MALTREATING WOMEN.

KEY SCRIPTURE: John 8:4 KJV” They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.”

These scribes and the Pharisees were evil accusers. Why did they leave the man but brought the woman? According to James 2:4 the word said they, acted in partiality, and therefore judges of evil thought. There is a tendency for people to maltreat, woman. There are some husbands who say women lack good judgement. This is a big error for any man to say. Women are endued with special intuition that makes them detect danger without giving any reason why that would occur. Men who hold such minds have signed up for a very dangerous life. They would take no counsel from their wives and would always come to her to say she was right. The woman in your home according to God, is a helper that God has brought to you. There are a few women, who through selfishness are not able to play the helping role effectively.

Again, why do certain men still maltreat women? They do so because they do not understand the make-up of woman. The bible says in 1 Pet 3:7 that the woman is the weaker vessel and so men should live with them according knowledge. A woman’s number one need is security. This is why the Lord asked the husband to love the wife. When a woman due to actions of the husband feels insecure, she would get to the extremes of her nature. If she is an introvert, she would be so withdrawn that the man would feel he is living with a dummy. If she is an extrovert, she will make hell for the man. All her actions explains she is seeking for that one need, security .

Men, please understand that, the woman was designed

1.To receive

2. To multiply.

She would multiply whatever you give her. If you give a tiny microscopic sperm, she would make it into a wonderful baby. If you give her a house with love, she would make it a wonderful welcoming home. In all these if you give her little trouble, she would multiply it and make it hell for you. This is the natural state of the women. The man is the initiator of most of what happens at home. Men be very considerate towards your wives.

Barring this natural state of women, I wish to advice Christian, born again wives to live according to the word of God. The Bible says wives submit to your own husband’s, irrespective of whether they love you or not. Your first allegiance is to God and His word. This would bring you a peaceful home.

CONFESSION

 Women are not object of reproach and ridicule, but a bundle of beauty, tenderness and love. If their feminity is respected, and treated with love, they make the home a place of escape from the troubles outside.

THOUGHT:  GIVE YOUR WIFE TRUE LOVE AND ENJOY A HOME OF EXCESS LOVE.

FURTHER STUDIES

1Pet 3:7 KJV” Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.”

1Pet 3:9 KJV “Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.”

MEN AND CONDEMNATION 2

KEY SCRIPTURE: John 8:3 KJV” And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst,”

Many marriages are tension dominated. Wife is at husband’s throat, and vice versa.

 A relationship that began to be ever happy after, has become ever fighting always.

What is the cause of this?  It is a self-condemning attitude deep down the hearts of the couples. Nearly a hundred percent unsatisfactory feeling, that many have about themselves proceed from a self-condemning attitude. This began in the garden of Eden, after Adam and Eve had sinned. They saw they were naked, resulting in fear, which later became accusations upon accusations. Those men who brought the woman to Jesus, were in the same dilemma.

What can save men from this inner cycle of defeat. The answer is in the cross of Christ. The Lord Jesus came to suffer and die for all of us, so that we could be identified with Him, in all that He did and went through for us. Romans 6:4 KJV “Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” When a man expresses faith in Jesus, He is spiritually immersed into Christ by the Holy Spirit. The word immersed is translated baptizo in the Greek language. The scripture said we are baptized into His death, baptized into His resurrection, baptized into His righteousness. Every child of God is the very righteousness of God 2 Corinth 5:21. There is no more any sense of condemnation in the child of God. He has the very righteousness of God and must always carry that attitude. If he sins, he has broken that sweet fellowship with his Father and must quickly ask for forgiveness.

Jesus in the life of men coupled with clear teaching about the great substitution work of Christ will free all from the life of hatred to one another, manifesting true love, because that love of God has been shared abroad in our hearts. Religious zealots who are always filled with rage, accusations and constantly hurting others are probably lost in their sins. Come to Jesus today.

CONFESSION

 I am in Christ Jesus, I am righteous with Jesus’ righteousness, I have the love of Christ in me. Christ is alive in me. I have no sense of condemnation, neither do I condemn anyone. My words bless, uplifts, heal and put a smile on the faces of all who come close to me. Oh, what a life!

THOUGHT:  IN CHRIST I AM NOT CONDEMNED, NEITHER DO I CONDEMN ANYONE.

