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Righteous or Sinner?

I have often wondered how Christians give conflicting statements on the definition of a sinner! For instance when you commit sin! Does it make you a sinner? When you live a godly life does it make you righteous? The scriptures say our righteousness is like a filthy rag! For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Does it mean there's nothing like righteousness and we are all sinners before God! If Jesus died for our sins and his blood shed for our redemption paving a way to God in whom there's no unrighteousness how one correlates that scripture! The scripture says righteousness comes by faith Romans 4:3-5 (3) For what said the scripture Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness  (4) Now to him that worketh is the reward no reckoned of Grace, but of debt (5) But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly his faith is counted for righteousness. It is important as a believer to know there's a difference in the definition of sin under the law and also under Grace! And Grace comes by faith! Romans 3:20 says… Therefore by the deed of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law, is the knowledge of sin. But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested being witnessed by the law and the prophets. It simply means the laws of Moses were given only for condemnation and it was never designed for our justification! Which means no matter your godly living and obedience to God you wouldn't still be justified and you will always be a sinner! But under grace it is your faith that makes you righteous, not your obedience or godly living, even when you sin it does not make you a sinner, that is why Romans 1:17 says ... For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

But to enjoy the grace, you must live by faith and to live by faith you must accept Jesus as your Lord and Saviour! You must confess openly and you must believe whole heartedly. So believers next time somebody comes and says to you “sinner” correct the person instantly that you are righteous by faith through Christ Jesus because the scripture Romans 3:24-26 says Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Christ! And Ephesians 2:5 says by grace we are saved!

Afterlife

Afterlife from it's literal meaning can be defined as life after death! Does life truly exist after death? Many Religions have their own versions of the afterlife saga! which led me to a research i had began over 20years ago, when my interest in afterlife was awoken!
What exist beyond ? Death, Immortality, Angels, Demons! Man have been said to be a tripartite being! which consist of his body, Soul and Spirit! it is believed that the body is a shell that carries the spirit, and the soul is a tool (mind & conscience) of the spirit that is embedded in the spirit. It is believed the body is temporal but the spirit and soul are immortal. So I bid you to read my story carefully of how my research began....
Many years ago,  when the intense feeling of the afterlife seems to have taken over my mind! As i can clearly remember, it was a beautiful Saturday evening, I was in the car with my mum,  holding the ice cream cone in my hand and gazing through the window, as the car sped on, i could see People going about their day to day activities, from those hawking on the road, the stubborn motorist parking on the curb, to drop their passengers and policemen known as yellow fever giving the motorist a piece of their mind for not parking at the designated bus stop to drop their passengers. I looked up at the sun i could see the sun turning from bright light to golden yellow, it was dusk and the day was setting.
I tried turning back to pick the tissue at the back seat but the seat belt was in place so i winced and sat straight. i gazed out of the car's window again and there and then i saw it, first i couldn't make out what I saw, then i focused more and that was when it hit me.... it was a body, darkened by the heat and i could the see the odd angle the neck was from the body and also the leg from the body! Mum screamed at me "look away" "look away! she is gone! but I couldn't it was as if my eyes were glued to the horrific sight, I had never seen a dead body before!
For many days i was tormented by the gruesome sight of the body, it flashed continuously  in my memory. I just had to ask someone what was the meaning of the statement "she is gone" and i was told of how people die thus 'death".
I was depressed, and asked more and more questions about death! Why people die from accidents, sickness, old age e.t.c. and the one certain about it all is, nobody escaped from it everybody dies it's the circle of life!
i was disturbed in my spirit i asked myself does it mean i am going to die? Noooo i said to myself, it couldn't be!!! why should i die! there must be a way out! but i could recall clearly as i had been told earlier by the adults everybody dies! there's simply no escaping in it.
For many days i felt down in my spirit, i brooded and mourned! i kept asking myself are men born to die? does it mean every time a child is born, the child is destined to die someday too! But how do parents look at their children knowing fully well they are going to die someday! I asked myself, what's the point of life if you are going to end up dead!

