BREADTH OF MIND -PRECISION (Part 4)

By: Gift Tatanda Tarupiwa

In the process of tracking down all the facets that are dependent on this widening subject, I discovered that the timely contemplation of a good decision and the precision of it’s implementation also lies within the breadth of one’s mind.

Well this remains a mere sentiment unless i once again prove my point.

Luke 15:11-18 ESV
11 And he said, “There was a man who had two sons.
12 And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of property that is coming to me.’ And he divided his property between them.
13 Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took a journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in reckless living.
14 And when he had spent everything, a severe famine arose in that country, and he began to be in need.
15 So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed pigs.
16 And he was longing to be fed with the pods that the pigs ate, and no one gave him anything.
17 “But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have more than enough bread, but I perish here with hunger!
18 I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you.

Just like JESUS, am going to use the parable above to explain the reason for my factual conclusion.

There was a wealthy man who had two sons from which the youngest came to him asking for a portion of the estate he would later receive as an inheritance.

Well the father complied and therefore gave him half of all he had but as soon as the son’s desire was gratified, he migrated to a far away country where he recklessly expended till he had nothing left.

This tragedy marked the beginning of some catastrophic times for him as there simultaneously arose a great famine that left him with no option but adapt to conditions whereby he would feed a certain man’s pigs as he earned nothing but some accommodation in return.

The way the writer presents the story suggests that his employer neither gave him any food provision nor even allowed him to eat from whatever things he fed the pigs with.

Since there’s no information about the period of time he stayed there, he might have spent a couple of days in this hell-like fate up until a deep introspection brought him to the remembrance of his father’s bountiful prosperity and finally decided to go back home with great remorse for his foolish actions.

Well a greater breadth of mind would’ve spared him all this torturous experience as he could’ve managed to precisely apply the knowledge about his father abundant wealth by going back home as soon as things went haywire.

Despite the substantial fact that he apparently couldn’t easily face his father after such disappointing deeds, since at the ultimate end he finally considered returning home, it remains a valid point that the earlier contemplation and implementation of his decision would’ve been relevant in the sense that without something to eat for days, the risk of death from starvation was very high.

No matter how good a decision is, when untimely made, it is as fatal as a wrong one.

Come to think of it, in all this suffering, the solution to his situation lied in his head!

Now, since time is the principle factor in this life, it takes a greater breadth of mind to always think and act with precision.

A good thing done at the wrong time is as good as the bad!

Well as you deplete your GOD-given days, let the enlargement of the breadth of your mind be an earnest prayer, for it is from one’s imaginative thinking that all the issues of life spring out.

May a great breadth of mind be your portion, stay blessed!

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PROVOKE NOT THE WRATH OF GOD

 

By; Victory Izobofolo

I am very sorry that many believers do no longer have the spirit of God in them. They have the reputation as being alive but dead. They are carried away by the spirit of the world. They are inclined to the spirit of lies and they enjoy spreading it. Justifying with the scripture. Because the Lord has given them up, they are disconnected from His Spirit so do not have the spirit to discern what is true and false or what is right or wrong. They are counting on mortal man whose heart is far from God because of his political game in flattering the weak by speaking as a Christian.

That is how the antichrist is coming. He will flatter many to depend on Him. See how many today are seeking to know what the United Nation leader says or have to do. what the U.S.A president said or will say. Everyone is depending on what he says, relying on the super powers to save them. The heart of man or the ears are no longer seeking to know or hear God.

I feel very sad when people quote others for succeeding through protest, revolutions, sacrifices and the shedding of their blood. Is that the Spirit of Christ? It is Satanic, it is from the devil. Jesus was the last sacrificial lamp that shed His blood. When we pray we can enter into that freedom and into our heavenly blessings. I hear that many believers were protesting or were in support with the ungodly, Protesting with Juju, “Tahkubeng” secret traditional societies. I even saw a mad man also protesting. Believers have also become mad unbelievers and now think that they can get what they want in the spirit of the world. Repent and turn to God before it will be too late for you.

