Scripture: Hear my cry for mercy as I call to you for help, as I lift up my hands towards your most holy place.
In the book of 1st Kings, the Israelites constructed a temple for GOD that was beyond comprehension. It took 30,000 laborers to work on Solomon’s temple for Jehovah. The temple was made from cedar, Juniper, and other materials. The inner sanctuary was overlaid with gold and there was a pair of Cherubs constructed out of Olive wood. The floors of the inner and outer rooms of the temple were covered with gold and the walls all round the temple, both inner and outer, bore the carvings of cherubims, palm trees and open flowers.
When Solomon prayed for the temple after it was completed, he ended up saying, “But does God dwell in a house built by man? Behold, lower heaven, mid-heaven and upper heaven cannot contain Him.” (1 Kings 8:27).
Indeed, God is too great to be contained in a house made by man. The book of Isaiah says that heaven is his dwelling place and earth but a footstool (Isaiah 66:1/Acts 7:49). But of the temple we build for Him, God said that his heart and eyes would always be towards the temple. I always take these words to mean that He watches over the churches (his eyes) and loves them (his heart).
Yet the coming of Christ ushered in the idea of a spiritual/heavenly temple. This is a temple not made by human hands. When Jesus drove out the merchants in the temple courts, he told the Jews that he would destroy the temple and would rise it again in three days (John 2:19).
When Jesus met the Samaritan woman, he told her, “A time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”
The MOST Holy Place.
I believe that the temple construction that Ezekiel saw is the heavenly temple built by the death and resurrection of Christ. After the temple was constructed, God’s glory entered the Holy of Holies, and God himself said that, that is the place where He would dwell forever. God dwells in the heavenly/spiritual temple.
Yet when Christ won victory through his resurrection, he entered the Holy of Holies where he sits at the right hand side of GOD. This truth is what makes the name of Christ the most powerful name given to us.
It is a deception of the century to teach people to pray through saints, angels, or Virgin Mary (My sincere apologies to the religious tolerant community).
In the old testament, God rebuked people for worshipping created things instead of the Creator (Also in Romans 1:25). The saints, angels, and Virgin Mary are all created beings whose purpose in this life was for the glory of GOD.
In 1 Corinthians 3, Paul warned the believers about being divided based on the Apostles. In that scripture, Paul was facing the issue of some Christians saying that they follow Peter, and others saying that they follow Paul, and others Apollos.
Paul corrected the believers by reminding them that they (the Apostles) were servants. Each Apostle did their work.
“What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task. I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building. 1 Corinthians 3:6 NIV.
Hebrews 3, the author also reminds believers that the powerful people of long ago, like Moses were faithful servants in the house of GOD. He goes ahead to say that Christ is the Son over the House of God.
Dear reader, the saints, Virgin Mary, and the angels are all servants in the House of God; and the Son is in Charge of the House.
That’s why the bible states plainly that there is only ONE Mediator between God and man, and that is Jesus Christ (1 Timothy 2:5).
Who is Worthy to Enter the Holy of Holies?
Only Jesus Christ the Son of the Living God (Hebrews 10:19).
The Holy of Holies is The Most Holy Place.
The Power of Prayer
Most of us have been taught to pray in Jesus’ name. We have grown accustomed to concluding prayers in Jesus name and this is right. Yet, most of us need to be reminded who Jesus is in Creation. We are yet to grasp His Sovereignty, Supremacy, and authority. Worse still is that some are yet to understand His compassion.
There are women who feel that Christ may not understand their struggles because He is a man. But if you have a discerning spirit, you understand that God the FATHER, the Son and the Holy Spirit were there during creation. And it was GOD who formed woman. How can He who formed her not understand her?
The lack of understanding of the POWER of Christ has led people to look for Christ in people. This route has led to deception as false prophets are many and we easily get deceived by false doctrines.
But Christ is not far. Is He not Emmanuel?
Christ is with us everyday.
