Monthly Archives: November 2013

A better covenant  

 

The book of Hebrews chapter nine from verses six to ten gives us an account of how things were done in the Old Testament:  

Well, when all was ready the priests went in and out of the first room whenever they wanted to, doing their work. But only the high priest went into the inner room, and then only once a year, all alone, and always with blood which he sprinkled on the mercy seat as an offering to God to cover his own mistakes and sins and the mistakes and sins of all the people. And the Holy Spirit uses this to point out to us that under the old system the common people could not go into the Holy of Holies as long as the outer room and the entire system it represents were still in use. This has an important lesson for us today. For under the old system, gifts and sacrifices were offered, but these failed to cleanse the hearts of the people who brought them. For the old system dealt only with certain rituals-what foods to eat and drink; rules for washing themselves, and rules about this and that. The people had to keep these rules to tide them over until Christ came with God’s new and better way. (TLB)  

Under the old covenant, only the high priest could go once a year into the Holy of Holies. It was the most sacred and holiest part of the temple, and he dare not go without blood except he wanted to pay with his own blood. Imagine that you had to pile up all your prayer requests and records of sins for a whole year before you could present it to the priest, who would then pass it on to God simply because you didn’t have direct access to God. That was exactly how things were under the Old covenant; no common person could approach God for himself.  

The worst part of it was that even the sacrifices being offered were only for the covering of their sins, it failed to cleanse their hearts of wicked works; it could be likened to washing the outside of a pot but leaving the inside unclean, full of dirt. But thanks be unto our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, the mediator of a better covenant founded upon better promises, through Him and in Him we have uninterrupted access to the Father, having our sins eternally forgiven by God thereby securing for us an eternal salvation.      

  “He came as High priest of this better system which we now have. He went into that greater, perfect tabernacle in the heaven, not made by men nor part of this world, and once for all took blood into that inner room, the Holy of Holies and sprinkled it on the mercy seat; but it was not the blood of goats and calves. No, he took his own blood, and with it he, by himself, made sure of our eternal salvation.” – Hebrews 9:11-12 TLB

Hallelujah!

Did you see that?  

The Bible says “once for all” – your freedom from sin is a done deal in Christ! The extent of His love for us was expressed in that, “he took his own blood, and with it he, by himself…” – not that he sent someone on his behalf, but he did it by himself. That’s how much God loves you my dear; He did go all the way and paid the ultimate price, just for you.  

Through his death and resurrection, we have peace with God, free access to the Father and freedom from sin; His blood has set us all free!         

 “In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence”       Ephesians 3:12 NIV                

To the God that answers prayers

  Hi dear, I bet God has been good to you.

Thanks for dropping by.  
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Really, it’s not what you think it is….although I wouldn’t deny the fact that I almost always played in the rain as a child, but this is not me “playing in the rain“. I and some friends were actually “harvesting rain water”.

  Last week Saturday made it almost 2 weeks of sleeping in the dark. And just before you begin to imagine what part of the “bush” I live in or how rural the place I am presently residing is…I actually stay in a beautiful city in Nigeria, – Owerri, Imo state, but the Power Holding Company of Nigeria(PHCN) recently decided to “hold” the power supply and water was a big issue.  

With no other source of generating power(not even a generator, as the family house generators were in use elsewhere), I knew we would be needing a miracle in order to survive the days ahead.  

For the past few weeks in this month, I have had to study the subject of faith. I remember tagging one of my devotions as “Receiving the promise(God’s promises)”  

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Don’t mind my tiny handwriting. wink*  

Basically, I was looking  for a “formula” or something one had to “apply” or”do” inorder to receive God’s promises, but was thrilled by what I found out- God can’t change and the only way to “receive” from Him hasn’t changed too; it has and will always be by faith!

Really, all that we require to receive from God is “faith”, that is , believing that we receive that which we ask for, when we asked for it. In order to see(physically) whatsoever we ask for in prayer, we have got to believe that we received the very moment we asked
“…to believe that you receive, and you shall have it!”

