Work With One Accord

Work with one accord: Genesis 11:3-4

As I sat in the cough one Thursday night it dawn on me a passage about building together. The story of the Tower of Babel has been told in Sunday schools for centuries. In Genesis 11, we read that “the whole earth was of one language and of one speech” (Genesis 11:1) before man journeyed to dwell in the land of Shinar in the east. Understanding each other’s speech they decided to encourage one another and motivated one another; and even teamed up to make brick for stones. The success of the bricks they made empowered them to unite for the common purpose of building a city and a tower.

Pride nevertheless entered the people’s heart as they began to challenge God by building a “tower whose top may reach unto heaven”, one hundred years after the flood, about the time of Peleg’s birth. Their challenge to God is another sermon on its own. However, I am keen about their effort in working together with one accord. Though one must not condone their pride to oppose God, their undivided attitude and their pursuit of unity were undeniably seen in heaven. In the verses 5-6, we understand that the “LORD came down to see the city and tower which the people built. And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do”.

If non-believers can work together to achieve their ill purposes; if non-Christians can team up and encourage themselves to work with one accord to achieve evil, then we Christians must try to encourage each other. We that have the light must shine and lead the way to rebuild the broken bridges. Christians have one language and the common language is to be like Christ Jesus. That is the primacy of our salvation. We have been asked to work in unity because God recognises it. From the psalmist we understand it is “good and pleasant for brethren to dwell together in unity” or with one accord (Psalm 133:1). On the day of Pentecost the people were all with one accord (Acts 2:1). Few hours for our blessed Lord and Saviour to be crucified he prayed for His disciples to be one just as He is one with God the Father” (John 17:21-22). An exemplary exercise we Christians ought to follow.

Lo, how mighty the works we could do if only we be dutiful to stand with one accord. Today I stretch forth my hand. I invite you with open heart to join your hand to mine. Brethren in doing so stretch your other hand to another believer. Let us unite with one accord to build the kingdom of God.

Amen.  Grace to you.

Minister E.O. Ohenebeng
Thursday 18th August, 2016

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What Shall we do to be saved?

Men and Brethren what shall we do to be saved? Acts 2:37

Let Christ Jesus liberate you.

Many years ago people considered me as a Christian based on church attendance. Something I held dearly and esteemed so profoundly. Looking at our society today, many are those referred to be Christians. They attend churches, they pay their tithes, they can quote scriptures, and perhaps they can lead prayers according to human feelings.

Just as I was lost then so are many people who are also lost today but flowing with current. Seldom do we question ourselves whether we stand right before God. Rarely does anyone ask questions during a sermon or even question what comes from the pulpit. Occasionally do we read our Bibles and when it comes to prayer meetings there are more chairs than the people.

When the people of Israel heard they had crucified Jesus, who was both Lord and Christ their hearts pricked them. Christ has been crucified for us. No longer must we live for ourselves but for him. Beloved, we must come to this juncture before God and confess; tell him we have lived for ourselves. Confess you have lived for the world and its passing glory. Open up to him that you have put men before him and Christ Jesus. Acknowledge it all and bow before his feet. Say to him upon all your education and intellect, all the material possessions and social pedigree you are nought. Then believe in your heart and confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord. Afterwards live for God to fulfil all righteousness.

This is repentance. This is what it means to be sorry. This is what it means that you have accepted Christ Jesus. This is what it means to call upon the Lord. The prophet Joel had prophesied that whoever would call upon the name of the Lord would be saved (Joel 2:32) and the moment you bring yourself to do that before God, He will look upon you and say, “My child” it is well, I have sent my only Son into the “world for you”. Only then can we be sure we have been saved, and liberated by the blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Amen. Grace to you.

Minister E.O. Ohenebeng
Wednesday 17th August, 2016

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Love your neighbour as yourself

1community_rev-copy-600x250  Alas, the second greatest commandment is to love our neighbours as ourselves. We are to love those who hate us, those who persecute us, those who steps on our toes, and everyone and anyone. Hard you might say, probably you are right to say a tooth-for-tooth and an eye-for-eye. Oh! Brethren this morning I submit to you that love does not emanate from man. If it did then it would be difficult to love. 1 John 4:7 says; Beloved let us love one another, for love is from God. Anyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. It then continues in the verse 8….God is love!