When dedicating the temple, Solomon told God in the prayer that “when people lift their hands towards the temple, may God forgive them.”
We find ourselves in a tough season. Yet, the Good News still stands. Christ is Enthroned in Victory.
So let us not seek saints, or pray through Angels. I have often felt that if Virgin Mary were alive she would encourage people to look to the Son. For it is Christ who carried the cross, bore the beatings, and took the piercing of the nails.
Christ died for Sinners once and for all, a perfect sacrifice for the end of the age. (Hebrews 9:6).
Let us be encouraged then to seek God by lifting our hands in prayer through Christ.
We pray in Jesus name, and we make our supplications and petitions to Christ. For Christ is the High Priest forever in the house of GOD (Hebrews 4:14-10:18 NIV).
There are NO obstacles to God.
You don’t have to say “seven hail Mary’s” or shift through every bead in your rosary. You don’t need to consult a priest for confession for we already have a Living Priest who enters the Most Holy Place. We have Jesus Christ, and He is Near Us.
Shift your gaze away from the obstacles for there is no social distance in heaven. Let us go to God boldly and believe that He will forgive us and help us once more.
I refuse to be religiously tolerant. In being religiously tolerant, we communicate that we are okay with people not coming to the realization of the Power of Christ.
No! Christ is real. Whatever you are going through dear reader, just lift it to the throne room of God through Jesus. Pray in the name of Christ and call out to Christ. Have faith in Christ and establish your faith in Him. If you do this, you will experience the glory of the Son.
Oh LORD, i choose you! I choose to walk with you! I’d rather walk with you through the fire! I’d rather walk with you through the fire! And the fire won’t consume me! The storm won’t overwhelm me! Coz GOD you are with me! Coz GOD you are near me! And GOD you consume me! How your word overwhelms me! I’d rather walk with you through the fire! I’d rather walk with you through the fire! Oh LORD yes, I choose you.
How would the night look without the starts? Or the moon? It would be a night full of terrors. Yet GOD created the night to have the beauty of billions of stars. Surely, this design in creation means something. To me, it signals hope.
Psalms 43:5 Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.
The bible has a lot to say about hope. In fact, when you think about it, GOD has been communicating hope since Genesis. GOD covered the nakedness of Adam and Eve with the skin of an animal.
Christian teachings point to hope as one of the three theological values. The other two are faith and love (charity). Yet hope is different from the two in that hope is an expectation that something good will happen in the future. Hope has this confident expectation and desire that while we are on Earth we shall see the goodness and faithfulness of GOD.
Christ is the ultimate proof of our hope. He took the penalty of death for us and in doing so the whole world became acquitted for her sins. Christ broke the dividing wall between us and GOD. Even the Jews, the very people of GOD had done wrong. But the scriptures teach that by dying on the Cross Jesus paved the way for all people all over the world to come to GOD with hope.
But how do we come to a Holy GOD?
Our Internal State
In Exodus 19 when God appeared to the Israelites on Mount Sinai, He commanded His people to consecrate themselves for two days before they appeared to him on the third day. The Israelites were to:-
a). Consecrate themselves (meaning, make themselves holy for a religious purpose).
b). Wash their garments.
c). Abstain from sexual relations.
Still, even with these regulations and more, the Israelites were forbidden from approaching the mountain or touching the foot of it (Exodus 19:12).
But why is it that only Moses and Aaron could approach this God?
The answer to that lies in the state of the heart.
“Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. “Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood. “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.” (Revelation 22:12-16).
Hope is for the righteous. It is for those whose actions, thoughts, and emotions are dipped in the blood of the lamb.
We do not gain this consecration out of our own efforts, but with GOD’s saving power. We come to GOD and repent of our sins. We get born again and purpose to live for Christ. We take time to learn what is the will of GOD through studying scriptures. We engage with GOD in this life with the hope of things to come. Indeed, in every way, hope is for the righteous. Those who have not accepted Christ are, in the spiritual realm, covered in filthy garments. In Zechariah 3.
Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan[a] standing at his right side to accuse him. The Lord said to Satan, “The Lord rebuke you, Satan! The Lord, who has chosen Jerusalem, rebuke you! Is not this man a burning stick snatched from the fire?”
Now Joshua was dressed in filthy clothes as he stood before the angel. The angel said to those who were standing before him, “Take off his filthy clothes.” Then he said to Joshua, “See, I have taken away your sin, and I will put fine garments on you.”
We need to let GOD work on our hearts and minds. For out of the heart comes unclean things (Matthew 15:11). When we accept Jesus Christ as our personal savior, we consecrate ourselves to GOD. We no longer walk in the ways of the world but in the ways of Christ. This different lifestyle is how they know that we are truly God’s children.
Our journey is our responsibility and we take it with hope. We hope that GOD will reward our faith in the last day with the coming of the new kingdom. We also hope that in this life GOD will help us overcome the challenges. Christians are a people who are never without hope. Just the same way the night sky is never without stars.
Some of the names of GOD in the Bible are: The LORD of Hosts. The LORD of Heaven’s Armies. The LORD who surrounds Himself in Light.
When I see the stars at night, I am comforted in knowing that I serve a GOD with an army. An army that’s more numerous than the stars in the sky. So you see, the stars give me hope that the situation is not as dark as it seems in my mind. GOD is in control.
All I have to do is to–continue to work out my salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12). And leave the big stuff to GOD.
I heard this from a Christian youth. “Jesus is so nice in the other gospels. But I don’t particularly appreciate how he talks in the book of John. He sounds tough in that book.”
I had to contain a chuckle. But my mind was thinking, “Oh! Who told you he is good? He talked tough at times.”
Have you met Jesus? E.g., “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! (Matthew 23:25).
Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division. (Luke 12:51).
“Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good–except God alone. (Mark 10:18).
What Christ was basically doing is called “tough love.” Cambridge dictionary defines ‘tough love‘ as a way of dealing with someone’s problem by not showing a lot of kindness so that they solve it themselves.
If you sift through the scriptures, I think Jesus used ‘tough love’ on the ‘self-righteous’ #ivemadeit kind of believers. E.g., Some of the Israelites felt that they’d understood all things because they have read the entire Holy Book. Yet Jesus told them that was not quite true, for they did not see God in Christ.
Tough love is what a coach would give you. Maybe you’re not focused on the game, or you don’t play well with others when you enter the pitch. Or, you don’t put in your best work. The coach may decide to be tough on you so that you despise your current accomplishments, and become motivated to do better!
But tough love requires wisdom. You have to know how to apply it. God is the best teacher because he is the fire that does not consume (the burning bush experience).
The Vision of The Cherubims
Have you ever read prophet Ezekiel’s vision of the cherubims? (Ezekiel 1:4-28 & 10). In the visions, the prophet described the Cherubims’ features. I found it interesting that the legs of the cherubims are straight (verse 7).
“Their legs were straight; their feet were like those of a calf and gleamed like burnished bronze.” (Ezekiel 1:7).
The Cherubims are a high-order of angels. Their task is to attend the altar of God. From how Ezekiel describes them, you can tell that they are fierce beings. You don’t mess with cherubims.
Yet from their straight legs, I got this lesson, “Our faith should be as steady/straight as the legs of the Cherubims.”
What’s a steady faith?
“You too, be patient and firm, because the LORD’s coming is near. Don’t grumble against one another, brothers and sisters, or you will be judged. The judge is standing at the door!” James 5:8-9.
Some versions say, “Establish/set your heart in the LORD.” (English Standard Version James 5:8).
Therefore, a steady faith is from a heart that’s set on Christ.
This is the heart of a person who no longer has any doubts about Jesus.
