Who guides you in your Christian journey?

Could you please pause for a minute, and kindly ask yourself who guides you in your Christian journey? How do you approach them? And what is the mode of communication? Is the mode of communication that you use spiritual or carnal?

You might have noticed through our lives, in every day, week, month, and year we are always in need of guidance. We tend constantly coming to the crossroads needing to know which way to turn. This is because our thinking is limited, our eyes cannot see beyond the horizons and we do not know tomorrow. Mostly our judgments are based on past experiences and the atmospheric condition of the current situations we are facing, and it turns out that we’re always prompted to errors. Thus, we pause to ask can we be guided rightly and be sure of making the right decisions? I would say yes! Because the holy scriptures say:

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.

Psalm 32:8, NKJV

This sentence, which is the Lord’s promise to us, assures us of His readiness and willingness to guide our lives. The scriptures say and if you notice: God says, “I will instruct and teach you…”, and this is a promise to every one of His children. If we can think about it for a moment you will realize that the scripture tells us three things:

  1. God can guide you: The lord is omnipresent, omniscient, He is the great and mighty God. Therefore, He is well able to guide you with His counsel (Psalm 73:24). If you are wondering about buying a house, getting married, choosing a career, emigrating… The Lord is well able to guide you to make the right decision.
  2. God is willing to guide you: The scripture above shows us that the Lord is willing to be involved in your life. Because it would be possible for God to be able to guide you but to be unwilling to do so; nevertheless, He wants to be part of your everyday life. If not so He wouldn’t have promised to instruct and teach you the right way. He expects you to acknowledge and lean on Him for guidance. (Proverb 3: 5-6). You may be facing a big decision concerning the future of your home life, or the re-arrangement of your business. The Lord is able and willing to show you the way, all you need is to seek is guidance and not lean on your ways.
  3. God is eager to guide you: He is not only offering you guidance but is longing to lead you. You may ask why? Because He has a perfect plan for you and He does not want you to make mistakes. (Jeremiah 29:11)

THE NATURE OF GOD’S GUIDANCE

The is something peculiar about the nature of God’s guidance that makes it different from the guidance the world offer. (Isaiah 55:8, NKJV) says “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways”. Let look at three things here:

  1. God guidance is divine: If you have already noticed, the Lord says His ways are not your ways, why because humans have a likeness of grass. All the glories of humans are like the flower of the grass. The grass withers and all its flowers fall away, but the word of the LORD endures forever (Read 1 Peter 1:24-25). Having learned that, how very wonderful this is, that God who is infallible and whose ways are perfect, He offers to guide you! He never makes mistakes never would He lead you in regrets; His wisdom is infinite and He never errors in His Judgment or in anything He does. This, by the way, teaches us that we must never question the fact of God’s guidance after we have received it.
  2. God guidance is practical: The last three words in (Psalm 32:8, NKJV) state “with my eye”, meaning that He is always watching over you, and in every phase of your life He wants and waits to guide you. His guidance is comprehensive and down-to-earth so that you get to learn and understand it. Therefore, does He guide you when you’re arranging a holiday, when you buy clothes, or when you want to visit a friend? Remember the is No area of your life excludes His guidance.
  3. God guidance is individual: Have you noticed the word ‘you’ in Psalm 32 vs 8, we have read. The Lord promises to guide and is ready, able, willing, and eager to guide everybody, but He wants to do that to you as an individual. He is offering you individual guidance which is peculiar to everybody because He has a perfect plan for you as an individual. Therefore, you can’t live to please people, nor do you have to imitate other people’s lives, nor putting to yourself burdens of following a man as a role model, Jesus Christ is the only real model for the church and you.

Receiving God’s Guidance

There certain conditions that a believer has to follow if they would like to know God’s guidance. The reason why God says He will guide you with His “eye” (NKJV). We know guidance is not automatic; God does not push you around indiscriminately. His eye is upon you, but you have to watch His eye to be guided by it. Imagine a master who looks towards his servant and with a look, a glance, or an expression is able to guide and direct the servant in the execution of his duties. What, then, are the conditions for receiving God’s guidance?

