The Enemy Came And Sowed Tares

Much of what I have learnt these past few weeks has been mind numbing…to the point that I have had to re-examine the things I once held true about my faith. And maybe you should to. This piece is for my Christian audience but you might find some of the thoughts intriguing, particularly if you are someone who isn’t too accepting of the status quo.

This piece will attempt to explore why Christians go to ‘church’, why we have denominations and why we worship the way we do.

I remember Jesus speaking a parable about a good man who sowed a seed in a field (in Matthew 13:25). It goes on to say that while men slept, the enemy came and sowed tares, a worthless weed plant to try to obfuscate the harvest that the good man had had in mind before planting the seed.

The good man responded by letting the wheat and the weeds grow together knowing that if he tried to separate the tares from the wheat before the time of harvesting, he could lose his entire crop.

In like manner, God planted Christ on earth in the body of His Son, Jesus Christ. The world around us called us, ‘Christians’ first at Antioch, recognizing our difference from the rest of the world. They didn’t see our money or our real estate which today runs into trillions of dollars. What they saw was Jesus. We met publicly and from house to house (Acts 20:20) breaking bread and sharing the word of God almost every day.

Then, a Roman emperor by the name, Constantine, whose fruits you do well to learn , began to sow tares. He morphed God’s people systematically into a religion as he fashioned out a dichotomy of clergy and laity from a once harmonious structure of brethren meeting together as equals in Christ and ministering to each other as the Holy Ghost saw fit to manifest Himself. 1 Corinthians 12:7 says each one of us was given a gift of the Spirit for the common good.

Constantine replaced the warmth of church meeting in the home of a brother or sister (1 Corinthians 14:26) with theater-like basilicas; and then set Sunday as the day for worship among many other things.

It wasn’t that he did anything in open affront to the Body of Christ, no. But by the simple things he did, this Roman Emperor altered how we fellowship with God, even today. He monetized Christianity to the point where we created merchandise in forms of crucifixes, rosaries, pulpits, CDs and vestments for the clergy which from the beginning was not so.

He is the reason we refer to buildings, not ourselves as the Church in opposition to the Word of God. Constantine practically turned what we know today as Christianity from the race that God originally intended into a system of belief; a religion denominated in different organizations; Roman Catholic, Baptist, Episcopalian, Pentecostal and so on.

For centuries , many of us have attended ‘church’ on Sunday based on Constantine’s bright ideas. Across the denominations, the ‘set’ we have called ‘church’ have been arrangements comprising a platform from where the clergy like actors play their roles while the docile laity watch and listen from the pews.

Many of us have starred in timeless remakes of this movie called, ‘church’ only to return to the normalcy of Monday through Saturday like a people bewitched.

Who has bewitched you to follow this legalism ?

‘That which every joint supplies’ is removed from the equation of our faith in direct dissonance with God’s original idea of Church. The Church as set up by God are a special race of people (1 Peter 2:9), God’s temple (1 Corinthians 3:16), living stones built into a spiritual house of God (1 Peter 2:4–5).

We don’t go to the ‘house of God’ as Constantine has had us, we are the house of God. And if so, how then can God’s house be sick, poor or afflicted?

As harvesting time approaches, there are indications that the Lord would have these truths unraveled and the tares exposed.

Research the Bible and Christian history if in doubt of the things I have shared. And let us engage.

Peace be with your spirit.

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Not Ambition but Service

Existential crises seem to be happening to many people these days.

Many, pausing to query the purpose of their lives or the vanity of it–and needing change–are resolving to seek it via supernatural means. There is a growing disaffection with the ordinary and I see it everyday as men and women patronize psychics, cults, churches, gurus and religious fundamentalists in attempt to resolve the ever-gnawing question of purpose.

But man cannot reach out to God in the way that He reaches out to man. And frankly, God reached out to you long before you were even born in Jesus.

Your life’s true purpose can only be found in accepting the essence of Jesus. Jesus is Lord over everything including you. He is the king of your life whether you recognize Him or not. And for your life to have any meaning, His say about your purpose, assignment and vision should be at the top of your consciousness.

