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Conflicting Realities

As I looked up, I saw the old man looking away to the far southern end of the river where the mangrove trees drew a thick pattern as a well-cultured flowering garden. There is another river coming out at that point to join the main artery which tapered off into the far end as it curves off to form another stretch.

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I followed his gaze and noticed that the sun has gone under a thick grey cloud, casting a deep reddish appearance over the river in the western horizon. I looked up to the east, as if on cue, and saw the water blending off into the tall mangrove, curving into the left, going far away into the hinterlands.
From that end, I could notice the eastern horizon bearing the night as a sheet of dark velvet curtain, spreading over a static earth.

“War is an ominous evil that mankind has invented to solve frail egos and gain position and authority, which left in its wake despicable destruction of the Divine order,” he said, breaking the silence.

“Whenever I hear the sound and drums of war being played, as is the case now, I sympathize with the man. They will never learn. You cannot settle your differences by trying to kill your opponent.

“War takes away the peace of man and visits him with pain and sorrow, grief and destruction beyond his imagination. In the frenzied atmosphere of the sound of the battle drums, and war-cry, only very negligible voices will cry caution; that will easily get swallowed up in the strident sound of the drums.

“Even now, I could hear the drums of war in the distance, and rapidly getting louder,” he finished with that faraway look, seeing into time beyond our realm, I guessed.

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“Sir, there has always been a war fought in one part of the world or the other. Which one are you referring to here? There is already a war in Nigeria. Isn’t there?” I asked.

“There is a war being fought now which you hear on the News wave. They still consider it a distant tale from a fairyland. For those that have not experienced war firsthand, it sounds like an adventure that one could pursue.

“But what they did not realize is that only a few come back to tell tales of their experience, and even those lives a nightmarish life for a considerable part of their remaining life. War bears in its wings tales an observer cannot tell, unless the participants.” He looked at me sullenly with a suppressed grin and patted my shoulder.

“You had a childhood experience of your old war.”

“Yes I do,” I agreed, my thoughts going back to the first soldier I ever saw in my life.

A fat-bellied man, wielding a long rifle; he appeared from the corner of a building, looking grim and threatening. I have gone with my mother to Akpede market in the peak of the civil war, to sell fish on a particular market day.

This fat soldier also came to the market with some of his colleagues to buy things. When I saw him, I exclaimed at his appearance. My mother had to slap my mouth shut with the back of her left hand.

Over the years, I kept on imagining the enterprising spirit of the people in those dire days of the war. The people from the riverine areas will bring goods like fish, salt, and other marine-based products to this border market to ‘exchange’ for food and other product.

‘Exchange’ it, because most of the trade they were doing then was by the batter system, as the currency of exchange of both the Biafra and Nigeria notes were not accepted as a legal tender across both sides of the border; that was long before the soldiers started converging in our villages and fishing camps, burning and destroying everything.
(To be continued).

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The Noisome Sound Of Distractions

The sound of Silence is blaring

And the sound of the world is discomfiting;

The distraction in our lives is so strident

 Our Soul is hyped with all of these and losing

It grip and link to its origin; it’s becoming part of

Failing world

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We hardly distinguish the truth from the fake,

The reality of time and who we are is lost;

Lost to false and make believe reality of who

 We truly are

We hardly could tell the voice of Jacob and

The hand of Esau

As the noise reverberate through our land world

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Yet He is here directing and comforting the Saints

Just as He’d done from the beginning of time;

A loving hand stretched out to a recalcitrant

Rebellious people, who would prefer the morsel of

Bread today to the loving embrace for a wayfarer

By a loving Father

A compassionate stare gazing down at a penitent

Son, who would look up to the Heaven to say,

“Father, I yield, pity my simplicity and have mercy

On my deeds and scorns”

But in the confusion between reality and falsehood,

Between the Light and the darkness of the world,

Who’d hear His call; that’d look up from the shambles?

I dreamt I missed a phone call from God—is God trying to tell me something?

Oh! All ye Saintly Souls dwelling in this mortal plane and time

Hearken unto the Words in the Scriptures of Him that dwells

In the Heaven

As it has been, so it is today. He’s still in love with His own

He’s still beckoning, speaking and calling

 If we can be still for a moment to listen

We will hear Him and Stretch out our filthy hand to Him

To be watched with His crimson Blood that was once shed

For us to Redeem.

The Musing of a wearied Heart

12th May 2020

Topic:             The Musing of a Wearied Heart

Text:               Eph. 6:11-18

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This sound odd captioning my discussing today with this queer heading, but I didn’t want you to take that to heart; like as I said, it just about musing on the sight and sound around me, and not to me alone, but to everyone who stops briefly to ponder.

I’ll throw around some noisy ranting made by some persons and nations in the world, but mind you, I may not substantiate those things, so I will say they are allegations.

At the wake of this pandemic, COVID-109, there were so many allegations on a conspiracy theory about new world order, G5 network, new biological laboratory experiments in a certain country, and between certain countries, and also between individuals, so on and on.

So, the allegations are many. I will try to walk along the peripheral of those theories and allow my wearied heart to muse and express my thoughts here for those who are this write up; and I know who I’m referring to, to ponder and be guided.

Like I said from the onset, I may not substantiate these, but when we put all the circumstantial pieces of evidence in the public domain into perception, I could say, I am not alone.

Let me start with some ranting I am talking about.

  1. The ranting of a man who claimed he is a high-ranking Army officer in China which was circulating in social media for some sometime. He was emphatic his government developed that Covid-19 to cause certain people, and the society at large to become compliant to the dictate of the government.

However, the trial of the experiment went awry and out of proportion; the result is the Covid-19 we have today.

