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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


Apostle Paul said,

“Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whoever you are who judge, for in whatever you judge another you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things. But we know that the judgment of God is according to truth against those who practice such things. Rom.

This passage infers that, in whatever anyone judges others, caution and care needs to be taken; because, if you practice the same or relatively, you condemn yourself; your judgment will be stiffer. That is self-righteousness. If you judge and you condemn and you turn around to commit the same, you are guilty as the one you condemn.

Can you speak the truth in the church without pointing to the ills in the church? It is of a necessity to speak the truth to correct and put the congregation in the right path of righteousness; thereby, keeping the church cleansed and undefiled. There are some hard core unrepentant believers in the church; after admonishing them, all we can do is to pray for them, rather than saying bad of them

The scripture states,

“Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing; he deceives himself. But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. For each one shall bear his own load” (Gal. 6:1-5).

A believer who is worldly, wayward and devastated with sin needs to be corrected, not condemned; however, can one correct without first of all judge? Such erred believer must be approached with gentleness, and with love (fulfilling the law of Christ). Do you know that most critics are worse than those they criticized? That is why Apostle Paul stressed the need for those who are spiritual to restore the erred. This is not the work of “Mr. or Mrs. Too know”, or “Mr. or Mrs. Perfect”; and not the work of those who are boastful or those who will turn around to ridicule and backbite the erred.

Many Christians today are fault finders and too much of critics. It is for the good of any Christian that Jesus Christ admonishes us not to judge. Jesus wants us to examine our self first; therefore let us examine the level of our spirituality before we judge or join orders to judge anyone. If you don’t, you will be setting trap for your own self. The measure and harshness you apply to judge others becomes the basis for your own mistake; it will be more ridiculous for you than the one you judge.

Apostle James explained this in another way, he said

“Do not speak evil of one another, brethren. He who speaks evil of a brother and judges his brother speaks evil of the law and judges the law” (Jas. 4:11-12).

Let me start from the denominational problem that is facing Christianity today. Every denomination tends to justify their movement. Some exalt themselves and say evil of others as if they are not of the same Christ. Christianity has become competitive like the business organizations, advertising their church as if it is a commodity. Is this not judging other, and are we not pulling ourselves down. Is judging others not causing contention among the body of Christ today? There is no doubt that many churches today have become earthly ventures as against God kingdom’s venture.

Apostle Paul said, “Is Christ divided”?

Now I say this, that each of you says, “I am of Paul,” or “I am of Apollos,” or “I am of Cephas,” or “I am of Christ.” Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?

Modern day Christians would call the early churches as “Old school”; are these new breed churches not stemmed out of these early churches? Just like I said before, selfish motive is behind most of the criticism we see and hear about the use of the statement “don’t judge others – love of money.

Believer’s appearance is another area where Christians judge themselves today. Judging others concerning their life style, hair styles, apparel, jewel, tattoo, nakedness of sacred part of the body etc. has become subject of elevating and denigrating other Christians. My question is this, what is the motive of anyone who criticizes based on the appearance of others?

Let me say this, the house of God deserves decency. Our appearances should not brew offense, sin, corruption, immorality or any ungodly appearance. A believer’s decisions concerning ones appearances should be totally to glorify God. Either you use or not use any of what gives appearances; it should not be a subject for self esteem or condemning others. Your appearance should not be to oppress or show off neither should it cause depression or disheartening anybody. In short, the house of God which is your temple should be decent in speech, action and appearance. Most of the time, what manifests in our physical reveals the inward man in us.

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By Lawrence  Abitogun


Pray these three prayers 

  1. Pray that the Lord will make a new beginning and that, there will be a beginning of new things happening in your life.
  2. Pray to the Lord to let there be a new turn around for better in everything that concerns you and around you.
  3. In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, everything He created was good; however, along the line, man deviated from the plan of God for good. You will pray that God in His infinite mercy will reverse what has gone bad back to the original state of good according to His good purpose for you.

Storm of life; an agent of transition

There is no family without a storm or thorn, but Jesus Christ who is above any storm will bring settlement to our lives, to our businesses, to our homes; and He will bring peace into everywhere that is ravaging with storm. This is the reason the Son of God manifest that He might destroy the works of the devil; and to restore unto us what we have lost for whatever reason.

Who is the originator of storm of life or who is the one behind it? It is none other than the evil one, the devil. When God created the air, it was meant to give man breath; the air was created to make all living things to be. Why then would the air turn around to be a storm? Why does the air turn around to be strong wind like hurricane, tornado, tsunami, and cyclone and among many other forms of disastrous storm? All these occurrences or manifestation of wind storms are devastating. Likewise, the after effect of storm of life on man could be devastating.

