Category Archives: Christian Words of Encouragement

“Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay, says the Lord. Therefore “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” (Rm. 12:17-21)
We are encouraged to do good so that people around us or who comes across us will aspire to do good.
The following advises were given in this quotation
• Repay no one evil for evil
• Have regard for good things
• Live peaceably with all men/women
• Do not avenge yourself but give place to wrath; however, your wrath must not result to sin
• Vengeance belongs to God
• Give food and drink to your enemy and
• Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good
Let us use the case of Joseph to demonstrate how one could avoid paying evil for evil. Throughout the thirteen years he was separated from his people, while he was a slave in the house of Potiphar and when he was in jail for the sin he did not commit; he never thought in one day that he would revenge on his brothers for the harm they inflicted on him. He consistently lived his life in the fear of God.
The scripture states that the Lord is not interested in the death of any sinner but to repent from his/her sin. Our prayer for anyone who offended us should be for them to repent from their wickedness. However, if your offender refuses to repent, let God judge on your behalf. Why? As human being we see only in part and only those things we can see with our naked eyes. What goes on behind the scene can only be seen by our God who is omnipresent and omniscient. That is why the scripture say
“For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. And again, “The Lord will judge His people.” (Heb. 10:30)
Humanly speaking, it is not easy for anyone to do what Apostle Paul prescribed, but if we understand what grace stands for, and what it means in the life of Christians; it empowers us to do those things that ordinarily will be difficult to do. Also, if we allow the in-filling of the Holy Spirit in our lives, it will empower us to obey and do the will of God. The scripture further states, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Phil. 4:13)
You can do without paying evil for evil if you decide to do so. Examining Joseph’s attitude throughout his ordeal for that thirteen years, we see the following that are worth emulating.
• Joseph lived his life in the fear of God
• Joseph was faithful in all that was committed to his charge
• Joseph exhibits a very high standard of personal behavior, putting up the right attitude.
• He ascribed his gift and success to God’s providence and he would not take credit for his ability
• He stays away from sin and sin delicacies
• He is forgiving and not vindictive against his brothers (enemies)
• He did not blame his predicament on any one but hopeful in God to overcome challenges of life one day.
Instead of thinking of revenge or paying evil for evil, why don’t you let God fight your battle, why don’t you let God be the judge?
Our Lord Jesus did not avenge for himself, instead, he prayed to the Father to forgive those that crucified him. This is exactly what we have to do if we want to be like Christ. You must not overlook a situation where you can be of a help even to your enemy (Exo. 23:4-5)
Let us have this in our mind that God accomplishes His purpose in our lives even through the evil perpetrated against us. If you find yourself in a situation that you are a victim of the evil done against you by some people, have a positive thinking, remain in the will of God and do not pay back evil for evil; the Lord will perfect His purpose for your life.
What is the reward for obeying this command? God will promote, elevate, bless and lift you above your adversaries.
You need to pray for grace and empowerment to obey and do the will of God.
Lawrence Abitogun
Christianedification.org


When the Israelites left Egypt, their focal point was to get to the promise land as a free nation to serve the Lord. For them to stay focus they must avoid distraction or any side attraction that may want to shift their mind and eyes from getting to the promise land – the focal point.
Year 2016 is a new journey of life that is full of promises and blessings of God. However, satan will also want to operate to prevent children of God from being a partaker of these promises and blessings.
Therefore, in spite of all the promises and blessings, there is bound to be distractions caused by human and nature. The distractions will be caused by adversities (negative ideologies, antagonism, opposition, confrontations, enemy and perilous enticements; obstacles and difficulties; inducement of the devil to cause limitation, delay, procrastination or discouragement; and natural disasters. The occurrence of these odds can shift one’s mind or eyes from being focused.
Before the time you crossed into the New Year, you have many plans you have purposed to accomplish in the year. God knows your thought, as long as it is in line with His will and you subject yourself to His directives, He will surely go before you; He will lead you; His spirit will direct your thought and action. He will help you to accomplish your goal; he will not allow any distraction to cross your path or overcome you. Neither will He allow any of those odds to cause you to go back into the woes of the past: Rather, He will help and strengthen you to overcome any adversity.