On friday evening, just before the great outpouring from heaven I decided to ask for rain. It was the most illogical thing to ask for, not especially when approaching the hammattan  season..one of my room mate actually thought I was fooling around with my request. But  I wasn’t, I was only acting on God’s word(Mark11:24), I believed I had(not “will receive”) received what I asked for that very moment and soon enough(just the next day), the substance of thing hoped for became a reality.

The heavy rain was yet another proof that God answers prayers and that faith always works.

Thanks be unto the God who answers prayers!  

Do you have a need?

Just ask the Father, believe that you receive & you shall have it…whatsoever it might be.  

Bless your darling heart.

  Peace&love.xo  

Anuoluwapo Ademuyiwa  

This ‘blood’ thing

  All through the Old Testament, we see a preference for a specific type of sacrifice to be offered by men to God- the blood sacrifice. It was as though God couldn’t accept any sacrifice except it contained blood, little wonder, that God accepted Abel and his offering but didn’t look with favour upon Cain’s.

  Certainly, there must be something about this blood thing that makes God accept it over others, at least you and I know that God isn’t a vampire who is obsessed with blood.  

One obvious fact about the blood of an animal or being is that, it is the life of the flesh and the scripture testifies to this,
saying,     

 “For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given you the blood to sprinkle upon the altar as an atonement for your souls; it is the blood that makes atonement, because it is the life” – Leviticus 17:11

  We also know from Biology (the science of life/living things) and other medical sciences that the blood carries Oxygen and other essential components that sustain the body, and without the continuous flow of blood, the body dies.  

Covenants are also sealed with blood. Being a Nigerian, I have watched countless Nollywood movies (especially the traditional Yoruba ones), where people cut themselves, and then drink each other’s blood in order to enter into a covenant. But this didn’t originate from Nigerian movies; it has been so from the very beginning. In Exodus 24:8, God speaking through Moses, made it known that blood was used to seal and confirm covenants.  

‘Then Moses threw the blood from the basins towards the people and said, “This blood confirms and seals the covenant that God made with you in giving these laws”‘.  

Blood played a very significant role in our redemption. The blood of Jesus Christ is the seal of the New Covenant.

Seed, faith& harvest

 Hi dear,

Thanks for dropping by.

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About 4 months ago, I came across a book written by Oral Roberts- 21st Century Seed-faith Principle. Prior to that time, I had heard about the principle of
sowing & reaping, I remember sowing my old wrist watch in church(December, 2010) only to be given a brand new one(by my elder brother) the next morning. It was really an amazing experience, beyond the preaching…I saw it worked!

  The seed-faith principle is a biblical principle enacted by God himself(see Genesis8:22), and it is based on the law of sowing & reaping- which states that “Whatsoever a men sows, that he will also reap“.

Okay, sincerely this is not as hard as you think, and by the way, you do not need a “great” measure of faith inorder to put this principle to work. For example, when a farmer puts a seed into the ground, he doesn’t go on a 21- day fasting & praying to ask that the seed germinates. Why? Because, he understands the law of sowing & reaping, all he needs to do is to make sure that the seed is sown on a good soil and also receive adequate supply of water and sunlight.  

You know how we quickly forget about the things we have learnt, especially when we somewhat don’t need to apply them? That was the same thing that happened to me. I had practically forgotten about the seed-faith principle until 4 months ago when I really needed money. My monthly youth corp allowance was paid quite early and before the middle of the month, I had exhausted it…I needed to “live by faith” and brother Oral Roberts’s book on the seed-faith principle found me at the right time.

  I learnt the seed-faith principle afresh and quickly put it to work. The results where astonishing. I remembered having just N50 (last card) on me and I needed about N200 for my transport fare, all I did was sow my N50(actually paid for someone else’s transport fare) and a friend willingly paid for my transport fare to and fro. The next day, I was quite hungry after a long day and another friend(whom I didn’t even ask) willingly paid for my meal(a bottle of coke&doughnut). It was working again!  

Since then, I have sown and kept sowing(giving to the work of the ministry and to the needy) not just when I didn’t have or inorder to get back(which is not a sin in itself- Luke 6:38) but in appreciation of God’s goodness and to prove that God’s word is true. I guess my most amazing experience was when I needed $99 (N25k) for the front& back cover of “freedom from sin“. It was a wonderful friday evening, I was chatting with a friend of mine when he asked about the book project. I reluctantly told him the state of the book and how I was limited by fund. To my surprise, he promised to send N10k into my account on monday.  

