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By Pastor Godson Ezenwajiofor

CAUSES AND CONSEQUENCES OF YIELDING TO TEMPTATION: LESSON FROM SAMSON: 1Cor.10:11-13. Rom.15:4. In this message we are looking at the consequences of yielding to temptation. As we know temptation is not sin it is yielding to temptation that is sin. And as it is in the bible both Old and New Testaments as well as in contemporary time humanity is divided into two, one those who were tempted but fall into temptation like Samson, Solomon, David, Judas Iscariot etc and those who were tempted and overcame like Joseph, Daniel and his friends, Jesus Christ our perfect example. And in this message we are looking at the life of one of those who yielded to temptation so that we can learn memorable lessons as leaders, Christians and Christian workers. We will look at the life of Samson his story can be found in Judges Chapters 13-16. Judges.13:2-5, 24-25. Samson’s birth was prophesied, he was anointed with the Holy Ghost from the womb, the Lord’s presence was with him and he possessed unlimited power of the Lord and could deal with thousands of the enemies single handedly. Yet with all these great credential when temptation of the flesh came to him, he could not overcome but fail woefully and lost all in the process. No matter how gifted you are beware watch and pray. 1. CAUSES OF SAMSON’S FALL Judges.14:1-3. Judges.16:1, 4. 1Cor.9:27. Pro.5:7-13. Pro.6:24-33. The causes of Samson’s fall is very clearly revealed in these bible passages for our learning so that we can take heed that what happen to him do not happen to us. What are some of these causes of Samson’s fall? (1) Indiscipline and lack of self control. He was not able to put his flesh under control. (2) Refusal to take advice and counsel. There are people who are full of themselves; they do not take counsel from anyone because they feel they know it all. (3) Prayerlessness. You look at the life of Samson he never took prayer as anything serious he felt he has the power already what does he need God again for. (4) Unequal yoke in friendship, marriage and fellowship. Samson has no friend among God’s people, no fellowship with them and he sees no good lady among God’s daughter good enough for marriage. (5) Pride and self willed. Samson was a proud person who felt that he can do it all alone and do not need the help of others. (6) Lust of the flesh and uncontrolled desire for immorality. Samson was a man of the flesh not a man of the Spirit though filled with the Holy Ghost from the womb but he refused to be under the control of the Holy Spirit. (7) Ungodly familiarity with the opposite sex. There are people like Samson they are men and they never want to be in fellowship with fellow men they are always with women visa vise. If you are like that and you do not repent and change you will likely go like Samson. 2. CONSEQUENCES OF SAMSON’S FALL Judges.16:19-31. Judges.17:6. Judges.18:1, 30-31. Joshua.7:12. The fall of Samson had great consequences not only in his life but also on the nation of Israel. And today when a leader falls the consequences does not end with that leader alone sometimes it affects a lot of the people under his or her leadership. Let us look at the consequences of Samson’s fall. (1) He lost the presence of the Lord. The Lord was departed from him. (2) He lost the power of the Lord. (3) He lost the anointing of the Holy Spirit. (4) He lost his liberty and freedom. (5) He became a slave and a comedian to idol worshipers. (6) He lost his eyes and vision. (7) He lost his ministry. (8) He caused the name of the Lord to be blasphemed by the enemy of the Lord. Rom.2:22-24. (9) He died untimely death. (10) The nation of Israel lost their leader and became a nation without leader till the end of the book of Judges. (11) Because of lack of leadership the nation descended into lawlessness. (12) Israel went back to idolatry and evil practices because of the absence of a leader. Beware if you fall it will affect you, your family, your wife, husband and children and also it will affect those of us looking at you as our champion. 3. COUNSEL TO STANDING SAINTS 1Cor.10:12-13. Mt.26:41. Job.31:1-3. Eph.5:1-8. Pro.7:24-27. Jude.3, 20-25. There are counsels for standing saints. (1) Take heed and beware of women or men. (2) Take heed and beware of wealth and money. (3) Take heed and beware of worldliness and wine. (4) Watch your tendencies and guard against over confidence. (5) Withdraw from ungodly company and backsliders. (6) Walk in righteousness and consistent holiness. (7) Live in humility and soberness. MY PRAYER FOR YOU IS THAT THE LORD GOD ALMIGHTY WILL GRANT YOU THE GRACE TO LIVE A VICTORIOUS LIFE OVER TEMPTATIONS.

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Domestic violence is a violence or other abuse in a marriage.
Domestic violence could involve any body but I’m looking at it in a family setting between a man and his wife.

Domestic violence includes

  • Physical, verbal, emotional, economic, religion reproductive and sexual abuse.

Many people are going through a lot in marriages today, some Christan homes inclusive. This has caused a lot of harms in homes, churches and the society at large. So many women have lost their lives in the process,men inclusive but women are mostly at the receiving end. And they endure mostly even to the point of loosing their lives. This they do because of:

  1. The love they have for their spouse
  2. Because of their children
  3. What the society will say about them
  4. Because of their faith and religion.

Please when beating and sexual molestation becomes the case in your home, there’s need for separation.

Now in as much as the Bible frowns at divorce, I don’t think it’ll be reasonable for one to remain in an abusive marriage where his/her life is a stake. The same children you think about will still be maltreated, neglected and will be forced to face horrible situations the moment you are gone. The same society you are thinking of what they will say will still blame you for not speaking out on time. Your making heaven is even very slim because I don’t think your heart is clean in that condition. Your bad thoughts, unforgiveness and bitterness is enough to send you to hell. And instead of you to commit murder, I think you should separate if that’s the only option left.

Many women are going through alot. When a domestic violence involves life threatening abuses, there’s need for you to seek for help.

