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FAITH Life in the World By Nzekwe Augustine

Life is the most vital content of human existence, it is important that we guide it with utmost carefulness while we still have it. It is also very important that we care about where it continues when we lose it here on earth. Everything that we need to ensure that we have quality life is enshrined in one book, the scripture. There is life in the word, therefore I urge everyone to please make out time to go the extra mile in searching the scripture no matter how busy your schedule is. “AH scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness…that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works”.< 2Tim 3:16-17>. There is no better way to explain the essence of the bible for Christians than the above verse. Without these profitable elements, one can make a mess of one’s life. A lot of people are furnished but not thoroughly furnished unto all good works, that’s the difference and that is why after 52 years Nigeria still finds herself where she is with all the resources at her disposal. This is the reason we have so many churches yet we have little or nothing to show for it. The word provides us the means to get thoroughly furnished unto all good works, which is the only way life can have a meaning. In <2Tim 2:15> the scripture says, study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that need not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the “word” of truth. Without ardent study of the word of God you cannot have a well built spiritual life which is the most important life recommended for Christians especially in our time when it has become almost impossible to distinguish between Christians and non Christians. It’s sad that in our generation we have more church goers and religious people in the church. The church needs radical revival, because the love of many has grown cold. This is why a lot of people will seat in front of their television for hours watching a movie and sometimes loose appetite for food, people will spend hours discussing other people’s affairs and events that has nothing to add to their spiritual lives, people will seat in bear parlors and drink all sorts of concussion without complaints but they cannot make out time to attend midweek service in church and when they come to church on Sunday they leave half way into the service, some who manage to stay till the end of the service will come out and instead of expressing their joy and how the Lord has touched their hearts, you hear them say ” this pastor knows how to waste people’s time, the service was too long” and so many other utterances that will make you wonder what they have learnt. Most young people even some elderly ones will spend nights in nite clubs week in week out but cannot attend a vigil in church that may come up once or twice in a month. Now I wonder how much this people spend in private, seeking the face of God and building their spiritual lives through studying the word and praying. The church has become more of a social gathering where people come to showcase their newest apparels and acquisitions. The only thing we have not seen in these days is people wearing only pants to church and if care is not taken we might begin to see that in years to come. The one they call sagging is an expression of how willing people especially the young ones are, to go naked and we see this and many other forms of indecent dressing in the church. Church service will be going on and some people will be pinging with their black berry smart phones and some others are browsing the internet and charting on social media network and some others are answering calls. Let’s come back home brethren, you are not in church for the pastor or to show off; you are in church for spiritual service, spiritual strength and revival, for communion with the almighty God through the word. There is a man we are representing, we are ambassadors, we bear the mark of one, though we are in the world but we are not of the world, we are seated in the high heavens. We are followers of the prince of peace, Jesus Christ the son of God, the way the truth and the life, the author and finisher of our faith. No one comes to the father except through him. It is through the word of God that you become spiritually vibrant, it is through the word of God that faith is built, the more word you have, the more supernatural you become, that is why Jesus said, man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.

The word of God is God, it is spirit and when our spirits respond to the word through faith we become supernatural, we discover who we are and realize that we have an inner strength through the Holy Spirit. This strength is what gives us the ability, to give positive response to the need of our immediate environment (response-ability) with God’s given ideas and talents, not to engage in activities that endanger our future and society; to live above failure poverty and sickness, by making quality use of our time and resources, by getting reasonably busy with our hands and showing commitment and diligence in our work without getting involved in corrupt practices, by avoiding certain intakes that destroy our body system over time, by avoiding communication that destroy good manners; to trample upon serpents and scorpions and all the abilities of the enemy by being fervent in prayer; to cast out devils; to lay hands on people with all manner of sickness and disease and they recover. This inner strength also gives us the ability to proclaim the kingdom of God with utmost passion without compromise. This is not just religion, it’s more than coming to church, sitting down and waiting for the pastor to quickly preach the sermon and come down for you to catch up with an appointment or maybe catch up with an early kick off football match in one of the European league as many do. Christiianity is a life style of those whose lives have been regenerated, repaired and restored by Christ Jesus, those who have accepted Him as Lord and savior and are willing to get thoroughly furnished unto all good works through the word. There are two things to this, it’s either you are in spirit or in the flesh. To be in the flesh means to be dominated by your physical senses. “For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh, but they that are after the spirit the things of the spirit……so then they that are in the flesh cannot please God” <Rom 8:5-10> .