As Bishop T.D Jakes said, ‘You were not made to have ambition, you were made for service.’ Let this dominate your thoughts today and let the attitude of Paul when He first met Jesus on the road to Damascus lead you to ask the same question as he today: ‘What will you have me do Lord?’

Let the words that come into your heart after you ask this question be the guide to help you live on purpose. Don’t let another second go to waste. Get on your knees now and ask the potentate of the universe:

What will you have me do, Lord?

Listen. Write down. And realize it is not about ambition but service.

How To Get Out Of Trouble Fast 2


Getting out of trouble fast–when you get in– is something many, many Christians fail to do, simply because of a failure to recognize due process that is a character of the spirit realm. 

Isaiah 38 tells a story about Prophet Isaiah informing Hezekiah, then the King of the nation of Judah, to put his affairs in order, in preparation for his imminent demise. He was going to die and this counsel was as certain as God being on the throne. But Hezekiah didn’t accept it. And what he did was very instructive. 

The Bible says, Hezekiah turn his face to the wall. He turned from men and all their machinations. And all he could see at that time, was God. Put away all your rationalization for a solution and turn to God. Only He can get you out of trouble. 

Next, the King of Judah put God to rememberance. He said: ‘Remember how I walked before You in truth, and with a perfect heart.’  And then, Hezekiah wept sore before the Lord.

The story goes that in moments, God instructed Isaiah to return to Hezekiah and announce his healing;  give him a special confirmation of his healing and add fifteen more years to his life. Hezekiah beat the ailment and beat death in one fell swoop.

Through prayer, Hezekiah altered his destiny and so can you. And it wasn’t just the content of his prayer but the approach.

What approach?

God says, ‘Put me in remembrance, let us plead together; rehearse thine own cause, that thou mayest be justified.’(Isaiah 43;26)

The implication is that God–as the righteous judge that He is–wants us to rehearse our own cause before Him because we have an enemy who does not sleep but daily accuses us in the realm of the spirit as to why certain provisions that are ours by right should not be ours vitally. It is this due process that requires that you put Him in remembrance of His word by rehearsing your cause.

For instance, a Christian isn’t supposed to be unemployed. Ephesians 4:28 says this. It is your right to have work. But if you don’t know it, the accuser of the brethren, the devil will use your ignorance to rob you of many great paying jobs or business opportunities in the court of God.

God again says, ‘Produce your cause, saith the LORD; bring forth your strong reasons, saith the King of Jacob.’ (Isaiah 41:21)

Your responsibility is to produce your cause. You are suppose to be in health; produce your cause. You are suppose to be debt-free; produce your cause. You are supposed enjoy marital bliss; produce your cause. A cause is an overriding  conviction based on God’s will for you. Produce it in the place of prayer.

Next, He says, bring forth your strong reasons. These are the reasons why you should be healthy; why you should be debt-free; why you should live void of defeat. And no reasons are as strong as the reasons God himself has given us in His word. Search out the reasons for your cause and bring them forth as you pray to the Jugde of all the earth; the King of Jacob.

You know, Jacob earned the name, Israel, meaning, Prince of God, because according to Genesis 32: 24-28, he wrestled with God’s Angel and prevailed. But Hosea explains how Jacob’s wrestle story was an allegory; about how he prayed and prevailed.

The Prophet says, ‘Yea, he had power over the angel, and prevailed: he wept, and made supplication unto him: he found him in Bethel, and there he spake with us;’ (Hosea 12:4)

He wept and made supplication. That was how Jacob prevailed. That was how Hezekiah too, prevailed. And this is how you too must prevail. The Bible says, He found God in Bethel, the house of God and there God spoke. 

Today, if you are born again, you are the house of God and right where you are, the Judge of the earth waits for you to present your case to Him so that He too can pronounce  His judgements on your matter. Enough of letting Satan speak and wreak havoc in your life. It is time to get out of trouble fast.

It is time to pray…a prayer of petition!

Shalom

How To Get Out Of Trouble Fast


If you are somewhere in your life right now, caught in a storm; or a pit; or a dark place, don’t fret. God has you. 