FURTHER STUDIES

Romans 8:1 KJV “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”

Romans 8:34 KJV “Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.”

MEN AND CONDEMNATION

KEY SCRIPTURE: John 8:3 KJV” And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst,”

I have noticed some group of persons talking among themselves, yet when an unknown person passes by, they make very bad comments about him or her. I ask why won’t people mind their own business? There seem to be a tendency to condemn others in most people.

Whiles the master sat teaching, some men brought a woman, and put this woman right in the centre of them. They spoke in unison, saying, this woman was caught in the very act of adultery. (The question is, does a woman commit adultery alone?) Why did they leave the man and brought only the lady to be stoned? They added that Moses stated in the law that such people should be stoned. Then they asked the Lord, what does He say about that? These men did not only come to condemn the woman, but to find a fault or grounds of accusation against the master, so they could kill Him.

Why would men want to condemn and hurt their fellow men? Such people are under external influences. Ephesians 2:2 KJV” Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience”: There is a power that would want to afflict others with pain, shame, and death, and they find some people to serve their purpose.

There are some Christians who have given themselves to such tendencies. Right in the midst of a church service, they would be speaking negative about their fellow Christians. They accuse and slander others.

Well, dear child of God, you are born of love and are the righteousness of God. The Spirit in you bears the fruit of love, which manifests itself in joy, peace, gentleness.  longsuffering faithfulness. goodness. meekness, self-control. Any other lifestyle is very strange to you. You are a lifter of men. This is who you are. Refuse to use your tongue to put anyone down. You do not cause pain rather you are a healer of pain.

CONFESSION

I am a lifter of men. I am an extension of the hand of God on this earth. My mind thinks well of all men, and my tongue encourages the weak. My heart is filled with a sincere love for everyone, for I am born of love.

THOUGHT:  VOW NEVER TO USE YOUR TONGUE TO PUT ANYONE DOWN.

FURTHER STUDIES

Matthew 5:22 KJV “But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.”

Colossians 4:6 KJV. Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer

COMMITMENT TO WORK

KEY SCRIPTURE: Joh 8:2 BBE “And early in the morning he came again into the Temple and all the people came to him and he was seated teaching them.”

Our Lord Jesus is a very good example of one who was very diligent with His tasks. The Lord had spent the whole night praying, and should have been probably tired, needing some rest. He did not stay at home but as early as practicable he went to the temple awaiting the people. He said, in John 9:4, that,” My food is to do the pleasure of him who sent me and to make his work complete.

Some reasons why the Lord was so diligent;

1. Jesus worked very hard, because as a son who became a servant, he had to please the one who sent Him. 2 Tim 2:4.

2. He worked so hard, because there was a time frame for him to finish the work. John 9:4

3. He worked so hard because He loved the Father who sent Him. John 8:29

4. It brought him joy to work diligently.

This leaves us a good example to emulate. Every servant of God must approach the work with such urgency and dedication. This is what would win the approval of God our Father. There is going to be a day of reckoning, when everyone would be rewarded for what He or she did for the Lord. Please note that God rewards us mainly on the following grounds;

1. How best we followed his instructions to do the work. Gen 7:5

2. Secondly, we would be rewarded for how sincere and how diligently we worked. 2 Corinth 5:10

3. Then lastly, we would be rewarded for how much we achieved for Him. Rev 14:13

Apostle Paul depicts one who gave in everything to do so much for the master. He said , he does not count himself to have gotten to where he must be, or completed what has been given to him to do, but he presses on, so he would  attain the prize of the high calling of God Philippians 3:13  and 14( paraphrased)He also said in 1Corinth 15:10  that ” But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. “Like Jesus he gave his best. Even when he had been stoned to death and came back alive, he did not go about pitying himself or taking some time to rest, he continued to the next town to preach the word. (Acts 14:19-22). At the end of His mission he said, 2Ti 4:7 KJV “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:

 He finished the task.

That is the crème of the work, finishing your assignment.

CONFESSION

 I am committed to the task my heavenly father assigned to me. Nothing shall stop me from giving my best, and serving with a sincere heart. I will finish my course with gladness and will receive my crown of righteousness.

THOUGHT: WE MUST SERVE TO PLEASE OUR MASTER, BY COMPLETING THE TASK HE GAVE US.

FURTHER STUDIES

John 9:4 KJV” I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.”