  1. There must be a watchful eye: If the Lord guides you by His eye, then you must watch His eye. How can you do that?
  2. By following carefully, the guidance He gives you through His WORD. In the Bible, God guides you through the very clear principles that are revealed there and through clear statements that we cannot fail to understand. For instance, He guides you about marriage (2 Corinthians 6:14); He guides you about questionable things (Romans 14: 1-17); He guides you about going to church (Hebrews 10: 15). And a lot of more instructions and teachings are found in the holy scriptures so that we know them, live by them and not be deceived by the world.

Anything that does not have a foundation in the Bible is not from God.

  1. By following carefully, the guidance He gives us by His Spirit. Jesus said in (John 14: 16 -18, NKJV) “I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever- the spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.” You need to have the spirit of God in you, and abide by His guidance since He is there to help you access the divine counsel of God.  In short, to be guided by God’s spirit you will have to walk in the spirit. I will discuss the walk in the spirit another day, for now, you have to know that it is very vital for a Christian to live by the spirit.
  2. There must be a humble mind: You must recognize that you need guidance (Psalm 25:9), and to ask for guidance means to confess that you do not know the way, and that indicates a humble mind (Jeremiah 10: 23). The right attitude to the instruction and teachings of God is one thing you need to be directed by Him. Do you have the right attitude?
  3. There must be a surrendered will. It is a waste of time to watch His eye unless we are willing to go His way. We must not be impetuous like the horse or stubborn like the mule (Psalm 32:9); we must walk humbly before God, watching and waiting for Him to guide you and fully yielding yourself to Him, ready to do whatever He requires of you.

For any question, or guidance feel free to contact me, am one email away from you.

RELATIONSHIP ACCORDING TO THE KINGDOM OF GOD

I received a couple of questions from the Kingdom Impact Network to give my view on relationships. It is a small group of believers in which I also belong and it main objective is to share the gospel to every corner of the world via various media. Feel free to check the facebook page of the group and stay connected with us.

Below I share my mind on how I see the relationship from the bible studyings, feel free to comment if you agree or disagree to any of the statement or the commentary I have passed on this topic.

What is the relationship?

I would want to make it clear that I will only discuss this topic based on the Christianity point of view, the relationship between man and God, the relationship between man and himself; the relationship between one person to another. We live in the information age where the is much to say about everything, and almost the knowledge on anything is in our palm and we access it through the cell phone. We need to realize that what Hinduism, Islamic, or humanitarians believe about relationships would be quite different from how Christianity approaches the idea of relationships. Nevertheless, the general definition of relationship in all disciplines of life and religions would consider the connection between people or things in their description of the relationship.

Are there types & levels of relationship?

Subjected to correction, I think“types and levels” of relationship have similar characteristics and it seems to refer to the characteristics of bonds that connect people. I find it to be one idea that explains how people can be connected. There many levels or type of relationships, of course, that is according to world perspectives. Moreover, the bible does precisely tell us God’s will on the level of relationship a person could have.

The bible indicates that the first level of relationship a man should have is the relationship between them and God through Jesus Christ. Why?

  • Because God display the love that no one else can offer (John3:16)
  • Because God is the creator and the highest supreme being (Genesis 1: 27)
  • Because God is the safety, our refugee and strength (Psalm 18:10/46:1)
  • Because God is the ever-present help in time of need and trouble (Psalm 121:1-2)
  • Because God has the greater empathy and He wipes every tear’s (Revelation 21:4)

Jesus Christ is our friend according to the gospel of John 15: 13-15. We have to keep in mind that being in a relationship with God is the hope for eternal life.

The second level of relationship is that one has with themselves in relating to their soul, spirit, and flesh. This let me bring up the idea of self-esteem, as believers we need to have the confidence to be what God says we are. This helps us acknowledge that we do not depend on our ability but of God, Romans 12: 3, urges us not to think of ourselves more highly than we ought but think of ourselves according to the measure of faith God has given us. In the self-relationship type, one has high emotional intelligence to exercise more of self-awareness, self-motivation, self-regulation, and empathy. For biblical reference read about the will of God and the purpose for each believer (Eph 1:3; 2:10; Col 2:10-12; 1Tim 1:12-14; 1 Cor. 15:9-11)

The third level of relationship is between a man with people, this includes the relationship you have with fellow believers, spouse, friends, relatives, and acquaintances. I have to point out that the context of the third level of relationship can be subdivided to be elaborated independently. I nominate this as the third level in the ranks of relationship levels because it’s doesn’t precede the first two-level of relationship in terms of importance. I will not elaborate much on these because I want this post to be short, and we could discuss it at another time if God accords us an opportunity.