The Lord your God, He is the one who goes with you

“Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you; He will not leave you nor forsake you” (Deut. 31:6).
Your journey of life each moment resembles the Israelites journey from Egypt to the promise land. It illustrates right and wrong actions taken by the Israelites and their payback. Your behavior and attitude as a Christian who sojourns in this earth will determine your achievement and success by the end of the year.
As a believer you want to be free and prosperous in the New Year, you must stay within the bound of God’s lead. Hence, this prayer bulletin which is more like crosses to freedom and prosperity implies that a person who is presently in bondage can gain freedom; someone who is in a state of poverty can leave that zone and become prosperous in this New Year.
For you as a Christian to attain the fullness of your freedom, prosperity, destiny, goal, promises of God, and eternal home in heaven, you have to pass through two crossovers.
1. The Red Sea
2. The Jordan River
However, in between the Red Sea and the Jordan River is a journey, an experience that every Christian cannot but have. It is a critical period, which determines whether a person will cross the second crossover or not. This period is what I call the wilderness experience.
By the special grace of God, you have crossed over from year 2015 to 2016, I congratulate you; you have crossed over your Red Sea. What next? You have to get to the Jordan River before you can cross into your promise land. Every situation in the New Year has its own Jordan to cross. The crossing of the Red sea symbolizes the total surrender of your life and the final determination to embark on a particular mission, goal, journey to freedom or whatever may be your undertaking. You have begun the journey into year 2016; you are at the point of no return. Begin to move forward.
What awaits you in your promise land in the New Year is freedom, prosperity, success, dream realization, good health, victory etc. Are you going to get there? Now, I ask you, who is leading you in your way, who is directing your affairs in year 2016? The outcome of your wilderness experience will determine whether you will cross over Jordan to your promise land or not. Be sensitive to God’s lead; you need to focus.

When passing through your wilderness, trust God

The wilderness experience represents the process taken or experienced before achieving a set goal. The smallest or easiest activity of man goes through some processes before it accomplishes its goal.
Wilderness experience is so dramatic that you kept on wondering how it will turn out; because it is a journey you have not travelled before. Expect some inevitable challenges that are specifically set in place to displace and distract you from focusing. 2016 is another period in the journey of life; as you know that journey of life is a war, you are not going to fight it in the physical temporal plane, but it is a spiritual warfare.
Wilderness experience requires patience. Patience is bearing affliction, waiting, standing fast under pressure and having faith that turns adversity to opportunity. Your patience and endurance will be tested, but be careful, do not crosses the line of tolerance; it can rob you of your blessing; wait on God.
No matter how or what the circumstance, you should resolutely trust God (Job 40:8; 42:1-6). Do not trust in any earthly things, they lead to boredom and despair. But build on a strong relationship with your Creator; He cares for you and truly will satisfy you. Confidence in any person, thing, riches/ wealth, government system or economy indices other than God Himself through our Lord Jesus Christ is misplaced trust.
Do you know that the downfall of ones earthly confidant produces sorrow? (2Samuel 4:1)
Things are simply not what we think they ought to be, but God is still in control and He works His good purpose through events we do not most of the time understand. All you need to do is cast your care upon Him, for He cares for you (Jas. 5:7). Focus on where God is taking you and do not border yourself with breaking news.

Follow the Lord’s directives

The way and how the Lord will lead you may not be the common way of the world. How the Lord thinks is not the way the world thinks. Therefore, it is the spirit of the Lord that will tell and input in your mind what to do.
When the Israelites left Egypt, the Bible states,
“God led the Israelites not by way of the land of the philistines, although that was nearer (which normally will be preferred by wise people of this world); for God said, lest the people change purpose when they see war and return to Egypt. But God led the people around by way of the wilderness toward the red sea” (Exo. 13: 17-18).
Follow the way of righteousness steadily with God guidance, God will take you through your own peculiar way which, when you are faced with challenges in the New Year, He will guide and help you to overcome.

2016 journey is by faith: not by sight

The Bible declared that –
“But without faith it is impossible to please God:
for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him” (Heb. 11:6).
Faith destroys negative thoughts and advances the positive thoughts
The transitional period of any undertaking (achieving a set goal or accomplishing a mission) is to be run by faith and not by sight. Faith is you trusting in the Lord to take you through the whole process of your undertaking no matter what stands in your way. It is your faith in the Lord that guarantees you the confidence to achieve, and believing in His power and promises concerning you. Your faith in Him means you are casting your burden on Him. Your faith in Him builds your faith in your undertaking. Start to live by faith right now.
If you pursue your undertaking by sight, you will not likely accomplish; why? Many things you will see during the year will look dreadful, frightening and discouraging. They are difficulties, which stand to be mountains and valleys; they are hindrances and obstacles that are against you achieving your set goals, against gaining your liberty or against crossing to the better side.
It is your faith in God through our Lord Jesus that will help your faith in your plans and your faith in anticipation. Moreover, your conformity to the will and purpose of God peculiarly for your life will completely grant you your heart desire.

