TGFF

Its Easter time and whilst many are consumed with chocolate eating, hot crust buns or like my fellow Jamaicans; bun and cheese, the real reason for Easter is Jesus. Some may say why is everything about Jesus? All things were created by Him and for Him Colossians 1 verse 16. Your life is not your own you were bought with a price 1st Corinthians 6 verse 20. So like Christmas points to CHRIST so does Easter. SO if you’re thinking Good Friday is just a day to sleep in you’re wrong. Its the day we commemorate the crucifixion of the Jesus. Whilst we were lying,stealing, fornicating, hating each other, coveting others, Jesus was hanging bleeding suffering in our stead. Death is sad but the only death that gives life eternally happened and we should remember everyday but more especially today. Thank God For Friday.

 

 

A kingdom of segregation?

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We live in such a beautifully but messed up world. One of the greatest blunders in human history is racism. Whether you call it colour consciousness, light skin, dark skin or even in-between it all stems from racism. It is no wonder why people are always so kinked in themselves about other races who make themselves seem superior to others. Let’s be clear, I’m talking about black and white. It would be great if I could just say that in 2018 things should be different, and so hope to change the mindsets of mankind. However, I know the deal! I know that nothing can ever repay for lives lost and stolen through slavery. Not to mention the injustice many still face. From police killings to inequalities in the workplace, many black people still feel stuck and so they are angry towards whites and would rather stay as far as possible. “No mixing,” they say and even the church is impacted by this.

Bringing the world into the church

There are certain attitudes expected from people of the church and people of the world. I know all too much about this and have seen how many times we transfer our worldliness to the church and expect for God to be pleased with us. You cannot function as a child of God whilst harbouring these kinds of feelings. It boils down to whether you are just religious or whether you have a relationship with God.

Every true believer should know that they are to love their neighbour as their selves Matthew 22 verse 39. How can you claim to love God whom you have not seen and hate your brother who you see? 1st John 4 verse 20. It is the call for us to not use carnal “fleshy” nature to combat issues of life.Where others seek retaliation and vengeance, we should instead put on forgiveness and allow the love of Christ to rule in us. This makes for maintaining the testimony of Christ.

To say that in the melting pots of western societies there is still that deep segregation within the church is shameful. There should not be an all Nigerian Church or an all “White” church, especially in the communities around me, but that is what you will find. I know it is easier to speak to someone who is similar to you, but if winning souls is your aim as a church (which it should be as it is our first priority as children of God) why are you not stepping out of the box to reach these souls as well. They say there is a place for everyone but what if your church is the only place these people can receive the gospel? Are you going to shun them because they look different or because you feel different towards them?

A Gospel for all

I am always drawn to John 3 verse 16. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son so that WHOEVER believes in Him can have everlasting life.” The Gospel is for EVERYONE and not just some. Not Just blacks or whites or Asians or the in-between alone but for ALL. I think this slips the minds of many believers today. Imagine if Christ said only blacks could receive salvation or vice versa, the majority of us would be in trouble and God would not be seen as the loving God He is. In His mercy, He has made salvation inclusive because He only made one race but because of sin and mankind’s stupidity, we see this filtering through the church.

I have had a few discussions about this with people and it baffles me that some are so consumed with what they want from God. How do you expect God to bless you when you won’t even obey Him. One of the greatest commandments is “…Love thy neighbour as thyself” Matthew 22 verse 39. As this is a commandment, you would expect this to be a high priority, but as this involves us making ourselves uncomfortable it becomes somewhat redefined to be “love the people around me, the people who are like me.”

I do understand that many white folks don’t want to hear the gospel and the truth is that more black folks go to church, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t one who wouldn’t be open to receiving it. Our job is not to be the judge but to be the bearers of the message issued by the almighty judge Himself. Whether they accept it or not is up to the individual and we pray that they do. The world may be singing this song of “stay in your lane and I in mine” but the church’s song should be different.

After this, I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. Revelation 7 verse 9. This is one verse that has stuck in my mind since the beginning of my walk with Christ. If this is a picture of what heaven is going to be like shouldn’t you be preparing yourself now. Hating people and keeping yourself distance is a hindrance to obtaining heaven.

Who do you resemble?

Two wrongs don’t make a right. Avoiding others because of what they’ve done to you or retaliating, in the same manner, is not the way we should react as the church. No matter how justified you may feel it goes back to the point of sacrifice. Just as we are undeserving of God’s love and mercy, nevertheless Christ came and gave Himself in our stead. So, looking at His example-ship we should imitate Christ as Paul says in 1st Corinthians 11 verse 1. Show love, grace and mercy. 