We already have proof of the nature of Christ. We see his compassion and teachings in the gospels. We see the life and work of the Apostles in the new testament. As such, the nature of Christ is revealed in its entirety through His Word.
We know God and His son are judges. “The judge stands at the door.” (James 5:9b). In the world’s courts, I have never seen a friendly judge. I’ve never seen a judge who laughs when something funny is said or acts like they are in a good mood that day. Societal expectations have always framed the judge as “harsh” in the sense that they won’t tolerate ‘nonsense.’
Think about it: When we go to court; we automatically fear the judge. The fear of the LORD, is the beginning of wisdom (Proverbs 9:10).
Yet, I have never heard of a court case where the judge looked at the criminal and said, “You broke the law. But we forgive you.”
As much as GOD is tough! And He puts us through tough love. He already demonstrated His love by giving us the gift of Christ.
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8).”
We like this teaching: We are Children of GOD.”
But, let’s not forget this teaching, “We were not called to be children forever, in a spiritual sense. We are to grow up in the matters of faith.”
Quick question: What happened to you when you turned 16? Did you turn 22 while still in your parents’ house? How did that go?
When I turned 18, I asked my parents for pocket money. My mum replied with these words, “Why should I give you pocket money? Shouldn’t you be earning by now?”
Ouch! Tough love!
Yet parents do it because if you carry a child forever, they will never grow up. Their lives will not be steady if they know that mum or dad can bail them out. When they argue with their spouses, they rush to mummy for a sleepover.
No way! Even in the faith! GOD calls us to grow up!
I had to feed you with milk, not with solid food, because you weren’t ready for anything stronger. And you still aren’t ready, (1 Corinthians 3:2).
You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God’s word. You are like babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food. (Hebrews 5:12)
Who will teach others?
Who will fight for the wellbeing of the vulnerable?
Who will fight for teenagers and youths lost in this world?
Who will join God in the fight?
Do you know there’s a war going on, a war of the spirit?
How can you know if you still hold on to basic teachings, e.g., God loves you. Hope in God. Be positive—love one another.
Purpose to Grow! There’s so much to learn about God! And there’s so much work to do for God.
So when He disciplines us, and when we feel that He is tough on us. When we see the tough scriptures, let them encourage us to grow up into warriors for God!
A final example:-
Two things plagued my brother’s mind when he was a youth. “Latest clothes and play station.” Unfortunately, something happened to our family, and he was forced to live in the outskirts with an aunt. There was no PlayStation (he barely got the chance to enjoy tv) and no latest fashion.
In fact, his outdated, ragged jeans were the latest fashion on that side of the world.
He constantly worried about saving up so that he would escape the outskirts. He wanted to come back to the city, do drugs, hand out with his friends, get the latest clothes, get the PlayStation, and enjoy his life. (Woe unto thee, the YOLO generation).
He opened the bible one night before heading to sleep. He sought the bible because He wanted God to comfort him.
But scripture hit him that night?
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33).
Ouch! Tough love!
Yes. But if we are to be as steady as the cherubims’ legs, then God has to be tough on us.
Scripture: Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (Luke 6:38).
Luke 6:38 is quoted by Forbes as one of the most powerful business quotes. I may as well stop here in writing this blog because this quote captures one of the best investment strategies for a Christian. It captures the power of giving.
I recently set out to work on a 3100 blog post about ‘best investment strategies.’ This research took me into a world that challenged how I spent my money. By the time I was done, I was motivated to take some time off and really think about my future.
Let me share my profile with you.
The investment research was so mind-blowing that I almost grew a beard. I learnt about stocks and bonds, mutual funds, saving for retirement! ETF’s (Exchange Traded Funds), plus so much more. I could read a post from Investopedia about Investment, and with every idea, I would say the phrase, “I really don’t know much about money.”
I took the knowledge as a blessing from God and purposed to sit down and come up with a financial plan.
As I meditated on this significant life change, I chose to honor God in the process. Proverbs 16:3 Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed”.