  1. Taking that stand into account, l and recalling that the same government in China has threatened some time ago – this was also in the public domain – to review the BIBLE and the WORD of God. People like us started underlining those words by crossing the ‘T’s and dotting the ‘I’s and imagined the relationship between Covid-19 and those ranting and threats.
  2. And as in substantiating the above, the White House and some governments and individuals, and even organizations started throwing those allegations of laboratory experiment originating from China and even went the extra mile demanding for compensation and punishment from and for China.

A wearied heart cannot help but to ponder and muse at this seemingly obvious conspiracy theory, especially a heart idling away in the house with the lockdown.

The conspiracy theory that forces somewhere must have aligned their selves together to force our world into a New Order.

However, as I said in the beginning, I know those I am considering pondering in this hypothesis. We are not unmindful of the Bible cautioning us.

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In Eph. 6:11-18, “Put on the whole armor of God, that ye maybe able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against Principalities; against Powers, against Rulers of Darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high place.

13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil days, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loin girt about with the truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness.

15 And your feet shod with the gospel of peace. 16 Above all, take on the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench the fiery darts of the wicked.

17 And the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 Praying always with all prayers and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all Saints.”

I have to go, the whole hog in this caution, and deliberately emphasized some keywords so those whom I believe I mean this discussion to encourage will ponder on them and become strong in this season.

I will not expatiate on those words, but for all to ponder and get the Rhema of what it intends them to do in times like.

But let us be reassured in what Jesus Christ told the Disciple, which by extension is to all believers in the book of John 14:1-3, “Let not your heart be trouble; ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare for you.

3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”

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Does this encourage you in any way? All the calamities and unusual things manifesting, know that we have no continuing city in this world. Jesus promised us a home and not to be troubled.

Though our hearts are wearied, let it not trouble us. Until the rapture comes, every storm and tempest occasioned by the powers of Darkness and the Principalities of this world will pass away; for God did not sanction it: not while we are still here.

Let the things we see today do not sway us, my brothers, and sisters. Stand firm in the word of God and not allow the mockers sneering against God and the church sway from the Lord.

Take into your heart the words of Paul in 2 Cor. 4:18, “While we look not at the things which are seen but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”

Remember that the Lord has purposed for us, our families and His people greater and better things for us through this storm if we hold fast to the end.

I can’t help humming this my childhood days song as I am writing this piece, and I won’t mind if you join me to hum along as you read.

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I Da bei wari mi

I mia timi eri emi

Timi eri emi(2x);

I Da bei wari mi

I mia timi eri emi

I da bei wari mi’gho

 

Biobele, biobele

Wa bibobele’nyo (3x)

I Da bei wari mi’gho

 

In my father’s house

There are many mansions there

In my father’s (2x)

In my father’s house

There are many mansions there

In my father’s up there.

 

Happy, happy

Happy we shall be (3x)

In my father’s house, up there.

 

 

 

Our Confidence in The Lord

The Online Christian Fellowship

(The Church in the Web)

Bible discourse of 5th May 2020

Topic:                        Our Confidence in the Lord.

Text:              Psm. 1:1-3

Psalms 1:1-3. “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners; nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and his law doth he meditates day and night.

 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither: and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”

Today’s book in the bible does not need further interpretation, or long sermonic exhortation, it is distinct.

However, what I will do here is to paraphrase it to have a clearer and topical explanation of today’s reality, where the spirits of many are waxing cold, and giving room to fear to magnify its hold and threat on mankind and our adherence to the word of God.

Verse 1 started with an impressive word of encouragement – “Blessed is the man,”- blessed here is to mean having the favor of God, being in the reckoning of God.

It means, the man who does not take counsel from the ungodly – does not take advice, direction, instruction from the person who does not trust, believes, walk in the will and mind of God, will have an extraordinary, abundance favor of God.

“Nor standeth in the way of sinners,”- in the place where sinners congregate, the path is known only to sinners, the path follows by sinners – Sinners here means the people who disobey God, going the way that is contrary to where God has instructed.

“Nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful,” – abiding where those that scorn the word of God are sitteth, those that make a mockery of the word of God, and about Jesus Christ – becoming part of the people saying there is no God, or Christianity is a religion of fools.

Verse 2 “But his delight” – his joy, his pleasure – “is in the law of the Lord” – in the precepts of God, the commandment of God, the ordinances of God.

He takes pleasure in the statute of God – and he – “meditate” in these laws, think about, reason about, cogitates in his mind what the laws of God says, how they apply to his life, to his family, his business, the society that’s held bound by Covid-19 day and night.

He thinks about what God instructs, as he is holed up in his home, what God says concerning him as he goes out to the grocery shop for his supplies, as he lies down on his bed peering at the dark ceiling, as he watches his family writhing in hunger because there is nothing in the kitchen.

He is thinking about what God’s instructions are, as they fill the news wave with tales of the thousands dying out there. What is God saying and instructing to do in times like these?

Verse 3 “And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water” – he shall be like a tree which is not bothered by the drought in the land or the wild bush fire that is smothering the savannah because his root reaches out to the depth of the river where the water flows up to nourish its stem and gives luster green to its leaves.

He shall be like the evergreen forest of the Amazons, the luster rain belt of the Niger Delta basins. He will replenish daily with strength, encouragement, hope, confidence, love, joy, peace, which is an embodiment of the Word.

He will not falter, or become hopeless; he will not become despondent because of the imagination of fear of what is happening around him.

“That bringeth forth his fruit in his season” because the Lord blesses him above measures and stays his hope in the word of God. He hears the “fear not” from the word of God to every occasion he is passing through. In every season, the fruit of the Spirit in him will come to play a role for him’ so, his leaf, his hope, his trust in the Lord, his confidence in the Lord will not wither, “and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper” because his hope stays in the Lord.

