Open Letter to The Backslider

Dear Blacksilder

After a powerful mid-week sermon, which was televised on your popular Tv and radio station, my secretary gave me this strange looking envelope and upon opening it I saw you your letter.

Your story is very interesting and unique, first and foremost you have never been a subject of my preaching. The  scenarios I use in my sermons may look similar. It is never intended to humiliate you but to  show God’s  amazing love to his children. As the Bible say’s “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. “2 Corinthians 5:17. You became a new creation and not even my junior pastors nor I can change that.

The problem now is how you can maintain your salvation, through the process of salvation is filled with long suffering and self control. It’s a continuous process not a one off event the Bible says in Philippians 2:12-13 “12So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling; 13for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure”

Stories in the Bible of Paul and Barnabas etc. show us how these Christians came out of adversity and became pillars in our faith. They never let society define for them their salvation.

Even though you have become a new creation your pass holds consequence and that is a scar you must learn to live with through your Christian life. With the help of the Holy Spirit you would navigate through it. Whatever you did  cannot be erased from the minds of society but it does not mean the blood of Jesus has not washed it away.

As a Sunday school popular hymn goes ” have you been to Jesus for the cleansing blood? Are you washed in the Blood of the lamp? Are your garments spotless are they white as snow? are you washed in the blood of the lamp? Are fully trusting  in His grace this hour?

If you lose sight of the grace of the almighty then you will lose sight of mercies of the almighty that you have gained through salvation.

Have read the book screw tapes  by C. S Lewis, there is a story of a young devil who has been assigned a new Christian to help him backslid, now his supervisor the senior devil gives him an advice which I feel is similar to your story. The old devil tells the new devil that, to make a young Christian loss his salvation he must let him see the hypocrisy in the church. He must always let the Christian think that everyone is talking about his past and let him feel like he has become a hypocrite just like the other old Christians living in the Church. He must also let the past sins of the new Christian haunt each day so he doubts himself of his salvation.

The story goes to show that salvation is not about  others but rather the relationship you nurture with Jesus Christ. Never allow someone’s actions to hinder you from becoming what you have decided to become through the help of the Holy spirit.

Jesus is the Cornerstone of the Church (1 Peter 2:6), and we are “like living stones . . . being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 2:5). Therefore as members of his holy nation we must be connected with each other through worships, and songs. The Church though may still not be perfect will allow you to have a connection with others like you holding each other’s hands and journeying through the Christian lifestyle.

Becoming a Christian means you have to place all your trust in Jesus Christ for salvation, now you have become a member of the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:27). For a church body to function properly, all of its “body parts” need to be present and working (1 Corinthians 12:14–20). You are a unique member of this body and without your function the church will never become whole.

Josh Moody a Christian blogger said you must not stop coming to Church because it honors God. The church is the body for which God gave his blood (Acts 20:28). To be a regular, serving, contributing, giving, involved part of the church honors Jesus. It says to everyone and everything – the spiritual realm and the human – that Christ is higher, greater, better, more wonderful than absolutely all that there is. You story tells millions of the Love Jesus has to all mankind. When you come to church, and gather around the proclamation of the gospel through his Word, you are partaking in the “heavenly Jerusalem” and are telling everyone how much Jesus is worth (Hebrews 12:22).

Collins do let my actions or inactions allow to stop worshiping and serving God, remember the Son of God was shamed so you can lift your head in glory, he was beaten so you can be healed, he died so your sins will be forgiven and arose again for your victory to all mankind.

Come to my office on Sunday and I will show you thousand of letters from people who watched the program you mentioned in your letter and see  how you story is encouraging thousand more believe to stay strong in the faith.

Your Pastor

Bishop Rev. Dr Stay Faithful

P.S

I did not deliver you Jesus  Christ did on the cross over thousand years ago and he also save you.  AMEN

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Tomorrow

Oceans of Apathy

Your dead grey eyes have turned to stone many months ago, but I’m still trying to retrieve a part of you long lost. Maybe I see bits of myself reflected in you, as fragments of light slowly withering. And I’ll still be here asking about your day and waiting for the same answer even after you don’t bother to know about mine. We’re on repeat. Recycled words, recycled lines, recycled memories.

I know your demons are bigger than mine. You told me how they torture you and you learned to carry guns at night because you were afraid of something you couldn’t escape. Mine were only memories barely close enough breathe against my skin while yours left scars along your veins.

You’re running in circles, worn-out cycles, wearing a porcelain heart along your sleeve and I’d hate to see it shatter again.

I called you yesterday and your voice sounds…

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The drunken man

Little more sip he said

To satisfy his thirst

The last pour of a tot

Of his favorite drink

A penny for this drunken man’s thoughts

Whose words are remiss?