On sunday, I was in church giving a testimony about how God miraculously provided part of the fund required for the book. On getting to my seat, the Holyspirit told me to pledge the N10k(which had not even gotten into my account) as support for the church building project. At first, I wasn’t sure if it was God or the devil who wanted me to give out the money but that wasn’t so difficult to figure out; the devil couldn’t have wanted me to give to the work of God…I was sure it was the Holyspirit who spoke to me, plus I just had this peace on the inside. I obeyed, and pledged that money.  

Early the next morning(which was a monday), my publishing consultant called me and said the firm was giving me the package for free. I couldn’t believe my ears. I had not even giving the seed and God had sent in a harvest!  

Okay, you might be wondering “Why is Anuoluwapo telling me all this?”

It’s because I want you to know that God’s word is true, faith always works and that you too can also have a testimony if you will only believe and act upon God’s word.  

Hope you were blessed?

Have similar testimonies?

Feel free to add your comments and be a blessing to others by sharing this post with your community of family and friends.  

Bless your darling heart.  

Peace&love.xo  

PS. I just added a new page
(a letter from my heart), it’s an appeal letter to solicit for your financial support towards the publication of “freedom from sin“. God bless you richly as you generously give to this project, help ensure it comes out before the year runs out and invariable help others(especially the youths&addicts) walk in freedom from sin.

  Anuoluwapo Ademuyiwa              

Church goer or Christ follower?

Hi dear friend,  

Thanks for dropping by & happy new week. Wink*

Hope you had a wonderful weekend and you have been good?

  Okay, the purpose of this post isn’t to throw stones at you for not going to church again this sunday.smiling…it’s about something greater and better- being a follower of Christ.  

“Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children” Ephesians 5:1 KJV

Born and raised by christian parents, I was very familiar with my church(I mean, it’s location and structure), but who wouldn’t? It was a place we(mum, dad and the kids) went to atleast three times a week- Monday, friday and sunday. Oh, Mum and dad(being workers in church) even went on saturdays for workers’ meeting.

  For a period of ten(10) years, I went to church because I had to.

Going to church as a kid was real fun though, I practically slept all the way and when I wasn’t doing that, the bench became my drum while my pencil, the drum stick…church was another playing ground for me. Wink*

Oh, how could I forget, sunday school was the best part of the church experience(atleast, before I started my sleeping competition). How I loved hearing those bible stories- the pathing of the red sea blew my mind, but the best of the them all was how Jesus fed five thousand people with five(5) loaves of bread and two(2) fishes. Hmm, I wished Jesus could come stay in our house…we would never go hungry.

You see, I was the typical definition of a church goer, one who went to church,  knew “about” Jesus but didn’t have a relationship with Him.  

During those years, I was just as good as any moralist could be…didn’t lie, steal nor do immoral thing. But that didn’t last forever. Soon, I was trapped by my desires…my inherent sinful nature went full blown, was stucked in masturbation and my “pure” & innocent heart suddenly became corrupted with immoral thoughts. I couldn’t help myself anymore, and my self-righteousness became nothing to write home about.  

While it’s not a sin to be a church goer(like I was for good ten years), I believe it’s quite dangerous to remain one. God desires that  beyond just going to church, we will also come to have a personal relationship with Him through His Son. I was bound in sin & couldn’t help myself for as long as I remained a church goer,  but everything change when I met Jesus. He saved me from the nature of sin & gave me a new life.  
Today, I no longer stuggle with sin and I have moved from being a church goer to being a Christ follower!  

How was your childhood experience in the church?  

Are you still a church goer or now a Christ follower?

  God loves you, and that’s the reason He sent Jesus- that we might have life & have it more abundantly. There’s little or nothing to enjoy being a church goer, so step up my dear and be a Christ follower.

That’s where the fun & life is!!!  

Bless your darling heart.

Peace&love.xo  

Anuoluwapo Ademuyiwa

The actual function of the Law

Hi my dear, I bet the Lord has been good to you and your family. This thursday, discover why the Law was given and how you freely are justified(just-as-if- you’ve-never- sinned) by faith in Christ Jesus!