I know that there are going to be those who just don’t care. They blame mixing for societies confusion but if they really looked to God they’ll see that the world wants to label everything and everyone. In order to find where your true identity is, look to your creator and don’t rely on society because they have lost their way. This is why it is so important to keep the world and the church separate. I digress. If after the flood Noah and all his children went in the same direction we wouldn’t have all this mess. We are all the same we just look different and that is the beauty of the HUMAN RACE!

God vs logic

But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.
Matthew 19:26 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/mat.19.26.KJV

As a young woman I’ve faced many obstacles that to many people are unimaginable. When it comes to seeing God move in the impossible I’m a witness so take it from me, if He has done it before who says He can’t do it again. God’s word is spirit and we need to trust the word rather than focusing on our natural man which only points out the facts of life when God’s word is clearly above the logic of man

Who are you?

Many people like to say I’m a child of God and yet they live a distant life from God the father. Wouldn’t you be expected to know your father and no not on a shallow level. You are only a child of God when you accept Christ for outside of Christ we are enemies of God because of sin. I say this to make you choose where would you stand as children, partakers of the inheritance of Jesus or outside the family of God. The thing is its not that God doesn’t love you, it’s that you choose to try and live abandoned.

 

 

Honourable mention!

I have always felt somewhat close to the story of Rachel and Leah, Israel’s wives. I have been most drawn to the person of Leah. Maybe it was due to the fact that she fell into a situation where she really had no choice and that makes her relatable.

She was given to a man in marriage, a man she knew really cared for her sister. Imagine her sorrows. They began here as she knew he didn’t love her as the scriptures say. More especially she became an enemy of some sorts to her sister. Leah was now loveless and in a sense, lost her sister due to tradition and rivalry. Her sister hated her and for that reason, the bible says “God opened her womb but Rachel He closed.”

Every child Leah bore became a symbol of desperation to win her husband’s affection. First, she bares a son, and back then having a male child especially would have brought her great honour so his name was called Reuben. She continued to have more sons as God heard her cries from being hated. Leah bore Simeon, Levi, Judah and through her servant, she had Issachar and Zebulun and then she gave birth to Dinah.

One can only imagine her desperation after being at the height of her ambition to be loved and to please her husband she stopped bearing children. She must have thought to herself  I must keep pleasing my husband. I must win his affection and so give into the competitive spirit brought on by this situation. She would have seen her sister give her servant as a means of raising up children and thought I too can do so lest I be treated worst.

Just picture the commotion in the house. Now there are two more people for you to compete with for hubby’s attention. I must say it’s not the smartest thing Leah did but I guess having a bird’s eye view of the situation makes one’s choice a little bit more level-headed.

Though God opened Rachel’s womb later and she gave birth to Joseph who went on to help preserve the people of God, I believe Leah to be a more honourable woman. She, unlike her sister never brought idols into their household and she was buried in the field at Mamre where Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Rebekah and later where Israel’s bones were buried.

It is a kind of painful story to be struggling for love and acceptance and I pity Leah but I believe that it is a picture of life that no matter what you face if you stick it out God honours you in the life to come.

The father who forsakes sin but never abandons in love

In 2017 and even times gone by, fatherlessness is something that has become all too familiar with the majority of society. Whether it be the passing of one’s father or him not being around due to separation or absenteeism, its there.  Hey even if he’s there sometimes its as if he is not. This can really affect us as a people and whether we vocalise it or not it somehow shows in our character.

Men at times do not understand the ramifications of forsaking the responsibilities of fatherhood. I speak from a somewhat personal place in regards to this. However, I have see a forsaking that was necessary and beneficial to all and that is through Christ’s dying on the cross.

Yes! The true and living God  of the bible is a multifaceted spiritual being. He is the creator of all things and is known as the father of all creation. And, we human beings are more to Him than just creation for as the bible states, “What is man that you are mindful of him, or the son of man that you care for him. You made him a little lower than the angels and crowned him with glory and honour” Hebrews 2:6-7.

In keeping with what I really want to say, let me proceed to say that God loves us and He promises to never forsake us. He is called Abba, which is the Aramaic word for father. Jesus in the New Testament uses this to express His closeness with God. It is in His dying on the cross that His intimacy with God the father now becomes available to all of  mankind. When Jesus cried “Eloi, eloi, lama sabachthani”; My God my God why have you forsaken me”, He was not saying it out of ignorance of God’s plan, but knowing He was carrying the sins of the world, God was not with Him.

He knew that this had to be done because sin cannot dwell with God as seen in Psalm 5:4 “For You are not a God who delights in wickedness, neither shall evil dwell with You.” Was God cruel for this? Certainly not, “for He is fair and just in all His ways Deuteronomy 32:4. The lord also calls for sin to be punished Romans 6:23. It was the forsaking of sin in one (the Son of God) for the sake of mankind Romans 5:15, and so laying down His life, Jesus, bring us closer to God whom we can now call Abba! Our father who never abandons us even when we get running.

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