2Tim 4:8 KJV” Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”

COMMITMENT TO PRAYER

KEY SCRIPTURE: John 8:1 BBE” But Jesus went to the Mountain of Olives”.

The previous chapter concluded on the note that everyone left for his or her house, but Jesus went to the Mount Olives. Going to the mountain was definitely not to sleep or meet anyone. He went there to pray. The Lord maintained a very consistent prayer life. Please note that the night for the people in Jesus’ time, begins at six pm. The people dispersed at about Six pm and so for the next ten to twelve hours the Lord was in the presence of the Father praying and meditating.

Why did He have to pray so much? Our Lord Jesus had become a man and has also laid down His glory as God. Philippians 2:7 BBE “But he made himself as nothing, taking the form of a servant, being made like men;” The Lord made Himself nothing or He emptied Himself of all His glory as God (John 17:5). As a man He had to totally depend on the Father. Just consider how he prayed in the following verse. Hebrews 5:7 “Who in the days of his flesh, having sent up prayers and requests with strong crying and weeping to him who was able to give him salvation from death, had his prayer answered because of his fear of God.” This verse is very revealing. It informs us on one of the prayer points of Jesus. It also shows us how He prayed. Prayer was His life. He did not take His prayer times as something to look down on.  He knew that without prayer what God would want to do cannot be done.

The bible said from the beginning of creation God our father gave the dominion of the earth into man’s hands. God can only come into this earth to act for men after man has invited Him. The Lord went into the Mount Olives to pray, and had to stay there for ten to twelve hours. How long Do you spend praying? How intense is your prayer? Prayer meant so much to Jesus. Prayer meant absolute dependence on God.

 Prayer infused the nature and power of God into His body.

Prayer exposed Him to the mind and heart of God. Prayer gave the supernatural power of God to take over the weakness of man. Prayer gave Him access to enjoy His God nature, which He willingly put down.

Dear child of God, the devil cannot beat you if you consistently go on your knees in prayer. Do not allow sleep to rob you of that fellowship of prayer. Nothing in this world can defeat the man who wholly depends on God in prayer.

PRAYER

Father you are my strength and life. You are my hiding place my prayers lifts me from the ordinary human abilities to divine ability. My enemies are defeated on my knees in prayer. Glory be to God.

THOUGHT: PRAY, PRAY AND PRAY.

FURTHER STUDIES

1Thess 5:17 BBE ” Keep on with your prayers.”

Luke 18:1 BBE “And he made a story for them, the point of which was that men were to go on making prayer and not get tired;”

WHY SOME STAY IN ERROR?

KEY SCRIPTURE: John 7:52 KJV “They answered and said unto him, Art thou also of Galilee? Search, and look: for out of Galilee ariseth no prophet.”

After Pharisee Nicodemus had expressed his concern for the Jewish leaders to be fair to Jesus, they just concluded that He had gotten convinced by Jesus. Their main error was their conclusion that Jesus was a descendant from Galilee and that there was no prophecy that there would be a prophet from Galilee. Israel at the time of Jesus was divided into three main Parts. The northern part, which is Galilee, the middle portion, which is Samaria, and the southern portion, known as Judaea. Biblical history teaches that our Lord Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, in the Southern part of Israel which was ruled by a more tyrannical King Herod Archelaus, whiles Galilee was under the rule of King Herod Antipas who was more level headed. This made Joseph the ” father” of Jesus to relocate to Galilee when they returned from Egypt. These Pharisees without searching concluded Jesus came from Galilee.

They were also in error because, they were so envious of Jesus and wanted Him dead, so much that, they would not care to make any further checks on Him. Lack of diligence to find the truth is one main grounds people get into error.

Some err because of an unteachable attitude. Such people lack meekness. Psalms 25:9 KJV” The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.” They come to God’s word with their minds already made up on some ideas or thought pattern. They can’t see any other line of thought. It becomes worse when they find themselves in a large group that thinks in a that wrong way.

What can one do to stay from error?

1. Settle it once and forever that, the bible is   God’s word. It is very authentic

2. Always come to the bible like a little child who knows nothing, with a very great desire to learn.

3. Read the scriptures broadly and use the search function to get all that is said about a particular word and how it is used. 

With an opened mind you would discover the truths as taught by God in His word

THOUGHT: MEEKNESS, PLUS DILIGENCE TO SEARCH THE WORD WILL SAVE YOU FROM ERROR

FURTHER STUDIES

James 1:21 KJV” Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.”