Circumcise you heart<

“Above all else, guard your heart, for; everything you do flows from it. Keep you mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips. Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the path for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. Do not turn right or the left; keep your foot from evil (Pro. 4:23-27).
How do you circumcise your heart? Worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ and place not your confidence in any human honor or accomplishment as a means to reaching God. But, embark on things that are true, noble, just, pure, lovely and things that are of good report (Phil. 4:8-9).
Another way you can circumcise your heart is to avoid being a sharer of what modern Christians called “norms of the day” – Sensual pleasure (lust of the flesh), covetousness (lust of the eye) and position and power (pride of life).

Be diligent: not slothful

“The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute”. (Pr. 12:24)
“Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathered by labor shall increase”. (Pr. 13:11)
To be self-sufficient and to live a fulfilled life of your choice this year, you must work hard for it. Whatever level of wealth you wish to acquire in life, you must be ready to work for it. Ill-gotten wealth will never last. One thing is to have faith in God; have faith in your goal; obeying the word of God; and so on; the other thing is for you to do your own part; work hard in order to receive favor and multiply greatly (Gen. 26:12-13).
“Whatever your hands finds to do, do it with all your might…” (Eccl. 9:10). Let success or failure (not with those working according to the will of God) rest in the hand of God, but get to the task.

Don’t look backward

Looking and moving forward helps moving fast to accomplishing ones objective. Looking backward to what is behind will hinder your progress, slow you down or even not allowing you to achieve.
Lot’s wife disobeyed the command not to look back; she was reluctant to leave what she enjoys most – enjoyment, the world, sinful nature etc. and was unable to make it to safety (Gen. 19:17-26).
In the New Year, let your thought be to move forward even in the face of any hardship or difficulty. Don’t be a quitter, you need to press forward; hence, Apostle Paul says,
“Brethren, …: but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead. I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Phi. 3:13-14).
What is ahead in year 2016 is greater and brighter things than things you left behind in the past years. Do not focus on despair, rejection, disappointment, hardship, loss of something precious or fleshy and sinful attributes etc, throw them behind you. When all these things kept pumping back into your mind, they weigh you down and prevent you from moving forward.
The book of Hebrews advices
“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, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith…” (Heb. 12:1-2).
Negatives must not hold you back; they continue to hurt you if you don’t let it go. Fix your eyes on God for a new thing that He will make to happen. Why don’t you start by thanking Him for what He will do this new year?

Learn to be thankful every moment of the New Year

Many Christians are willing to promise anything during the time of stress or need; but as soon as the stress stops, their hearts becomes hardened and become unwilling to do what they have promised. They are unthankful for what God had done talk less of thanking Him for what He is about to do.
Peradventure things do not work out the way you expected this year, continue to praise God; when it is good or bad, learn to be thankful always,: Let your thanks be more than your request.

Be obedient to the word of God

“Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God….And to whom swear he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief”. (Heb. 3:12-19)
The psalmist said
“Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee”. (Ps. 119:11)
The book of Isaiah said further
“If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the fruit of the land”. (Is. 1:19)
The word of God is your teacher to teach you how to walk, where to stand and where to sit (Ps. 1). What do I mean by this statement? It is the word of God that will teach and direct you how best to position yourself this year.
As a believer, let you undertakings be governed by the word of God. If you are seeking the best way to pursue anything, the word of God will show you the way to go. If you are confused during the year, the word of God will help you unknot difficulties. If you are lost in the wilderness (in whatever you are doing) the word of God will show you the way out.
The place of the word of God in your life in the year is very important in that you must apply it to the circumstances of your life. If you fully adhere and obedient to the word of God, there are numerous blessings awaiting you in your own promise land. One thing you need to understand is that blessing follows obedience (Jos. 22:2-5 &8).

Be zealous for the work of God

Eleazar, the grandson of Aaron was given the covenant of an everlasting priesthood for being zealous with the zeal of God. Try not to allow anything to take the place of God in your life; be dedicated and committed to the things of God; and make Him priority in all things, and see what the Lord will do.