The wrath of God will fall on those who are led by and acting in the flesh, following the council of the ungodly to achieve something.
Hear what the Bible says; This is especially true of those who follow the corrupt desire of the sinful nature and despise authority. Bold and arrogant, these men are not afraid to slander. But these men blaspheme in matters they do not understand.

They are like brute beasts, creatures of instinct, born only to be caught and destroyed, and like beasts they too will perish. They will be paid back with harm for the harm they have done. Their idea of pleasure is to carouse in broad daylight. They are blots and blemishes, reveling in their pleasures while they feast with you.

With eyes full of adultery, they never stop sinning; they seduce the unstable; They have left the straightway and wandered off. These men are springs without water and mists driven by a storm. Blackest darkness is reserved for them.
For they mouth empty, boastful words and, by appealing to the lustful desires of sinful human nature, they entice people who are just escaping from those who live in error. They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity — for a man is a slave to whatever has mastered him.

If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning. It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them.

Of them the proverbs are true: “A dog returns to its vomit,” and, “A sow that is washed goes back to her wallowing in the mud.” 2 Peter 2:10-22.
For it is time for judgment to begin with the family of God; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God? 1 Peter 4:17-18 For God’s [holy] wrath and indignation are revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who in their wickedness repress and hinder the truth and make it inoperative.

For that which is known about God is evident to them and made plain in their inner consciousness, because God [Himself] has shown it to them. For ever since the creation of the world His invisible nature and attributes, that is, His eternal power and divinity, have been made intelligible and clearly discernible in and through the things that have been made (His handiwork).

So [men] are without excuse [altogether without any defense or justification].
Because when they knew and recognized Him as God, they did not honor and glorify Him as God or give Him thanks. But instead they became futile and godless in their thinking [with vain imaginings, foolish reasoning, and stupid speculations] and their senseless minds were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools [professing to be smart, they made simpletons of themselves]. And by them the glory and majesty and excellence of the immortal God were exchanged for and represented by images, resembling mortal man and birds and beasts and reptiles.

Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their [own] hearts to sexual impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves [abandoning them to the degrading power of sin]. Because they exchanged the truth of God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, Who is blessed forever! Amen (so be it). [Jer 2:11.]

And so, since they did not see fit to acknowledge God or approve of Him or consider Him worth the knowing, God gave them over to a base and condemned mind to do things not proper or decent but loathsome, until they were filled (permeated and saturated) with every kind of unrighteousness, iniquity, grasping and covetous greed, and malice.

[They were] full of envy and jealousy, murder, strife, deceit and treachery, ill will and cruel ways. [They were] secret backbiters and gossipers, Slanderers, hateful to and hating God, full of insolence, arrogance, [and] boasting; inventors of new forms of evil, disobedient and undutiful to parents. [They were] without understanding, conscienceless and faithless, heartless and loveless [and] merciless. Though they are fully aware of God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve to die, they not only do them themselves but approve and applaud others who practice them. Rom 1:18-31

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BREADTH OF MIND -STRATEGIC THINKING (Part 3)

By: Gift Tanteda Tarupiwa

Since king Solomon, the wisest man to ever grace this planet came to a considerable discovery that every person’s life conforms to match the quality of their imaginations, I became so curious to dig out some hearty knowledge about how one can strategically use their mind to dampen some irrevocable flaws and weaknesses.

Did you know that the solution to every seemingly bewildering situation lies in the very victim’s mind???

Once again let me use a biblical story to support my point.

Luke 19:1-6
1 And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho.
2 And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich.
3 And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature.
4 And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way.
5 And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house.
6 And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully.

In this case we got a man by the name Zacchaeus, who after learning of the renowned JESUS’ transition through Jericho, became greatly zealous to at least have a glimpse of how he was really like.
Nevertheless things did not turn out in his favour since he was exceptionally short in stature and there was a great multitude flocked around JESUS that deprived him of the chance.

Well to that end, he rushed ahead along the road that JESUS was going to pass through, climbed into a tree and waited there.

