“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven” (Matt. 7:21).

The will of the Father is to do what the word says. The will of the Father is revealed in His word. The life of our Lord Jesus and His teaching also revealed the will of God to us. The word empowers and helps us to develop our faith. It is necessary for Christians to pray for ears to hear, the heart to understand and spiritual empowerment to act the word.
The book of James speaks mostly on how to put the word of God into practice. In this James stated.
“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves… But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty (Love) and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the word, this one will be blessed in what he does” (Jas. 1:22-25).
Who is the doer of the word except the one who does the will of the Father. It is not the one who memorized the whole Bible; not the one who preaches the word all the time; not the one who backed a Ph.D. in theology; not the one who speak in tongue; not the one who displayed outward or inward appearance justifying their faith: but the one who does the will of the Father. The parable of the god Samaritan explains it.

The Parable of the Good Samaritan

“And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 He said to him, “What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?” So he answered and said, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’[a] and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’”[b] And He said to him, “You have answered rightly; do this and you will live.”
But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
Then Jesus answered and said: “A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. 31 Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side.
But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.’ So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?” And he said, “He who showed mercy on him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.” (Luke 10:25- 37 NKJV)

The man who came to test Jesus was a lawyer, that is, one who is expert in the law or the word of God. Just like many of us claimed to know the word of God today and probably have a title that distinguish us to be man or woman of God. May be our appearance in person or on social media or the size of our church or the miracle we see on television tells the world that you are expert in the word of God. But this man came to test Jesus; likewise, we Christians of nowadays are testing the Lord. We know the truth, but we always want to justify our own contrary action.
The man asks Jesus, “what must I do to inherit eternal life”. The Bible states that no one can mock God. He knows the intents of our heart because He is Omnipresent, Omniscient and Omnipotent. He answered the man’s question with a question “what is written in the law”

Brethren, please let us study the word of God thoroughly and meditate on it thoroughly; many people will question your faith, situations will question your faith. For example, poverty will test you whether to take what does not belong to you or not; lust may question you whether to fornicate or not because your spouse did not satisfy you sexually and so on. At the cross road of taking decision, you better be filled with the spirit of God to prompt you to apply the right application of the word.
Many times we Christians know what the word of God says but lack the correct application and the spiritual meaning of the word. If we don’t meditate on the word of God and allow the Holy Spirit to enlighten us, we will lose the right application of the word.
In another instance, we know the word and the correct application of it, but because of our unwillingness to adhere because of unrighteous benefit and selfish motives, we pretend not to know. Sometimes, we try to justify our deliberate wrong action by claiming ignorance of the word; know this, you cannot mock God.
Furthermore, we know the word but we do not act the word; human nature in the absence of the spirit always gives excuse for disobedience or not willing to do the will of God.
The man travelling from Jerusalem to Jericho definitely in one of their own or liken him to be a Christian to a Christian. The priest is his spiritual father, the Levite is one of those that the man is looking up to emulate in the church; and it is within the power of these two to rescue their fellow, but they ignored him. They put aside the Law; they fail to do what they have being preaching to the people to do.
That is the situation with many Christians nowadays; they find it difficult to help one another. They have all sorts of strategy to extort from those in need. We know those who are in need, but we pretend not to see them. The priest and the Levite preached hospitality, mercy, help etc. but would not act it. All Christians are priests and Levites and we must show the world how to act the word by being an example.
The Good Samaritan’s action shows the following fruits of the spirit that must be revealed in the life of every Christian as the evidence of their faith and acting the word.
• Love
• Compassion
• Hospitality
• Help
• Mercy
• Care
• Longsuffering
• Kindness
• Faithfulness
Hence, Jesus said,

‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me. “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, … And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’(Matt. 25:34-40)

As Apostle Paul said, that we need to examine ourselves; you need to examine yourself if indeed you act the word. You need to put the word into action. Just like David said, “I delight to do your will, O my God, and Your law (word) is within my heart (Ps. 40:8)

Christian edification message

The word is the will of God and is all about love; love for God and love for others. Love for others is not revealed in others unless we obey the word. The evidence of our obedience is seen in acting the word. Acting the word results to the manifestation of the good that others (your neighbor) derive from it. As Christians, if you don’t obey and act the word, you will not be able to show love to others, neither will you be able to bear with others.
The totality of acting the word is to love God and others. Showing your love to others is obedience to the word of God; when you obey the word of God, you have shown your love to the father.
Today, pray for grace, spiritual empowerment and strength to act the word so that you will be able to show your love for others.

By Lawrence Abitogun

Christianedification.org


“For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body… And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell” (Jas. 3:2-6).

