Tag Archives: Christian Edification

What is Christian peace?

Christian peace is tranquility – quietness and undisturbed. This is the type of peace that God gave David after the Lord had subdued all his enemies. The same peace the Lord gave Isaac in the land of Gerra when he reaped in hundred fold while famine was ravaging the whole land.

christian peace Christian peaceChristian peace is not a human design type of peace, but that which is given from above to those who do the will of God. The peace from above is a gift to all who put their trust in the Lord. It is not that, which the world wants to achieve at the destruction or detriment of others. Or a conditional peace from individual to one another.

Peace is a gift from God

Christian peace is a gift from the Lord, He said,

“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid” (Jn. 14:27).

This is peace, that which does not give heartache, emotional distress or unnecessary fear. The peace the world gives put a person or nation under tribute or servitude.

The Lord said,

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for peace and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jer. 29:11).

The reason why the peace of God eluded the Israelite was because; they disobeyed the commandments of God. They did not put their trust in Him but on foreign gods, and on the military power of other nations.

How to receive peace

Through love:

Love for God and others prevents inhibition of bitterness, resentment, enmity and hatred. These unpleasant ingredients causes emotional distress, which result to dreaded diseases and sicknesses – heart attack, depression, hypertension – lack of inner peace, a state of mental and spiritual breakdown.

Through obedience:

“Great peace have those who love Your law,
And nothing causes them to stumble” (Ps.119:165).

All the laws are condensed into these two great commandments, to love God and to love your neighbor. To love God is to obey his commandments; and to obey God’s commandments is to love others. One of the greatest rewards for obeying God’s commandments, is the gift of peace, you cannot stumble.

Be content:

“Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it.” (1Tim. 6:6-8)

Embrace all the fruit of spirit:

Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

Reward of Christian peace

When you have peace, you are secured roundabout. You are free from physical and spiritual war. You are free from any form of conflict, be it within or outside the body. You are divinely healthy.

Finally, work at living in peace with everyone, and work at living a holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord. (Heb. 12: 14)

christian peace

As the General Manager of the company I used to work for, one of my responsibilities was to source for customers who would be faithful in handling money to purchase cocoa produce for the company. The company has the money to loan out to customers; however, the company was looking for customers who would utilize the money judiciously. To be qualified for this loan (advance) requires that one is diligent, self-control and long-suffering.

The process is this – the company will advance money to qualify customers based on their ability and capability. Some customers may have the capability to deliver (supply) 25MT of cocoa, while some may not be able to deliver more than 1MT. Increment on advance is based on the rate of turnover. If a customer is advanced to deliver 1MT of cocoa in one week and failed to deliver, such customer would be denied of any future advance increment, because he has been unfaithful to all operational conditions. Advance intended for unfaithful customers will be given to the faithful customers.

However, before I would recommend any customer for an advance, I normally gave them the following advice,

· “Whenever you receive your advance, make sure you use it to buy the produce for which it is intended for.

· Do not use the money to buy personal effects before you start to buy the produce.

· Do not divert our money to buy produce for our competitors.

· Make sure you deliver to time so that you can be trustworthy.

· You may use your profit for whatever you want after you have delivered and your account is balance.

· Again, do not divert our money to buy produce for our competitors”

Customer’s response to this advice before they receive their advance was always, “I will not divert your money”. However, after they have received their advances, very few were faithful, about 5-10% would deliver as promised; about 20% would spend to buy personal effects like car; about 20% would start to build houses; while more than50% diverted their money to buy produce for our competitors who would not give any advance.

At reckoning, only the few faithful ones finished the season without owing to the company any money.

This story is an example of those stewards in the parable of the talents (Matt. 25:14-29). The two stewards who utilized their talent faithfully were commended and given a greater responsibility or to say were given double honor (1Tim. 5:17). They are similar to any of those customers who utilized his money faithfully, whose advance was increased. One the other hand, the steward who buried his talent was stripped of that one and given to him who had many. He is like the customer who did not deliver to time, and was denied of any advance increase, who at reckoning was indebted to the company.

Faithfulness is required of God’s servants – Ministers of God, Christians in all works of life. The Bible says, “It is required in stewards that one be found faithful (1Cor. 4:2). As a Christian, your first responsibility is to preach the gospel, how many converts have you made to reciprocate your own conversion. Are you faithful by not preaching to another person?