Before I could write the first letter on my new notebook, the LORD put this in my heart. “Have you seen the stock exchange in heaven?”
As a giver and a Christian, I have to admit that I feel that one of the reasons God has kept me despite my financial ignorance is giving. As I meditated on “how I give” I realized that the exchange rate for heaven was well beyond 110%. Yet, like the woman who gave a coin to the temple, I had not offered much.
The parable of the Rich man and Lazarus also came to me the same way Ebenezer Scrooge got a visit from the three spirits of Christmas. ”But Abraham replied, “Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here, and you are in agony.” (Luke 16:25).
Be mindful of those who receive bad things.
The lesson from God could not have come at a better time. I had recently sat down for Charlie Chaplin’s 1921 ”The Kid’ movie. In the movie, there’s the quote, “Charity. To some a duty, to others a joy.”
I guess the Chaplin movie was my second spirit of Christmas.
Then there was the third spirit of Christmas, Luke 12:13-21, “You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?” [Verse 19]
Like Scrooge, I was alarmed!
The stone that the builders refuse!
Giving to the poor, helping the vulnerable, the refugees, and the foreigners among us. These are things that we tend to forget. Yet in the Kingdom of God, these are the greatest treasures. This is how we invest in God!
And in the days of our trouble, His word promises us that even before we cry “trouble!” He will say to us, here I am (Psalms 41).
But let’s not give a coin. Let’s make charity a strong investment tactic. Let’s plan for it, labor for it and dedicate time for it.
What annoyed me about the types of investments I learnt about is that I did not spot even one that had an interest rate of at least 10%.
Stocks had an average interest rate of 3%.
Bonds are risky! Unless you buy government bonds. But they also average 3%.
Mutual funds also have a low-interest rate. I rolled my eyes when an investment bank tried to hook me with a 2% interest rate!
At this rate, will we ever be rich? Will we ever afford a quality life?
Must we oppress to be Kings?
No! There’s another way. The best way is found in the teachings of Christ. When we love God more than wealth, we challenge God to bless.
Perhaps capitalism will fade when we become social. When we take off our eyes from ourselves and quickly glance at the one struggling in this life. The Lazarus, whose sores the dogs lick.
Who is our Father?
God is our Father! The Earth and all that’s in it belongs to Him (Psalms 24:1).
So what do we have to lose?
Take out your notebook and write “giving unto God” as one of your Investment strategies. May God’s Spirit guide you to offer the right way.
November is here, and I thank God for keeping us alive this far. It has not been easy for anyone. Most of us had found our faith’s shaking in the same way the Israelites felt when they encountered challenges in the wilderness. Some of us are still doubtful if things would get better. To such Christians, I would say, arm yourself with the word of God, for the word of God is the sword for the spirit (Ephesians 6:17).
We overcome by God’s word and not with our interpretation of things. The way I see it, you either have the Elishah spirit or the doubtful spirit. When God told the King through Elishah that he would end the famine in Samaria, one of the officers of the King said to Elishah, “Look, even if the LORD should open the floodgates of the heavens, could this happen?” (2 Kings 7:2).
Yes! It could happen!
For whoever goes to God must believe that He exists and richly rewards those who seek Him (Hebrews 11:6).
Here are my best faith and strength scriptures. I hope you’ll be inspired by them as well. PS://All quoted scriptures are from NIV.
1.The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights. Habakkuk 3:19
2. The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people. with peace. Psalms 29:11
3. The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid? Psalms 27:1
4. In the Lord I take refuge. How then can you say to me: “Flee like a bird to your mountain.” Psalms 11:1
5.God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth gives way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. Psalms 46:1-3
6.So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
7.The Lord is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation. Psalms 118:14
8.Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense[a]; he has become my salvation.” Isaiah 12:2
9.But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9
10.He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:29-31
11. But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one. 2 Thessalonians 3:3
12. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. Romans 8:15
13.Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. 1 Chronicles 16:11
14. I love you, Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Psalms 18:1-2
15. But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble. Psalms 59:16
Therefore we boast in the LORD, and we delight in His ways. For we know our God is strong, and in His name we overcome much. The right hand of the LORD does valiantly, the right hand of the LORD exalts. The right arm of the LORD is Christ. Therefore, we are destined to overcome.
