Do you know what? Kings and Princes craved her beauty when she was more than sixty.five years old. Can any man-made cosmestics do this? You know better! How do you think face powder will look like on one hundred years old woman? Can it make her as beautiful as when she was twenty or thirty years?

Therefore, let your behavior retain your home and job. Do not totally rely on your physical beauty alone, beautify your real YOU within and enjoy its benefits. How you behave will determine a lot about you and your end in life.

Your beauty can secure you a job but your behavior can turn the tide against you and you may lose it. Your beauty can secure you a husband but your behavior may turn you to an ex-wife.

Be not intoxicated by your external beauty, beautify your inner man to possess a lasting and enviable beauty.
Stay blessed and rapturable because the Lord is coming soon.
Note:
KJV is King James Version of the Scriptures.

A School That Never Existed   Leave a comment

Do You Know A School Like This?
There are schools of various kinds and are engaged in different courses of study (or offer different training opportunities). There are various groups that are constituents of every school. Let me mention a few of them: the head of the school, the teaching staff, the non.teaching staff and the students.

Now, let me narrow my discussion to two of these groups who form the nucleus of a school: the teachers and the students.

I am searching for a kind of school, if you know of any, let me know please. A school

*where the students teach themselves without any need for teachers who can put them through their studies. Teachers may be employed by the school authorities but are redundant;

*after each student had taught himself, he conducts continuous assessment tests and set the examination questions;

*each student will supervise himself in the examinations hall;

*after examinations, each student will mark his scripts and awards himself necessary marks. A school where each student awards scores in each subject or course;

*each student promotes himself to the next class of his choice;

*students are authorised to issue certificates to themselves in the name of the school attended;

* students determine the date of their graduation and on the day decorate themselves and conduct everything associated with graduation.

Please in your search and before you respond, consider online opportunities now available as well. Let me know of any.

However, if you are not able to identify any such a school, then there is a problem with mankind.

What do I mean?

Do you know that life is like a school? Life has its constituent parts. As in the hypothetical school above being sought, life has been turned into such a college or school where
“…everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” Judges 17:6. NKJV.

In the days when there was no king in Isreal and everyone was doing his will, each time people went their own ways, trouble came.

Do you know that mankind does not want One who is the Owner, the Sole Authority and Head of Heaven and Earth to have any say in his affairs. They do not want to recognize the presence of the Master of the Universe, the only begotten Son to whom the Father had made the Head of all.

The Master, Lord Jesus Christ asserted,
“..without Me you can do nothing.” John 5:5f.

By the time the Master departed to be with the Father, He sent another Teacher, the Holy Spirit to abide with those who are his saints. This Helper from the Master has the duty to
“…teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things,…
…guide you into all truth;…” John 14:26; 16:13.

It is sad that many believers who are given these promises behave like those who had not known the Lord. They fail to recognize those under whose authority they are. My private studies have shown that many saints want to behave like a student who want to do everything in life’s school as they want. They do not want to recognize those authorities in life matters. This cannot go without consequences.

If you cannot locate a school as requested earlier in this piece, then be informed that you are accountable to a higher spiritual authority that rule over the universe.

Note that your score card is in the hands of the authorities of life’s college.
Recognize them today. Yield to their dictates. Follow their commandments. Be reconciled through Jesus Christ and live to please the School Authorities by the help of the living and unseen Helper and Comforter, the Holy Spirit. At the end of your career in life, you either earn the certificate to rest in the bossom of the Lord or go straight to hell for your failure. Repent today.
Stay blessed and rapturable because the Lord is coming soon.
Note.
Scriptures quoted are from New King James Version of the Holy Bible.

Hindrances To Your Getting Employment 2   Leave a comment

Rates of unemployment is growing at an alarming one. In many nations, it has grown out of control. This evil has given birth to other evil acts or crimes in various forms. Most of the time, governments are held responsible and many of them are guilty of indeed negligent.

In many cases, government may cannot employ every citizen of her country but every government has the task of creating an enabling environment conducive enough to generate and sustain employment opportunities.

On the other hand, a lot also fall on the unemployed person. That is why I want to mention some hindrances to certain people’s employment opportunity.

Before I do this, let me give you this “emotional injection” to provoke you into taking an immediate, serious and Godly steps towards ending your unemployment problem. Do you eat daily? Do you eat at all even if not daily? If you do, it is a mistake because
“If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat.” 2 Thessalonians 3:10b. NKJV.

Going by what Apostle Paul wrote in the above verse, do not eat until you work! Now, let us consider other remaining hindrances one by one.
In part one, we have discussed
*arrogance;
*over valuation of self;
*lack of love;and
*lack of service.