And thoughts inconsistent?

“Tis’ the drunken man”

Missing his step

Along the slippery path

In darkness he stood

And Eyes could not see

Upon the ground he fell

Dancing among the sands

“This drunken man”

Making incoherent sense

Seeing the unseen

Hearing this drunken man’s tale

Along the jagged street

Homeward bound he seeks

A destination he seems to forget

The words he said

Knew no sense

Nor the songs He sung

Any lyrics

Now home,  he finds a refugee

Keeping him from disgrace

For in the morn

He finally paused

To remenise and quiz

Of words said

path traversed

actions transgressed

This Drunken man remembered

But nothing

For the night

Has become a distant memory

Hearing bang bang bang

His head feels like

The blacksmith hammering his anvil

Perilus night he said

And when darkness falls

He walks along the same path

Again

Reciprocal and Unrequited Love

In my, good friend’s Sidney Laud Sai Schandorf note dated on the July, 31 2012 timed at 17:00 hrs GMT which he posted on Facebook, he gave his view which explains the reason why the reciprocity is a requisite in the perfection of christian love, while most of the time when he writes i make comments in support of his view point. This time i have moved from making comments but rather write my view in support to his claim, because i feel that there is more points to which this topic should be extensively discussed in Christian society.
 
The requiting of Love, in the circle of the humans and the divine relationship, begin mainly Jehovah is undeniable the most mysterious relationship between a deity and man. One which borders on the lines of selfishlessness by God and selfishness by humans. Therefore many have a totally different view of the Almighty’s provision of grace onto his children. This has driven many away from the church and ultimately God himself. God’s love for his created is by no means impartial yet we find God making comments like “Yet i have loved Isaac but Easu i have hated”[1]. Is this indicative of the fact that God has a bias towards some people and hate others, for example does God hate homosexuals and love heterosexuals, does he hate Buddhist or Muslims and love Christians. Does he hate divorcees and love married people.
 
 Questions like this is quite common now a days among the young people who are constantly been bombarded with varying conflicting views of doctrines in Christianity and other world views. The word says for lack of knowledge my people perish but i say today for the abundance of information make my people perish because all these information but still people have not come to the realization of who, what, why God His. This means people have the information but they cannot do anything with it, and this burden lies heavily on my heart.
 
Genesis 1:26  Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness,
 
“Yet it was both an honor and a favor to him that he was made last: an honor, for the method of the creation was to advance from that which was less perfect to that which was more so; and a favor, for it was not fit he should be lodged in the palace designed for him till it was completely fitted up and furnished for his reception[2]. Sidney Schandorf stated Thus our Love for God expressed in love does not exist in vacuum but is driven by the love God has already demonstrated to us We love because he first loved us.” [3]  
 
We as created begins of the master were not the first to show our love to the master, rather He created a perfect world and placed prefect begins i.e humans in it to be Lords of God’s possessions. Thus man was given a task to tend, care and produce offspring who will also be taught of God’s love and love God back.
 
How was man to love God? By service, this service was to be mabe in the obedience to the instruction “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.”[4] indicative of the fact that God is very much in expectantation of our appreciation of the love he provides and there are no compromises for us to love him back, thus God demands our love also. In that when we worship God  we echo God’s Love which has imparted our lives and we mirror back in our holiness, service to each other by the love for our neighbor, removing every kind of malice, deceit, envy, sexual immorality.
 
The likeness to which you and i were made in is the indicator of how much we have the tendency to Love God totally and wholly. “Love the Lord Your God with all your heart, mind, your strength”-Deut 5 vs. 6, Mat 22 vs. 37. What then drives man to be inappreciative of God’s love?
 
Jeremiah 2:5  This is what the LORD says: “What fault did your fathers find in me, that they strayed so far from me? They followed worthless idols and became worthless themselves.
 
If disappointment is the difference between expectation and reality then the Lord’s expectations has been met[2]. Here God question the nation of Israel if they have anything to which they were in expectant of and he God did not provide. Therefore as long as God allows the sun, rain air life to be given to all man we must requite the Love to God not for his benefit as many think but rather to benefit mankind themself. Yet upon this great devotion to humans, we find ways to say “what a burden[5]”. Many feel goaded to requite their Love to God some do for fear not of God but of his fellow man, denomination his sect and they think of God’s love as one which demands too much while others are made to feel that requiting of our Love to God is the quickest way to financial prosperity. That’s no means to reciprocate God’s Love the only way is through the path of grace, grace is the fulfilling truth to the promise of reciprocity in completing the circle of Love.
 