Beware of agents of obstruction

One of satan’s tactics is to obstruct forward progress of the children of God. An obstructionist sees one who is prospering as a threat out of envy and jealousy. He will do anything to cause a careless and insensitive Christian to sin against God or misdirect him/her away from the right course.
Balaam is an agent of the devil who has the power to do and undo, to inflict injury upon anyone who is not in the will of God.
A Christian will fall victim of an obstructionist if he/she operates outside the bound, directive and will of God. Be focused and follow God leading.

Seek God’s approval

Seek God’s approval to approve the person of anybody, any step that you want to take, any undertaking you want to embark upon, so that you will not fall victim or enter into a covenant with your enemy (Jos. 9:14). You need to ask for specifics in any instruction you receive either spiritual or real to life.
Manoah asked specific question about the person of his son Samson (Jud. 13:12). Observance and compliance is important to God’s instruction. However, ask questions that does not signify unbelief. You cannot be irrational when it comes to obeying the word of God. Be like David who asked for specific instruction
• To pursue the Amelikites or not at Ziglag (1 Sam. 30:8)
• To fight the philistine at the stronghold or not (2 Sam. 5:19)
One of the ways you can be focus is to get clarity of instruction and follow to letter.

Strengthen yourself in the Lord always

It is not all the time you will find people to encourage you in the right way; in fact, they will discourage you more. Elisha was discouraged by Elijah and the sons of the prophet from following Elijah to the place of his (Elisha) empowerment when Elijah was about to be taking up to heaven. But Elisha was focused in that no one would stop him from getting to that place of his blessing.
What you need to do 99% of the time is to encourage yourself in the Lord. The scripture states that David strengthens himself in the Lord (1Sam. 30:6). The Lord told Joshua to be strong and courageous (Jos. 1:7-8)
As a Christian, always encourage yourself in the Lord in whatever you want to do or in any situation you may be passing through. Nobody will do it for you; so, fix your attention on God to direct you in all your endeavors.

Review and renew your stand with the Lord

Do not rely on your past experience as far as your success is concern, though it works for you in the past; still, seek for a new revelation that suits the present situation. The love of God and His goodness comes new to us every morning. God does not duplicate His old strategy to win a new battle, but every new battle is won with a new weapon and strategy. Therefore, renew your stand with God everyday of the New Year.

Be sensitive and on-guard every moment of the year

The following 7 points will help you to be on-guard and sensitive
1. Do not wax cold for your love for Christ
2. Be faithful and do not deny your faith in any situation you find yourself
3. Do not compromise with the things of this world neither you partake in devil’s destructive enjoyment
4. Do not bite the devil’s inducement which will corrupt you to sin against God.
5. Always examine your stand with the Lord
6. Be open to the truth; it will guard and guide you firmly as you walk in the way of your destiny
7. Hold fast to the truth and faithfully worship the Lord.

Conclusion

The scripture states
“…humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God (your main point of focus), that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your cares upon Him, for He cares for you”
“Be sober and vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour (1Pet. 5:7-8).
Christian brothers and sisters, your goal in the New Year is to cross to your promise land. To achieve this, you need to stay focus so that satan will not derail you and rob you of what is waiting for you there.
Your promise land represents the life in this world and eternity with Christ in the presence of God. Your eternity starts with the quality of life you live now. Why don’t you start living it with humility and reverence, trusting and focusing on God for the fulfillment of His purpose, promise and blessing for your life in the New Year?

Prayer

Give thanks to the Lord for a successful crossover into 2016
• Magnify the Lord by praising His holy name in psalms and with praise worship every day of the year. Praising the Lord will open the window of heaven for showers of blessings.
• Thank the Lord for His goodness and His activities in your life; the gift of life, physical and spiritual blessings, endowments, healing, protection, provision, deliverance, safety, victories, divine attractions, promotion etc. thanking the Lord attracts more blessings.
Acknowledge, confess your sins and repent
Confess your sin that you may receive mercy, forgiveness and a refreshing time from the presence of the Lord (Acts 3:19).

Pray for sanctification
• New Year is a new beginning; therefore, pray for cleansing by the blood of Christ and spiritual washing which purifies and purges you of your sin: sanctification produces divine transformation.
• Pray for prevention and protection from the manifestation of sin, defilement, waywardness, and all those things which work against the will of God in your life.

Pray for the power of the Holy Spirit
This prayer produces spiritual growth, spiritual guidance, spiritual lead, spiritual gifts; empowerment for excellence, healing and miracle.

