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DIVINELY FIXED CONDITION FOR ENTRANCE INTO HEAVEN

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DIVINELY FIXED CONDITION FOR ENTRANCE INTO HEAVEN: John.3:3-8. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.The desire of all men and women and the reason why we come to church is to enter into God’s kingdom at end. We want to be in heaven when we leave this world and see God at last. This is the reason why Jesus made it very clear the condition for entering into the kingdom of God so that no one will beat about the bush or waste his life. The conditions for entering into heaven have been divinely fixed by God Himself. In the passage we have just read there are three words that show these conditions very clearly. The words are (1) except- that means unless. (2) Cannot- that means impossible, inadmissible, inaccessible. (3) Must-that means of necessity, mandatory, that which must be fulfilled. So this shows that the new birth experience is a must if we are going to get into the kingdom of God. Mt.18:3. Luke.13:23-30; Mt.7:13-14. There are going to be a lot of disappointment at the end when many will discover to their dismay and consternation that they are not qualify to enter into God’s kingdom. Mt.7:21-27. There is no heaven for anyone who is not born again.

  1. AN UNALTERABLE CONDITION FOR ENTERING INTO GOD’S KINGDOM: John.3:3-7; Mt.5:20; Luke.13:1-5, 23-28; Acts.3:19; Ezekile.18:30-32; Mk.1:15; Rev.21:27; Mt.18:3. There is an unalterable condition to be met by all who desires to enter into the kingdom of God. This condition cannot be altered for anyone no matter who he may be. No sinner can enter into the kingdom of God except he or she is genuinely born again. We have to be washed in the blood of Jesus Christ before we can become part of the kingdom citizens. 1John.1:7, 9. Rev.1:5-6; Col.1:13-14. Without meeting this condition Jesus Christ our Lord make it very clear that no man will see the kingdom. This is an unalterable condition for all men in all generations. To be born again is simple. (1) Repent of your sins. Acts.3:19. (2) Confess and forsake your sins. 1John.1:9; Pro.28:13; Isaiah.55:6-7. (3) Accept Jesus Christ into your heart by faith as your Lord and Saviour. John.1:12.
  2. AN UNCHANGEABLE CRITERION FOR MEMBERSHIP IN GOD’S KINGDOM: John.3:3-7; John.15:4-7; Acts.2:40-47; John.17:14-16; 1John.2:12-17; 1Cor.6:18-20; 2Cor.6:14-18; 2Timothy.2:19-22. James.4:4.To come into the kingdom of God there is an unalterable condition of being born again and be made a new creature. 2Cor.5:17. And to remain a member in the kingdom of God we have unchangeable criterion which is a life of righteousness and freedom from the world. The Lord said they are not of the world even as He is not of the world. And the bible commands love not the world neither the things that are in the world. For all that are in the world the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life are not of the father but they are of the world and the world passes away and the lust thereof but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever. We are not to be unequal yoked together with unbelievers but we are to be separate.
  3. AN UNAVOIDABLE COMMITMENT TO HOLINESS IN GOD’S KINGDOM: Mt.6:33; Eph.5:1-8, 25-27; Luke.1:73-75; 1Peter.1:14-16; 1John.3:1-3. Christ is coming for a pure, holy and glorious church. Everyone that desires to make it to heaven must be committed to holiness of life and heart. Holiness is unavoidable if you desire to make it. Hebrews.12:14. To really be holy in secret and in the open we need to take the following steps. (1) Self-crucifixion. Gal.2:20. (2) Self discipline. 1Cor.9:27. (3) Self denial. Mt.16:24. (4) Self dedication. Rom.12:1-2. (5) Self sacrificing. Philip.3:7-14. (6) Self abandonment. Philip.1:21. (7) Entire sanctification. 1Thess.5:22-24. The Lord is coming back very soon to be ready for His coming we must be unavoidablely committed to holiness of life in the secret and in the open. We do not know when He will come therefore we must avoid carelessness in all things and at all times. Heb.12:14. THE QUESTION IS, ARE YOU BORN AGAIN? HAVE YOUR SINS BE FORGIVEN YOU AND ARE YOUR GARMENTS WASHED, IS IT WHITE AS SNOW? ARE YOU FREE FROM SIN OR DO YOU STILL INDULGE IN SIN? REMEMBER WITHOUT HOLINESS NO MAN SHALL SEE THE LORD.