Many women have died in this process. Pls being born again doesn’t mean your brain should be suspended. Yes divorce is a sin but you shouldn’t die either because you are married. You are being asked to keep praying often times, yes but you could do that also while away. Many women are dying silently. Women please speak out in such conditions, don’t keep quiet. Make sure the problem is not from you. Make sure you are not the cause of it.

I have seen a woman beating blue black by her husband. Not once not twice. Infact the man always use cane,belt etc on her. And she’s asked to keep praying. What if she die one day? What if she couldn’t take it any longer and tries to defend herself and kill her partner in the process, what will be her lot?

Women should take the necessary steps the moment they see that things are getting out of hand.

Try to see how you could save the situation by involving your spiritual leaders, your both families,the people your partner respects so much and if there’s no changes please take a break while you pray and take the necessary steps to save your marriage.

Pls note that your being away is for the mean time. Even while away you are to remain and keep your body. It’s not a time to go about messing up. If you do that you are commenting sin. You are to maintain sexual purity. Even when your partner is doing otherwise. The only time remarriage is possible is when one partner is dead. See Romans 7:2,1cor.7:39.

Neighbors should as well look out for their fellow women/men. Please speak out for them. Some of them are in a tight corner and can’t help themselves.

Stay tuned for the next post on this same topic!

Say no to domestic violence.

What’s your take on this? Share your opinion.
Will you allow your daughter, sister, brother,son go through domestic violence?
What will you have them do;the abused?

By Chika Helen Nwabueze’

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By Oladimeji Ramon

A group, the Federal Social Democrats, says the credibility and integrity of the Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, have been diminished by the alleged shooting of #EndSARS protesters by soldiers at the Lekki tollgate on the night of October 20.

According to the group, the Lekki incident has eroded the admiration that Sanwo-Olu won with his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The group, in statement on Sunday signed on its behalf by Olutola Mobolurin, also condemned the harassment of #EndSARS protest leaders through the freezing of their bank accounts and stopping them from travelling outside the country.

The FSD’s statement was titled, ‘Statement by the Federal Social Democrats On the #EndSARS Movement and Violence in the Wake of Lekki Shootings.’

The group said, “Governor Sanwo-Olu, who before now has been credited with responsible and energetic response to the COVID-19 pandemic, has by this one act lost his credibility and integrity for many. He has a big task in regaining the confidence of the public and youths; his credibility gap surrounding what happened at the Lekki Toll Plaza is not helped by the insensitive bluster of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu at the governor’s residence stating that those who were injured and presumably those who died had questions to answer.”

Though the group condemned the destruction of public assets and looting that trailed the shootings at the Lekki tollgate, it said the mayhem pointed to the alienation of a large number of youths from society by government.

It said, “The so-called hoodlums are the youths that have been denied any stake in society by the self-dealing and state capture that have characterised governance over the last 30 years. Millions of our youths have been uneducated, unemployable and with no meaningful social safety net. Even for the millions who are educated and skilled, long-term unemployment has been their experience in the Nigerian prebendal political economy that serves primarily the interests of public office holders and their cronies.

“Some of the ‘hoodlums’ responsible for the trashing of Lagos are the youths and ‘the toughies’ that many politicians have over the years employed to subvert the democratic process through intimidation of voters and perpetration of violence during elections.”

The group said the organisers of the #EndSARS protests deserved commendation for the resourcefulness, transparency and accountability which they demonstrated.

The group condemned “the growing reports of compilation of names of the assumed leaders and facilitators of the protests for government reprisals.”

It said, “Those that are being targeted are reportedly being prevented from travelling outside Nigeria while accounts of some have been frozen. This is hardly the hallmark of a democratic government that is interested in dialoguing with the youths or learning positive lessons from the #EndSARS protests. It is also a violation of the spirit of government’s acceptance of the 5 for 5 agenda. The President should stop all these acts of witch-hunt.”

The FSD solicited support for the Lagos State Government to rebuild and replace the vandalised public assets.

  • PunchNg

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• Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala had been expected to be confirmed as leader on Monday

By Richard Partington

The race to find a new leader of the World Trade Organization has been thrown into renewed uncertainty after the cancellation of a key appointment meeting following the US presidential election.

The Geneva-based WTO, which acts as an international arbiter for trading disputes, said it had put off a meeting scheduled for Monday that had been called to appoint Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as its next director general.

Donald Trump’s administration opposed her selection in one of its final acts before the US election, despite the former Nigerian finance minister securing the overwhelming backing of the WTO’s 164 members.

The special meeting of the trade body’s general council had been convened to take a formal decision on the appointment. Officials had been set to put forward Dr Okonjo-Iweala as the candidate most likely to attract a majority, after most countries expressed a preference for her over South Korea’s Yoo Myung-hee.

Okonjo-Iweala had moved a step closer to becoming the first woman and the first African to be director of the global trade watchdog after securing backing from the EU, China, Japan and Australia. Liam Fox, the leading Brexiter and former international trade secretary, had run as the UK government’s preferred candidate but failed to win enough support from other countries to reach the last two in the process.

Trade experts said Joe Biden defeating Trump in last week’s election may have led to countries calling for a delay in the WTO leadership race, with the aim of securing the Biden White House’s backing for Okonjo-Iweala after he takes charge in January.

The delay in selecting a new WTO director general comes at a fragile moment for the world economy amid the second wave of Covid-19, and after years of criticism of the WTO and calls for reform from Trump.

The WTO said the meeting would be postponed until further notice, during which time the organisation would continue undertaking consultations with delegations from countries around the world to pick a new leader.

It said in a statement: “For reasons including the health situation and current events, delegations will not be in a position to take a formal decision on 9 November.”

  • TheGuardian

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