Dear Child of God bought with the precious blood of Jesus Christ through faith, learn to complete your salvation journey as every child eventually grows up by themselves learning by adult teachings.
BEFORE YOU START READING MY TESTIMONY PLEASE READ THE ARTICLE BELOW. I PRAY THAT THE HOLY SPIRIT TAKES YOU AWAY FROM YOUR TOTAL DEPENDENCE ON YOUR PASTOR, PROPHETS, AND CHURCH OWNERS TO THE LORD JESUS CHRIST TO HAVE A PERSONAL RELATION WITH GOD.
Below is apostle Paul admonishing to us (people like you and me) in the Body of Christ then in Corinth. I believe his message was as we now know was given to him by Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ through the HOLY SPIRIT. Remember this letter was written by the apostle to encourage us to do all in the Spirit to have the gifts and participation in Christ.
May I appeal to you to read the following instructions recorded in the book of Corinthians?
1 Corinthians 9:24-27
24. Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.
25. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.
26. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air.
27. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.
MY BURDEN IS THAT BEFORE YOU RUSH TO READ MY TESTIMONY; PLEASE, OH PLEASE, "BIKONU" MEDE KUKU
BEFORE MINE READ THE ABOVE SCRIPTURE PRAYERFULLY.
These days 96% of churches everywhere have changed their messages on the pulpit, sermons, Bible studies (if at all they do it) to catch certain audiences which will give them cash for an ostentatious living. It doesn't have to be so.
If the truth which God through the apostles left us within the HOLY Bible and His Body has not been compromised our lifestyles could have drawn many to fear and be with God.
If I recount my journey through salvation it has sometimes seemed doubtful because of some of us and what we do as ministers. Many have rather succeeded to give God's people away from the Body of Jesus Christ. I am able to say that I am not fiscally rich with money but more satisfied with spiritual matters; and the Spiritual position of God.
The apostle was reminding or revealing to us that we have to adapt ourselves to the revelation that Christian life is a race1: Acts, 20:24,2 Tim. 4:7; Heb.12:1 that has a reward 2:Phil.3:14, Col.2:18 and incentives 3: Gal.2:2;5:7 to obtain. I have given you scriptures to read above on the point I have raised.
Paul knew that a chaplet (medals) made of leaves (gold, bronze, and silver) for the athletic contests at the time of writing this letter (even now) were worthless. Our emphasis must be on that which cannot be destroyed.Paul pointed to the incorruptible crown, which the Lord will award to His overcoming (those who will defy and challenge the rotten world with their spiritual living in Christ) saints who win the race, recieves a reward in addition to salvation (Heb. 10:31). Also, read this 2 Tim. 2:5
As I have stated earlier, that we, His (Jesus Christ) believers, have all received His salvation through faith in Him. This has been settled once and for all.
But whether we will be rewarded by God depends on how we run the race. The lifestyle and the strange, but proud confidence of some leaves us to think they have completed the journey; oh no there is more beyond.
Before you continue to read please read these selected scriptures 2 Tim. 4:8; James 1:12; 1 Peter.5:4; Rev.2:10; 3:11. Let me point to you a secret here; that all these apostles who dwelt in the Lord shared the same message of unity or oneness as above. With the quote above Paul, James, Peter, and John spoke about the same truth irrespective of where and when they spoke.
Check, these days one will hardly hear/find four of your pastors preach on one or same truth and sound and speak with one voice. This shows you the gap we need to bridge;it's not about meeting and agreeing to be one, but letting the Holy Spirit Himself convict us with humility to accept correction when we are wrong. This will bring or enhance our union by speaking the same truth everywhere, anytime as the apostles did. For our journey becomes easier only if we remain teachable.
In this reading, we can see Paul running his race by teaching and living the truth, the apostle was running the course (v.26).
In Philipians the apostle writting his last Epistles, remember he was still( even at late age and with his fragility)Phil. 3:14 continued running. It was not until the last moment of his running and age in 2 Tim. 4:6- 8, that he had the assurance that he would be rewarded by the LORD at His appearing. Study Gal.2:2; 2 Tim.4:7, 1 Cor. 14:9.
Paul's humility showed through his ministry and not all his life; if one knows who he was as Saul before the Damascus ordeal.I am brining this to show that there are many show offs in our type of Christianity without substance. Every bit of Saul named Paul by God speaks to all of us; and a lot to learn from. I am beginning to know as one ages it dawns on one to reason and behave likewise. Unfortunately, many die so young that they may not have the time Paul and myself have had.
So,in view of this prize my testimony is enshrining with it, and also I am charging all of us including myself who have a large spiritual gap to fill with my God individually. This will make us strong and united in both the Spirit and wisdom. To temper justice with mercy and learn of Christ as Paul did which enabled him to charge the Corinthian believers and us to run the race so that they might obtain the reward (v.24).
Reminder, The charlatans have not only infiltrated into the Churches, but have even ventured into governments and institutions of society. Strangely these have captured parts of the church with the most vulnerable and gaulible people. Know they don't only deal with even the uneducated, even educated , smart rich, individuals who help them run their empires untouched. Though they commit the most attrocious crimes such that the world frowns upon. As they have hypnotised even state officials who serve at their feets; they always get away with it or dealt leniently.
It does not mean or to say there are not a few genuine servants doing the right things.But when you meet men who uses God's name and run from their own prophecies then the end seem to be so near. If you hear of them visiting shrines or engage in all fornications in cubicles next to the office before jumping to the pulpit to soundbit then it is worrying.If you see their shame being recounted on TV and by bloggers it make the work even harder for the true souls doing or being besides themselves.
Don't be overwhelmed.if Egpty could not stop Mosses/Joshua to move the Israelites to the promise land then if we heed to the truth the Church will overcome these characters. Read 1 Cor. 9: 27 we will deal with it in the future write up and hope I will have the time to submit that piece to this column. Stay blessed