Love of money.
If you love money, it is possible you may not secure a gainful job. Examine your heart please. Do you want a place to work to attract money or you want a place where you want to “carry” currency away to your home?
You can interpret “carry” in various forms. I don’t think you can ever find a corporation that will allow you to drain her treasury. The whole world is against corruption but approves honesty and faithfulness.

Then register this in your heart,
“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pieced themselves through with many arrows.” 1Timothy 6:10. NKJV.

Fear of smallness.
You may fear to start small . I have come across unemployed people who can easily set up their own business to generate some income. Although they agree they can set up one but complain of not having access to million dollars to start. Huu! Many of them are potential “successful business tycoons” who refuse to start small.
Are you one of them? Do not fear to start small to grow to greatness. Leave unemployment market today.

I asked a graduate who studied Animal Production how much he needs to set up a business. His answer was “I will need $1m.” He has nowhere to raise this. He agreed to start with a small capital of $100k. I am sure his journey to greatness has started.

Comparison.
It is a serious hinderance to compare yourself with another person. There is no reason to engage in unnecessary comparison of yourself witth friends, brothers, school mates and others. You have your life to live; they have theirs to live.

Therefore, live your live as your Creator designed it. If you stop comparing your life with others, you may consider taking up the next employment opportunity: this may be a paid job or self employment. Cease it!

Now, let me ask you, how is your relationship with your Maker? You need Him in your life. This will afford you the opportunity to ask Him, “Lord, what do you want me to do?” He is ready to lead you to take the next right steps to end your unemployment problem. He can eliminate every hindrances to your gainful employment.
Stay blessed and rapturable because the Lord is coming soon.
Note:
NKJV. is New King James Version.

Hindrances To Your Getting Employment (1).   Leave a comment

Rates of unemployment is growing at a very alarming one. In many nations, it has grown out of control. This evil has given birth to other evil acts or crimes in various forms. Most of the time, governments are held responsible; and many of them are guilty of negligence indeed.

In many cases, government may not be able to employ every citizen of her country but every government has the task of creating an enabling environment conducive enough to generate employment opportunities.

On the other hand, a lot also fall on the unemployed person. That is why I want to mention some hindrances to certain people’s employment opportunity.

Before I do this, let me give you this “emotional injection” to provoke you into taking an immediate, serious and Godly steps towards ending your unemployment problem. Do you eat daily? Do you eat at all even if not daily? If you do, it is a mistake because
“If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat.” 2 Thessalonians 3:10b. NKJV.

Going by what Apostle Paul wrote in the above verse, do not eat until you work! Now, let us consider those hindrances one by one.

Arrogance.
This comes up in various forms. Some people are unemployed because they are too big to take instructions from any boss. If such person secures a job today, within a few months, he is back in the labor market again.

Are you like this?

Certain people think they must be employed in a particular sector of the economy by all means. There are many reasons that sector may not be able to accommodate them now but they want to wait UNTIL there are vacancies. They want to remain unemployed, so far the sector is not ready to absorb them now.

Are you a member of this group? If yes, have a rethink!

Over evaluation of self.
I am not supporting “selling” yourself so cheap, but do not “overprice” yourself. Every tree grows from somewhere, eg a seed. You need to start somewhere also . The only job where you can start from the top is that of digging a well and such likes and when you do that, going down follows.

Do you want this? May you not go down forever in Jesus Name. So, do not over value yourself. Do you know that if you prove your worth, something bigger or better can come your way. Are you of great value?
“Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth;
A stranger, and not your own lips.” Psalm 127:2. NKJV.

Let people see your value and say so!

Lack of Love.
This comes up in two ways and you must ask yourself two important questions. One, “Do I love my Maker with everything in me and everything I am?” “Do I love Him sincerely an unconditionally?”
The first step to loving is to love your Maker, God.

The second step is to love your neighbor as much as you love yourself. Your neighbor include those you meet daily who can enjoy God’s kindness through you. Then ask yourself the second question, “Do I love others with the love of the Lord sincerely? Read Mark 12:30-31.

Loving the Lord, your Creator and other people around you is a strong key to open doors of employment opportunity. Let your love comfort others today; one of them may be a channel of blessing to you.

Lack of service.
Do you love to serve others? Service has strong power. If you want to serve others, you cannot be unemployed because there are people who need your service and are waiting for you to arise and act. This can be a free service or one with moderate fees. Your service has the power to shoot you to a level you never envisaged.

In Acts 6:1-6, Stephen, Philip and other five brethren did not know they would become Deacons but when the Gospel spread and the number of brethren increased, they were chosen because others knew them to be honest men who loved to serve them.

Are you ready to serve your generation? Employment opportunity is available.

However, if you are not ready for any service, forget about gainful and lasting employment. Therefore, be ready for meaningful service to get gainful job.

Please, read the remaining points in the second part of this piece.
Stay blessed and rapturable because the Lord is coming soon.
Note:
NKJV is New King James Version of the Holy Bible.