He will not be hearing the noise of the battle, but only the sound of the word of God telling him that he should be of good cheers, that He has overcome the world.

He is only hearing God telling him He will take him through a path none has trodden before; where eyes have not seen, nor ears heard the thing he will still do for him; he is only hearing that if he passes through the fire, it will not kindle against him or the waters overflow him.

He is only hearing the voice of the Lord saying, because he had made Him his habitation and refuge, no evil shall come near his dwelling.

He is only thinking about doing what he should, as a Child of God, praying for the nations and reaching out to help in any bit he could; all the time singing along this wonderful rendition of the Pilgrim:

G H S 27: I Am Bound for Canaan

  1. “Storm do not alarm me, they sometime must cease.

     Trial cannot harm me, for I have blessed peace:

     All I have left behind me, I longed for no more.

      Better things shall find me on Canaan’s shore

 

(Chorus)           Let those who will stay in Egypt land

                            I am bound for Canaan

                           Where milk and honey flowing, shall ever be my portion.

                          All battle fought and victory won,

                          Peace and Joy my portion,

                          My soul shall rest on its shore by and by.

  1. Trouble do not fret me, they cannot abide

       Though they may beset me, In Jesus I will hide,

      All they world commotion about me may roam.

      There is no stormy ocean on Canaan’s shore.

(Chorus).

  1. I, in grace abiding, am trying to stay,

       In the shadow hiding of Canaan’s perfect day;

      All I trust fail me, ‘twill matter no more,

      Nothing can assail me on Canaan’s shore.

(Chorus).

 

 

 

 

 

Righteousness and Exaltation

The Online Christian Fellowship
(The Church in the Web)
14th April, 2020
Topic: Righteousness and Exaltation
Text: Prov. 14:34; 2Kings 18:1-18; 20:1-6; Matt. 6:13.

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In today’s Bible Study, I want to look at a topic I titled Righteousness and Exaltation. I will start by examining the meaning of the two operating words in this topic Righteousness and Exaltation.
Def. Righteousness means living a life acceptable to God; doing and living a lifestyle is in agreement with God’s standard, and also in obedience to the word of God: conforming to God’s standard. It means for someone to be blameless before God and man.
This is now throwing out other salient words that will form the key to today’s study. The highlighted words in that definition emphasized the importance of someone to be righteous.

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Def. Exaltation is the state where one is elevated in rank or position to a higher reckoning. To the believer, exaltation means when God lift him higher or appreciates based on your fellowship with Him. It also means to be lifted in Divine favor and promotion.
Following this line of thought, I will say Righteousness and Exaltation means when we experienced a Divine favor, or blessing, or promotion because of our living a lifestyle pleasing, and in agreement ant is acceptable to God.
Our text in the book of Proverbs put succinctly; 14:34, “Righteousness exalted a nation; but sin is a reproach to any people.” Meaning that when a nation, or a people, or the church lives a righteous life; a lifestyle pleasing to God, He will lift that nation, the people, or the church.
There will be a Divine favor in that church. So when we talk about Divine healing in a nation or a people, as the present situation we have in the world, and we are expecting the Lord to do that then we have to live a life that will please Him.
We might be tempted to ask at this point why did God allow this calamity to befall the world? Even when we do not want to answer that question, one thing is becoming clear. He is closing down all the institutions that are taking our attention from him.
We have become so sentimentally attached to the world and its possessions, to where the church is regarded as the large magnificent edifice and cathedrals we construct in our cities.

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Acts 7:48, “Howbeit the Most High, dwelleth not in temples made with hand; as saith by the Prophet,” Acts 17; 24-28, god that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands:
Neither is worshiped with men hand, as though he needed anything, seeing he giveth to all life and breath, and all things……… For in him we live and move, and have our being: as certain also of your own Poets have said, ‘for we are also his offspring.’”
He has allowed the present season to draw us away from those edifices to appreciate Him from our heart; for that’s where he dwells. So, our righteousness is accepting the reality that he lives in us and knows when we have deviated from His will and His Word.

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1. Example of God’s favor. 2Kings 18:1-8; 20:1-6.
There are lots of old-timers in the Bible days for us to draw an example from about their righteousness. We will limit our study to King Hezekiah, for the sake of space and time in this study. He manifested righteousness in his reign in Judah.
He destroyed all the idols, pull down all the strongholds and altar of idol worship, and committed his people to trust God. As a result, God exalted him and prospered him.
2Kings 18:6-7, “For he clave to the Lord, and departed not from following him, but kept his commandment, which the Lord commanded Moses. And the Lord was with him, and he prospered whithersoever he went forth: and he rebelled against the King of Assyria and served him not.”
Phil. 2:5-11, “…. But himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross……”
Though Christ was representing God in the world, he was obedient to God and became an ordinary man, and He exalted him higher.
In 2Kings 20:1-6, Hezekiah, because he was righteous, could talk over his situation with God when he was sick; his death was postponed for another 15 years, giving him the opportunity to subdue all his adversaries: you can do the same.
2. Condition for Divine Exaltation: Matt. 6:25-34.
You may have so many worries and troubles trying to exalt yourself by your efforts. But the most important thing is that God knows all our needs and he will provide for us, but we must seek Him out first today. Don’t say I will do that tomorrow, or after the Pandemics is over.
What stops you today looking up to heaven and saying “Lord have mercy on me. I have sinned and do not hold your righteousness as seriously as I should have. I do that now, have mercy on me and draw me to yourself.”
If you sincerely do that, it will amaze you at the peace the Lord will give to you today and remove the worry, fear, and anxiety of the season we are passing through.
The Lord exalted Abraham, David, Hezekiah, Daniel, and all the people we read about in the Bible. Do you trust Him enough to walk righteously? Seek the Lord today and he will open a door for you.