What are secretes to better any relationship?

Alike the world would give you tips to better a relationship, the bible gives the best endorsement to better a relationship. It would take me much space on this blog to elaborate in detail about the bible teaching on how to build and maintain a good relationship with God, oneself, and others, let it be a topic for another day. Nevertheless, imagine you are a gardener of flowers, in general, what are the basic things you will be constantly doing to keep your plant healthy? I believe you will be more concerned about the plants; you will treat the plants with patience and gentleness; you will water it regularly and keep weeding the garden, and you will prune the plant to facilitate its growth. The consistency of your commitment to the garden is what determines the success of the garden. The nature of the commitment a gardener has to its plant directly implies the requirement of a healthy relationship. One of the gears to consider to better a relationship is communication. The Bible says in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-17 “Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing”, in other words, I could say the Bible recommends us to communicate with God without ceasing to better our relationship. The Bible talks of love and how to approach others with kindness, gentleness, patience, and tolerance to better a relationship. (Philippians 4:8; Ephesians 4:2; Colossians 3:9; 1 Peter 4:8). For me, the secrete of better relationship is to fear God, as the Proverb 9:10 says the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. This is the wisdom that could better a good relationship.  

What is the most important of relationships and why?

The organs of the body will never function on the isolation of other organs because it wouldn’t manage to carry the functionality of other organs. Due to that, it works as a team or members of the body in supporting each other. That is the major importance of relationships, to provide support, guidance, and strengthen one another toward the common good which is eternal life.

May God bless you for reading, please leave a comment or contact me on my email for anything concerning the blog.

INVICIBLE CHRISTIAN LIFE

In almost all the discipline of life that you know, whether in racing or any other competition that you have witnessed, there is always that trick or formula that if well followed you will get to obtain good results. The formula obviously guaranties better results and improvement in your professions and other parts of life. The formula is known by people who went ahead of you in the same field that you pursue, they did well by mastering the formula, obtained good results and recommended the formula to you who desire to obtain good results. And many who have followed the formula either in their studies, in the field of sport, and in engineering to mention just a few. They have never been disappointed, most of them become reliable people in their fields that all because they took the time to understand what I call the winning formula and observed it.

Alike the world disciplines that we know, Christianity has a recommended winning formula that believers are required to follow. The Lord Jesus Christ together with his disciples went ahead of us in living a godly accepted life. Don’t you think that they might have known the formula to overcome this world? Obvious yes! they do have a winning formula to overcome the world. In 1 Corinthians 16: 13-14 the bible says

“Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. Let all that you do be done with love.”

NKJV

The verse above contains the winning formula for victorious living, a designed Christian life God has made possible, and yearn His children to live. This scripture tends to have military tone, it’s almost like a command given to soldiers when there about to go into the battlefield. Remember a Christian is a soldier (2 Timothy 2:3), who is intricate in terrifying warfare of not fresh and blood (Ephesian 6:12). However, you shouldn’t be afraid because we have a good captain (Hebrew 2: 10) who promises to accompany you in the war and never leave you alone (Mathew 28:20).

When you follow the scripture, we have read above carefully the bible mentions five things which I generally call the winning formula that makes a Christian life invincible. I am going to discuss each of them below.

How does the winning formula work?

1.      Watch – be sober and vigilant

The first thing Paul mentioned was watch, he intended to tell a Christian to be always on their guard, to keep awake and be vigilant. The bible demand that you stay alert all the time against your enemies. A believer has three enemies who never give up or get tired and these are the world, the flesh, and the devil. Unless you get on your guard and constantly keep doing the work of God we shall be overcome by these enemies. 

i) The world is the enemy from without

The world is an enemy of every believer, and the bible says “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world-the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it, but he who does the will of God abides forever” (1 John 2:15-17, NKJV). We humans get easily attracted by new things that the world offers or produces such as cloths on fashion, vehicles and many other advanced technologies. These things of the world are nothing more but distraction, it freezes the love of God in you. Jesus says “if you love Me, keep my commandments” (John 14: 15), the love of Father is to keep the commandment of the Father. Anything that leads you to disobey the commandment therefore it becomes your enemy since the world is passing away you will have to be watchful to not be dragged by it. 

