PEACE OF MIND

KEY SCRIPTURE: John 14:27 KJV “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid”.

The word peace is translated from the Greek word “eirene”. This word means: to be at one’ or s state of tranquility. As I share the gospel with people, I do ask them whether they have peace of mind. Most of them declare they don’t have peace of mind. The Lord Jesus is the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6), and how can they have peace without Him? Our opening scripture says He gives us His peace, not as the world gives. What is the peace of the world.?

The peace of the world comes from the happenings that gives one a level of satisfaction and some excitement. It also comes from conditions that we have control over. The question to ask ourselves is, how many conditions around us that we have control over? You may have so much money yet you cannot control the fearful situations in the world. The horrible diseases that assail most men have no answer. Our world has the potential to be so dangerous that, one mad leader can destroy a big portion of our world by pressing a button to release a nuclear war head. Men seek amusements in all sorts of things yet deep down in their hearts they are filled with fears, uncertainties of all kinds. There are some who have very horrible night time sessions with all kinds of strange beings and powers. In the day time they appear normal yet the night is a moment they wished never existed. People have various levels of turmoil. Each one’s case is unique. Dear reader, do not allow your pride to keep you from seeking help. Come to Jesus today. He has successfully given peace to millions of people who lived in turmoil.

JESUS IS real. I can boast in Him of having true peace. I would not say every condition is perfect with me, yet I have a real Lord who is lord over every issue in my life. He is my shepherd and therefore I have no want. My peace is intact. It is the kind Jesus alone can give. The peace Jesus gives, is a supernatural power that preserves your heart and mind irrespective of what may be going on. You receive it as a response of your faith in Him. He will give you the peace that passes all understanding (Phil 4:6) He has all power to set you free from every power, master, disease, situation or person if the need be. Jesus is very real. His Lordship over your life means peace of mind in a world filled with turmoil. The only condition is to throw away every pride and believe in Him. Confess Him as your Lord and Savior. Welcome Him into your heart and life and know that He has come into your heart. You would instantly have a kind of peace that nothing can explain. You can say the following prayer.

PRAYER

Dear heavenly father, I have come to my wits end. I bow my knees to the Lordship of Jesus, the Christ . Come into my life today and be my Lord and Savior.

FURTHER STUDIES

Romans 5:1 NET “Therefore, since we have been declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,”

Ephesians 2:14 NET “For he is our peace, the one who made both groups into one and who destroyed the middle wall of partition, the hostility”.

THE BROAD WAY

KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 7:13 KJV “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:”

C S Lewis the Irish Christian apologetic ones said ” The safest road to hell, is the gradual one, the gentle slope, soft under foot, without sudden turnings, without milestones and without signposts” The picture painted by this great Christian philosopher is that, the road to hell is with great ease. The Lord said the way that leads to life is strait. This road is full of obstacles standing close about. This road requires carefulness and a constant struggle to resist temptation. Please note this, the word used by the Lord Jesus is not ‘straight’ which means not crooked, but the word is strait which is narrow, difficult to be entered and so a few treads on it.

The way to death and destruction is broad easy and free. It is the place of doing what pleases the heart. This road is spacious and many people are taking that path. It is the way of the flesh. Those who would not endure any slightest challenge or difficulty. There are many people even Christians who would compromise when the way gets ‘tough and rough. What they say is, everyone is doing it, so there is nothing wrong if I also do it.  This is the real essence of the road into death. Where are you treading?

THIS message goes for all persons including those who claim they are Christians, and those who have not given their lives to the master. What kind of life are you living?

A person on the broad way is praised by all people and his life pleases all men. Woe to you if everyone praises you, satan may be the choir director.

A person on the broad road does not love the Lord nor the word of God. He would be a self-centered individual. Titus 1:16 KJV They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate. Such people claim to know God yet they are very disobedient to Him

Such people are sensual and earthly minded Philip 3:18 & 19 KJV (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)

The scripture said these are enemies of the cross of Christ. This means they would not make any sacrifice for the sake of Christ in any way, their god is their belly. They are full of satisfying their carnal appetites. Their end is destruction and they mind earthly things.