Ministers of God, how faithful are you in the discharge of your responsibility, which was committed to your hand. As a worker in the church, are you not eyeing the pulpit as against being faithful to that, which has been committed to you? No matter how small a responsibility may be, it is required that it be discharged with all faithfulness.

Many ministers of God, workers in the church, Christians in every works of life are always thinking that God does not see how faithful they are in carrying out their responsibilities. Unfortunately for them, their faithfulness is being tested while they think God was not supervising them. God cannot be fooled like the way you fool your earthly master with eye service. However, your achievement while the master was not around will testify to your faithfulness. That is why the Bible says we shall all appear before the judgment seat of Christ.

Be you the President of the most powerful nation in the world, or the Pope, or the Archbishop, General overseer of the congregation of the children of God. CEOs of big or small companies, Manager, school Teachers or even the lowest job – a Cleaner: the reward or praise of your task will not be based on the largeness of your responsibility, but the result will justify how faithful you have performed.

Ananias with Sapphira his wife were unfaithful to the declaration of how much they sold their piece of land. The reward of their unfaithfulness was death penalty. (Acts 5:1-11).

Whatever God has given you, whatever ability you have physically, spiritually or material possession is to be used judiciously, or one looses it. How faithful are you into paying your tithe? Are you not one of those who say tithe is under the law and you are now under grace? Now that you are under grace, how faithful are you in giving to the house of God. Are you ignorant of the fact that grace supposed to do above the law?

You are not faithful because you did not fear God; you are complacent, lazy, idle, proud, covetous, greedy, envy, self-willed and worldly. In fact, your zeal is a vain type. Unfaithful Christian is an unprofitable Christian.

Judicious utilization of talent or gift edifies God and others; it should not be for selfish lust. The will of God should be priority before self-pleasing. It is rewarding (1Tim. 5:18; Lk. 10:7c).

There is always heavenly and earthly commendation and reward for faithfulness. Whatever you do, do it well to the glory of God (1Cor. 10:31). As a child of God, you need to be obedient and humble; this will help you to respect and fear God: It will help you to respect any earthly authority, which represents God among His people. Eventually, this will enhance your spiritual, physical and material growth.

Christians need to be profitable (useful) and not unprofitable (not useful) unto the Almighty God. Whoever is not faithful in small thing cannot be faithful in big thing. As God has been faithful to us in all things, likewise, we need to reciprocate this faithfulness unto Him in all things.

shepherd 300x237 Who Is Your Sheperd?Many relied on their self-made security; but the righteous placed their trust in the Lord and obtained true security.

There was a family, living on the outskirt of the town; their house was located at the intersection of two major roads. This house was in the heart of where armed robbers usually carry out their operations. Every day, this family hears the sound of gunshots from around the vicinity. However, there was never a day they were afraid of any rampaging of the armed robbers. Any member of the family goes out and comes in at anytime of the day or night; they believed and trusted in God to protect them at anytime. Sometimes the family heard the sound of the movement of the armed robbers around their vicinity, but never at any time, had the armed robbers thought of coming into the compound.

One day, the whole family went to a church program called ‘miracle hour’, which comes up once in a week between 5pm and 9pm. There was a man living in the boy’s quarter of the house, of whom the family had preached to, but was hesitant to give his life to Christ. Occasionally, he attended this program when he is not drunk. On this very day, while the family was away to the church, this man went to the town and was drunk heavily. On his way back to the house, he was attacked by some armed robbers. The armed robbers thought he had some things in the polythene bag he was holding. As he was resisting them, thinking he had something in the bag, the robbers machete him on the head, almost to the point of splitting his head into two. It was a terrible day for him. If this man had gone to the church with the family, or stayed at home instead of going out at this dangerous time, he would not have found himself in that mess.

Who is your shepherd?

There are four groups of Christians with their different shepherds.

Those who put their trust in the Lord

Those who put their trust in the Lord are without fear. They are Christians who prayed consistently without ceasing, devoted and obedient to the Lord’s commandments. In time of problems, crisis, disaster, persecution, they remain steadfast in the Lord. No hindrance or disturbance would ever prevent them from going to the church programs; neither, there could be any threats or harassments, which would cause them to lose faith in the Lord. In any odd situation they find themselves, the Lord protects them and their possessions. They don’t fear, because they believe in the word of the Lord to protect them in time of trouble. They cast their cares upon the Lord and the He takes care of them.

