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Wednesday, 15 February 2017
GOD IS WAITING TO TAKE YOU BACK
There is the story of the prodigal son (also known as the lost son) in Luke 15:11-32 . That son became prodigal because he decided he was going to run his life his own way. He threw away everything a good father could offer a son and chose a direction that was only bound to end in destruction. In the beginning, when God created us, He did it in His image and after His likeness (Gen 1:26). God didn't see us as a mere creation. That's why in 1 Pet 2:9, we are called a chosen people, royal priesthood and God’s special possession. We are indeed a generation of God carefully and wonderfully made to fulfill God's purpose here on earth and in heaven. However like the prodigal son, mankind through Adam and Eve abandoned the wealth and comfort of the garden of Eden and the love of a heavenly father and instead chose to follow after lust, preferring to surrender to the deceit of the devil despite the clear consequences of such disobedience to the instructions of God. Whereas the prodigal son acknowledged he had sinned after man and after God, (not worthy to be called a son anymore), man after that fall in the garden of Eden is still groping in the dark to find God. We thank God however, for the sacrifice paid by the release of God’s only begotten son; to die for us and to be reconnected back to Him. The bible in John 15:13 calls it the "GREATEST LOVE"- The unconditional love of God for us His children even in our state of sin and rebellion.
Jesus died that we may have life and have it abundantly. That is the life we lost in the garden of Eden but which through His death and the gift of salvation, He has promised to bring us into again. “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also” (John 14:3). If anyone will receive and believe in Him, they will become sons of God again and will not die but have everlasting life. This is God's invitation to reign with Him in eternity. If we reject Him, we reject life and risk eternal damnation and condemnation to hell fire. A life without Christ, lived in sin can only end up in one place - HELL.
I believe everyone that desires life will make a decision like the prodigal son, that is, go back to the father in repentance. If you are willing to turn from your old ways no matter how far you have travelled the wrong path; and to accept Jesus today, then He will accept you and present you to His father who is in heaven.You can say this simple prayer today: “ Lord Jesus, I confess that I am a sinner and I believe you died for my sins. I confess that God raised you from the dead and I accept you as my Lord and Savior.”
Congratulations, you are now born again. Kindly find a Bible believing church where you can learn more about God and worship Him. GOD BLESS YOU - Dare Ojo Bello
Wednesday, 13 April 2016
Here is an article that I featured on linked in. I would really appreciate your views on it. Thanks.
Yes, I have heard it said that if Jack has a whole lot to trade in, then, he shall have too many things to grapple with. He will likely not be perfect in any of the things he does because he cannot spend enough time on each one to perfect the skills required for him to be a master. In order words, if he has to grapple with so many things at the same time, how on earth would he be focused to achieve greatness?
I daresay that at times, you find that one who is a master in one trade or area has to accept that he does not know as much in other areas outside his field. For instance, a Professor in Art Education is a Professor only in that field, (unless he chooses to study another area of specialization) thereby, he can claim a mastery of knowledge in his area of specialization which is Art Education. We can say that the Professor is focused, we can also say that he or she is dedicated; these of course, are good qualities to possess. However, what do we do with a 'Lucy of many talents' or a 'Harry of multiple income businesses'? Can we rightly say that they are master of none?
This earnestly brings to my mind the Parable of the Talents,
15'And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability;'
I have different abilities and likewise you probably do as well. What do we do with all these abilities? We definitely cannot use Jack (who was said to have mastered none of his trades) as our moral justification to ignore our own numerous abilities. It is important to know that life is really about multi-tasking and that is the truth! A baby suckling his mother is feeding but at the same time may be grasping something, his mother's soft skin, her clothing or he may even be playing with his toes. A young child is crying and at the same time tugging at his mother for attention or holding out his arms to be carried.
In life, we are likely to discover that we might be multi-talented and like the Parable of the Talents says, we have abilities in different specifications. Of course, it also makes mention of the individual who had just one talent to master. The point really is not how many talents we have, but what we do with all of it that we have. The more we use the gifts that we have, the better and more impactful they become. Suffice it is to say, that having many skills or talents is not a disadvantage but really an advantage.
Multitasking! Why on earth, did we have to take all of those courses we took back at school in the same term? Why, oh why? It is because life is about multitasking. We cannot be successful in life if we do not learn the art or I might also say the science of multitasking. This is because there will always only be twenty-four hours in a day to practice our trades. Actually, we are all Jacks running around with our 'trades' and permit me to say talents. It is left to us to gradually and systematically master all that we can in the time that we have!
In Nigeria where I come from, it is becoming glaring that one needs to possess other skills in order to make it relatively well in life. There are numerous graduates roaming the streets jobless and I dare say that a higher institution graduate who applies and adapts his skills creatively to the outside world will not end up hungry and jobless because in reality, Jack may need different trades to support himself in life. When Jack cannot secure employment in spite of his educational qualifications , he can make use of his singing skills to perform at events and get paid for doing so. He can decide to anchor events if he has a great voice and the charisma to hold an audience spell bound! My native tongue has an adage that says that one road only, does not lead to the market. In other words you have to be innovative in your quest to achieve your goals or reach your destination. In this present economy, I make bold to say that Jack needs many 'trades'. He also needs to multitask in order to make his 'trades' successful. Here I am writing, I studied Visual Arts in school for crying out loud (fortunately, I was also exposed to singing, music and theatre arts there). Let's face it, when we begin to tap into our many abilities, it feels wonderful and worthwhile (and I am not saying I am yet a master, but I believe that I am stepping out in the right direction).
Not practicing our 'trade', leads to the depreciation of our skills. It's important to keep doing what we do and seek for ways to get better, otherwise, the law of diminishing returns sets in. The singer finds she begins to tire out after just a bit of singing unlike before, or she cannot pitch as high as she used to. The Parable of the Talents sums it up this way,
29 For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will be furnished richly so that he will have an abundance; but from the one who does not have, even what he does have will be taken away.
The late Dr. Myles Munroe said that one of the richest places in the world is the grave yard and by now, you might know why. It is because lots of dreams, visions, and potentials lay dead and buried. Some Jacks never invested time and energy in their trades or perhaps they never even started their trades in the first place. Let us wake up people, it is time to discover and use our giftings, talents and abilities so that they can get sharper, bring rewards, enrich lives and fulfill destinies. Let us work them relentlessly!
*Reference: Matthew 25:14-30
Tuesday, 12 April 2016
Hmm...I hope you have enjoyed reading the story of Ruth so far. At this point, I shall put the story on hold (me thinks nobody is really following it anymore). I understand it might be quite burdensome reading and trying to locate where you stopped the last time. That's why I did try to number each page boldly. The page number also serves as part of the heading for each part of the story. You could easily find any page number by typing it in the search box at the bottom of the page. I also have not got many comments on the story from many viewers so...I might try to put it in an e-book form sooner or later. Meanwhile, I will continue to post other things of interest. Thank you.