2Timothy 2:15 KJV “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

TACTFULNESS

KEY SCRIPTURE: John 7:51 KJV “Doth our law judge any man, before it hear him, and know what he doeth?”

Tactfulness is showing a sense of what is fitting and considerate in dealing with others. The Pharisees had reached a level in their fury against Jesus such that nothing but his death was their desire. Nicodemus, a disciple of Jesus, wanted to find the most reasonable way to talk for Jesus such that the Sanhedrin and the Pharisees would tone down on the decision to have Jesus killed. He used the approach of asking a probing question to stir their pure minds to resign their action. He asked the following question, John 7:51 KJV, Doth our law judge any man, before it hear him, and know what he doeth? Nicodemus had to speak in such a way that he would have made his point for Jesus and also not to attract the fury of the Pharisees. There is a time for everything, as the preacher says in Ecclesiastes 3.

The scriptures is full of instances where some had to act tactfully. When the Lord asked Samuel to go to Jesse’s House and anoint a king for Israel. He acted tactfully. (1st Samuel 16:2&3) He announced he came to worship. He then went on to do the anointing of David. King Saul, had no hint of it, and everything went on without his knowledge or awareness. In Matt 10:16 the Lord said He is sending us as sheep in the midst of wolves and they should be as wise as serpents and as harmless as doves. Serpents are extremely wise but very deadly. Doves are extremely harmless yet not so wise. The Lord is asking the church to live in this world in a very tactful manner.

We are witnesses of our Lord Jesus and must approach this call with a great sense of affability. A sister was asked by her pastor to start a cell group. One of the people she contacted to join the cell said she was very busy and had no time. The sister remarked that, her cell was actually for people who had no time. The sister eventually became a member of her cell. The Holy Spirit is ever present to help us act tactfully towards all persons.

Ask the Spirit to help you be moderate towards all persons.

CONFESSION

Thank you, father, for the Holy Spirit who leads me in all I do. I treat all persons very moderately. The love of God in me overflows to all persons such that I have a very cordial relationship to all.

THOUGHT: A HEART OF LOVE IS ALWAYS MODERATE TOWARDS ALL

FURTHER STUDIES

Philippians 4:5 KJV” Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.”

Matthew 10:16 KJV” Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.”

WRONG TEACHING

KEY SCRIPTURE: John 7:49 KJV” But this people who knoweth not the law are cursed.”

The teachers of the law kept showing their dislike for Jesus by making all kinds of statements. This time they said all those who are ignorant of the law are cursed. Who were they talking to, or about? From their earlier statements these people referred to all those who were listening to Jesus.

 Jesus is the epitome of truth; how could they be with Him and not know the truth? Was it really the truth that all those ignorant of the law were under a curse? What brings a curse on men?

 A curse comes on a man when he fails to obey the word of God.

Deut 28:15. Secondly, one could place a curse on another by speaking words of a curse which may take effect, on the grounds that, that person walks in disobedience to God’s word. Num 23:8 KJV “How shall I curse, whom God hath not cursed? or how shall I defy, whom the LORD hath not defied? “. Prov 26:2 KJV “As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come.”

One could also come under a curse by saying the word of a curse over his very life. Prov 21:18.

Curses may function against an individual because he was in the loins of his father, and so whatever comes on the father, affects him too. Exodus 34:7. In later portions of the scripture, the Lord says each person will bear the consequences of his own actions. Ezekiel 18:4.

We realise that curses come as a result of one’s action against God’s word. Just because one does not know the law, does not make him accursed (If the ignorant acts against the word, then he would be liable for a curse; Hosea 4:6) These Pharisees made a statement to spite Jesus. They said so, out of their dislike for Jesus and the fact that these people were with the Lord Jesus.

Many people make false statements not because of their anger or dislike for any person, but purely because they heard someone say it, without scrutinising the statement to know if it was scriptural, or not. Some also teach false doctrine because they do not consider the scriptures from a broad perspective. They just read one or two verses and they make their conclusions from there.

 Please note that false teachers are more dangerous than false prophets.

Prophetic errors are time bound, and so the error would be known. A false teaching is trans generational, if the truth is not noted by all. It would be carried from generation to generation. May we all take time to go through the bible carefully before making conclusions on certain topics and subjects.