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ANOINTED BUT NOT APPOINTED YET: EMPHASIS ON TRAINING AND DEVELOPING FOR QUALITY LEADERSHIP.

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ANOINTED BUT NOT APPOINTED YET: EMPHASIS ON TRAINING AND DEVELOPING FOR QUALITY LEADERSHIP.

David the shepherd boy was caring for the 🐑, just minding his own business when he was called. The prophet chose him out of his seven elder brothers to become the king of Isreal.

What’s interesting is David didn’t go to the palace the moment he was anointed. He didn’t step into leadership that day. He went back to the shepherd’s field.

When God give you a promise there will always be a waiting period. What we do while waiting will determine whether or not the promise would come to be.

David was Anointed but not Appointed yet. He had to go through the season of proving and testing. David understood this principles,” to see promises come to pass, you have to keep travelling steadily forward. You have to do the right thing when no one is watching you. You have to be your best, thank God even though the door is not opening.

Month after months, David took good care of those animals- making sure they weren’t attacked and destroyed. His father didn’t even invite him home the first time prophet Samuel came searching. His brothers made fun of him. He didn’t let all that burder him. He didn’t feel bitter. Rather,he kept travelling forward.

After David defeated Goliath, King Saul became jealous of his achievements. Saul chased David through the mountains and the valleys in the wilderness. Yet David didn’t hurt Saul when he could have. He wasn’t impatient with God. He knew clearly,if he keeps moving forward in the necessary process of training and developing, then God will take him to the throne at His “Appointed” time.

Thirteen years after David was “Anointed”King Saul died in the battlefield and David ascended the throne. Amen!

Time may fail me to sight other examples: Moses was” Anointed” but had to wait forty whole years just tending Jethro’s flocks,then bagging his heroic”Appointment” with a corresponding responsibility.

Also, Joshua though”Anointed”early enough, but had to wait on the sidelines serving as long as Moses’ ministry lasted. Yet when”Appointed” was instrumental in climaxing the noble cause of” entrance proper” into the promise land.

Lastly, one of the most thriving penticostal churches in Nigeria today was started in a campus room with less 20 people, but has today hundreds of thousands of membership in the country and beyond. The founder and the General Superitendent, a man with an uncommon vision and passion for soul winning was”Anointed” just was David, but with no ceremonious “Appointment”. At least, not immediately. Yet he moved forward steadily through the”Training and Developing processes. Today pastor W.F Kumuyi of the Deeper Life Bible Church is an authority figure with the emphasis to Christian work and Leadership!

You’ve waited for those dreams and expectations to materialize. You have waited having been” Anointed”, chosen and ordained by God. However,as each day passes by,it seems just farther away from reality. Hang on right there! Remember you didn’t achieve the “Anointing”just by human efforts in the first place.

So when next it appears you are waiting longer time, just know it’s not after all vain. Many thanks!

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ICPC uncovers multibillion Naira TSA Scam.

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ICPC uncovers multibillion Naira TSA Scam.

N2.67 Billion School Feeding Fund found in private accounts.
NNPC paid itself N1.53 Trillion subsidy for petrol in 3 years.
Legislators convert constituency funds for personal use.

During the lockdown, Nigerian churches such as RCCG, MFM, Christ Embassy, Daystar, Winners’ Chapel and many other churches were donating to combat the corona virus and feeding millions of the populace. Bishop Oyedepo in particular, directed N25 million weekly to be used to feed indigent members in communities.