Pray for newness of life
You need fresh anointing, renewed spirit and spiritual revival for the New Year.
Pray for circumcision of your heart
• To be receptacle to God’s word, will and call
• For God to remove your stubborn heart and replace it with the heart of flesh
• That the Lord will coat you with the garment of humility and prevent you from pride

Pray for Spiritual fruitfulness
Your life must be full of the fruits of the spirit in order to enjoy the fullness of its reward in the New Year. Fullness in love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self control, giving, mercy, truthfulness, praising, righteousness, forgiving, obedience, holiness, compassion: all these results in happiness and gladness of the heart.

Prayer to be focus in the New Year; pray
• That the fear of the unknown will not hold you back to loose focus of your promise land
• For the Lord to deliver you from any agent of the devil that wants to obstruct you in the way to your promise land
• Pray against human and natural distractions in the way of your destiny
• Pray against any human element that would want to cross your path and disturb you from getting to your promise land
• Pray to be sensitive to people around you and your environment as a means to guard you against an obstructionist
• Pray against any agent of discouragement
• Pray for strength and courage to pursue and accomplish in your entire endeavor.

Prayer against reoccurrence
• Of the woes of the past
• Of the evils of the past
• Of resentment
• That the Lord will help your weakness and strengthen you to control your emotion in order to overlook the negative of the past

Pray for faith
• That your faith in the Lord will give you confidence to overcome all odds and give you success
• That God will increase your faith to overcome distractions, obstacles and difficulties

Pray for spiritual guidance
• To keep you within the bound and will of God
• To direct your thought and action
• For spiritual and physical equipping to overcome all challenges
• Against sensual pleasure, covetousness and pride that turns the heart against God

Pray for grace and empowerment to
• Embark on things that are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, and of good report
• move and press forward to the place of your fulfillment
• accomplish all your plans for the year
• display the right behavior and attitude in whatever situation you find yourself in the year
• wait patiently for the manifestation of God’s promises and blessing
• resolutely trust God in all circumstances you find yourself for help
• to read the word of God always
• to allow the Holy Spirit to give you the understanding of God’s word
• to follow and make God priority in all things
• to get clarity of God’s revelation and to follow it to letter

Pray that the Lord will
• not leave or forsake you in the journey of the year
• lead you in the way He has prepared for you to travel in year 2016
• pave the way for your breakthrough in your entire endeavors
• grant you mercy and grace to have the fullness of His purpose for you
• grant you self-sufficiency and to live a life of good choice
• bless the work of your hand and favor you to be fruitful and multiply spiritually, physically and financially
• crown all your effort in the new year with success
• go with you, His presence will not leave you and He will protect and prevent you from walking out of His presence

Decree and declare in the name of Jesus that
• you will not be vulnerable to any inevitable evil occurrences in the year
• satan will not rob you of God’s blessings and promises for you in the year
• norms of the world that is against the knowledge of God will not influence you negatively
• no negatives of the past will limit or stop you from moving into your destiny
• all the beatitudes of the past will revisit you in the new year
• you will not fail but you will be successful in the works of you hand
• the purpose of the Lord would be fulfilled in your life in 2016
• your mouth will be filled with songs of thanksgiving and praises at the end of year 2016

I wish you a happy and prosperous New Year.

Lawrence Abitogun
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Do not remove the ancient landmark, which your fathers have set (Pro. 22:28).

When I wanted to buy a plot of land to build my house in the government reserve area (GRA), I went to the ministry of Lands and Housing to get one. One thing interesting was how the layout plan of the whole GRA land has been laid out, lane by lane and plot by plot. Those lands that have been sold were marked out by the corners pillar with numbers (Landmark). Those that have not been sold have been properly laid out but not with pillar numbers.

Why the corners pillar numbers? It is to identify real estate boundaries and lines; it is to prevent people from crossing over their land boundaries into others’.

It is the tendency of evil people to take advantage of the weakness of others. If a land owner did not mark out properly the boundaries of his/her landed property, a cheater or a thief would remove the landmark by a foot or more to his/her own advantage.

When it comes to the landmark of Christianity, there are ancient landmarks which we must not remove, but maintain. They are,

  • God’s commandments delivered through Moses have their own landmarks;
  • The proclamations of the prophets as revealed to them have their own landmarks.
  • Our Lord Jesus gave the gospel without opposing the law and the prophets, but confirming it; thus, setting the clearer landmarks
  • Finally, the apostolic faith which was delivered to the saints by the Lord Jesus, empowered by the Holy Ghost, has its own landmark.

