EASTER: The Period of Remembrance

HE SUFFERED AND WAS MOCKED                                      

He was crucified, mocked and bruised for our transgressions. At that moment, all sorts of horrid jests and hideous taunts were hurled at him. Pilate and his guards ridiculed his royalty, the chief priests and scribes laughed him to scorn, the servants and soldiers jeered at him and brutally insulted him. And he endured it all for our sakes. 

“MY GOD, MY GOD, WHY HAST THOU FORSAKEN ME?”

At the ninth hour, when Jesus cried out, physical weakness was united with acute mental torture from the shame and ignominy  through which he had to pass. He suffered spiritual agony as a result of the depature of his Father’s presence. There are seasons when we feel like the brightness of God’s smile is esclipsed by clouds and darkness, but we should always remember that he never really forsakes us. It is only seems like he has forsaken us in our case. But with Christ it was real. Since even the thought that he has forsaken us gives us agony, What must the woe of the saviour have been when he cried out  “My God, My God, Why hast thou forsaken me?”  Yes, as painful as it was he had to go through it all. For at that time, God turned away from him, for he could not behold the sin of the world which Christ the saviour carried for our sakes. 

POWER IN HIS PRECIOUS BLOOD

His blood is “precious” because of its redeeming and atoning efficacy. By it, our sins are atoned for. We are reconciled to God, made one with him.

It is also precious in its cleansing power, it cleanseth from all sin. “Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.” Through Jesus’s blood, there is not a spot left on any believer, no wrinkle nor any such thing remains. 

His blood is precious in its preserving power. We are safe from the angel of destruction under the sprinkled blood. The blood of Christ is precious also in its sanctifying influence. The same blood which justifies by taking away sin, does in its after-action, quicken the new nature and leads it onward to subdue sin and to follow out the commands of God. There is no motive for holiness as great as that which streams from the veins of  Jesus. Unspeakably precious is this blood, because it has an overcoming power. It is written, “They overcome by the blood of the lamb” He who fights with the precious blood of Jesus, fights with a weapon which knows no defeat. 

WHAT IS THE REWARD FOR THE SUFFERING OF CHRIST? 
Our lives. God has paid his price which is Jesus, in exchange for our lives.Christ died to make us holy and splendid. Ephesians 5:25-26. He died to purchase a zeal and longing for good deeds in us Titus 2:14. Indeed God wants us to glorify him with our good deeds and this is possible if we have faith. For faith without works is dead. Therefore if we claim to have faith, we must prove it with our good deeds. Revelation 5:9 says Christ died to purchase for God, a global church not just from one country but from every tribe, language people and nation. 

Conclusion
Easter is one of the most Important moment in the Christian calender. It signifies the death and resurrection of Christ. This period should not just be a period of mere celebration, but also a time to examine our Christian life. We should ask ourselves these few questions. Am I giving Christ the reward for his suffering in my daily life? If God values our holiness to the extent of exchanging the life of his son, Do I value my holiness? Christ died to purchase our forgiveness, reconciliation and justification. This is a period of remembrance of Christ’s sacrifice and our victory over sin and death. In our daily life, we should give Jesus the reward for his suffering. 

Live free, Live victorious, Stay cool with Christ. 

God bless you😘

WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT PRAYER

What is prayer? 
 As a child I was told prayer is the key. I never really understood till I came of age. Prayer is the key to God’s blessings and favour. As believers, prayer is the medium of communication between us and God. We use it to connect with God and his promises for us. Prayer is the only way we can get out of trials, temptations, and afflictions.The bible commands us in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 “Pray continually” We must not fail to seek the Lord continually and in all circumstances. 

Prayer and Faith
     As believers, we have faith in the finished work of our lord Jesus Christ. Faith is like the hand where prayer is the key. And without the hand, the key is as good as useless. 1 John 5:14 “This is the confidence we have in approaching God that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” If we have faith that our prayers will be answered, they will. In the bible there were so many occassions when Jesus prayed for the sick and said, “let it be done according to your faith.” Everything in our Christian life revolves arround faith, and so does prayer. 