God is Love. The word “is” connotes an equal sign. Therefore, God equals Love. You can read it backward; Love equals God or Love is God. That is why scripture says anyone who loves is born of God. For Christ Jesus gave himself a ransom for us and therefore has reconciled us with God. We all have been forgiven of our sins if we have accepted Christ Jesus into our heart and has confessed him with our mouth that he is Lord. Lo! He who has been forgiven much loves much. 1 John 3:14 “we know that we have passed out of death onto life, because we love the brothers”. Whoever does not love abides in death.

Brothers and sisters let your love extend beyond the borders of hatred. Let it exceed the fallible imagination of man. Let it outrun the horses and chariots of the evil perpetrators. Let us love our neighbours as ourselves.

Grace to you.
Minister E.O. Ohenebeng

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Overcoming the World

Overcoming the World

For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world – our faith. 1 John 5:4-5

Every human being on earth is fighting a battle. There is a constant war on-going; we are wrestling with the worldly system, our free will and our mind. These are devices orchestrated by Satan himself to steal, to kill and to destroy. The world is vastly conforming us to its set systems; we reject absolute truth, and our mind is incarcerated, and our eyes blinded to look beyond the ordinary. 

For this war to be conquered and won out rightly, we must be born of again and be filled with the Spirit of God the Father. We must be regenerated, we must be redeemed, and we must be transformed. “Education would inform us, society would conform us, prison would reform us but God would transform us”.

The transformation comes by having faith. “This is the victory that over comes the world – our faith”. Everyone can have faith but in whom your faith lies determines your victory. 1 John 5:5 “who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?”.

Through Christ Jesus you are more than a conqueror. Through Christ Jesus you can overcome the worldly system. Through Christ Jesus, you will submit your free will to God. And through Christ Jesus you can overcome the battle of the mind. Paul stated in his letter to the Philippians, “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me” (Phil 4:13).

And so beloved, we are meant to be over-comers.

Amen. Grace to you.

Minister E.O. Ohenebeng
Monday 22nd August, 2016

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Reasons to Succumb to God

This is pretty deep… There is a blessing in the Kingdom of God, hence, He urges us to seek his kingdom first, and ALL things shall be given to us (Matt. 6:33) i.e. Spiritual blessings in heavenly places by the Holy Spirit. As it is written; “obedience is better than sacrifice”. (1 Sam 15:22). Supposing your son/daughter disobeys you and within a minute, s/he turns to you and ask for money, how would you feel? Insulted perhaps!!! Would you give him/her what was requested? Unless they come to you with apologies for their rebellious act, nothing is giving to them. Now think about it, if we cannot simply obey God’s word, how do we expect Him to shower on us everlasting blessing?

As the bible says; “Faith without works is dead”. (James 2:26) Dead here is in two forms; a) Emptiness on earth (toxic marriages/relationships, troubles upon troubles, doing what is right in your own eyes, ignorance (My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge – Hosea 4:6, The lips of the righteous nourish many, but the fools die for lack of sense – Proverbs 10:21, etc.) b) Hell after dying from earth. Believe this; there is certainly life after death for the sceptics reading this article. Click on link to find out more.

Submitting to God means obeying God and walking in accordance with His word. A blessed man delights in the law of the LORD in that law he meditates day and night (Psalm 1:2). Be a member of His covenant by making God the number one priority in your life. Covenant with God leads to salvation of the soul through Jesus Christ the only begotten Son. The only way to receiving God’s peace is a passion for God. The foundation of covenant peace is a trust for God; “I will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is on You because he trusted in You”, Isaiah 26:3.

The fact that we sin and live to see tomorrow does not guarantee our freedom. Remember, what seem longer to us is shorter to God. Do not think the days are long. “As mountains fall and crumbles away, and as rock is moved from its place, and as water wears away stones and as torrents wash away the surface of the earth”, so would a sinful man be destroyed. I encourage you to confess your sins to Him, accept Christ Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, and start living in God’s word. The bible says, “If we say we are without guilt then the word of God is not in us. But if we confess our sins and ask for forgiveness, He is kind to forgive us our unrighteousness”. (1 John 1:8-9)

God bless you as you obey His word!!!

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A letter from the poor man

Dear poverty,

Constantly you’ve been hitting the same people
The poor continues to get poorer
The children of the poor gets poorer
And every pieces and belongings of the poor turns poorer
Which is the opposite of the rich man
I hope someday you will pity the poor and give them riches and make the rich suffer our poverty
Grant my wish in good faith
Your sincerely,
Mr poor man
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