Meditating on Christ, to me, is like envisioning the sun on a cloudy day. There’s rainfall with thick clouds that make the day look like night. Yet such gloomy days remind me of the day Jesus and his disciples were caught up in a storm. Jesus was asleep in a storm. But as one local musician said, “How can a storm drown a vessel that carries Christ?” We are called to be living temples, the temples of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19). As such, we carry within us the Spirit of Christ. Christ is within this vessel, or as Paul said, you have clothed yourselves with Christ (Galatians 3:26).
If this is so, will the storms overwhelm us?
No! For in all things we are more than conquerors, through Him who loved us (Romans 8:37).
Here are five powerful scriptures about Jesus Christ, the pioneer, and the perfecter of our faith. Kindly meditate on them, and let them power up your faith as we forge ahead through these challenging times.
Scripture 1: The Evidence is Christ
God’s call to people from all nations is Jesus Christ. Jesus himself confirmed this when he said, “when the son of man is lifted up, he will draw all men to himself” (John 12:32). Jesus is the Chief cornerstone! The stone that builders refuse. Yet, it is the most valuable stone of them all (Matthew 21:24).
What evidence do we have of Christ? 1 Timothy 3:16 is your answer.
Beyond all question, the mystery from which true godliness springs is great: He appeared in the flesh, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on the world, was taken up in glory (1 Timothy 3:16NIV).
2. A High Priest
Jesus Christ is the perfect High Priest for us. This good news is something that most of us understand. We go to church and the priest prays for us. We have an issue, we request the priest to pray for us. Yet, we should not be naïve to the fact that earthly priests can make mistakes.
There are instances in the bible where Christ called some of them ‘blind guides’. God himself rejected human high priests in the old testament (Hosea 4:6). Instead, GOD gave us a gift, and the gift is Christ. Jesus Christ is the mediator between God and man Jesus is our human High Priest without sin.
Meditate on Hebrews 4:14-16
Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
3. Abba Father
In Kelly Kabic’s book titled “A Little Book for New Theologians,” the author says praise songs are like the songs that laborers sing while working. I don’t think we sing these days while we work. Most of us put on earphones, and listen to music as we work. But there’s no denying the power of praise in reviving the Spirit when we are sad, exhausted, or anxious.
To me, praise also provokes God to act on our behalf. When Paul and Silas were in prison, they praised God. God shook the prisons free for them.
So no matter what the situation looks like for you, I hope you’ll find the strength to praise God.
Let the words of John 14:18 comfort you.
“I will not leave you orphans, but will come to you.”
4. The Worship of Christ
We must never forget where Christ is. Our faith is revived when we remind ourselves that our King, Jesus Christ, is enthroned. To Him, every knee shall bow and every tongue will confess that He is LORD (Philippians 2:10).
The Book of Revelations contains scriptures where Christ is worshipped in Heaven. When Christ resurrected, He took His place on the Right-Hand side of GOD, as the King of Creation. Just as God created Adam and gave him the Earth as an Inheritance, we Christians believe that Jesus Christ is the second Adam, as depicted in 1 Corinthians 15:45. Through his life, sacrifice on the cross, death, and resurrection, he redeemed what was lost in sin, back to Himself.
Indeed! Jesus is the King of Kings.
Meditate on the worship of Christ in Heaven, in Revelations 19:6 (Kindly read the entire chapter as well).
Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: ‘Hallelujah! For Our LORD GOD Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and be glad, and give Him glory. For the wedding of the lamb has come, and His bride has made herself ready. Fine linen, bright and clean was given her to wear.’ (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of God’s holy people). Revelation 19:6-8
5. Discipline Your Heart to Trust
Jesus calls us to trust in him. Infact, the entire scriptures call for us to trust in him. This trust is not easy, and it takes time for us to build a strong trust in the LORD.
How do we build this trust? By committing ourselves to the study of scriptures, to fellowship with fellow believers and with God’s Spirit.
When calamity hits, we panic similar to the disciples on the night Jesus was arrested. One of them even took off naked (Mark 14:51).
Peter, Jesus’ closest ally denied him three times when Jesus was in trouble.
Yet, the bible warns us about denying Christ in the times when things don’t look good. The scripture says if we deny him now, then he will deny us when he comes back in glory.
So let’s train our hearts to trust in God no matter what comes our way.
Meditate on: 2 Timothy 2:11-13
Here is a trustworthy saying: If we died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him. If we disown him, he will also disown us; if we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself.
October is almost over! Let’s remember the poor among us (Galatians 2:10) and let us continue to walk in the light of God through Christ.
How do you overcome adversity with God? You overcome it by holding onto your faith. Paul said it this way, “lift up your tired hands then, and strengthen your trembling knees! Keep walking on straight paths, so that the lame foot may not be disabled, but instead be healed.” Hebrews 12:12-14
Praise is a powerful weapon in times of adversity because it challenges that adversity. When we praise, we draw the strength of God to operate in our lives, the same way the woman with the issue of blood stretched out to touch the hem of Christ’s garment.
“Who touched me?” Jesus asked. When they all denied it, Peter said, ‘Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you.’ But Jesus said, ‘ Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out of me.’ Luke 8:45-46.
I believe that when we praise God in times of adversity, we activate His power in that situation. We do this because praise in times of adversity is a powerful symbol of faith. The scriptures say that we cannot please God without faith. For whoever comes to God must believe that He exists and richly rewards those who seek Him.” (Hebrews, 11:6).
Three Accounts in The Bible That Prove Faith is a Powerful Weapon
Paul and Silas praised! [Acts 16:25] The account of Paul and Silas is one of the most potent examples of the power of praise. The two men were praying and singing hymns to God. Suddenly, a violent earthquake occurred and shook the foundations of the prison.
2. The fall of Jericho [Joshua 6]. “Now the gates of Jericho were securely barred because of the Israelites. No one went out and no one came in,” (Joshua 6:1). The fall of Jericho is proof that there’s nothing that God cannot do. The Israelites were told to march round the city’s walls for six days. On the 7th day, they were to blast on the trumpets and give a loud shout.
When Christians praise, we usually incorporate instruments such as a trumpets. We also give shouts of praise. Therefore, this story is proof that you can set some days to engage in prayer and praise when faced with adversaries. Do this while studying scripture. The results will astonish you.
3.As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning [Exodus 17:8-16]. This scripture talks about a battle that occurred in the wilderness between the Israelites and the Amalekites. For as long as Moses lifted his hands, the Israelites won the battle.
Lifting of hands is another practice that Christians do when they praise. To me, lifting of hands is a sign of acknowledgment of a higher power. When you’re facing adversity, lift up your hands to the higher power and praise God because, by His strength, you shall overcome.
There are many other powerful stories and scriptures talk about God’s sovereignty in all circumstances. This sovereignty is the reason why we praise Him even in times of adversity.
When we choose to praise God, we also act in obedience to the words in Proverbs 3:7-31. “Never let yourself think that you are wiser than you are; simply obey the LORD and refuse to do wrong. If you do, it will be like good medicine, healing your wounds and easing your pains.”
Have you ever tried to praise God when you are worried, in fear, or doubt? Have you ever praised God when in adversity?
When you do, you realize that it is good medicine, healing your spiritual wounds and pain.
Happy October! Let’s forge ahead with hope! Our God is a God who changes things. God is mighty to save.