We must be careful not to alter or distort these landmarks; however, we must maintain them; they are the word of God; the truth. They set the foundation for true worship, teaching, doctrine and godly practices.

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work (2Tim. 3:16-17).

It infers that all Scripture (The word of God as written in the Bible) is the landmark for Christianity which is given by inspiration of God to our spiritual fathers and is set i.e. put together to profit us (Christians)  in this end time.

Christianity in this twenty-first century is shifting gradually away from the ancient landmarks that has been laid down by our faith fathers; landmarks that were given through the word of God. These landmarks are now set on the edge of being removed totally. Removing the landmark could result in

(1)   shrinking up the real church – reducing the numbers of faithful Christians; or,

(2) Make some so-called churches a dumping ground – getting fuller with unsaved souls.

Apostle Paul predicted the removing of the landmark of the truth (the word of God) when he was admonishing Timothy,

Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables (2Tim. 4:2-4).

There is the shifting and/or a removing of some landmarks of sound teaching in most of the churches in this modern day to doctrine fashioned according to the rudiment of men. Sound teaching is essential for spiritual growth and maturity, because it is rooted and established in the word of God; however, not many believers want to hear it.

Psychology ministers understand this and they took advantage of it to preach what their audience wants to hear and what makes them feel good. What is it that makes them feel good?

  • Anything that will make them avoid the truth;
  • Anything that will not make mention of sin;
  • Anything that can justify their concealed motive;
  • Anything that will justify their engagement in the customs of the day – good or bad; and
  • Others

The ancient landmark of Christianity is found and rooted in the word of God as written in the Holy Bible, e.g. KJV Bible; not altered or adulterated as seen in most rewritten versions today. As Christians we need to be faithful to the landmarks God has revealed to us in the Holy Bible, and not to turn aside to fables which are very common today among the ministers of the word.

How has the ancient landmark of Christian been removed or being removed?

The church is the chief Christian society which was established by Jesus Christ Himself, and it has some functions to perform which are inferred from the book of Isaiah. Five principal functions can be noted from the passage;

  1. To preach good tidings to the poor;
  2. To heal the brokenhearted,
  3. To proclaim liberty to the captives,
  4. To open the prison to those who are bound;
  5. To comfort all who mourn” (Is. 61:1&2)

These five functions can also be grouped under two words, deliverance and restoration. In another dimension it means the church’s function is to deliver and restore the poor, the brokenhearted, the captives, the prisoners and the mourners. It is the gospel, the word of God that has the power to do this; it is the word of God that can save anyone from sin and its power, or any of the distresses mentioned above: Also, the word restores a believer back to God. Hence, Psalm 107:20 says

He sent His word and healed them,
And delivered 
them from their destructions

However, has the church lived up to satisfy these functions? What is noticed in the churches today shows that, some ancient landmarks of Christianity have been either, removed, moved or in the process of being removed. How?

1) Departure from established standards set in the scripture

There is no confusion about the Bible for those who study it under the unction of the Holy Spirit. From Genesis to Revelation, it is a complete word of God from which we cannot take away or add to it. Any alteration or adulteration of the word will render it ineffective. We are to strictly obey what it says. It is no light thing to tamper with God’s word, the set standard and the principle it sets for us. We must not change them or remove them in any way (Rev. 22:18-19).

What is noticed in our churches today is distortion of the word of God by false teachers and preachers. They have shifted or removed from the foundation and fundamental principles of apostolic doctrine. They practice selective obedience to only those parts that will justify their hidden motives. They condemned the law, but they don’t condemn the tithe; they preached grace, but they don’t mention sins: they have compromised the truth for unrighteous gain; mega and micro church for lucre.

2) Acceptance of evil and evil practices in the church

As previously stated that the function of the church is to deliver souls from sin and distress, and restore them to God. Has the church lived up to these responsibilities? The performances of the seven churches of Asia discussed in the book of Revelation 1&2 can be likened to the present day churches; it can be said that only one out of seven churches today are living up to the apostolic doctrine that was handed down to us. There are few living churches; there are lukewarm churches; and there several dead churches in the world today.