Please, Report Yourself   Leave a comment

What will you do to someone who hurt you directly or indirectly but came to tell you of his wrongdoing?

This was the case of a grandson in May, 2015. He went to draw water from a nearby well. On his way home, the bucket he use was broken and it was the main container that could be used for such assignments. When he saw this had happened, he came to tell me to guide him on how to deal with the situation because his grandfather will not take it lightly. He was good at giving out disciplinary measures and will not hesitate to melt out some corrective measures to him. He feared what may be the weight of such measures.

I advised him to report himself to grandpa before he knows that the bucket has been broken from another source.

The young man was reluctant to do this because he wanted me to go with him to plead his case before the old man. For many reasons, I informed him that I will come in but he should report himself to explain what happened first.

The young man failed to act immediately but instead went about the premises wearing gloomy looks. He was not happy and went about sluggishly. He became a shadow of himself; everyone who saw him asked what happened to him but said nothing.

Later, I saw him and inquired if he had reported to grandpa so that I could carry out a follow-up on the matter to erase any other negative issue that may want to ensue. After I confirmed he did not act as directed I encouraged him to go but I stayed nearby to know how the matter would go but the old man did not know I was near.

The young man went.

I overheard him explaining how everything happened. Grandpa patiently listened to his story. After, I heard the the old man shouting on the young man accusing him of being too playful. He saw this as the reason for breaking the utility bucket.

Do you know what? He only warned him to prevent such happening in the future. The young man prostrated as a mark of respect for grandpa. This was according to their culture. No corrective measure was melted out to him.

A few minutes later, I appeared before grandpa who told me what happened and I also pacified him assuring him that there will not be a repeat of such act in that he may have learned his lessons.

The matter was laid to rest and their relationship continued to flourish.

Now, do you know that doing a wrong has its serious sting which troubles the wrongdoer? When it happened to Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden, both went to hide themselves “away” from their Lover who went about to seek them until He found them.

How would the story be if they had reported themselves?

Do you also report yourself to God when you do a wrong? Anytime you disobey Him, He reserved the right to chastise you as your Loving Father.

There are four common reactions to a wrongdoing but one is best:
1. You may attempt to cover the wrongdoing.
2. You may shift blame on someone else.
3. You may go about “mourning” the evil act. Grave consequences may result from bearing the guilt.
4. Go to God and report your wrong action knowing well that you are guilty.

Why?

“The sacrifice you(God) desire is a broken spirit.
You will not reject a broken and repentant heart,
O God.” Psalm 51:17. NLT.
When you sin and regret it, go to the Lord with your sad countenance to report yourself.

When the Psalmist observed that he was a talkative, he regretted it and went to report himself to the Lord and sought His help:
“Take control of what I say, O Lord,
and guard my lips.
Don’t let me drift toward evil
or take part in acts of wickedness .
Don’t let me share in the delicacies of
those who do wrong.” Psalm 141:3-4. NLT.

Are you a member of God’s family? If yes, then do not hesitate to report yourself to Him when you do wrong and seek His help. Do not go around with a guilty heart when your father is ready to abundantly pardon you.

How often do you report yourself? As many times as you go astray! Note that your self report must not be on the same wrong act. Pray to please the Lord all the time.
Stay blessed and rapturable because the Lord is coming soon.
NLT is New Living Translation.

Please, Report Yourself   Leave a comment

What will you do to someone who hurt you directly or indirectly but came to tell you of his wrongdoing?

This was the case of a grandson in May, 2015. He went to draw water from a nearby well. On his way home, the bucket he use was broken and it was the main container that could be used for such assignments. When he saw this had happened, he came to tell me to guide him on how to deal with the situation because his grandfather will not take it lightly. He was good at giving out disciplinary measures and will not hesitate to melt out some corrective measures to him. He feared what may be the weight of such measures.

I advised him to report himself to grandpa before he knows that the bucket has been broken from another source.

The young man was reluctant to do this because he wanted me to go with him to plead his case before the old man. For many reasons, I informed him that I will come in but he should report himself to explain what happened first.

The young man failed to act immediately but instead went about the premises wearing gloomy looks. He was not happy and went about sluggishly. He became a shadow of himself; everyone who saw him asked what happened to him but said nothing.

Later, I saw him and inquired if he had reported to grandpa so that I could carry out a follow-up on the matter to erase any other negative issue that may want to ensue. After I confirmed he did not act as directed I encouraged him to go but I stayed nearby to know how the matter would go but the old man did not know I was near.

The young man went.

I overheard him explaining how everything happened. Grandpa patiently listened to his story. After, I heard the the old man shouting on the young man accusing him of being too playful. He saw this as the reason for breaking the utility bucket.

Do you know what? He only warned him to prevent such happening in the future. The young man prostrated as a mark of respect for grandpa. This was according to their culture. No corrective measure was melted out to him.

