Occupy All Street

We live in a society where the duties of a believer has become a “Sunday best” thing, boxing it to the four corners of the church building.

I stand to believe that this is antithetical to what Jesus calls us and what we’re required to do.

First Jesus called us by grace to be light in this dark and fallen world (Matthew 5:14). As light in this dark and vile world, we are to bring the illumination of Christ Jesus to everyone to see and believe.

Second we are called to be salt (Matthew 5:13). As we salt we are spice and taste to dryness and tastlessness in the world. Also, salt makes people thirsty, we’re called to make people long for our God. 

In addition we’re called to represent Jesus in this world bring people to his kingdom.

To occupy all street, we’re to be involved in every industry and sector. From the street to government, entertainment, sports,  fashion,  etc.  Our presence in this areas of life will show Jesus love for all of humanity because we’re recipient of this love. 

Occupy all street for Jesus’ glory.

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Traditional Proof Of God’s Existence.

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To be truthful, many of us have at a time in life reasoned, thought or even doubted God’s existence.

Many have wandered from their belief in God as a result of their inquisitiveness of God’s existence. It’s also worthy to note that many across the globe have found faith and grown in their relationship with God through their doubt, research and findings about who God is and what he claims to be.

To begin with, there are many traditional proof of God existence, but today we would focus on three major proofs.

  1. Cosmological Argument: this considers the truth that every known thing on this planet have a cause. It reasons that this planet itself have a cause and the cause must be external to the creation; therefore, the only reasonable cause for the existence of creation is the existence of God.
  2. Teleological Argument: goes with the fact that creation in its entirety have harmony, order and unique feature. This lead to the argument that the unique nature, harmony and design gives an evidence of an intelligence purpose for the existence of creation. Since the universe appears to be designed with a purpose, there must be an intelligent and purposeful God who created this things to function this way.
  3. The Moral Argument: starts with the human sense of right and wrong, which leads to the need of justice for the wrong committed. This argues that there must be a God (a creator),  who’s the source of right and wrong (free will) and he will bring out his full justice at the appropriate time to everyone (good and evil).

Folks, there’s a God who created everything, and his name is Jesus (John 1: 1-14).

 

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God of Imperfect People 

Throughout the history of the Bible story, there are stories of people who were used awesomely by God for specific purpose, yet they had their own imperfections.
Here are some of the people; David was a murderer 2 Samuel 11: 10-26, yet he was called a man after God’s heart;Abraham lied in Egypt and yet God called him his friend. Rahab was a prostitute (Joshua 6:25) yet she’s one of Jesus earthly ancestors . 

What about Peter, he denied Jesus (Luke 22:54-62), still he was a great apostle for Jesus that 8,000 people became Jesus followers after his sermons. Paul also was a threat to Jesus followers (Acts 9:1-2), when he encountered the resurrected Jesus, he became the greatest preacher of the gospel of Christ.

No matter how imperfect you think you are or people think about you, you’re loved by God. Your imperfections are buried in Jesus perfection. All you need is to put your trust in Jesus.

Choosing Hope 

Making life choices is never easy. You leave college or university, and you have to make some kind of choice about what happens next. Or you are midway through your career, facing a crossroads, and you think, you sense, God might be calling you to something new. Maybe you have been made redundant in a job you were wedded to for years, and you are confronted by a whole new series of questions about where to go next. And the rent bills keep on coming, so there is a degree of urgency to your situation.
Of course, such choice is the privilege of the few, and we should always see it as such. But the speed of change in technology and the rapidly changing face of the workplace make choice at times frightening and overwhelming. It is almost as if we can’t cope with the number of alternatives: stay where we are, take some time out and return to work, work from home or remotely, study further, change our jobs or the way of doing them, join with others in doing something new, move to something more “spiritual” or “meaningful,” take a break from full-time volunteer work. The choices are dizzying.

But in my experience, they are made significantly easier by the knowledge that God calls us and is there to guide us. God first. That is the place to start.

