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Why Do You Follow Jesus Christ?   1 comment

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28. NKJV.

After a hard labor, there is a need for rest. It is a common saying among retirees that “Rest is sweet after labor.” This is true in every sense. That is why Jesus implores everyone who labor and carry heavy burden to come to Him for their desired or deserved rest.

Only Jesus offers true rest. Do you want rest? Come to Jesus!

The next and most important thing is to follow Jesus; to be in a safe hand where He can safely keep you to enjoy His rest.

Following Jesus Christ has tremendous values.

Now, have you at any time in your life ask yourself, “Why am I following Jesus?” This is because people follow Jesus for different reasons.

A man in the Holy Bible, for example, went to the Lord Jesus and said to Him,
“Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go.” Matthew 8:19.

As a good Teacher who was looking for followers, what do you expect Jesus to do? What would you do if you were in His shoes? He ought to embrace this volunteer who wanted to follow Him and add him to the list of His disciples.

The contrary was the case because the Lord knew the contents of his heart. He knew his heart was not right within him.

As a good Teacher, Christ replied him,
“Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” Matthew 8:20.

Why did all.knowing Jesus make reference to “foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests”? He asserted that He had “nowhere to lay His head”. Why was this emphasis on accommodation? Why did He not say He had no food, clothing or car but where to lay His head?

The voluntary follower must have been someone who love comfort too much. His thoughts may have tilted towards following Jesus for the purpose of becoming an estate owner or someone close to that.

He was addicted to worldliness without repentance.

A close examination of their conversation shows that the man said nothing again; but Jesus called another person with a heart of flesh who wanted to bury his father. He said,
“Follow Me, and let the dead bury their own dead.” Matthew 8:22.

This man immediately obeyed.

Who knows? The voluntary follower may have “contaminated” other disciples to obstruct Christ’s ministry. Jesus knew his heart, so he refused him.

My beloved reader, that was a man! Now, ask yourself this very important question, “Why am I following Jesus Christ?”

There are various reasons people follow Jesus today. Like the man mentioned earlier, people follow Him because He is the Provider. Yes, He is! This group of people believe that if they follow Jesus, they will own many properties and live in comfort. Do you know what? Such people will not hesitate to do anything to acquire lands and houses by honest and dishonest means.

The spread of the gospel is never their concern or priority , they pull other followers to join them. They destabilize the church of the Living God. Salvation means nothing to them.

They have no provisions for eternal life for themselves or others who have not known the Lord. There are other groups who follow the Lord for other reasons. For instance, Apostle Judas Ischariot followed Him so he could steal from the Ministry’s purse because he was the keeper (John 12:6).

A brother who had a wrong motive for following Jesus once asserted,
“If I work (follow) for the Lord for ten years and does not provide me a car, I will stop His work (following Him).”

Do you know the funny part of his story? He had been married for many years without a child in a community where a leper is better than someone who is childless. Bearing a child was not important to him.

In your own case, what is that thing that can prevent you from following Jesus?

Why do you follow Jesus?

I love Peter’s reply after a group of disciples stopped following the Master. Jesus turned to the twelve and asked them if they were also going back, Apostle Peter answered,
“Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.”John 6:68-69.NKJV.

Today is the day of repentance if you follow the Lord for wrong reasons. Be closer to the Holy Bible and know whom you have believed.
Stay blessed and rapturable because the Lord is coming soon.

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Are You Married To A Man Or…?   Leave a comment

To start with, I sincerely apologize for not updating this blog for sometime now. The Spirit was willing but the flesh was weak. Please, remember me in your prayers. There are interesting topics I love to share with you. I have now resumed, the Holy Spirit will help me to meet you here at least once a week.

Let us begin with this:

Are You Married To A Man Or..?

“Sometimes, when you see how caring another woman’s husband is, you may be tempted to poison your own.”

This was a frightening statement from a woman in August 2014. I never expected a statement like this from her.

Why?

She is an attendee in her church programs. She appears as a Christian by all standards.

This woman became ill and her friend’s husband, a medical practitioner took care of her. This man used to call her to know her state of her health regularly. She received one of such calls when she came to me for counselling. After the call, she made that statement.

At that point, I remembered the conversations between Jesus Christ and a Samarian woman near Jacob’s well in John Chapter four.

Jesus said, “Go, call your husband and come here.”
She answered,”I have no husband.”

“You have well said, ‘I have no husband’ for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly.” John 4:16-18.

Now can the woman who said “one may be tempted to poison one’s husband” be said to be married to the man for whom she has five children?

Now let me mention seven reasons (among others) a woman may settle for a man to live with and not a husband.

One.
Death of a woman’s loved husband may rob her of her future joy from a new home. She may permanently close the door of her heart to avoid another wound.

The two daughters of Lot agreed that “There is no man on earth”.
This is a common mistake whereas God has alternatives.

Two.
Divorce is another factor that can make a woman to live with a man who is not her husband. A disappointed woman may decide wrongly not to love any man again “to be on the safe side”. Yet she may live with a man for the sake of living together only.

Three.
Past waywardness for which a woman now pays the penalty. What do I mean? Many women have lost those who really loved them elope with a man in money or position.
Many are later abandoned to care for themselves. At this point, they go for “the next available” man and settle with same.

Four.
Childlessness that leads to a change of husband. When a woman is too anxious to have children, she may move from one man to another.
At the end of the day, she may live the rest of her life with a man who is not her husband.

Five.
In certain cultures and religions, forced marrriage takes place. A father or mother may give his/her daughter to a man as wife against her will.

No matter what she is given materially, she will not be satisfied. As an “obedient” child, she may live with the man whereas she married him against her will.

Another thing is she may leave the man to live with another next available man to protest her forced marrriage.

Six.
Covetousness is another factor that can lead a woman to live with a man who is not her husband. This happens when a woman cannot tame her needs/wants, especially if she loves money and other material things.
A woman can therefore live with a man for material gains when they are not husband and wife.

Seven.
Marrriage through deceit is another factor that can make a woman to live with a man who is not her husband. If a woman is lured into marrriage, she may opt to stay with the man.

The missing core issue in this matter is LOVE. This is the key factor that establishes a man and a woman as husband and wife.

However, no matter your circumstances, you must not fail to demonstrate God’s love to your fellow man. Not only this, you have no right to claim another man’s life. It is a sin against God and humanity.
Turn to your God… Pray to Him. Tell Him to heal you of all wounds and to give you His better alternative. You should be ready to cooperate and accept His new provisions.
Stay blessed and rapturable because the Lord is coming soon.

Posted December 5, 2014 by 4thlink in For Mummy

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