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A Night In Calvary

https://hallmarkinfoblog.wordpress.com/2020/04/11/a-night-inj-calvary-mount/A NIGHT IN CALVARY MOUNT

The Night was pitch dark on Calvary mount
The clustering of feet and the frenzy of the throng
of the day before has ceased, save for the fluttering
of the arid vegetation in the stale midnight breeze
The city lay silent, surrounded by the ghostly hills
Unable to comprehend the bestial human display
They’ve witnessed the day before when men in their
Blind lustful hatred had committed a heinous mayhem
In their ill-lighted home, the populace cringing away;
Affright of the shadows looming over the city from the
overhanging night cloud, daring of an unimaginable
gloom that none seem willing to hazard the consequence
They lay unease in their opulent estate, appraising
the consequences of their deed, now that it was done
Yet peace has eluded their diseased mind as the three
Day resurrection prophecy gnashed their wearied heart
Barricaded in a dimly illuminated home
like bereaved chicks running under the shadows,
the dispersed Disciples clustered together, unsure
of all the Master has thought about rebuilding the
Temple on the third day; not discerning the Spirituality
from the natural run of life.
And fearful of what the future holds for them,
not comprehending the Divinity and immortality
of the Redeemer: mourns and weep for Him
whom they feared has died from the pierced nail
and the thrusting spear from a cruel hand
But our savior is alive, for He lives forever
He’s the immortal God, the one who was,
and ever will be alive, and even now, from
His Lofty throne beside the Father, watching
a recalcitrant world not comprehending his
Word, his teaching and His Divinity;
He is the LORD; he is alive and ever will be.

The Storm Is Over: Peace, Be Still 5

The Online Christian Fellowship.
(The Church in the Web)
6th April 2020
Topic: The Storm Is Over: (Peace, Be Still 5)
Text: Mark 4: 39; Psm. 1:3; Prov. 10: 25; Jonah 1:13-15; Isa. 9:6.
For all of you that have tagged along with me in this study, I am grateful to you. I hope all you have learned through this study will guide us as we continue along this path with Christ on to the day of the Lord.
I will round up this series of ‘Peace, be Still’ by examining the aftermath of a storm and our reaction to it.
In the morning, after a stormy night, there is usually a plain peace and quietness in the locality. Whenever a ceasefire is declared between warring factions, there is always a calm feeling in the atmosphere, and the ruins of the encounter will be clear everywhere.
When Jesus stilled the storm, there was great calm in the sea, and the disciples looked around in disbelief and amazement. Mark 4:39-41 “And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, “Peace, be still.” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm……… And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, what manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey Him?”
When the blind man realized he can see, he jumped about joyfully, telling everyone how he was blind, but now could see. John 9:25, He answered and said, ‘Whether he is a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that whereas I was blind, now I see.’”
When Sarah barren spell was broken, she called all the people and said, she can now laugh amongst people and not as an object of laughter. Gen. 21: 6, “And Sarah said, God hath made me to laugh, so that all that hear will laugh with me.”
When the reproach of the Israelites was removed at the killing of Goliath, the women praised God, singing that “Saul has killed his Thousands and David ten thousand;” much to the chagrin of Saul.
When the Storm is over in any situation, people’s reaction varies according to the circumstance.
In the morning when the raging storm in the night has passed over, we go about picking up the broken pieces of our properties, and putting them back together. It is the same about our ruins; we tried to rebuild our homes to start afresh.
Jesus said it more distinctly in Matthew 12:43-45. “When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out: and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. Then goeth it and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be unto this wicked generation.”
He was like saying that when the storm is over in our lives; it is time to rededicate ourselves to the service of the Lord. We walk with God more in the Spirit and deeds than with mouth. Matthew 7:5-8; John 12: 35; 1:5-7; Rom. 6:4; 2Cor.6:16-1. “Then Jesus saith unto them, ‘Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth. While ye have the light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light.’ These things spake Jesus and departed and did hid himself from them.” John 12:35.
Our walk with God will become meaningful if we obey Him, and carry out His great ‘commission,’ Mk. 16: 15-1. “I must walk the works of Him that sent me while it is the day: for the comet, when no man can walk.” John 9:4.
The Samaritan woman could not hide her joy after Jesus rid her of her secret about many husbands, and she went into town preaching Jesus. John 4:29 “Come see a man, which told me all the things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?” The simplicity of this woman accepting Jesus as Christ is disarming. Could we all accept Him that much, when we realize that he stills the storm in your life; that this raging pestilence did not come to you and your entire family?
Abide in His Presence always and you shall be like a tree planted beside a river, Psm. 1:3; and because He is the one who stills storms, He will make you free. John 8:36.
Conclusion: It does not matter what storm is raging in your life, and ravaging through the world, “Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16: 25-33; Matt. 9:1-3, 18-22; 14:22-33; Mark 10: 46-52).
NO MATTER THE STORM WE FACE, BE ASSURED, THE STORM IS OVER, IN JESUS NAME.
Concluded.
I marvel at what God is doing in my life, and I worshiped Him in my Soul with this rendition of His great works. Come worship with me as you give tone to these lyrics in your own way.
“They are the works of His Hand”
“How glorious and how perfect
Art the works the Lord hath done”
For upon nothingness, He formed the earth.
When nothing that breathes upon the vast universe lived,
He made all things alive by His breath of life.
From the little tadpole to the great whale
in the depth of the waters, doth the Lord made.
“How glorious and how perfect
Art the works the Lord hath done.”
Upon the vast endless space
where the universe cosmos display;
the thousands stars in the firmament
twinkling upon the dark starry night,
are the wonders of His Word.
“How glorious, how perfect, art the works of His hands.”
Thus, I will raise my voice high in singing,
From the Everglade of the Amazon over the rolling
billows of the Oceans; to the Evergreen of the Congo
Rain belt: to the southern Asian rain forest,
all swaying and raging tempestuously in worship
to the Lord who hath done all things perfectly.
From the Alps ranges to the Everest Peak,
I see the awesomeness and beauty of God’s
greatness, spreading into the Himalaya’s crest;
From the Sierra Nevada Ranges to the Appalachia,
the power of God transcends: through the Gullies
and canyons, to the coastal plains of the many seas.
“How glorious, how perfect art the works of the Lord.”
 