A few minutes later, I appeared before grandpa who told me what happened and I also pacified him assuring him that there will not be a repeat of such act in that he may have learned his lessons.

The matter was laid to rest and their relationship continued to flourish.

Now, do you know that doing a wrong has its serious sting which troubles the wrongdoer? When it happened to Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden, both went to hide themselves “away” from their Lover who went about to seek them until He found them.

How would the story be if they had reported themselves?

Do you also report yourself to God when you do a wrong? Anytime you disobey Him, He reserved the right to chastise you as your Loving Father.

There are four common reactions to a wrongdoing but one is best:
1. You may attempt to cover the wrongdoing.
2. You may shift blame on someone else.
3. You may go about “mourning” the evil act. Grave consequences may result from bearing the guilt.
4. Go to God and report your wrong action knowing well that you are guilty.

Why?

“The sacrifice you(God) desire is a broken spirit.
You will not reject a broken and repentant heart,
O God.” Psalm 51:17. NLT.
When you sin and regret it, go to the Lord with your sad countenance to report yourself.

When the Psalmist observed that he was a talkative, he regretted it and went to report himself to the Lord and sought His help:
“Take control of what I say, O Lord,
and guard my lips.
Don’t let me drift toward evil
or take part in acts of wickedness .
Don’t let me share in the delicacies of
those who do wrong.” Psalm 141:3-4. NLT.

Are you a member of God’s family? If yes, then do not hesitate to report yourself to Him when you do wrong and seek His help. Do not go around with a guilty heart when your father is ready to abundantly pardon you.

How often do you report yourself? As many times as you go astray! Note that your self report must not be on the same wrong act. Pray to please the Lord all the time.
Stay blessed and rapturable because the Lord is coming soon.
NLT is New Living Translation.

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Trust And Rest.   Leave a comment

Everyone has expectations in various times and forms and from different persons or sources. Expectations can be likened to destinations, where you must walk to before arriving there.

To arrive there, you need your two legs. If your legs have no problems, you will get to your destination with ease, barring any external obstacles.

So it is with expectations.

Where do you expect your desires? This is very important. Your expectations must be from above. It is the only source that never fails. What comes from above always looks and tastes better. This is the decision of the Psalmist in Psalm 121:1-3.
From whom do you hope to have your expectations met? Man or woman? Young or old? If human beings are your strength, you are bound to be disappointed. Do you want to avoid this? If yes, you must look up to have your expectations met from above as you hope in God.

“I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills,
from whence cometh my help.
My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:1-2.
If you have the same expectations as your destinations, then your two legs must be these:

1. Trust in the Lord.
In Psalm 37, the Songwriter mentioned the word “Trust” twice in verses three and five. This shows its importance. Trust involves having no other options but the Lord only. To trust Him is to depend on Him for all things as the ONLY CUSTODIAN of everything good.

Note the attachment to trust in verse three of Psalm 37, “and do good”.
As you trust the Lord for loads of goods or benefits, you need also to occupy yourself with doing good. Do not forget that you will not reap what you do not sow. Your trust in the Lord is not a licence to do evil. Doing good will make you pleasing to Him.

Now, do you ask, “How often do I trust the Lord?”. Yes, you are right to ask. The answer is
“Trust in him at all times.” Psalm 62:8a. Trust in Him 24/7 of your life.

2. Rest in the Lord.
Now, the second leg is to rest in the Lord. Rest is the ultimate! Do not forget that the Lord’s first promise to all who answer His call is REST (Matt. 11:28.).

Do you want His rest? If yes, you need to answer His call to come to Him. If you have answered this and have lost that relationship that assures rest, return to Him with an humbled heart (Luke15:10-31).

However, if you are ever with Him but have not got this rest, the fault is not of the Lord but yours.

Why?

You are a co.worker with the Lord in your life. He loves you immeasurably and is ready to supply all your needs. Rest is like a ready-made food set before you. It now depends on you to eat, waste, abandon or neglect it. The options are yours. The Lord will not force you. If you really trust Him, you need to choose to rest in Him.

To rest in Him involves your ability to wait until He supplies what you demand from Him. Not only this, add patience to your waiting. What do I mean? If you patiently wait, you will have rest. So, you will not,
1. Allow your heart to be troubled.
2. Murmur.
3. Grumble.
4. Complain.
5. Accuse God of foolishness.
6. Consider any alternatives.
7. Allow anyone close to encourage you to take any step which will be contrary to the will of God.

If you can trust and rest in the Lord, He will surely bring all your desires that are in line with His plans to pass in His right time. Therefore, I pray that the Holy Spirit helps you to trust and rest in the Lord for the rest of your life.
Stay bkessed and rapturable because the Lord is coming soon to take all His saints to where He is to give them everlasting REST.