When JESUS arrived at the place where the tree was situated, he noticed him and ordered that he should to come down as he was determined to spend some ample time with him at his house.

Am quite certain Zacchaeus could somehow hardly believe it as JESUS who apparently had no intentions to stop by had now volunteered to give him his precious time by gracing his house

Now these are some most important things to take note of here:

•When the whole story began, all odds were strongly against Zacchaeus’ quest to see JESUS yet because of his strategic thinking, not only did he succeed in his endeavour but also had a singular privilege to see him from a different view, beyond the multitude’s reach as he managed to have a look at HIM right from the tree.

•Instead of wasting a whole lot of energy and time in trying to sneak through the crowd and get close to where JESUS was, he simply came up with an intelligent idea that won him a chance to host JESUS, the creator of the universe, an opportunity which I do believe everybody amongst the multitude was earnestly craving for and would greatly appreciate.

•In as much as the environment around JESUS was not tributary to the attainment of his pursuit, a tree ahead along the way was strategically situated in a conducive place for him to position himself in the path of the earnestly sought-after answer to his prayer.

•Using his physical strength to accomplish his mission could have deprived him of a place for his name in the holy bible as he would’ve just gotten to merely see JESUS just like any other person around did without any outstanding recognition from JESUS.

•In as much as Zacchaeus couldn’t do anything to extend his height, he managed to extend his thinking sphere, which he then used to achieve his goal.

•Hosting JESUS at his house gave Zacchaeus room for some quality time of privacy with him.

Well this expository writing is a practical example enough to help someone understand how they can use their mind to come up with innovative strategies that will positively change their life despite the factual odds that may be opposing them.

Guess you were the more blessed!!!

 

TIME TO STOP BLAMING LUGARD!


By; Andy Akporugo Jr & Paul C Nwabuikwu

I’m tired of hearing what Frederick Lugard said or thought or did. The man and his girlfriend/wife, Flora Shaw died a long time ago. If Nigeria breaks up, it would be mainly our fault, not theirs.

So what if we started out wrong? Australia began life as a British colony of prisoners and prostitutes. Not every country enjoyed the privilege of being midwived by revolutionary-philosophers like the US.

But as with individuals, the beginning doesn’t have to dictate the trajectory of life or the timing or the end. So it’s time to stop blaming Lugard. The man was a patriotic trader who did the best he could for his empire and his firm, the Royal Niger Company.

And out of the process, Nigeria emerged – clumsily, messily but surely. Here we are, for good or ill, a country.

If we are going to fail, let’s at least have the dignity of failing honestly. It’s time to stop blaming Fred and Flora. They did their manipulative, imperial best for their fatherland. What are we doing for Nigeria?

 

THE REPAIRERS

By: Abigayle Mutual:

1 Kings 18:30 And Elijah said unto all the people, Come near unto me. And all the people came near unto him. And he repaired the altar of the LORD that was broken down.

There was a sore famine in the land of Israel, because an entire nation had forsaken God and started going after Baal under the influence of Jezebel. The funny thing though was there were other 100prophets in the land, but they were hiding from Jezebel. In total, 1kings 18 records a number of 102 prophets in the land, including Obadiah and Elijah yet no revival Was in the land of Israel!

Up until Elijah moved from Hiding by the Word of the Lord and REPAIRED THE ALTAR OF GOD THAT WAS BROKEN DOWN, no revival came in Israel. No true worship came from Israel, double mindedness remained in Israel!

God isn’t looking for prophets in hiding. God is seeking a Prophet that will rise up and repair the broken down pillars of the family, the church, the society. He is not looking for 100 prophets who are afraid of Jezebel, afraid of Ahab! No! God is seeking the one prophet bold enough to stand and say “If God be God serve Him only, but if Baal be god serve him”

God is seeking just one prophet who will give Glory to His name and A true revival will break out from the family,.spill into the church and into the society! Just one prophet who will repair the altar/foundations of the Old and the famine will be broken.

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