The inconsequential troublesome gnats,
To the great beast of the field whose roar
trembles the jungle; the little fluttering
harmless dove, to the soaring powerful eagle,
are all marvels of the Lord perfect creation.
I can’t help but sing continuously,
“How glorious, how perfect, art the works of the Lord.”
But of all He hath done, I am the most
uniquely and beautifully made.
So precious and gracious he doth make me.
His strength doth He bestowed on me to have
dominion and power over all that he hath made.
How could I pause in my praises on to Him,
“Who hath done all things perfect and glorious.”
 
I am the most tender and weakest of His creations.
Thus, His Spirit lives in me; hovers over me,
strength to my weak state: reviving my soul.
He restores my estate; empowers my hands,
and bears me through this fitful voyage of life,
over the snares of my adversaries; hence, I’ll sing:
“How glorious, how perfect art the works of the Lord.”
 
As I mourn the passing on of a loved one,
and weeps on account of the wickedness of man,
He takes me into the hollow of His arm;
He is a comfort to my weary soul,
as He restores my broken spirit with His peace.
Thus, my joy doth He fulfills: For there’s none that’s
“so glorious and perfect in works, as the Lord.”

A World In A Limbo

 

In a twinkle of an eye, and everything
seem to melt into a nothingness,
as the toils of centuries crumbles into insignificant,
and everything appears to be going to nowhere.
The fast pace business empires, and high-tech gadgets
prepared for this emergency is proving ineffective
against an invisible foe that has brought our world into a Limbo.

We aren’t just seem to get nowhere; we’re crawling into our shells
and collapsing our habitation around ourselves pretending our alleys are the invisible foes that’s mocking our civilization with the crudest of uncertainty; where the arsenals we’ve gathered this many years to annihilate ourselves, proves ineffective to destroy this Satanic foe; that holds the world in a swing, tossing us around in a frightening whirlpool.

3D render of a medical background with virus cells

We are loosing our sanity of oneness.
We’re back to a generation of self preservation.
Our societal oneness and cherished love are coroding
into a novel state of social distance; coined, not out of love,
but dictated by our common enemy that’s reshaping our world.
This is not to be taking as the period of treacherous national survival;
It is a new human evolution; evolution of understanding nature and Human.

Our enemies are not the people from a different nationality from yours.                                                                              Neither are they the Chinese, Russians, nor the America.                                                                                                  They are neither the Blacks, nor the Whites,                                                                                                                                    the Asians, nor the Mongolians.                                                                                                                                                            Our foes are neither from the West, nor from the East.                                                                                                                They are not from the North, or the  South.                                                                                                                                 We are all one great people endowed to subdue the natural.

Night city street after a storm surge of a hurricane. Long exposure.

They are the real enemies that are refusing our dominance.                                                                                                The Stormy Gale off the Pacific stretch, and the Monson in the Indian Ocean.                                                                      The Volcanos in the Alps, and the Earthquakes in the Indonesia’s’ ranges;                                                                            The Tsunamis in Japan, and the Tornados off the coast of The Caribbean.                                                                            The devastating Whirling Hurricane ravaging through the oceans,                                                                                 from Alaska to the Cape of Good Hope,                                                                                                                                      The Tiny invisible viruses and pestilences they share;                                                                                                        their lethal weapons that mankind is grappling to  subdue.

 

These are our main adversaries; control by the Universal Elements,                                                                               The Principalities and Powers in their dark covens, marshalling out                                                                                 an army against us, threatening to revise our civilization to the                                                                                         era of the caveman.

Let’s unite to fight this beast cloaked in mortal invisibility.                                                                                                       Let’s gather ourselves back to our inspirator who gave us the                                                                                        order to Subdue, to dominate and to Possess.

This is our own evolution, to accept our oneness;                                                                                                                     We make our greatness in diversity manifest if we love one another,                                                                           devoid of race and ethnicity consideration.                                                                                                                                 We are one great World;                                                                                                                                                                   We refuse to capitulate to the caprices of Satan.

young doctor researches in lab

 

 

 

The Storm is Over: “Peace, Be Still 4”

The Online Christian Fellowship.

(The Church in the Web)

April 1st 2020.

Topic:                        The Storm is Over (Peace, Be Still 4).

Text:              Mark 4:35-41; Matt.19:23-26.

In this study, I believe we have come to the understanding of what storms are, and how they are caused. We have also seen various Biblical situations of storms, and how God intervened and brought those situations to a still, and allowed peace to reign in the life of the Patriarchs.

We have equated our own storms of life with those and have dealt with them to this belief; we know, by faith, that the Storm is over.

However, for this study, we will look at what to do when we have storms in our lives; this is inevitable. We will examine the following steps in handling storms.

  1. Acknowledging the Storm. Mark 4:35-41; 1Sam. 1:1-20; Dan. 3:8-19; Matt. 9:20.

It is not enough to know there is a situation that is trying to impede getting your success in your pursuit, and merely glossing over it, thinking it will wear off someday. To acknowledge it, is to say this situation should not have happened, because it is causing a hindrance in one’s life. It is also to know why the situation occurred.

Taking the current situation about the Covid-19 in the world, for instance; why should this problem come about our world in a time as this?