Yet during the lockdown, the executive and legislators came together to make CAMA law in August 2020.

CAMA Law empowers the Registrar-General to merge all the above churches as one at his discretion and also close all their accounts if any of their board of trustee members (like Judas Iscariot) gets bitter over an expensive alabaster box of ointment and goes to report to the Registrar General even if the Registrar General happens to be an Imam, Eckist, Free-Thinker or Ifa Worshipper.

*Remember that Judas complained that the Alabaster Box of ointment should have been given to the poor.

*Remember that Judas who complained was the only thief among them stealing regularly from the purse.

*Remember he was the same one that betrayed Jesus.

CAMA Law could be an encouragement for Judases to betray the Church.

Remember….The Church of Christ can never appease the gates of Hell.

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SHOULD CHRISTIANS LISTEN TO SECULAR MUSIC?

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SHOULD CHRISTIANS LISTEN TO SECULAR MUSIC?

Here are my thoughts on the matter. Now first I want us to expand the concept of “secular” which means “not connected with religious or spiritual matters.”

A UI, ISI, Oxford etc are secular institutions. NaGeo, CNN etc are secular channels unlike TBN, Dove TV etc. Now to music; twinkle twinkle little star, National Anthem, wedding/birthday songs etc are examples of secular songs.

Now we understand the word “secular”. There’s a branch of secular that we Christians call “Wordly”. What do we tag as Wordly? “For everything in the world–the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life–comes not from the Father but from the world.” 1John2:16

So therefore;
-whatever promotes any of the attributes in 1John 2:16☝🏽
-Whatever counters our faith.
-whatever preaches immorality/lust
-whatever goes against the features of Phil 4:8, etc, these are secular songs, but more precisely WORLDY-Secular songs.

Phil 4:8 says, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

So ALL worldly songs are secular, but not ALL secular songs are worldly. I hope we got that.

So the question is should Christians listen to secular songs?

Here’s my opinion, Since we’ve established secular to mean “not connected to religion or spiritual matters”, it’s safe to say that AS CHRISTIANS, Non worldly-secular songs are like junk food.

I call them that because eating them every now and then though isn’t beneficial to your (spiritual) health won’t kill either, but having them in large quantity (compared to quantity of healthy food) OR living off of them ALONE is dangerous to your health and can lead to death.

That’s basic. This also means that the healthiest way is to simply do without them and stick to fresh foods I.e “gospel/Christian music” 🍃 🌱 🍅 🌽 😁 because Music draws your attention (consciously or subconsciously) to its topics, as a Christian you’ll be better off drawn to God’s presence more often than to any other.

Worldly-Secular music on the other hand are drops of poison to your spirit man. Music is the only element that gains access to your heart and spirit without your permission.

Whatever content the music carries, be it immorality, lust, love of money, envy or pride goes straight into you and sticks its root into the soil of your heart.

What’s the implication of this? Prov 4:23 says “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” When the heart is corrupted, it WILL (not “it may”) influence your actions. This is what drives a person into a sinful lifestyle.

As a Christian, it is wrong and dangerous to listen to Wordly music.
It is even worse for a Christian who has many young Christian followers to encourage this. You have no idea the level of damage you’re causing on them.

Some might ask “what about listening to a Christian song produced by a Wordly person?” As a Christian with followers, I won’t condemn the song nor will I endorse it.

If I encourage my followers to listen to it, I’m also drawing their attention to the artist and his works (past and present) and then what happens when the artist later decides to sing the opposite?

Now this is a different case from if the artist openly claims to be born again and has turned a new leaf. Wisdom is key.

In conclusion, always remember that your body is the temple of God and this includes your heart. Guard its gateway against polluting content. God bless. 🙌🏼”

~Written by Joshua Mike-Bamiloye

Sometime ago I posted a thread about Christians playing secular music during their wedding receptions and here is a better approach to it! I hope this blesses you❤

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