The only way out is to repent and choose the way to life. You must throw away all bad actions. Break with some friends. Clean your mobile phone of certain pictures and films and replace them with scripturally inspiring ones. Stop some habits and commit your life to honoring God’ in all you do.

PRAYER

MY father in heaven I come to you in Jesus name. I turn away from all my stubborn ways. Lord Jesus l call on you to be my lord and the Savior of my soul.

FURTHER STUDIES

Proverbs 14:12 KJV” There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death”.

Matthew 5:29 KJV” And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.

BATTLE FOR YOUR SOUL

KEY SCRIPTURE: 2 Corinthians 4:4 NHEB ” In whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving, to prevent the light shining from the Good News of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God”.

There is an unseen battle ranging on for the soul of everyman. The man who has received eternal life has a different kind of war to contend with.

 As our key scripture says the god of this world keeps a blinding effect on the minds of all them who have not yielded to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Satan keeps telling lies of various forms to the man he has held in bondage. One of the biggest lies Satan gives to his victims is that he does not exist. He also discredits the credibility of the Bible. He tells some that, this life, is all there is for men and there is not any life after this life. This is the kind of war the devil and his host of demons are ranging to hold you in the dark.

The Lord Jesus described Satan as follows: John 8:44 NHEB ” You are of your father, the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks on his own; for he is a liar, and its father”. What are the signs that one is held under the spell and control of this arch enemy of men?

1. Such a person has no peace of mind. Rom 5:1 NHEB “Being therefore justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ;” The man held under the sway of Satan is not justified through faith and so does not have any peace with God. There is a constant turmoil in the soul of such a person.

2. Such a person is easily angered by the slightest offense. He would easily go into a rage of anger when provoked. All these are signs of the power of sin that holds him or her bound.

3. He is a man full of himself. Pride holds the best part of him. Such a person would either fall to various promptings to sin or may be able to control his appetites, yet very arrogant.

4.He may be having some strange spiritual happenings in his life. Some of these may be health challenges that will not respond to medical treatment. Some may be having some very horrible nightmares. All these are signs of Satan’s dominance over that individual

YOUR way out is to surrender your life to Jesus. He will bring you true peace and authority over the devils. Matthew 28:18 NHEB “Jesus came to them and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth.”

Today make a decision to follow and serve the Lord Jesus. You can pray the following prayer.

PRAYER

Dear heavenly father. I thank you for the truth of your word. I refuse the lies of the devil and accept your word today. I believe Jesus died for my sins and accept Him as the Lord of my life.

FURTHER STUDIES

Isaiah 48:22 NHEB “There is no peace,” says the LORD, “for the wicked.”

John 16:33 NHEB I have told you these things, that in me you may have peace. In the world you have oppression; but cheer up. I have overcome the world.”

SAVED BY GRACE 2

KEY SCRIPTURE: Ephesians 2:8 & 9″for by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, that no one would boast.

Some people argue that when a man asked our Lord Jesus about how to enter into life, the Lord said in Matthew 19:17,” …. that if you would enter into life keep the commandments” These people claim that if the Lord said so then we are not saved by grace but by keeping the commandments.

Please I would like us to follow the story critically (Matt 19:16–.26 The Lord said to the man to keep the commandments if he wanted to enter into life. The man also said he had kept all the commandments from his youth. Now if the Lord really meant that keeping the commandment was the way to life would he had said anything further? The Lord added the following. Matthew 19:21 Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” The Bible said when the man heard this statement he went away sad.

The Lord added that it would be more difficult for a camel to enter the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. At this saying, the disciples asked, who then can be saved? The Lord added the following Mat 19:26 NHEB Looking at them, Jesus said, “With humans this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Please consider the statement of our Lord Jesus. He says over here that it is impossible for a man to be saved by his abilities. How then can one be saved? Our key scripture gives us the answer which agrees perfectly with what the Lord would have his disciples learn. Eph 2:8 & 9″ for by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, that no one would boast. Salvation is not in the ability of man.