Now, I don’t know what you are going through in your life, in your home, in your business, in your place of work or in whatever undertaking you have embarked upon. Are you being tormented by any storm? Is there any storm that is ravaging or raging in your life? I believe that God Almighty in His infinite power through our Lord Jesus will calm the storm; believe and claim it as you are reading this article.

The scripture states,

“Now it happened, on a certain day that He (Jesus) got into a boat with His disciples. And He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side of the lake.” And they launched out. But as they sailed He fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water, and were in jeopardy. And they came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing! Then He arose and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water. And they ceased, and there was a calm. But He said to them, “Where is your faith?” And they were afraid, and marveled, saying to one another, “Who can this be? For He commands even the winds and water, and they obey Him!” (Luke 8:22-25).

We are conversant with this story, the wind and storm obeyed Jesus in one of the spectacular demonstration of His power over nature. In this passage, there was a crossing over; this is similar to a man/woman who is crossing over to a better side of life.

When the children of Israel were crossing over, when God liberated them from the land of Egypt, they were crossing over the Red Sea for God to prepare them for a greater cross over into their promise land. When they got to the bank of the Red Sea, the people complained to Moses because of the danger pursuing them.

There are moments in our lives that we want to cross over to the order side (our better side) and at that moment, there is bound be some forces that would want to stop us from crossing over. When the children of Israel got to the bank of the Red Sea, they looked back; there they saw the Egyptian pursuing them. Before them is the Red Sea, and on all sides were mountains; they were left with no option for escape. At this point, there was an echo, the echo of “trouble”, the echo of “end of the journey”; the echo of fear; fear of known and the unknown; or the echo of “imminent death”.

Moses told the people,

“And Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.”  And the Lord said to Moses, “Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward” (Exo. 14:13-15).

As they were about to cross over, we all know that God created a path in the Red Sea for the children of Israel to cross over. Immediately they crossed over, the water returns to its normal course of flow. There was no way for them to go back; neither there was any way the enemy could catch up with them. After they crossed over the Red Sea, God had taken them out of Egypt, out of bondage, out of servitude and out of slavery completely and forever.

Sometimes we ask ourselves why many things happen in our journey of life; sometimes it feels as if we are merry go rounding; going around the same sport or the same thing kept on happening or misfortune rolling over the other. When situation is like this, where do we turn? Most of the time we have to keep doing what is right because it helps. In the course of our crossing over to the other side, we are crossing over to our better side.

Let me let you know this, that, we need Jesus Christ in our boat of life. As Christians, He is already in our boat. Though it may seem as if He’s asleep and may seem as if we cannot feel Him physically; but spiritually, He is present with us.

Jesus Christ got into the boat and said, let us cross over to the other side; the disciples lunched out; after lunching, as they were sailing, Jesus Christ fell asleep; the storm came and the disciples were afraid. Jesus rebuked the wind and rebuked the disciples for lack of faith. Let me let you know that Christians are children of faith; we must not be shaken by any storm, circumstances or any unpleasant situation. Many times, it is the tendency of man to succumb to storm.

You will remember that Peter was to walk on the sea having obtained permission from the Lord to walk unto Him. He started well in faith and his focus was on the Lord. However, he shifted his attention from the Lord to the boisterous wind, he started sinking. We need to focus our attention unto Him who is able to deliver us from any storm of life; the scripture says, “Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith…” (Heb. 12:2a) 

Brethren, no matter how difficult the situation you may be going through, at the nearnest of getting over a storm, or having a breakthrough, there lays the highest state of turbulence waiting to obstruct the crossing over. It is like a rocket or space shuttle leaving the atmosphere, fires into the space; the most difficult sport is the boundary between the atmosphere and the space. The moment the space shuttle crosses over into the space, it will start cruising easily in the space. By fire, the space shuttle lifted off the ground and by fire, it penetrates the atmosphere until it crosses into the space.

Brethren, in the same vein, we may be experience heat of life or waves of storm in our lives; but I want you to know that sometimes it may seems as if Jesus Christ is sleeping; no, His spirit is always with us, we must not loose faith. Jesus is the one that is navigating our own ship of life. No matter how boisterous the wind may be, no matter how turbulent our problem may be, and no matter how heinous our situation may be; all I need to tell you is to focus on Jesus Christ. We must not allow any distraction or anything to shift our focus from the Father.

Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers, and for the next thirteen years, he will be going through a lot of hardship; different forms of suffering and implication. However, the scripture says that the Lord was with him. One may not understand why God was with him in the mist of all this suffering; Joseph never shifted his focus from God. All the time, he was doing that which is right before God. We have to emulate this attribute.

When the wife of his master wanted to seduce Joseph to play the harlotry; despite the fact that Joseph was in charge of all that his master had, he did not fall for the devil’s delicacy of fornication. The scripture states,

But he (Joseph) refused and said to his master’s wife, “Look, my master does not know what is with me in the house, and he has committed all that he has to my hand. There is no one greater in this house than I, nor has he kept back anything from me but you, because you are his wife. How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?” (Gen. 39:8-9)

Joseph said for me to sin, not against his master, but against God. It thus implies that every sin we commit against our neighbor is actually committed against God. The lie told against Joseph sent him to a more serious imprisonment – into the dungeon. Even in the dungeon, the scripture says that the Lord was with him because he was doing what was right in the sight of God.

Whatever unpleasant situation we may be going through, Jesus is in our boat of life, we are not going to sink, we will get to the other side; because on the other side lies the milk and honey. We must not give up; we must not be discouraged, neither must we be frustrated; we must keep moving forward.

Life’s journey is strait and straight

You are bound to meet with obstacles and difficulties metaphorically in the forms of mountain, deep, water, lacks and wants. In all these, nothing is too hard for the Lord to guide and guard us through. What has really put us into problem is our craving for wants and not for our needs. We want this and we want that; we are never satisfied even when our life is being sustained with all our needs. This is the number one of the causes that leads to self-destruction; the destruction of those Israelites who did not make it to the promise land was self made.

The scripture states,

“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. Kingdom Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble (Matt. 6:31-34).

Our journey can sometimes be straight and smooth (direct, without delay, instant and without stopping) and at other times, it can be strait (restricted or constricted; narrow; tight; confined; strict; rigid; exacting; difficult; and distressing). What do we do? In all situations, we must hold on and be focused, depending on our God to help us.

In our journey of life, many things will come our way to send us back, telling us there is no way forward; they tend to send our memory back to the old sinful way; they remind us of the olden days when we used to enjoy the sinful delicacies; we must not yield. The aftermath of yielding will elongate our time of getting to our promise land (breakthrough, success, achievement, completion of our goal). Yielding was exactly what happened to the Israelites; the journey that ought to take forty days from where God told them that they have stayed too long, took them forty years.

Your reaction to whatever situation you find yourself goes a long way to encourage you to do what David did, “strengthen himself in the Lord” and press forward and pursue your goal in faith. On the other hand, your reaction may discourage you and cause fear whereby you lose faith and unable to press forward.

There is no life that is without storm; there is no smooth road; life is ups and downs. It is only those who can bear and endure the ups and downs of life that will enter into the promise land to enjoy the milk and honey. The boat that was lunched out for our Lord Jesus represents the boat of life of every Christian. That boat contains our personal life, our home, our job, our business, our children, our goal; and every issue that surrounds us as human being. I want you to believe today that Jesus is in the boat of our life; you are not going to sink and you will never sink.

The work of storm is to create a chaotic situation, to rob people of their peace and to make life miserable for children of God. As children of God, do not let us be ignorant of this fact. That is the more reason that we have to pray unto the Lord; He is the only one who can intervene to quiet any storm that is raging in our life; He is the only one who can remove chaotic situation that we may be experiencing now.

We need to pray these prayers

  • There is the need to pray for restoration of peace into any home that is ravaging by any storm
  • There is the need to pray for restoration of normalcy into any life that has been chattered by storm of life
  • There is the need to pray for the Holy Spirit to fill any vacuum that storm of life might have created in our lives
  • There is the need to pray unto God to speak to your life; so that your life will not be void or without form; but that your life will be filled with His glory

What is on the other side which you are crossing over to?

  • Whatever good thing you wish for yourself is the other side that you need to cross over to; however, not through your own effort; but allow Jesus to be in your boat.
  • The better thing you need to wish for yourself on the other side where you are crossing over is where God wants you to be; it is attainable only when you are in the will of God
  • However, the best thing you should wish and which you must lunch out and cross over to, is the other side of life – the kingdom of God.

Obedience to God’s directive is imperative to overcoming waves opposing transition to your better side.

By Lawrence Abitogun






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