Even if it is divorce, debt or disappointment. Remember, God has you!

John Wesley, once said that it appears God would do nothing except we pray. In reality, he  was just echoing Jesus in Luke 18:1. We were designed to pray.

So we pray; not with mumblings of our muffled mouths that punctuate with ‘Amen’. Or the ‘moments of silence’ that we often rationalize with, ‘God knows my heart.’ We pray; reeling out of scriptures with some degree of in-depth preparedness; like a  well-researched lawyer in the middle of a nationally televised case.

‘Please your case’ the Lord says, ‘put me in rememberance of my word so that I may acquit you.’ But no, Isaiah 43:26 goes unbelieved…and undone. And that’s why many remain in trouble for so long.

‘Take with you words’ the Prophet Hosea says. Gather all the verses of scritpure that pertain to fixing the matter you are facing and pray them without ceasing.  

It works. It worked for the Apostles when they were threatened by the Sahendrin. It worked for Peter when he was imprisoned by Herod. It can work with you.

There’s is a Bible story in Genesis 32 about Jacob wrestling with God after which, he received  the name, Israel. It was an allegory about prevailing in prayer. 

How do I know this?

Hosea 12:4-5 says,

‘Indeed, he struggled with the angel, and prevailed; he wept, and made petition to him. He found him at Bethel, and there he spoke with him, even the LORD, the God of hosts; The LORD is his name of renown.’

He petitioned God and prevailed. 

“Put forward your case!” says the LORD. “Submit your arguments!” says Jacob’s King. (Isaiah 41:21)

If you want to get out of trouble fast, this is the way!

The Rapture Of The Church


We share a common destiny–if you are born again. But this isn’t about religion as it is about faith. 
Faith to accept the truth. Faith by definition, is acting in line with the message of the Bible; seeing things with the tunnel vision that may often seem parochial and not altering your stance at the possibility of apparent failure.
It was so with Noah about the flood. And though many people do not think that it really happened, the Mayans, a tribe in South America that kept accounts of this floods. Evidence by archaeologist, Robert Ballard support the occurrence of  a global flood around 5000BC. 

But then, Noah was probably deemed crazy when he began building the Ark and warning about the flood to come that God had told him to prepare for. 

It may be the exact same way today, when we talk about Jesus and the Rapture of the Church. So let it be known that one day–soon, this unimaginable event will occur and it will be reported across World media for what it was. It will mark the beginning of unrestrained wickedness across the earth, far beyond the proportions we see today in the forms of human trafficking, murder, wars, lechery and greed. 

The Church will be raptured someday soon. Better prepare!

Remember King Asa


Starting something is never as important as finishing particularly, if what you start has some serious merit.

King Asa was a great king of Judah who began his reign with the zeal of a newbee. He was a master at fellowshipping with the Lord and leading his nation to do same. Unlike many in his class of kings, Asa prayed some of the most profound prayers of any kings before and after him. 

One time he faced an army of a million Eithopians and defeated them with divine help. Another time he instituted laws that made it a crime not to pray to the Lord across the whole country. Asa even deposed his own mother for worshipping idols. 

And by His thirty-fifth year as king, there was peace, absolute peace across his domain. Complacence set in.

Then Baasha of Israel laid siege on Judah by  building a blockade that would cut the flow of supplies to Judah. This was a smaller problem than the Eithopian war and Asa was seduced to thinking he could just pay an ally some money to disrupt the incursions of Israel, which he did. He didn’t pray and he didn’t seek the Lord. He didn’t recognize that maybe the problem had come from not being in constant fellowship with the Lord and Israel had been allowed to move against Judah because God thought it would bring Him back to the prayer place.

Wars returned to Judah and within four years Asa the Great King and Reformer died. What is striking is that he didn’t die from the slash of a sword in battle but from a crippling generative disease in his feet that he again, refused to talk to the Lord about. 

His prayerlessness was an act of pride; choosing to depend solely on human efforts and not on God. But I wonder where it all started, since he didn’t begin his reign this way. It must have been a slow fade.

Asa is a warning not to heady about the crippling issues we are faced with in your life right now but to pray about them. 

Remember King Asa!