Isaiah 53:6 reads “We all like sheep have gone astray.  Everyone has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. This was written about Him a thousand years before He was born. Jesus died that anyone who believes in Him should not perish

This is what the grace of God is all about.

Stop depending on your efforts to be saved. Believe on Jesus today. The following is a prayer you can pray to welcome Him into your life.

PRAYER

Dear heavenly father I surrender my life to the Lordship of Jesus today. I confess that He died for my sins and rose up to life again after the third day.

FURTHER STUDIES

Galatians 3:10 NHEB. For as many as are of the works of the law are under a curse. For it is written, “Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things that are written in the book of the law, to do them.”

Galatians 3:11 NHEB” Now it is evident that no one is justified by the law before God, for, “The righteous will live by faith.”

SAVED BY GRACE

KEY SCRIPTURE: Ephesians 2:8 ” for by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,”

Most MEN believe in earning whatever they could obtain. That is good yet, when it comes to salvation it is on a higher stage. The problem emanates from people’s misunderstanding about salvation. Salvation is not just turning over a new leaf. It is more than becoming a good man. Salvation is receiving a new life. 1Jn 5:13 “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have everlasting life”. One is saved because he or she has received eternal life replacing the nature of sin and death inherited from Adam and Eve. Romans 5:12″ Therefore, as sin entered into the world through one man, and death through sin; and so, death passed to all people, because all sinned”. All men who have proceeded from Adam and Eve inherited their nature of sin and death. This error cannot be corrected by the good works of any man. There must be a completely changed nature.

THIS is the reason our Lord Jesus had to die for all mankind. There was the need for the shedding of blood so our sins would be forgiven. Heb 9:22 ” According to the Law, nearly everything is cleansed with blood, and apart from shedding of blood there is no forgiveness”. Salvation is purely an act of God’s grace. It is not by any works of man, but simply counting on what Jesus did by laying His life as a ransom for all mankind.

What then is grace?  The grace of God is all the goodness of God expressed through our Lord Jesus Christ towards men. In salvation it is the sacrificial death of our Lord Jesus for all mankind. Anyone who accepts it as his or her death receives the very life that Jesus gave. This life is called eternal life. 1John 5:13 ” These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have everlasting life” .As you can see we are not saved by our works but by counting on the goodness of God shown to all mankind through our Lord Jesus .  Everyone can be saved if only you would believe on Jesus death for your sins. Someone asked, can a man continue living in sin and still claim to be saved, because he believes in Jesus? To still live in sin may mean you did not receive the life of God. You can’t have a new life and continue in the old ways. Dearly beloved one, open up your heart and truly believe on Jesus for a completely new life and a righteous way of living.

PRAYER

Thank you, heavenly Father, for giving over your Son Jesus to die for me. I repent from all my wrong ways and accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior.

FURTHER STUDIES

John 3:16 ” For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that whoever believes in him will not perish, but have everlasting life”.

John 1:12 ” But as many as received him, to them he gave the right to become God’s children, to those who believe in his name”,

THE BOOK OF LIFE

KEY SCRIPTURE: Revelation 20:15 NHEB “If anyone was not found written in the book of life, he was cast into the lake of fire”.

GOD the judge of all flesh is a just God. All men would be judged according to their works. Rev 20:12 “I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and they opened books. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged out of the things which were written in the books, according to their works. “This scripture teaches us all that, one day, each person would be judged according to all that he did in the flesh. There are some people in places of authority who treat their subjects like rubbish. Dear one, understand you are a man like every other man. You would not be given any special treatment from others. You would be judged. Those bosses who demand sex before they give employment, would one day stand before the judgment seat of Christ and be judged for exploiting poor girls.