Romans 1:5  5 Through him and for his name’s sake, we received grace and apostleship to call people from among all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith.
 
The way of grace by which we can demonstrate our Love, removes every notion of compulsion and places the power within the hands of the willing, thus making it freely accessible, thus i need not give only material substances but give my spiritual side that’s my heart the organ mainly associated with love, my mind the organ associated with rationalization and body the organ associate with holiness. The three parts of the human is the means to which one can exhibit his love, And now, O Israel, what does the LORD your God ask of you but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul,[6]
 
I say grace is the way which empowers the weak who desire to requite their love to God in the same measure as to which he frist loves us. So by grace Abraham could offer the same gift that God has given him that’s his son Isaac, by grace Moses left a life in a palace to become a leader to people who constantly complained in a dessert with no robes and crowns. By grace David, Samuel, the prophets all were found worthy to gain a place in the express word of God that’s the scriptures. Many would find this familiar, yes, it found in Hebrews 11 but one may say why have you used grace instead of faith because grace is the foundation of faith and without faith one cannot please God.
 
 
Zechariah 12:10  10 “And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication.
 
 
The spirit of grace is that which brings us to the point of submission and we are faced with the truth of ourselves how selfish, envious and sexual immoral people we are  unless there is a provision of grace found in the Son of God we cannot free ourselves from this bondage. This grace is for your own good?[7]”.
 
 
Sin is the refusal to reciprocate our love to God and like anyone who refuse love by not loving back that love is take away from them. When God’s love which include life is taken away from us we are faced with death. We all who did not love God because of sin must now pay, “for the wages of sin is death”, the only substitute for death is life, and we have no life in us but of the one provided to us by God when were created so to gain.
 
 
“The essence of grace is salvation from sin, to be saved from “seeking our own”. Lucifer sought his own, and sin came into the universe. Jesus never sought His own, and thus brought salvation”[8]. To this end your refusal to accept Jesus Christ is the definite indicator of you not willing to love God for all the gracious gifts.
 
Reciprocating love is the way to live a righteous and holy live and unrequited love is the way of sin and destruction. This season of easter reminds us of the love God gave to mankind in other to bring reconciliation and redemption to his children and for this reason look into your live and ask yourself how have i loved God? By my own way or by the way of salvation through his only begotten son Jesus Christ who laid down is divinity on the cross and death so we can have a total sanctification that comes from the love of his father.
 
Sunday, March 10, 2013.
21:16
 
 
[1] Malachi 1 vs. 2b-3a 
[2] Matthew Henry Commentary (Gen 2)
[3] Reciprocal and Unrequited Love (Laud Sidney Schandorf)
[4] Genesis 1 vs 16- 17
[5] Malachi 1 vs. 13
[6] Deut 10: 12
[7] Deut. 10:13
[8] Zac Poonen (New Wine)
 

Producing the Fruits of the Kingdom

We are sometimes, made to think that Christianity is all about denominational beliefs which is presented to us sometimes by faulty expositions begin pedaled by venders of the Royal Priesthood. The truth of the scriptures in today’s Protestant, Evangelical, Charismatic and Pentecostal churches are been look down upon, people no more sow seeds of Righteous, but will rather sow the seeds of material blessing.  Bless the life of the man of God and your life will be blessed, how my hearts cries, we are no more looking for spiritual revival be rather materials prosperity.
Consecrate a fast, call a Sacred Assembly (Holy Convocation), sit in ash and sackcloth, cry to the Lord your God (Jehovah Elohiym), till the day of your redemption come, but what do we see, our Assemblies is filled with cries of money not souls, cries for buildings, we will rather fly in a prophet just to come and collect money from us or we rather tarry our revivals when our finances are low, no more has the Body of Christ been considered and the Holy Spirit granted his will. We are in the days of a church whose power is not been felt let alone making an impact in our generation. The people do not call for revivals any more they call for prosperity and when they call for revival they are fixed so much about programs. Everything has become money, money and money.
What everyone sows so shall he reaps, we have sown the flesh, and have now reaped the flesh, need I give examples, please let us be objective. If we say we are “Producing the Fruit of the Kingdom”, where is our seed. Galatians 5:22-23  22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,  23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. The fruit of the Spirit in actual sense is a Seed which produces a Fruit call Love which has some many tastes in it.
Like every good farmer to produce a good fruit you must first look to the right seed, how do Christians find Seed of the kingdom?