Christians should devout more time to develop their human spirit through learning, meditating and acting on the word of God. This is the only means through which we can train our spirit to rule over our senses. Our physical senses cannot understand the things of the spirit “……..but which the Holy ghost teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual……..but the natural man receives not the things of the spirit of God, for they are foolishness unto him neither can he know them because they are spiritually discerned….” <lcor 2:13-14>. The physical sense can only perceive that things are difficult and then suggest reasons why you should cut corners in other to make ends meet; the physical sense will suggest that it is not possible to live without sexual immorality and so many other things that separate us from God. The physical sense will suggest that you run from one prayer house to another to seek for “holy” this and “holy” that, for success, financial increase, promotion, healing, protection, even students go for exam success and care, about salvation is not taken into consideration. The flesh war against the spirit as recorded in the scripture. There is life in the word, there is revival and salvation in the word, get to the word. CHRISTIANITY IS MORE THAN A RELIGION. “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the “word” of God so that the things which are seen were not made of the things which do appear” <Heb 11:3>…..The word “world” is a Greek word “aion” which means the happenings around you as they affect your hopes and aspiration on daily bases and the word “frame” in Greek is “katartizo” which means repaired or restored, now when you substitute this in the above quotation, you understand what u don’t have when your faith is not in God. For them who have accepted Jesus and have put their faith in Him, they understand through faith that the happenings around them have been repaired by the word of God, it’s no longer as it used to be, all things have become new, they can now do things they could not do before, they start to function in ways they could not before. Life style will change because you cannot have this experience and remain the same; it brings about a total transformation and renewal. The scripture says…”Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the “word” of God, which lives and abides forever “<lPet.l:23>. This is as real as the air we breathe. It says now the things that are seen were not made of things which do appear. You begin to look at things with the eyes of God. when others see difficulty, you see opportunity, when others see failure you see success, when others see defeat, you see victory, you see beyond limitations, when others see casting down you see lifting up, you no longer see with the canal eyes, you respond to what the word of God says in every condition, you stick by it and confess it day after day and night after night, you begin to observe to do according to the precepts of the word of God. This is a life style of victory, success and dominion in Christ Jesus. It’s unfortunate that a lot of people don’t open their bibles only on Sundays, this is an error and an urgent correction is needed. No one can operate sophisticated and complex equipment without its manual. If you would spend time reading a manual, because you don’t want to destroy the equipment at first touch, how much more, life and its own manual, the scripture. The only thing I know that keeps a child of God away from the scripture is when his life is not aright with God and as such his spiritual life is cold so he does whatsoever he wants to do at whatever time he wants to do it without considering the place of the holy spirit our helper. This is a way of saying “God, hold on, I don’t have time for correction, reproof and instruction yet, I can handle it”.

God wants to restore the church, God wants a closer relationship with us, God wants you to be a preacher not a gossip, God wants you to be a peace maker not a home breaker, God wants you to be a lover not a hater, God wants you to be a builder not a destroyer, God wants you to be hot for his use not warm or cold, God cares more about the process not the interest (you may have interest in becoming the next president, that’s beautiful, the steps you take or are going to take is what God cares about, he wants to order those steps by himself but most times we don’t listen and we commit a lot of blunder along the line). God wants you to bless not to curse, God cares more about your soul and what you do with your body. Why not respond to the word of God. It is unfortunate that most preachers of today have chosen the type of gospel their listeners want to hear other than the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ which centers on the truth about the kingdom and the principal conducts that can qualify one for the kingdom. This is a confirmation of the scripture in <2 Tim 4:3> “for the time shall come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables”. A lot of people started well but today, they have lost the passion and the vision and have joined the chorus for mixed multitude and money. In <:Rev 2>, Jesus was speaking about different churches and their activities and he calls for repentance. Jesus still loves the church and he is coming back to rapture the church; you and I are the church. Give your life to Christ today so that God can restore your world and make you a joy of many generations, an eternal Excellency. Remember, “Jesus loved the church and gave himself for it that he may sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the “word”, that he may present it to himself a glorious church, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but a church that should be holy and without blemish” <Eph 5:25-27>. No church can be thoroughly cleansed without the word. Be a part of this church today. It starts from you, your home and everywhere you find yourself. Give your life to Christ and start imparting your world with the true gospel of Jesus Christ. Dare to be different. Give God a chance and get the life in the word. Jesus is Lord. God BLESS YOU.