Certain politicians have stolen so much money from the state. They go to Christian gatherings and make fat donations thinking this would appease God. Don’t deceive yourself. Is your name in the book of life. Rev 21:27 NHEB There will in no way enter into it anything profane, or one who causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life. “What is your lifestyle? Some people go round teaching that the soul of a man is mortal and just as the body ceases to function at death, the same happens to the soul. This is an erroneous teaching. Death is not just a cessation of life but a separation of the spirit from the physical mortal part. James 2:26 NHEB. For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, even so faith apart from works is dead. Your spirit is the real you. It is the presence of the spirit in the body that gives it life. Your body is called a tent or a temple. 2Co 5:1 NHEB. For we know that if the earthly house of our tent is dissolved, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, everlasting, in the heavens. This body is described as a house. Live with the consciousness that you would live forever but you would be judged.

Apostle Paul spoke about certain men whose names were written in the. He knew their names were written in the Lamb’s book of life. Anyone whose name is written in the book of life knows certainly that his or her name is written therein. Phi 4:3 NHEB “Yes, I ask you also, true companion, help these women, for they labored with me in the Good News, with Clement also, and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life.” Paul knew that these men had their names in the book of life. Do you have your name in the book of life? If you are not sure then your name is not there. You have got to be sure. To do so you must surrender your life to the Lordship of Jesus. You have to follow and serve the Lord diligently so you would make your calling sure.

YOU may say the following prayer. Do this from your heart.

PRAYER

O heavenly father, today I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord of my life. I believe in my heart that He rose up again after the third day. Help me Lord to serve you till I meet you.

FURTHER STUDIES

Revelation 3:5 ” He who overcomes will be arrayed in white garments, and I will in no way blot his name out of the book of life, and I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels” .

Revelation 13:8 ” All who dwell on the earth will worship him, everyone whose name has not been written from the foundation of who has been killed”.

ARE YOU WISE OR A FOOL?

KEY SCRIPTURE: Romans 1:22 ” Professing to be wise, they became fools,”

Besides a mad man or woman whose cognitive abilities may be greatly impaired every other person believes his or her actions are wise. Stupidity or wisdom of an individual is in relation to the ultimate results of their actions. The following scripture shows us the pathway of those the Bible calls fools. Rom 1:21″ Because, although they knew God, they did not glorify him as God or gave Him thanks, but their thinking became nonsense, and their foolish heart was darkened”. According to the Bible the path to folly begins with refusing to give glory to God. Pride always comes before a fall Pro 16:18 ” Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall”.

I would narrate a true story which vividly proves the truth of the import of the scripture in Proverbs 16:18.

A group of young boys and girls were going for a camp session. They all joined one of their colleagues who had a car. They picked the last girl whose mother bid them farewell. The mother also added may the Lord be with you. This girl out of arrogance said, ‘there is no extra space in the car for God to be with us.’. He can have some space in the car boot, she added. As they left, their car was involved in a very fatal accident. The car was so badly wrecked such that everybody died instantly. The police came to check the extend of damage. They realized, that although the car was so badly damaged nothing in the boot had been destroyed. Everything was intact. Even a crate of eggs in the boot had not scattered, or not one egg was broken. Indeed, a haughty spirit always preceded destruction. They were not prepared to give a little honor and respect to God and spite Him to His face, by apportioning Him a place in   the boot. He actually protected all that was in the boot.

Beloved brother or sister, life is spiritual and so be wise. You may not be doing as this girl did, yet you may be despising God in a way. Give the glory that is due God to Him. Stop being wise in your own eyes, and humble yourself before the creator of the universe. He would forgive all your rebellion and save your soul. Choose the wise way today. Repent of your sins and let Jesus be the Lord of your life today.

PRAYER

Dear heavenly father, I   acknowledge that, I have been very rebellious against your word. Forgive me my sins. I confess that Jesus is the Lord of my life. I will follow you all the days of my life.

FURTHER STUDIES

James 4:6 But he gives more grace. Therefore, it says, “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”

Proverb 29:23 ” A man’s pride brings him low, but one of lowly spirit gains honor.”

sharing simple truths