ii) The fresh is the enemy within

The heart of a human being is of evil, corrupted and nothing good comes out of it (Romans 7: 18). The fresh easily fall into its old nature, many have tried to fight anger, short temper, pride, irritability, and addiction on their own but fail because the flesh is weak. As a believer, the bible recommends that you walk by the spirit and not carry out the desire of the flesh of which it is against the spirit (Galatian 5: 16-17). And (Ephesians 5: 15-16) says “Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time because the days are evil”. It is on you to keep watching your body because it is your enemy, control your mind and especially what you feed it otherwise you could be defeated by yourself.

iii) The devil is the enemy around

The devil is very strong-minded to bring about our downfall, he doesn’t care about your resources, money or fame he wants your soul (1 Peter 5:8). But you do not have to be unaware of his schemes otherwise he will get the advantage of you (2 Corinthians 2:11). The bible says to submit yourself to God, resist the devil, and he will flee from you (James 4:7). The scripture is clear in saying to defeat the devil you have to subjugate yourself to God by keeping His commandment, praying and fasting, and meditating upon His word’s day and night. That is how you could be watchful and overcome the devil.

2.      Stand fast in the faith

From my experience, the only battle that we have in this world is about belief. The indifferences in religious beliefs are what cause conflicts and result as the baseline of the spiritual wars which has a direct impact on the physical world. A good believer of Jesus Christ must always stick to the saint doctrines and not be movable in changing believes or doctrines to suit a situation nor a circumstance (1 Corinthians 15:58). A faithful follower shouldn’t be ashamed of the gospel of truth but diligently present themselves approved to God (2 Timothy 2:15). The aim of a serious follower of Jesus Christ should be to grow up in spiritual maturity and to be strong in the power of the Lord. This is only attained by constantly feeding upon the word of God (2 Timothy 3:15-17). You should keep in mind that Satan’s primary objective is to shatter your faith (Luke 22:31-32), but you should do all possible to stand firmly in faith and let your trust be in the Lord who will never leave you or forsake you (Hebrew 13: 5-6).

3.      Be brave – have courage

Bravery is to lack fear, a soldier of Jesus Christ shouldn’t be a coward like little children that can be easily intimidated. The fresh is fearful and the spirit is strong that is why you don’t have to be canal (1 Corinthians 3:1-4) but rise to attain the full stature of our manhood in Jesus Christ. Learn and seek to be more informed about God’s ways in that you will build personal courage.

4.      Be strong – do not lean on your own understanding

For a moment the bible suggests you do not have any strength of yourself, and incapable to face the world, the flesh and the devil (Ephesians 6: 10 – 17). The fact that you have been failing to live a Christian life its because you relied on yourself, but the scriptures say do not lean on your own understanding (Proverb 3: 5-6, NKJV). Why? Because the flesh is weak, and it can be easily deceived. To be strong is to rely on God, finding refugee in His sanctuary, wear the armor of the God, calling upon Him for help, and ask for His leadership (Deuteronomy 31:6; Isaiah 41:10; 1 Chronicles 16:11; 2 Timothy 1:7) Remember you can do all things through Jesus Christ who strengthens you (Philippians 4: 13).

5.      Let love regulate all that you do

Love is a token, a hallmark that distinguishes features of Christians to that of the pagans. The love of God is different from the love of the world read 1 Corinthians 13:1-7. The love of God demands you to follow the commandments (John 14: 15), doing everything not for yourself but for the Lord who will reward you abundantly.  The love of God requires you to have a love for all the Lord’s people regardless of their race, nationality, gender or economic status (John 13: 34-35). The Lord wants you to be a good Samaritan, a person who gives and help with an open heart without expecting anything in return.

This is the winning formula, applying it to your life makes you live a victorious life and guaranty you for eternal life. As I mentioned earlier on, all the formula gives good result when there are applied well and worked on with vigilance and care. 

My brethren and sisters the Lord Jesus Christ will appear soon, therefore, be a good soldier has He desires. 

Please share the blog on your social network like a courageous soldier will do to help the word of God reach many souls. You can try to discuss it with your friends and beloved ones to bring them to light. And please for any question, please do not hesitate to contact me, am just an email away from you. 

Comment below if the blog is helpful or not good. Your feedback means a lot to me.