  1. Acknowledge the God’s Factor: Psm. 1:1-3; Isa. 9:6; Matt. 19:26

As believers, we should realize we are children of God; dwelling in His secret place, which is the safest place to be, because He is the Almighty, in whose hand all things become possible.

Why then did God allow this pandemic to hit our world so hard and devastating, one would ask. I would say that it is hard to discern the mind of God in a situation like this, but to only acknowledge that He is the Almighty God and one cannot query His action.

We realize that in this disease, all the nations, all mankind, all super powers, Kings and nobles, Prince and Commoners, understand that whomsoever we are, whatever we possess, it is time to look up to Him.

It is time the world should realize that God is in charge of the affairs of the universe; that none is above His control.

So, what should we do? We must acknowledge Him as the Lord of all. We should return to Him, come down from whatever position we are in humble adoration, and He will Heal our Land.

2Chrol. 7:14-15, “If my people which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from Heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. Now mine eyes shall be open, and my ears attend unto the prayer that is made in this place.”

Jonah cried against Nineveh, one of the most static evangelism messages in the Bible, yet the King of Nineveh and his entire subjects listened and returned to the Lord.

Jonah 3:4-10. “And Jonah began to enter into the city a day’s journey, and cried, and said, “Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown. V5. So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them. V6. For word came unto the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, and laid his robe from him, and covered him with sackcloth, and sat in ashes……………………. V10. And God saw their works; that they turned from their evil ways, and God repented of the evil, that He had said that He would do unto them; and He did it not.”

So, in any storm we face in Life, Covid-19 inclusive, we must intimate Him of this unusual situation. In all the Bible characters we examined, one salient point was common; they cast their burden unto the Lord and He answered them. (Matt. 11:28).

  1. Come Believing: Mark 9:23; 11:24, James 1:5-8.

The woman with the issue of blood in one of the biblical example we examined, came to Christ with a super faith, “If I may only touch the hem of His garment.” Do not look at the gloomy side of your storm. Look at the lighter, brighter, hopeful, side of overcoming the storm. The fear, doubt, anxiety, discouragement; the negativity of your situation is in the mind. It is what you think and makes of the storm that it will be.

So make light the storm; purge your thoughts and look unto Jesus.

 

Next: Peace Be Still 5

 

THE WEIGHTLESS WEIGHT!

 

The old man stretched out his arm.

There is nothing to harm.

Yet, weary he had being.

Of what cause him this dread,

He can but only dread.

 

Hours on end, he sat gazing unseeingly

upon the world, events fleeting by.

He had tried to be part of them.

Yet a weight so heavy is upon him;

Dragging him into a depth of despair.

Sinking him into an abyss of forlornness.

Desolation of contempt and failure,

Grasping unto straws of hope and revival,

“My soul,” he gasped. “What ails you so distressfully?”

There is none to offer answers.

 

It is the disease of the heart.

It pierces like a dagger.

Piercing through the heart.

But of what caused this dread,

that he can, but still only dread.

 

Why feel this heavy heartedness?

The thought upon which this hinge is a phantom;

The heavy heartedness is also a phantom.

There is no weight in the weight.

That so gruesomely weighs upon the heart.

 

It wanders upon the past.

It dreads upon the future,

So active is the heart; not resting when it should.

Brooding thoughts that weigh down the soul;

And a heavy heart that weighs down the body.

 

Make light the thoughts in the heart.

They bear no weight upon the soul.

“Fly away my soul likes the light

that has no weight in itself;

yet it brightens and lightens our lives.”

He lifted his legs, and light they were.

He shook his head and stood up.

There was no weight weighing him down.

He took a sprint down the hallway.

He was like a bird in flight.

 

“Oh! My Soul,” He cried out in relief.

“Why weigh down these many years

by thoughts that are weightless?

Oh! My Soul, why weary thou my being

by mere weightless weights of the heart?”

“Peace, Be Still 3”

The Online Christian Fellowship

(The Church in the Web)

28th March 2020

TOPIC:           THE STORM IS OVER: PEACE, BE STILL. (3)

TEXT:                         MARK 4:35-41; MATT. 19-23-26

This is the third part of my serial teaching on the subject, ‘Peace, Be Still.’ In the previous lessons, we have examined the context and meaning of storms and the various types storms that affect our everyday life challenges. In all of those challenges that we face, we noticed the hand of God coming to play by setting the situations right.

In today’s lesson, we will look at the various causes of storms in our lives; as the saying goes, there is no smoke without a fire. In looking at the various causes, we will understand that every storm we are facing today has been here before and had been dealt with in other generation

CAUSES OF STORMS

I will attempt to break the causes of storms into 2 types; the Natural/ Physical storms and the Spiritual Storms.

Natural Storms are generally caused by an interaction or reaction of different atmospheric condition within a particular geographical location.

I am not a scientist, so my explanation will not have an empirical verification. But I knew that storm and Tempest are caused the movement of the earth and the differences in the movement of the ocean waters

Others like thunder storm could be the result of the reaction of the various atmospheric chemical compositions and interaction, just as avalanche could be the result of disturbances of the glacier.

Earthquakes and tsunamis are caused by the movement and the realigning of the earth crust and the different  rocks. This causes a movement that causes land slide, earth quakes and tsunamis.

This could prove by scientist and other experts in those disciplines. But for the purpose of this study, I will look broadly on the Spiritual Storms; those have direct correlations with the believers.

Spiritual Storms are could be caused some or combination of the following:

  1. This is the major instrument through which Satan holds the world in captivity. It means not working according to God’s will and purpose. Sin separate man from god thus exposing him to all the connections associated with sin. Storms arise as a direct consequence of sin. (Jonah 1:4-15; Joshua 7:1-23).

