Author: Victoria Faniyi

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Following God’s Command

Following God’s Command

         YOU are enjoying your first love with your Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, with The Father, and The Holy Spirit.  You read the Bible daily, you pray (talk) to God constantly, and you attend church regularly to fellowship with other Bible believing Christians- the body of Christ.  Now, the next thing to do will be to follow God’s command by observing “The Ordinances of the Church”.  There are two of them; they are The Lord’s Supper and baptism.  Let’s first define an ordinance: An ordinance is an outward and visible symbolic rite commanded in the Bible to be practiced by the church which sets forth a central truth of the Christian faith.  It is a memorial or reminder of some precious historical event of great significance.

A.    The Lord’s Supper. It can also be referred to as: The Eucharist (Greek word for the “giving of thanks”). Taken from 1 Corinthians 11:24. Holy Communion –this name derives from 1 Corinthians 10:16, “the communion of the blood of Christ.” The Scriptures describe the Lord’s Supper in: Matthew 26:26-30; Mark 14:22-26; Luke 22:17-20, and 1 Corinthians 11:23-34.

The purpose of the Lord’s Supper involves a threefold look.  We are to look backward.  “For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death” (1 Corinthians 11:26).  We are to look inward.  “But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup” (1 Corinthians 11:28).  We are to look forward.  “Till He come” (1 Corinthians 11:26).  The Lord’s Supper is therefore historical, personal, and prophetical.  It speaks of the cross, the conscience, and the crown.

Who are the partakers of the Lord’s Supper?  What group is invited to this table?  The Lord’s Supper is only for believers, but it includes all believers whether they happened to be members of a given local church or not.

What are the prerequisites of the Lord’s Supper?  The individuals who are forbidden to partake are the unsaved, and the unclean (backslidden Christian).  John the apostle (who attended the first Lord’s Supper) has given sound advice to aid both kinds of individuals here.  To the unsaved, he offers John 3:16, and to the unclean, he extends 1 John 1:9.

What are the penalties of taken the Lord’s Supper in an unworthy manner?   “For he who eats
and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.  For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep” (1 Corinthians 11:29, 30).  This judgment may be manifested in a twofold manner: through physical sickness (11:30) and through physical death.

How often should the Lord’s Supper be observed?   Most churches observed this ordinance once a month.

B.     Baptism. The word in its origin means to dip, immerse, submerge or overwhelm.  The theological meaning of the word baptism is “identification.” To be identified with Christ’s death, burial and resurrection.

The Lord’s command:  “Go ye, therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” (Matthew 28:19).  The water baptism of a new convert is therefore not a personal choice, but a divine command.

       Examples of baptism in the Bible:
The baptism of our Lord Jesus.   1) He was baptised with water by John (Matthew 3:15)
2) With the Holy Spirit by the Father (Matthew 3:16)

The water baptism of new converts in the book of Acts.

–    At Pentecost.   Here 3,000 were baptized by Peter and the apostles (Acts 2:41).
–    At Samaria.   Here many were baptized by Philip the evangelist (Acts 8:12).
–   At Gaza.   Here the Ethiopian eunuch was baptized by Philip (Acts 8:38).
–   At Damascus.  Here Paul is baptized by Ananias (Acts 9:18).
–   At Caesarea.   Here Peter baptized Cornelius and his friends (Acts 11:48).
–   At Philippi.  Here Paul baptized Lydia and the Philippian jailor (Acts 16:15, 33).
–   At Corinth.  Here Paul baptized Crispus, Gaius, Stephanas, and others

(Acts 18:8; 1 Corinthians 1:14, 16).

–   At Ephesus.   Here Paul baptized some followers of John the Baptist (Acts 19:3-5).

 

        The scriptural view on baptism:  It is not necessary for salvation, but rather a command that needs to be followed after salvation.   All believers need to be baptized.

 

       PRAYER: Dear Lord, I long to be an obedient servant to You, even when there seems to be no short-term rewards. I want to live in Christ and take my delight in the Spirit, not in the world.
Heavenly Father, grant me the understanding that leads to eternal life. In Jesus name I pray.
Amen.

Knowing God Intimately

Knowing God Intimately

Now you’ve become a child of God, the next step for a successful living is to know Him intimately.  Just as a child would look up to a parent for living a life of example with proper instruction, direction, and protection; so also God expects you to have a child like faith (Hebrews 11:6) and trust Him every step of the way.

This next step doesn’t come without a price, the price is affordable and simple, yet it’s the most difficult task for any group of people whether young or old.  And that is to spend time with God on regular basis.  As you spend time more and more with Him by reading His word and talking (praying) to Him, you find yourself being more focus, steady, confident, acquiring more knowledge of who God is, and how He operates in human affairs. You become calm, and less agitated to the noise, and distractions around you. You will be quick to think His thought because the Holy Spirit will bring what you read and instructions you receive in your quiet time with God to your remembrance to put them into practice.