PRAYER

Thank you, heavenly father for the Holy Spirit who helps us in all that we learn. May you open our eyes of understanding to the truth of your word. Help us to be diligent to search the scriptures so we may know the truth always.

THOUGHT:  A LITTLE DILIGENCE IN STUDYING THE WORD WILL OPEN YOU TO TRUTH, WHICH WOULD MAKE YOU FREE.

FURTHER STUDIES

2Timothy 2:15 KJV” Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

John 8:31 KJV” Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

NEGATIVITY

KEY SCRIPTURE: John 7:48 KJV ” Have any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed on him?”

These Pharisees were really prejudiced about Jesus. After suggesting that the officers who returned from not being able to arrest Jesus, were also getting deceived by Jesus, they asked is there any of the rulers or Pharisees who believe in Jesus? How could Jesus attract such a large number of audience and there would not be some rulers or Pharisees among them who will believe in Him. Envy and a negative feeling can blind an individual from seeing and judging rightly.

 Evil feelings corrupt one’s thinking absolutely.

There is an Akan proverb that says “the one who hates you, will dance your dance with a twisted waist”

Dear brother or sister it is a big loss to your personal development to hate another person because he or she seems to succeed more than you. The following scriptures describes the man who envies or hates his neighbour 1Jn 2:11 KJV “But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.” The man who hates his neighbour is like one walking with closed eyes. It is a form of self-imposed blindness.

No child of God should live by hating or envying another individual, whether a Christian or an unbeliever. We are called to live by faith. Faith means having an assurance and confidence that God is in charge.

Whenever God is in charge, you have no worry over what someone has, does or has achieved. Secondly true faith works by love. With love in your heart there will be no grounds for envy or hatred. Envy makes an individual a slave to the one he dislikes. How miserable it is to be envious of your neighbour, especially if his success is of God, then you would be fighting Got. You must celebrate with every achiever and sincerely thank God for what He is doing in the brother ‘s life.

They asked, is any of the rulers or Pharisees a believer in Jesus? Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea are the very two people who immediately come to mind. There were other people of great social status who were saved as well.

THOUGHT: ENVYING ANOTHER INDIVIDUAL IS SIMPLY FOOLISHNESS

FURTHER STUDIES

John 12:42 KJV ” Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue:”

Acts 13:45 KJV “But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy, and spake against those things which were spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming.”

FAILURE TO ACCEPT THE TRUTH

KEY SCRIPTURE: John 7:47 KJV “Then answered them the Pharisees, Are ye also deceived?”

In Acts 26:24, governor Festus, who was so much informed about events about Christ suffering and the reports of His resurrection, reacted to Paul’s defense of his conversion and activities in Christ, in a rather surprising manner. Instead of governor Festus admitting to the truth said, Paul your much learning is making you mad.

When the officers who failed to bring Jesus admitted that, they could not arrest Him, because He spoke in a manner that, no other man, ever spoke that way. These authorities asked, are you also getting deceived. They knew Jesus was saying and practicing the truth, yet they said the people were being deceived.

In these times many people who know certain truths about Jesus, still fail to admit it and rather keep projecting falsehood. It is a clear fact that Jesus physically hailed from the middle east. He is not an European. Some keep saying ‘black’ Africans are worshipping a white Jesus. This is a clear refusal of the truth.  Our Lord Jesus is neither white nor black.

He is Lord of all and saves all humanity who would believe in Him.

There are some people who have seen the transforming power of our Lord Jesus in some close associates, friends or relations, yet they keep rejecting the truth. Rom 1:21 says ” Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.” When men reject the truth they automatically believe a lie.

We all might have heard or encountered people who used to be hard core opposers of Christ, like apostle Paul, but declare that they are converted because they have had a divine encounter with Jesus. People know very well that such people could not be telling lies, yet they stay in their error and reject the truth. Dear one, such testimonies are evidences of truth that demands your positive response, if you have not decided for Jesus.

 The evidences about Jesus’ reality and power are simply undeniable

THOUGHT: APPROACH THE EVIDENCES ABOUT JESUS WITH A VERY OPENED MIND, AND YOU WOULD COME BACK DECLARING HE IS LORD.

FURTHER STUDIES

Acts 26:28 KJV “Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.”

John 5:39 KJV “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.”

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