And my heart became heavy,  after all, i am human and it also translates  i am going to be gone someday too. One had 100years max if the Lord pleases you stay that long, i tried subtracting my age 7yrs from 100yrs, i asked myself again, does it mean that i had 93yrs till death comes calling? i could feel chills run down my spine and i shuddered in terror!
As if my mum could sense my change that come over me lately and she knew something was off with me and she asked in  an affectionate way (common to mothers and their sons;) fola what is the problem! and i replied faintly i am going to die someday because adam ate the forbidden apple, she laughed at me and said, who told you that? Did they also mention to you that Jesus died for you so that you can live son! Death is not the end of the road! It's a transition into another glorious life which is eternal,  where death shall never again rear it's ugly head, and as death couldn't hold ur Lord Jesus the same applies for everyone that believes in Him as their Lord and Saviour! There's Rapture coming soon and God is going to raise those died in Christ from the death too to eternal life! And like that i was drawn into the afterlife saga!!!  A world unknown, that looms ahead and i took to the Bible and made it my companion, and my research began....of how God so love the world, and gave his only begotten son that whosoever believe in him will not perish but have everlasting life(john 3:16). From the fall of the first man, Adam in the Garden of Eden to the rise of the new man, Jesus from death, God's love has been unwavering towards Man!

So yesterday, Nike & Segun had their house warming party & celebration of her husband's birthday which is today, but was celebrated yesterday. The party was from 3pm-8pm. They stay in Surulere. So we got there - the second set of people to arrive there. The house is so big with a motion sensor gate. As we stepped inside, OMO!!!!, the house is on point. So beautiful!!!!..... 'Twas fun sha. A buffet style party...we even served the cake by ourselves...trust me, I took a very large chunk (chocolate, vanilla & one other flavour).... Let's forget all that. Their friends were also there. Twas a casual party (young people only)... A Jeans & Top event....... They're friends are mostly newly weds or engaged.... Handsome couples....anyways..... Let's fast forward...then I thought to myself, Nike & Segun are grounded-seasoned Christians..... Speaking to them even for a few minutes is just an awesome experience because they show u another side of God that's so sweet or they encourage you in your faith...Their story is all about God.... They didn't even date for up to 6months before getting engaged, and everything just fell in place. They are successful, & comfortable. You can just feel love, joy, peace & so much more coming from them. Like an aura around them. and it just got me thinking, "If you seek after God first, every other thing will fall in place". It takes a lot to even remain humble, but they are so humble. And it just makes me wonder about God. You know when you genuinely love God & seek his face, everything will go well. You'll make impact, you'll fulfill your destiny, you'll be happy & above all with or without your knowledge, your life will preach Christ to people. They didn't have to date for 2yrs before knowing they're meant for each other... God sorted it out.... Their careers are going smoothly.... They have love & a nice house (also a brand new car + 2 other cars)... Their lifestyle preaches Christ..... They are the envy of many of their friends.... And it all boils down to serving God diligently..... God is not a sly.... Love him & obey his commandments & trust me your story will be so similar to theirs (if not better). And it hurts me so much to see that many people just don't get that.... They go down every other path apart from the true path - Jesus Christ. Fola, love the Lord your God & you'll look back in your old age & smile, 'cause you'll have no regret```
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*FORGIVEN* "Who killed the chicken?" My father asked in a chilly voice. I could feel the hairs on the back of my neck & hand stand up straight, perspiration was slowly beginning to build on my upper lip & the bridge of my nose, my pupils visibly dilated. We all knew I had done it. I had accidentally killed it while throwing huge stones aimlessly in the compound, when I was meant to be washing the dishes. "Are you all deaf?" I shuffled my feet uneasily. "Kamzi, who did it?" He asked staring at me point blank. Since I was the youngest of four children, he knew I would speak up. I couldn't say the truth, he would beat the hell out of me if I did. "Fi...Fi...Fiki" I said stuttering. My siblings glanced sharply in my direction. My Father immediately jumped up & slapped Fiki across the face. This was our cue to leave. We started moving swiftly away. I glanced at Fiki, he grinned at me. I knew he had accepted the blame for me once again. He had forgiven me, but this time I couldn't forgive myself. I knew even God would not forgive me. What I had done was simply " *UNFORGIVABLE*" This is how most of us feel. We feel we cannot forgive ourselves even when those we hurt have forgiven us. We keep committing the same sin and we just feel *that's it, I'm sure even God would not forgive me this time. You think you are the very definition of Sin. You think you have committed the unforgivable. Well, I have good news for you. There is no sin God is not willing to forgive you for. Jesus Christ died for your sins and mine. It is high time you make up your mind not to sin again. Ask God for forgiveness with all sincerity. He is willing to accept you back and lead you all the way. You might fall a few times but pick up yourself, make up your mind not to commit the same sin again, and by the grace of God, you will conquer. God is willing to forgive every sin and wipe your slate clean. You should also learn to forgive yourself and others who offend you. " *If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness*" 1John 1:9 Stop wallowing in your guilt, pick yourself up and run to the cross. #OludiyaOreoluwa#.