God Himself pursues a love relationship with you. He takes the initiative to bring you into this kind of relationship by sending His only begotten Son to die for your sin and the sins of the world. This affords God to bring you close to Himself and have an intimate relationship with you. (1 John 4:9-10, 19; 1 John 3:16).  Jesus is the only way to the Father.  The Father created you for a love relationship with Himself. God the Father wants you to pleasure Him. (Revelation 4:11).   I personally went through a season in my Christian walk of life without knowing this truth, when I realized it, it was a turning point in my relationship with my Creator.  I pray that you quickly come to this realization so you can start enjoying your relationship with the Father early in your Christian walk.

A love relationship with God requires that you demonstrate your love by obedience. Obedience is the outward expression of your love for God.  It is “a following of the “letter” of the law, and a following of the leading of “The Spirit” as well.  You learn obedience by surrendering your will to the Father through the Holy Spirit.  It means you pay attention to the nudging of the Holy Spirit inside of you, and follow through on His commands.  The reward for obedience and love is that He will reveal Himself to you.

IF YOU HAVE AN OBEDIENCE PROBLEM, YOU HAVE A LOVE PROBLEM.

    PRAYER:  Teach me, O LORD, the way of Your statutes,
And I will [steadfastly] observe it to the end.
Give me understanding [a teachable heart and the ability to learn],
that I may keep Your law; And observe it with all my heart.
Make me walk in the path of Your commandments, for that is where my happiness is found.
(Psalm 119:33-35)

 

Now What’s Next?

Now What’s Next?

When you respond to the invitation and accepts Jesus into your heart, you make a declaration to the other kingdom – the kingdom of darkness, that you have switched side.  You are now a child of light and no longer belong in the dark, and because of this, your deeds are readily seen by the children of darkness, and you are a target.  Their father, the only enemy of God and humanity- Lucifer, satan, the devil, will do everything within his power to derail you in your endeavours.  But hold tight, don’t feel sorry for yourself yet, because now you have the entire host of heaven behind you! Halleluiah!!!

Jesus is the Lord of hosts.  He sends His angels to rescue, and protect you from danger.  These heavenly hosts minister to you in your time of need, carry God’s messages to you in dreams and visions, and inflict divine penalties on your enemies that would prevent you from obeying God’s commands. Most importantly, God’s Spirit (Holy Spirit) now resides in you, and He teaches, leads, comforts, directs, prays … for you.  You are no longer alone for the rest of your life! Isn’t that awesome? Hebrews 13:5

Let me declare to you that there are only two kingdoms- the kingdom of light, and the kingdom of darkness.  You can only be in one at a time, and there is no middle ground.   So, be honest to yourself once you’ve come to Jesus that you will never go back no matter what comes your way.  What this decision affords you is freedom from fear, guilt, regret, failures, loneliness etc.
Pray continually.  God is always with you – talk to Him.  Count on God’s constant help.  Realize that the Christian life is to be lived not in your own strength but through God’s power.

    Prayer:   Thank You Lord for saving my soul.  Help me daily to live for You and You only!   Teach me by Your Spirit daily to pick up my cross (burden) and follow You.  You will make my burden light and my yoke easy.  In Jesus name, I pray.  Amen! (Matthew 11:28-30)

The Good News

The Good News

The single most important piece of good news you will ever hear is summarized in just three words: incarnation, redemption, and invitation.

Incarnation: Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came in the flesh (Isaiah 53:2-3), becoming all of God in a human body.
Redemption: He came to suffer and die, to “make his soul an offering for sin” (Isaiah 53:10), to bear “the sin of many” (Isaiah 53:12).
Invitation: He stands ready to provide mercy and forgiveness for all who will respond. “Ho! Everyone who thirsts, Come to the waters” (Isaiah 55:1).

What have you done with the invitation of the Suffering Servant? Have you ignored it, rejected it, or accepted it? If you have never done so, take Him at His word today. Say yes to the One who died that you might live eternally.  Your eternal life can start right now from the moment you receive that invitation.

We cannot look at the cross and still think our lives are of no account to God!

Pray this prayer: Dear Lord Jesus, I believe You died for me and that You rose again on the third day.  I confess to You that I am a sinner and that I need Your love and forgiveness.  Come into my life, forgive my sins, and give me eternal life.  I confess You now as my Lord, and Savior.  Thank You for my salvation!

From now on, read your Bible daily. Start from the book of JOHN in the new testament.  Pray that God will give you understanding of what you are reading daily by His Holy Spirit.  Find a Bible believing local church to attend.  It is important that you pray always.  Prayer is just like when you call a friend , and you start telling them of what is going on in your life at the moment.  You can also talk to your heavenly Father as you would a friend.

Welcome to Eternal Life Today

Welcome to Eternal Life Today

The Bible says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). To confess means to admit, as when David said to God, “Finally, I confessed all my sins to You and stopped trying to hide them. I said to myself, ‘I will confess my rebellion to the Lord’ And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone.” (Psalm 32:5). The next step is repenting of your sin, turning away from it and walking in the opposite direction. As Christians, we do not want to be like a child who, though he apologizes every time, continues to willfully disobey his parents in the same way, day after day. Though God’s forgiveness will never fail, we do not want to take advantage of His grace. Instead, “Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us” (Hebrews 12:1).

Because of God’s goodness and faithfulness, you can receive complete forgiveness for your sins and the power to be victorious over them!

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