 1.    Fellowship of his Suffering (Phil. 3 vs. 7-10)
Philippians 3:7-10  But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ.  8 Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ  9 and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith;  10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death,
The bible tells in Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: we are told of the divinity of Christ, He came to earth, to suffer the penalty of Sins wages which we owed, yah, on earth peace goodwill to all men. He was the anointed one yet despite his anointing he carried my wounds of transgression and bruises for my iniquity. How I wish we could actually come to the full realization of his invested dignity. In him was not sin but he was laid on the altar of sacrifice for my sake.
Should the Christ bore the cross alone while I look on, will The Lamb have not the full reward of his suffering. He was killed not because he was a sinner how much more will I be free from deaths seeking hands.  The father was rained upon him the full judgment of ours sins yet He bore them, so I may lack nothing in righteousness. Should we continue to carry in us the little Sin of Presumption? Nay, He was sweating blood just seeing how sin has enthroned you,  the pains our sins brought upon him was beyond comprehension that he wished it would be taken away from him, yet still He stood firm, So we who walk in darkness and carry his name around can say Christ dwells in us, sin dose not pierce us, it may surround but will not affect us.
We will not enjoy those films that perverts or minds, we will not spend time making unimportant conversation, our time would be spent perusing the dreams of heavenly existence not Worldly possession. Let’s be serious for just a minute what dose the name of Jesus Christ mean to you when it’s mentioned. You see Hebrews have a way of educating their children and their who educational system was based on only one thing to educate you to Love the Lord your God with all your Heart and your entire mind. Your heart must totally and fully accept the words you are taught and the surest way for them to see that you have actual gain knowledge was when you lived according to the principle of the word of God.
Do live you according to the principles of God, dose the promptings and the convictions of the Holy Spirit actually move us in our bones and begin. Dose the Holy Spirit turn up a conviction in us, so we can call God Abba Father. How I wish we will know the Holy Spirit and move in his works. The fellowship of his suffering is the mark we carry on our bodies each day, daily we are laid as sheep to the slaughter. The trivial way we look at Christ Sacrifice may have affected the way we live. Many people walk in darkness and call it the light. There must be a turning point today cry out to the Holy Spirit so we can call his name with fear. 2.    Confidence in his Death
Romans 5:10-17  10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.  11 And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.  12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned —  13 (For until the law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law.  14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned according to the likeness of the transgression of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come.  15 But the free gift is not like the offense. For if by the one man’s offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many.  16 And the gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned. For the judgment which came from one offense resulted in condemnation, but the free gift which came from many offenses resulted in justification.  17 For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.)
Are we comforted in Christ death; for the Jesus said I have collected the keys of death from hell. Those whose position is always affected by the death of Christ are satan and his demons. They know that in his death the time of judgment has come upon them, so since the days of John the Baptist the Kingdom of God has suffered violence and the violence shall take it by force. Satan seeks those he would devour in his belly of Sheol, that, his eternal condemnation will be spent not in loneness. When Christ Died satan and his angles (demons) we defeated, the war for mans souls was won.
Yet as his name tells us he a lair and had lied to many generation not to enjoy the free gift of salvation. So why gain Free Salvation and be poor. Gain false salvation and pay well and you would be rich.  They know how their reign in the world had been put to a halt and now the Sons of God control the Earth. How satan wish he had not killed Christ but all of us are under the control of the Almighty Father, for when Christ died we died with him so was our sins. If anyone tells you not to look at Christ death with joy and hope but rather with regret then brothers and sisters tell him you are an agent for satan.  
Our condemnation was brought to reconciliation when Christ died. When sin reached Jesus Christ his immunity provided a remedy for us i.e. Death affected him but in could not condemn him because his gene was superior to it so we have now been regenerated into his likeness all through his Death. Rejoice my soul rejoice for we have been librated from sin. You see in the confidence of his death we have gain righteousness freedom from the guilt consciousness of our past sin and have a reconciliation between us and the Father.3.    Power in his Resurrection
1 Peter 1:3-4  3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,  4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,
Romans 1:4-5  4 And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:  5 By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name:
Christ resurrection has made us attain power to walk upon serpents and snakes yet they will not affect us

Green Willows

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Willows green

The willows of greenfields a fresh look into the great chasm, where time stops, seasons lost and years of dreams comes to a halt.

This ever green gaint with breezes running down your face keeping you out of the muddy polluted scenes of city traffic

This place provides the faint hearted with a means of escape the utopia beyond the horizon.

wildlife trive under your feet, it brings  the caveman in you, putting technology aside

The touch of mother nature,locking you in its embrace,

Hmmmmmmmm

Freedom from tech, no logy can explain it charm

Views of perfectly hewned ridges racing along the sky like jagged edges of diamond stones

Rivers refreshing the soil from thirst of the burning  sun

Standing graud are towering trees weaving its crown to the sounds of the wind.

Willows of greenfield the virgin taste of mother nature