“Now the word of the Lord came unto Jonah, the son of Amittah, saying. “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me.

But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish.

So, he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go to them unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord.

But the Lord sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea, so that the ship was like to be broken.”

  1. Satanic and Demonic induced storms: anyone not dwelling in the secret place of the Almighty is a tool in the hand of the Satan and the only remedy is returning back to God; for the devil has no other job here on earth than going about stealing, killing and destroying.

He does not even care even if you are a believer; he will try and buffet us continually with trials and temptations, assessing our loyalty and commitment to God, until he finds a broken hedge. (Job 1:6-20; Daniel 3:8-27; 10:11-14.)

  1. Enemies: These are storms that come from people who perceived you as their adversary. It may be real, or imagined; that you are standing in a position they would rather prefer to be, or would not want you to be. Sometimes, your enemy is one that do not like you or whatever you stands for; they will continue to raise storm against you. (Psm. 55:1-23; Dan. 6:1-23).
  2. For Judgment: god would sometimes allow storms against a person, or nations in order to reconcile them to Him, or as a direct punishment against them for being overtly recalcitrant. (Psm 78:1-67; Isa. 28:1-2 Ex. 12: 29-30; 14:26-28;29:5-8)

“Woe to the crown of pride, to their drunkards of Ephraim, whose glorious beauty is like a fading flower, which are on the head of the fat valleys of them that are overcome with wine! Behold, the Lord hath a strong one , which as a tempest of hail and a destroying storm, as a flood of a mighty waters overflowing, shall cast down to the earth with the hand.

The Crown of pride, the drunkard of Ephraim shall be trodden under feet. And the glorious beauty of , which is on the head of the fat valleys, shall be a fading flower, and as the hasty fruit before the summer, which when , he that looketh upon it seeth, while it was in his hand he eateh it up……”Isa. 28:1-4.

I cannot tell herein which category the present storm in the earth falls into amongst all these, but no matter in which category that causes this storm, the word of the Lord is irrevocable, “PEACE, BE STILL.”

NEXT: PEACE BE STILL 4 (THE KEY TO AVERTING THE STORM)

 

The Jealous of a water’s Love

So colorless and filled with multiple colors
So weak and venerable; but powerful and strong
Harmless and friendly; yet dangerous in adversity
It comes in drops, but falls in torrent
It rolls in drips; yet like an avalanche it rushes
Thus is water made; a morning friend but an evening
adversary

It is cold and chilling, but hot and scalding
Soft and plasmatic; yet stony and impenetrable
It is light and floats , but heavy and deep
It could be tossed and splashed about contemptuously;
yet it brushes aside and washes asunder, whatever in its wake

From its fountain upon the mountain top
it cascades down, streaming into springs and falls
meandering downstream into rivers and seas
and into one gigantic mass of plasmatic assemblage;
thus, our ocean is born: untamable by man’s invention

It lays flat and docile; yet rolls tempestuously in
undulating heap
breaking forth destructively upon the shores
leaving in its wake ruins and desolation,
a world of tumult, pain and anguish
So friendly but jealous is a water’s love
Hence, we conform to the caprices of water

“PEACE, BE STILL.”

The Online Christian Fellowship

(The Church in the Web)

28th March 2020

Topic:                        The Storm is Over. (Peace Be Still 2).

Text:              Mark 4:35-41; Matt. 19: 23-26.

In our previous study, we tried to define what the storm is over means, and the two types of storms we are examining in the study.

As this period is dedicated to exhorting believers to continue to trust in the Lord to overcome the fear the Covid-19 has cast upon the world, we will continue the study by looking at other Spiritual storms Satan uses to affliction to cause fear and dismay in the believers’ faith.

Spiritual storm are storms in our lives that has violent reaction to our pursuit, which often obstruct, or impede our success. I will try to limited the discourse here only to the basic, hoping to you will be able to imagine what the overall effect of the storm plays in our everyday affairs.

I will show some Biblical situation that relate to our own storm and how the Lord was able to still them all.

Biblical Stormy Situations:

  1. Abraham/Sarah’s Barrenness: Gen. 12 1-4; 16:1-4: 17:1-27; 21:1-3.
  2. Joseph sold as slave and imprisonment Gen. 39:1-20.
  3. Hannah’s barrenness. 1Sam. 1:1-20.
  4. Goliath’s defying of the Israelites. 1Sam. 17:1-11, 16-51.
  5. David’s flight from Saul. 1Sam. 19:1-3.
  6. The 3 Hebrew men. Dan. 3:8-19.
  7. Daniel in the lion’s den. Dan. 6:1-23.
  8. Ruth’s calamity and resolution. Ruth 1:1-18.
  9. Haman’s treachery against the Jews. Esth. 3:16.
  10. Elizabeth’s barren situation. Luke 1:5-7.
  11. Jesus’ early flight from King Herod. Matt. 2:13-15.
  12. Jesus’ temptation. Matt. 4:1-11.
  13. Peter’s fishing draught. Luke. 5:1-11.
  14. Turning water in wine. John 2:1-10.
  15. The mad man at Gergesenes. Matt. 8: 28-33.
  16. The woman with the issue of blood. Matt. 9:20.
  17. Blind Bartimaeus. Mark 10:4252.
  18. The man at the Pool of Bethesda. John 5:1-9.

If we can take time to read through these stories and their outcomes, you will agree that these are the same storm we facing at one time or the other in our lives.

One thing I want to say clear here is, the Lord is still saying something to the world and to the believers in particular. We have an invisible enemy everyone is calling a beast. But God is saying something; “Peace, Be Still.” To the disease, it is a command, and to the believer, an exhortation.

