Father!

I remember growing up thinking that my dad is a super hero. He just always seemed to know what to say and buy us (my siblings  and i) gifts and he disciplined us less than my mum so that made him more lovable :).

Although i love my dad dearly and we are so close, in hindsight he was not so perfect. He was busy with work a lot, he spent most of his free time watching TV, i don’t remember him picking us up or dropping us from school, or teaching us household chores or anything domestic. But he was our dad and we loved him.

What does it mean to be a father?

The answer to this would be different for everyone based on their experience. In general, a father is the male parent of a child who trains and nurtures the child and is legally responsible for the child.

Our heavenly father is the perfect example of a father, he is loving, kind, present, faithful, patient, wise, forgiving, trustworthy, understanding, disciplines us, protects us, provides for us, guides us, lead us and i can go on and on. Our earthly fathers have probably failed us in one or more of the characteristics above and although this may have caused us pain or still hurts us, they are only human.

As Christians the role of a father is to be the prophet, provider and priest in the home. In the family he is to be an exemplary leader in the fear of God and in character. This is a huge responsibility and can only be achieved by total reliance on the heavenly father himself.

The bible tells us in Exodus 20:10 “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you”. We also have a responsibility to our parents not only them to us. This means to appreciate them, accept their authority (especially if you are young but in line with God’s word), respect them, and provide for them. The Bible does not say Honor only if your father is a perfect father like your heavenly father. As young adults, one of the practical ways to honor our fathers is to start with forgiveness, esteem them, seek their wisdom and provide for them.

Looking back at my experiences, i see several ways in which God filled up the gaps my dad did not fill especially spiritually. And in hindsight i can boldly say God has been a good father to me, much more than i could ask for or deserve. As we celebrate father’s day today, i would like to appreciate my heavenly father. And as i read the verse to Honor my father today, i am reminded to honor Yaweh, the father of fathers who has never failed me and has loved me unconditionally since my birth.

Happy father’s day to all fathers.

He Arose!

 Because of this day several years ago, our entire lives changed forever. Jesus rose again from the dead. We must understand that the cross is a place of defeat. If all that Christ did was to die, then we are no different from many other religions and all the things we now know that we have in him are not ours. But he rose again, he won in victory over sin and death.

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The Chastisement that brought us Peace(JTR Day 40)

But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. Isaiah 53:5

Bible reading: Ephesians 4

Jesus has paid the price and this is fact whether we feel like he has or we do not. Our Spirit’s find it easy to grasp this reality, it is however more difficult to get our minds/souls in accordance with this reality. All the things that can possibly cause you pain and discomfort in this world, Jesus already bore on his body. This does not mean we live delusional and expect everything to be rosy. In fact Jesus himself said in John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. It is instructive that in the same sentence when Jesus tell us to have peace in him, he also tells us that we would have trouble in this world. The difference however between us and the world is not that we don’t have challenges, it’s that even in those challenges we have the one who has made us victorious walking with us.

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Dead to sin – the benefit of the Cross (JTR Day 39)

But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ Ephesians 2:13

Bible reading: Ephesians 3

Today is Good Friday and we remember the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. We however are not supposed to stop there but also come to understand the benefit of this sacrifices to us believers. Yesterday, we looked at 2 of these benefits. One was that Jesus took our place and other that Jesus was clothing us.

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Dead to sin – the benefit of the Cross(JTR Day 38)

But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ Ephesians 2:13

Bible reading: Ephesians 2

Because of how we sometimes are deep in the routine of religion, we forget to think on the relevance of some of the things we either do or believe. Very often we probably remember that Christ died for us, but the things that have either left us or become ours are not are the fore of our minds.

The first benefit of the Cross is that Christ took our place. In the journey to resurrection which we historically celebrate from Good Friday to Easter Monday, Jesus actually went to hades to ensure that we are released from spiritual death. We have established that before the death on the cross, we were far from God, however through the blood, we have now been brought near (Ephesians 2:13).

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Dead to sin(JTR Day 37)

What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 2 By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?. Romans 6:1 -2.

Bible reading: Ephesians 1

We’re in the week of passion and from tomorrow historically, the preparation towards to the death and victorious resurrection commences. We have commenced our thoughts on this over the last two (2) days when we discussed the fact that we were crucified with Christ when he was crucified. But there is something that Jesus sought to accomplish in the journey to the cross, it wasn’t a mere show of courage rather it was for a purpose. In dying, Jesus carried on his body sin and death and won victorious over death. This isn’t death in the physical but spiritual death which leads us into eternal condemnation Hebrews 2:14, 15.

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Crucified with Christ 2 – (JTR Day 36)

“Knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.” Romans 6:6.

Bible reading: Philemon

Yesterday, we began the thought on being crucified with Christ and we attempted to think about what it means that we are crucified with Christ.

Being crucified with Christ means that we have a new love. The lusts of the flesh and the love of the things of this world have been crucified (Galatians 5:24). Now we love Christ, though we have not seen Him (1 Peter 1:8). While we are on this earth, the tendency is for our attention to be divided between the world and God. However our crucifixion means that our earthly desires can take the back seat while we bask in the desires of our hearts which have been put there by God.

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Crucified with Christ (JTR Day 35)

“Knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.” Romans 6:6.

Bible reading: Titus 3

This, indeed, is the heart of Christianity, the firm foundation of faith in Christ. Until this becomes true in a person’s life, he will suffer continual defeat and failure. As long as we live for ourselves, misery will result, because in us, that is, in our flesh, dwells no good thing. (Romans 7:18) No one can manage to follow in the steps of Christ, do the will of God, and keep His commandments on his own.

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The Armor if God (Day of rest 6)

Text:10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand (Ephesians 6:10-13)

Bible reading: Titus 2

And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. (Eph 6:17). As we draw closer to the end of lent, we are today discussing the last parts of the armor of God. As a refresher, it would be helpful if you would go back over the last 5 days of rest and remind yourself of all parts of the armor.

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Created in his image (JTR Day 34)

So God created mankind in his own image,  in the image of God he created them,   male and female he created them. Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground”—Genesis 1:27 – 28

Bible reading: Titus 1

Yesterday we dealt with the fact that God instructs us to be fruitful and to increase in number. That we should dominate on the earth and through our lives show forth the light of God. Today we would delve into the instruction to “fill the earth and subdue it”.

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