The law was given by God to bring to man’s awareness the knowledge of sin. It was to show and declare sin as “sin”, and thereby make man see his need for a Saviour.       

 “For no one is put right in God’s sight by doing what the Law requires, what the Law does is to make people know that they have sinned” – Romans 3:20 GNT  

Man was never meant to be justified (that is, declared righteous) by the law, but by faith in Christ Jesus who is the end of the law.       

 “For Christ is the end of the Law (the limit at which it ceases to be, for the Law leads up to Him who is the fulfillment of its types, and in Him the purpose which it was designed to accomplish is fulfilled. That is, the purpose of the Law is fulfilled in Him) as the means of righteousness (right relationship to God) for everyone who trust in and adheres to and relies on Him” – Romans 10:4 AMP  

The law was meant to be our instructor until Christ came and as an “instructor”, it could only instruct man on what to do but couldn’t empower him to do what to do.       

 “Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster”. – Galatians 3:23-24.    
     
And indeed, faith has come!

The new creation isn’t under the law; he is made complete and justified only by faith in the finished work of Christ.  

The consciousness of sin isn’t God’s plan for the new-creation, rather God wants us to be righteousness-conscious, a righteousness not based on our ability to observe the law, but on faith in Christ, for only in Him can we truly obey God and walk in freedom from sin.        

“Well then, if we are saved by faith, does this mean that we no longer need (to) obey God’s laws? Just the opposite! In fact, only when we trust Jesus can we truly obey him” – Romans 3:31 TLB                            

God loves you.

You are not the sinner you think you are!

Bless your darling heart.

Peace&love.xo

Anuoluwapo Ademuyiwa

Monday faithpills: Get your praise on!

Thanks for dropping by!

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A little scene before the mean pill…smiling.

Paul: Is it such a bad thing to be a christian?

Silas: I should be asking you oh brother Paul, remember it was you that dragged me into this  

Paul: I just hope we haven’t made a mistake by accepting Jesus…  

Silas: I hope not, because these days we just keep moving from one prison to another. I thought we were suppose to go from church to church?  

Paul: Yes we are my dear, it’s just that the devil is very wicked. He is trying to stop our ministry…God will punish that wicked thing!  

Silas: Amen! Amen! Amen!  

Paul: So sorry my dear Silas, hope your back has stopped bleeding? Those solders didn’t even pity us at all.

Silas: Brother Paul, those guys are demonic I bet they were possessed by the spirit of flogging! If not, why would anyone flog his fellow human being like that? I just thank God that I drank the blood tonic we bought from the pharmacy yesterday, if not…my blood would have finished by now.  

 I hope you are not rolling on the floor already?

Okay! Seriously, that never happened(&thank God it didn’t) that was just to make you ease up a little bit. Wink*  

This was what really happened…

“And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.” Act 16:25-26 KJV  

Contrary to human reasoning, Paul and Silas decided to praise God after they had been stripped, flogged and thrown into prison.

These Apostles had every reason to wail, grumble and complain but they knew there was no power in such acts...God wasn’t going to move because they cried.  

With bleeding backs and sores all over, Paul and Silas choose to praise God anyway. And you knew they weren’t silent about it because they woke the other prisoners, their chains couldn’t stop them from clapping their hands and moving their foot.

  ” But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.” Psalm 22:3 KJV

  The scripture says that the Lord inhabits the praises of his people, little wonder He showed up when Paul and Silas got their praises on. I bet these Apostles weren’t particularly praying for deliverance, they weren’t trying to inform “poor mis-informed” God how big their problem was but  were focussed on his greatness-that God was(&is) good irrespective of what they were passing through, and delivering them wasn’t such a difficult thing for him to do.  

Beloved, praise is an act of faith(I bet it’s the greatest expression of our trust in God) and if you would only get your praise on…you  can be sure of an earthquake, because God will show up and do the miraculous.

Whatever you go through in life my dear, don’t lose your praise.
Give God a place to inhabit.Wink*

Bless your darling heart.

Peace&love.xo

Anuoluwapo