Instead for the church to perform the function of deliverance and restoration of new and old members; not much was done. Many were indeed preached to, but were not delivered; many were admitted in the Christian fold, but they did not change from their old behavior. Rather than being cleansed, sanctified and rid of their old behavior, they were encouraged to continue in their sin and waywardness under the guise of being under grace. Many continue to eschew evil and sin and failed to repent because the church accepted and justify their former state before their conversion.

3) False teachers and ministers removing ancient landmarks

Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them. For those who are such do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly, and by smooth words and flattering speech deceive the hearts of the simple (Rom. 16:17-18).

Christians ought to study the word of God diligently so that they will not be mislead by many false Teachers who removed the landmark of the old and had created that which was not biblically supported. They are mere tradition called liberty to associate with the tradition of this present age; they are not from God.

Most tradition of men created as landmark for Christianity in this present day does not absorb the fear of God; the results are evident in the series of evil seen in our society today. Streets flowing with blood; child abuse; terrorism within and without; insecurity all over; divorce among Christians; rebellion of ungodly social movements: all these and more are caused because of the landmark of Christianity that has been removed.

4) The landmark of God’s established marriage order

In the beginning God established marriage order, He created man and woman primarily for two major reasons: 1) for reproduction; and 2) to love. It is disheartening, unreasonable and despicable the way the world is influencing the church to embrace and adopt same sex marriage in the church of God. The church should influence the world, not the opposite.

Legalizing same sex marriage is an example of the landmark of marriage that is being removed.

Is it not the church that supposed to tell the world the right thing to do? Does nature not show us that opposite sex have their different functions? Does nature not revealed the structure of opposite sex vividly? Why did the church descends so low to submit to the dictates of the world; It is shameful that some churches are supporting this movement; it is also shameful that many men of God cannot speak out against this because of the fear of not being accepted or avoiding the focus of media attention in the society.

The bible states

Because from the least of them even to the greatest of them,
Everyone 
is given to covetousness;
And from the prophet even to the priest,
Everyone deals falsely…

Thus says the Lord:

“Stand in the ways and see,
And ask for the old paths, where the good way 
is,
And walk in it;
Then you will find rest for your souls (Jer. 6: 13&16)

5) Fighting against the name of God

Nations and individual spirituality is at downward trend. In the USA, the Ten Commandment has been removed from schools and public places. As if that is not enough; recently, some atheist still went ahead to file a suit in the Supreme Court; pushing to declare the reciting of national pledge in schools and public meetings as unconstitutional: Just because the name “God” is in it. Good anyway, the request was denied.

The effect of the removal of these landmarks may not be felt immediately, but if allowed, destructive landmarks are being laid which will affect the future generation of any nation, church or individual family negatively.

Let me make this clear, the day that United States of America will remove “In God we trust” from its currency, that day the economy of America will start to crumble; that day it will seize to be the most powerful nation; and that day the empire will fall.

6) Removal of total dependence on God

The scripture states

Come now, and let us reason together, Says the Lord, (Is. 1:18a)

There is the need for Christians, especially, the ministers of the word, for a rethinking on how to restore these landmarks that have been removed or in the process of being removed. The downward trend of peace all over the world is partly the fault of Christians who are unable to stand their ground to lead the world in the way of the Lord.

Most of our recent past spiritual leaders have handed nothing much of spiritual inheritance to the coming generation. Technology has taking away our spiritual inheritance. God is the sole custodian of spiritual guide line that enhances development in humanity; He has given us this to benefit us; but is quickly forgotten that it is the doing of the Lord. Hence, new generation are forgetting the goodness and power of God as being responsible for where the world is today. There is the need to go back to the ancient landmarks of total dependence on God.

7) Lost of identity

Denominational issue is one of the problems facing Christianity today. Denominational doctrines have replaced the truth of the word of God; thus, truth has been compromised with error (Jude 3). Modern day prosperity preachers (Mammon preachers – Matt. 6:24) have obscured the ancient landmarks of Holiness. Thus believers have been robbed off of their vast spiritual inheritance and the enjoyment that is in it.

Our general identity as Christians has been replaced by denomination. To many Christians, to say “I’m a Christian” is not satisfactory answer to the question “are you a Christian?” however, they want you to mention which denomination you belong. The issue of denomination has reduced the oneness and unity expected among Christians today. Every denomination has its own doctrine fashioned to suites the belief of their founder; thus dividing Jesus Christ among themselves.