The Bible makes it clear that God gives us a choice—he works with us, not just through us. For the most part, we are given the freedom to seek God’s ways and then to make choices. We do not operate independently from him, but neither are we puppets dancing on a string. Our personal callings are not commands but beckonings and promptings. We enter into them in partnership with God, making use of the opportunities that God presents to us and the passions that he has given us.

Wherever you are right now (assuming that you are walking closely with the Lord and what you are doing is neither immoral nor illegal) is where you are meant to be. Your calling is not in some elusive, otherworldly, unreachable place. Your calling is right here, right now. You are called to get on and live in the light of that calling.

Loving The Unlovable 

Before we begin, the definition of love must be established.
According to Merriam Webster Dictionary, the noun ‘love’ is defined as “a feeling of strong or constant regard to someone”. ‘Love’ as a verb means “to hold dear” or “feel passion, devotion, or tenderness” or “to take pleasure”.

The definition of love according to Merriam Webster, corellates with the scriptures in 1st John 4: 17-21.

According to the text in 1st John 4: 17-21, we can only show the world how we’re have been loved by Jesus, through our service, love and compassion towards humanity and creation. 

We have been saved by grace through faith in alone in Jesus alone, not by our works of righteousness. But we’ve been saved by grace to do the works of love in this world (Ephesians 2:8-10). Our works of love shows the world that “yes my salvation has been sealed eternally by the Blood of Jesus. Therefore my present being in this world is selfless in regards to humanity”.

As Christians we’re are to lead the fight against injustice: misogyny, racism, war,  poverty, climate pollution, etc. We’re to preach and teach the undiluted message of hope and grace those who are lost in their sin. 

We are called to love the unlovable, despised, ridiculed. 

If we do the work of loving people many will never doubt the people, many won’t doubt the message of God’s love for humanity.

Losing The Gift?


The gift that’s being discussed here today is the salvation of the soul. All those put their trust in Jesus know that the salvation they have is not a result of their actions, but because of Jesus Christ.

But there are many today who teach that a believer is saved by grace in Jesus Christ through faith, but can also be lost if we don’t keep the law or morality.


It’s important to note that salvation is freedom from both the law and sin. (Romans 6:14).


Therefore, the eternal security of a believer has become a debate in some part of the church.

When people come to know Jesus Christ as their Savior, they are forgiven of their sin: past, present and future, they are also brought into a relationship that guarantees eternal security. Jude 24: “Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy”. God’s hands is available to keep the believer from falling.


It’s up to God to present us before his glorious presence, and not our works. Our eternal security is a result of God saving and keeping us, not us maintaining our salvation.


The Lord Jesus said in John 10:28-29 “I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand”. If the Father and Jesus are united to keep the salvation of a believer secure, then how can it be lost? In Ephesians 4:30, Paul told us that a believer is sealed with the Holy Spirit unto the day of redemption.


Also John 3:15-16 “that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.  “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life”. This tells us that whosoever put their trust in Jesus is guaranteed of eternity with God. If a believer loses his salvation, it’s no where eternal in the first place.


Also to note is that if the teaching of eternal security of a believer is wrong, then the Bible is erroneous because of its promise of eternal life to everyone who trusts in Jesus Christ.


The most powerful argument for the security of a believer is found in Romans 8:38:39 “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”


Our eternity is based on God’s love for. It was promised by the Father, purchased by Jesus’ death and resurrection, then sealed by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Being Unqualified For This 


Ephesians 2:8 “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast”.

Even though there are some preachers who preach about work based salvation, that does not make it true. The fact remains that the salvation of the soul is the work of God, done and perfected by Jesus Christ through his death and resurrection.

The work for our salvation was planned to save us what we got ourselves into: sin. Jesus came to set free does who are slaves to sin (John 8:32-36 “and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”  They answered him, “We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, ‘You will become free’?” The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever.  So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed”).

This deliverance we have from sin, the victory over sin given to us is undeserving by our standard because we’re flawed, messed up and jacked up but God demonstrated his love to the totally unqualified folks (Romans 5:8).

You don’t deserve salvation, but you can receive it. You can’t earn it because it’s a free gift receive when we trust in Jesus. So thank God for his eternal salvation he has offered to us through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.