He stilled My Storms

Whistling eerily like the Devil’s wind,
the dark night arose in a hair splitting
conspiratorial and ominous assembling of
all the dark elements from the four corners
of the universal plane, upon the slumbering sea,
ferociously pushing the gigantic body of water

In the gloomy depth where it lay caressing the seabed,
the water growled menacingly, stirred lazily and
rolled up in an undulating wavy crest across the
length and breadth of its vast expanse; a giant stirring
Thus the wind blew tempestuously upon the sea;
provoking the waves to rise boisterously in a stormy gale,
tossing asunder everything it bore on its surface

The Mariners were frightful; the rudder refusing
to heed the command of the Cap’n of the ship as
he tried vainly to steer the wheel which was threatening
to unhinge from its socket, while the waves rose menacingly
like a hanging cliff, about to suck the ship and its occupants
into the bowels of its dark interior

Then in one solemn anguished cry of despair,
“Master, caresth thou not that we perish?” the
Mariners wailed, shaking the Master, whom the
stormy weather has no effect upon whatsoever
Then, He arose; He, whom the elements of the
darkly cloudy nights have no power to subdued

He arose; He, upon whose Word, the planes of
the universe were formed and jointly fitted;
the pillars upon which the earth stand majestically
He, whom the elements of this world recognized,
and quaked, and bowed in sublime submission

“Peace be Still,” His voice thundered and borne
across the raging stormy sea to the fountain of its
birth, wherein it was released upon the sea ferociously
The tempest ceased: and the raging sea became still
Like a deflated balloon, all the elements coiled back into
their covens where they lay in worship of Him whom the
world rejected and despised blasphemously

Thus, He stilled all our tempestuous and
riotous life when we cried to Him in humble
adoration and sublime submission
He set our part firmly on a rocky stead
in this slippery voyage of life
Troubles and storms do not fret Him,
for He is the Master, the Creator of all;
the universal powers and Authority recognize Him

 

PEACE, BE STILL

The Online Christian Fellowship

(The Church in the Web)

27th March 2020.

Topic: The Storm Is Over: Peace Be Still. (1)

Text:   Mark 4:35-41; Matt. 19:23-26.

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In my last study, I spoke about the ‘Storm Riders.’ We explained what storms are and how the believer is regarded as a Storm Rider because of the many storms he faces as he navigates through the voyage of life in this earthly plane.

However, we told ourselves that in spite of the many challenges that encompassed around us, we must realize that Jesus Christ is with us and had told us that we must be of good cheers.

Like we said in the last study, we realized that our world is passing through a phase that has not been known in our modern history; ravaging pestilence is sweeping through the whole world and laying in its wake countless deaths: this is a great storm.

But we must realize that the last time a storm threatened to sweep the ship with the disciples and Jesus on board, he commanded the storm saying, “PEACE, BE STILL.” Do you still hear the word of the Lord giving that order to the COVID-19, “PEACE, BE STILL?”

DEF. STORM: In our last study, we tried to define Storm to mean a disturbance of the atmosphere. It is a great whirling motion of the air; usually with a violent disturbance, an outburst of emotion, or passion. We can sometimes call it TEMPEST.

OVER: This means so many things to various people, but its usage in this context, over means finished. That something or a situation has come to an end.

I am going to run through this study, ‘Peace, be Still,’ serially in the next five studies and in them, we will try to examine the various types of storms and how they are related to the various storms we are passing through in life.

We will also look at the causes of storms and how we can rely upon God to ending those storms in our lives, and especially, what we should be doing in this season to ride over the storm of the COVID-19.

 

TYPES OF STORMS:

There are various types of storms we know. They include:

  1. Natural Storms.

(i). Typhoons, (ii). Tornados, (iii). Whirlwind, (iv). Cyclone, (v). Landslide, (vi). Avalanche, (vii).  Tsunami, (viii). Earthquake and (ix). Volcanic Eruption.

  1. Spiritual Storm.

Spiritual storms, on the other hand, are those storms that come to man in the natural course of our life pursuant, that tend to obstruct, stop, or impede our success. They include: (i).             Financial issues, (ii). Marital issues, (iii). Bareness, (iv). Promotion, (v) Sickness and Diseases, (vi). Spiritual Growth, and (vi). Satanic attacks.

It does not matter what storm is raging in your life, “Be of good cheers, I have overcome the world.” Matt. 9:1-2, 18-22. “So He got into a boat, crossed over, and came to His own city. Then Behold they brought to Him a paralytic, lying on a bed. He said to the Paralytic, “Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you.” Matt. 14:22-23; Mark 10:46-52; John 16:25-33.

No matter the storm we face now; COVID-19 inclusive, Listen to the voice of Jesus. PEACE, BE STIIL.

NEXT: PEACE BE STILL 2

 

I REST IN THE HOLLOW OF

THE ARM OF THE SAVIOR

The eagle spread out its wings
Gliding and sliding through the
Vast open sky effortlessly
Its graceful powerful strength concealed, while
Manifesting the beauty of its flight across the sky
Praising and worshiping The Almighty for a new day

The ocean rolls gracefully in rumbling waves
Foaming out ecstasy upon its crest as it
Breaks along the coastal line and wash
Onshore the waters from its depth
While the tempest tossing its waters high
The awesomeness of the Mastercraftsman

Rolling in the ocean’s depth like the Himalayas
The whale gracefully swims against the tide
Roaring like the thunder in a stormy gale
The lion declares its royalty in the jungle
Swaying gracefully the palm withstands
The fury of the fiery gale, waving its leaves

Perched like a marooned ship in the ocean
The oases stand glimmering in the scourging
Desert sand, a lifeline to wandering souls
Even as an atoll stands out in the depth of the seas
A beacon of hope to the many a wandering ship
Thus, I rest like a peck, in the hollow of the arm,
of the Savior

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