Every denomination doctrine, church doctrine or individual Christian life style must be built upon these landmarks of apostolic doctrine:

  1. “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all” (Eph. 4:4-6)
  2. The Bible is one, from Genesis to Revelation; any condemnation of any part will render the whole word of God untrue. It is better and even necessary to use unadulterated original translated Bibles that are not biased in their commentary or those whose original meaning of the words has not been changed or distorted (e.g. marriage order).
  3. Jesus Christ is the Son of God. The preeminence of Jesus Christ as Lord over the church is paramount to our faith and church; not the crown or title. Crown or title does not make any human being be the head of the church. If this should happen, it then becomes idolatry. The scripture states,

But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” (Jn. 423-24)

  1. The Lord Jehovah is the only true God. Right from creation, He has never change; His word has never change; and Jesus’ gospel is never in opposition to the law and the prophets. As God had delivered to Moses, He delivered to the prophets and He sent His Son to confirm the formers; and the Son empowers us with the Holy Spirit.
  2. Believe in the power of the Holy Spirit as the guiding light in any church or individual life.
  3. Baptism should be by immersion for those who profess faith in Jesus Christ as the Son of God. Jesus Christ instituted baptism primarily for public profession of faith, and that such a profession is part of the definition of baptism. Under new covenant, the requirement of personal faith before baptism is absolute.

The need to walk in truth without removing the ancient landmarks   

Let this be in the mind of all Christians that there is no disparity between the Old Testament and the New Testament. Both are very relevant and they form the bedrock for proper Christian living and practices. Therefore, let every Christian be faithful to observe and walk in the biblical landmarks – direct commandments and revelations from God, and the teaching of our Lord Jesus as laid down and practiced during the apostolic era.

We are to be careful about what we hear concerning the word of God; because, what we hear from teacher and preacher of the word can be sweet and hypnotizing the way it is expressed to impress their listeners with their thought. Many of these preachers and teachers are expert in psychology and are good vocalists; however, believers must be sensitive and discern no matter how plausible, popular, pressed or preferred their message. A Christian who reads the Bible daily will be able to know what the scripture says test all things; and hold fast to what is good (1Thess. 5:21).

We must be discipline, think rationally and be at alert to spiritual pitfall to prevent anyone from falling into the baits of false ministers of the word. Though, some wear physical or imaginary collars as ministers, many of them are enemies of the gospel because of their divided loyalty.

God’s truth is one of the old things; yet, it remains unchanging in reality. The truth that the world needs is rooted in the word of God, which is written of the old. Though old; still, it is new every day. Any new thing must be an offshoot of the old. Truth will always be truth.

Those that distorted the truth do it not because it is no more the truth; but they called it old because of their sinful selfish motive and expected unrighteous gains: their actions are not of God. Any change that does not stem in the truth of the word of God is wrong.

The scripture states that Demas has forsaken Paul for he loves this present world (2Tim 4:10); this is very true of many ministers and believers today; they have departed from ancient landmarks. However, I will keep pounding on the ministers of the word that they are responsible for the problem that is facing Christianity; and it is their responsibility to put it right: because they are the ones removing the ancient landmarks – “New cart” to carry the Ark of the Lord.

Many believers by nature are prone to shifting from any existing foundation for many reasons; some of which are

  • Nature – man is vulnerable, falling for satanic enticements, adamic nature etc.
  • Pressure – from persecution, peer, worldly Christians etc.
  • Popularity – preference, worldliness, norms of the day etc.
  • Tradition

Conclusion

The position of the church now is to preserve the truth – the word of God. Many are in the world today who wants to know the truth; and most of them rely on what they will hear from the ministers of the word. Many people in the world show indifference to Christianity because, many Christian do not live a life of an example to convince them.

The scripture states

Do we begin again to commend ourselves? Or do we need, as some others, epistles of commendation to you or letters of commendation from you? You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men; clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart (2Cor. 3:1-3).

Many people want to hear the truth and would want to live by the truth; but, Christians who have the truth with them have failed to preserve it; hence, truth seekers are being deprived from knowing the truth. It is our joint responsibilities as Christians, ministers and believers alike, to show the world the landmarks of the word of God.

Christians must come together regardless of their denomination, affiliation, church, individual differences; we need to unite, fight a common war of faith; let us repair and restore the truth of the word of God without moving the ancient landmarks. Remember, a new cart used to carry the ark of covenant without the approval of God can have a serious consequence. The word of God from Genesis to Revelation is our inheritance that must not fade, but preserved; because it is new every morning till eternity. It must pass down to every succeeding generation.

 

ByLawrenceAbitogun






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