Do you know how many times you have been advised or being warned about what you say? Either you have seen or heard about someone who has put him or herself in trouble because of the wrong thing he/she says. Many lives have been troubled, many destinies have been altered or destroyed, and many lives have been cut short because they cannot control what they say.
The result of uncontrolled mouth and unguided utterances causes the body to be unbridled. By default, their whole body is activated to doing wickedly, thus putting their lives at risk against all kinds of onslaught of the devil.
If you have a running mouth that cannot be controlled, you are prone and vulnerable to any attack of the enemy. An attack of this sort is spiritual and not physical (Eph.6:12). It is not that someone will slap you to short you up, but there is always a payback later in life; by running your mouth anyhow, you are planting a seed, and whatever you sow, you shall reap.
What you say can shape your life or alter your destiny positively or negatively. Your utterance can shape you positively and save you in the day of adversity if it talks of the truth all the time. Contrary wise, it can shape your life negatively, destroy or kill you; especially, if all that your mouth speaks is falsehood and despising others.
Let your thought be aligned with the word of God, and then what you speak will be in line with the will of God. If you read and meditate on the word of God all the time, you will be guided by the Holy Spirit. What you say will flow out of your mouth in line with the will of God. You will be blessed because your mouth is guided and it speaks what commands blessing.
Contrary wise again, if you read and meditate all the time on magazines, books, movies, media shows and discusses of the ungodly, the sinners and the scornful of this world, your mouth becomes a pipe line running with ungodly talks, despising words, costly jokes, cursing, derogatory words, insulting and slur words (Ps 10:7). In this regard, what you say becomes a seed you have planted which you will reap in due season. If you despise, you will be despised; if you curse, you will be cursed; if you cast a costly joke, you will be satirized in a painful way, and so on; it never ends until you break that habit by being born again and rid yourself of the old habit.

How do I watch what I say?

• Be born again. Be not a Christian by mouth, but a changed person; riding yourself of the adamic nature which you have piled up from your parents, peers and the society (Rom. 12:2)
• Read and meditate on the word of God always; the word of God becomes the issue that flows out of your good heart, guided by the Spirit of God (Ps. 1:1-3; Lk. 6:45)
• Think before you talk so that you don’t commit a grievous error (Jas. 1:19)
• Avoid the seat of the scornful, that is the training ground for ungodly talks (Eph. 5:4)
• Dissociate from ungodly associates (relations, friends or co-workers) (2Cor, 6:14-18).
• Avoid any argument that can result to dissension; the shock absorber (degree of tolerance) in every human being varies. Always empathies with others, what you will not tolerate, don’t throw it at anybody (1Tim.6:3-5).

Watch what you say so that you don’t regret later that you have said it. Once the content is voiced out to the hearing of others it becomes pieces that cannot be put together again. What is done cannot be undone. It is better to think before you talk to avoid unprecedented trouble than to say something that will bring a lingering bitterness into your life; a repercussion of a careless talk that will continue to make you live a life of regret; “had I known I would have not said it”

By Lawrence Abitogun
christianedification.org


Humanity is not complete without woman. Her role has been supportive to man and the growth of the society since creation. Even though her position was reduced from that of man in the day she disobeyed and listened to the ministration of the serpent in the Garden of Eden, whereby she caused the fall of man. However, that position has improved gradually through the cause of time, and now, she has proved herself to be up to the task of her role to be partner in progress with man.

Another dilemma facing women from ages is the stigma of negativism, associating her role as being an agent of enticement, seduction, pressure and urge, capable of luring man into ensnarement. From time in memorial, man has been falling victim to a woman’s plot – Sisera and Jael (Jug. 5:24-27); Samson and Delilah (Jug. 16:19); Jezebel (2Ki. 9:30), Athaliah etc.

However, this is not true of all women. Does this erase the good works of women in our society? No, despite the relegation of women’s role in the Bible, there are many women who serve as good examples for today’s women to emulate; courageous women who boosted the courage of their husband like the virtuous women praised in the book of Proverbs 31. We have women of faith who received the fulfillment of those things which they earnestly seek from God – Sarah, Hannah, Esther, Elizabeth etc. Also are women who were obedient and true worshipers of the living God – Deborah and Dorcas.

Esther: an example of a godly woman

For any woman who is a mother to excel to the point of being respected, being equal with man, being adored; to be called a virtuous mother; a mother to be honored, a mother to be remembered, who cut above the rest, she must possess the following characteristics found in Esther.
• Humble – not proud, she associated with her people, disregarding her position as a queen. She respected the person of her husband.
• Obedient – she was obedient to her instructor and to Mordecai
• Unselfish – she would not take credit for the secret Mordecai discovered.
• Caring – a woman of great concern for the condition of her people; seeking the good and peace of others.
• Law abiding – would not abuse her position as queen to go before the king without invitation
• Courageous – laid her life down like Jesus to safe her people from destruction
• Wise and polite – requested the presence of Haman to a banquet; she did not throw the bombshell at the first banquet, but at the second banquet; creating unsuspecting plan to indict Haman.
• Spiritually sound – she tackled her problem through fasting and prayer. At any critical juncture in life, when severe crisis struck, you must apply fasting to your prayer, a period of earnest seeking God for intervention.
• Sacrificial – she denied her right in order to save others
However, Esther, like any other person had her own shortcoming; she overdoes her request. After the Israelites had destroyed their enemies, she requested again that Haman’s ten sons be hanged on the gallows (Esth. 9:13-14).

To whom will I liken a mother who deserves to be honored and celebrated?

The book of Proverbs chapter 31 verses 10-31 summarized it all; especially, verses 27-30, which reads
“She watches over the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children rise up and call her blessed;
Her husband also, and he praises her:
“Many daughters have done well,
But you excel them all.”
Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing,
But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised”.

By Lawrence Abitogun






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