The Bible says, “The name of the Lord is a strong tower, the righteous run to it and are safe” (Pro. 18:10).

The man who put his total trust in the Lord is like the man who built his house on the rock. When storm comes, he shall not be moved (Matt. 7:24-27).

David said, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me” (Ps. 23:4). Jehoshaphat and Hezekiah put their trust in God and not on the Egyptians, nor the Assyrian; and God miraculously took over their battle and miraculously protected their territory.

Those who put partial trust in the Lord

Some believe in the Lord, but when trouble comes, they lose faith. They relied on God partially while they look for protection somewhere else to assist God. There was a man who have been living without high fence around his compound and without burglary gadgets around his building for over 50 years, when there was armed robber rampage in his town, he was overwhelmed with the fear of the armed robbers. For almost three years that the robbers have been raiding the town, they never touch or come around his compound. However, the moment he thought, “I need to protect myself against these armed robbers”; the Lord was watching him. The Lord allowed him to complete all his plans, the fencing and the erecting of the burglary proof. Then, the Lord showed him why he should rely on him totally for his protection, rather than trusting in his money to build security around himself. God knows that Otito loved and trusted Him, however, the Lord will not share His glory with anything. So He allowed the robbers to raid his house.

The book of Isaiah confirms, “I am the Lord, that is My name; And My glory I will not give to another, nor My praise to carved images” (Is. 42:8).

If the man had been successful and the robbers found it difficult to penetrate, and unable to raid his house, he might attributed the success to his ability to utilize his money for his own protection and not God. This is like Nebuchadnezzar who attributed his glory to himself (Dan. 4:30).

A merciful and compassionate God; though the armed robbers raided the man’s house, however, God would not allow them to lay hand or rough handle him and his family.

Those who rely on the power of charm

There are those who relied on the power of darkness – witches, sorceries, fraternity, spirits and gods to empower them to achieve in anything. They relied on manmade protective devices, which have expiration time. The man who devised the power cannot guarantee life span of the power. When opposite parties challenges one and other with charms, no one can predict who will win, though each party will be boasting of superiority over the other; however, the feud becomes the survival of the fittest. Each party would want to show that ‘man pass man’; the stronger defeats the weak. Man protective devises will fail at the very point of need. However, God who created man and the substances with, which he makes the charm, is greater than the man combined with the charm he made.

Despite the fact that Manasseh, the son of Hezekiah, king of Judah, made his sons to pass through fire, the power of molech failed him the day he was captured by the Assyrian (2chro. 33:5-7, 10-13).

Nonchalant person
There is the one who does not rely on anything, but believes in his own smartness. This group of people will always be victims of every circumstance. The man who fell into the hands of the armed robbers, who was machete to the point of unconsciousness has no ‘protective coat’. He was sitting on the fence and that was dangerous, for, it was not safe for him.
The Bible says, “I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth” (Rev. 3:15-16). However, fortunately for him, he did not die of his wounds.

Satan is out there to deal with sons of men; He is never a friend to anybody. The only good thing he can do is to use a person as an instrument and kill that person by the time he had no use of him. The armed robbers were his agents. Satan has no power to save anybody. When God judges any man, no one can deliver. The only redeeming feature man has is the Lord Jesus Christ.

Satan cannot deliver anybody from the judgment of God. He will not deliver because he must sacrifice unto hell.

The Christian family were fully protected by God throughout the period of the robbers’ rampage. The man with partial trust in the Lord was also protected but not without some losses, a proof of God superiority over man. God show him that he is nothing without Him. The man who was machete, though he did not died; however, he was never the same. He walks around with the deep cut in his head: A disfigurement to remember to tell story of his life.

Your belief is your security and your shepherd. In the time of trouble, it will be proven whether it will deliver you or not. Dagon fell before the ark of covenant; likewise, satan and those who did not trust in the Lord will always fall before God and His children.

Lawrence B Abitogun is an expert author and the creator of ChristianEdification.ORG

© Copyright 2005 - 2022 ChristianEdification.org by Lawrence Abitogun