Why do we have unanswered prayers? 
    Sin: Isaiah 59:2“But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.” According to 2 Chronicles7:14, if we pray and seek God’s face and turn from our wicked ways, that’s when he’ll hear us. Isaiah 1:15 “When you spread out your hands in prayer, I hide my eyes from you; even when you offer many prayers, I am not listening.” Futher reading of this chapter says, Wash and make yourselves clean and though our sins be as scarlet they shall be as white as snow. Sin is the main reason we have unanswered prayers. Everytime we want to say a prayer, we should not fail to pray for forgiveness. Scripture says, If a man says he hath no sin in him, he decieves himself. Most times we are unaware of these sins (sin of omission). 
    Doubt or unbelief: This has to do with faith like I mentioned earlier. Lack of faith while saying prayers can be another reason why our prayers aren’t answered.When we pray, we should not let our mindset limit God’s power. We should believe that we’ll get answers and we will if it’s according to God’s will. 

How do we Pray?

Pray in secret Matthew 6:56. 

Avoid repititions while praying Matthew 6:7. 

Conclusion: Daily prayer creates an avenue of steady fellowship with God in all seasons. Scripture says pray without ceasing. We mustn’t neccessarily be on our knees with our eyes closed everytime we pray. We can sit alone at a comfortable position, simply talking with God (the holy spirit). In order to have a relationship with him, we should tell him every and any thing, spend time worshiping him. And we can do all these things through songs and scriptures. The word is our weapon, so we should qoute scriptures relating to our situation and make them a part of us. Make praying a habit. 

Live free, Live victorious, Stay cool with Christ. 

God bless you. 

How I backslided (True life story) 

“I had found Christ in my early years, as a teen still in high school. I was very zealous in my commitments to Christ. My parents were not really Christians so, they never taught me nor my siblings about Christ neither did they restrict me. 

I’d talk about Christ at every opportunity I got. My younger sibling often laughed and mocked at me, but I wasn’t discouraged. My mates at school also mocked me for my “holy attitude” and also for my celibracy. When I gained admission into the University, I was appointed secretary at the student fellowship where I worshipped. Where I was incharge of writing and sending invites through letters to various ministers. I was sure I living out God’s plan for me. But, often times our philosophy lecturer would come into class to counter God’s word, which I knew in my heart was right. He would come into class saying, man was a product of evolution, and he’ll question the existence of God and the trinity. He’ll present his facts with documentaries and proofs which over time, started to make sense to a confused me at that point. I also met certain people who had a great influence on my faith; The first was Sister Judith, she was a beautiful young lady, very committed to doing God’s work. 

I envied her zeal, willingness and love for God. Then I’d say to God to make my faith as strong as hers. She never missed fellowship meetings, as she was often the first to arrive most times. But on a certain day, she wasn’t present at fellowship. When I noticed it, I wondered in my heart what could be wrong. On my way back from church that day, I came accross Sister Judith, dressed in a very irresponsible manner, her looks, the way she wore her hair, the type of jewelry she had on, everything was totally different… It then occured to me what had happened. Sister Judith’s backsliding pained me deeply and again the faith of a confused me, was shaken. Also there was this other Sister, who also was very zealous in God’s work. Everyone knew her to be a Christian, because she never failed to live it out. But every end of semester, when she’d check her result, it was always really bad. Most times she’d have all F’s…. This Sister’s academic failure filled my heart with doubts. It didn’t take long before my commitment and zeal in serving God, took a slip backwards. I stopped attending fellowship meetings, I got into alcoholism and womanizing. I cut myself off from my now former fellowship members. Some of my friends who used to know me to be a Christian, teased me. I got so into the world, did all things evil, including drugs. I went on living my life that way. I graduated from the higher institution and got a job where I had schooled, as a partime lecturer. I had become an adult but I was still living in sin. Until one day while I sat in front of my condo (as a partime lecturer I was entitled to shelter from the school authorities), when some Christian brethen came to invite people who resided with me in the same building, for a church program, which was going to start in about an hour time. Amongst their midst I spotted two beautiful girls with two other guys. I stopped them (after they had called who they came to invite) on their way out, and asked why they couldn’t stop by my condo to invite me (I teased the girls). They answered saying they were sorry, and that I was invited. I laughed and said that wasn’t the type of invite I wanted, and asked them to come into my condo like they did to the other person they came to invite (still refering to the girls). Then one of the guys voluntereed to come in and wait for me to get ready for the service. I told him I wasn’t refering to him but he insisted and asked the other members to go, while he waited. I was confused and wasn’t sure how I’d get out of attending the service that day. I hesitated and refused to follow him to church but, he was persistent and went on preaching about things I’d once believed. And the way he spoke to me, it was like we had met before or like he really knew me. After that day he never stopped visiting and preaching, until he successfully talked me into attending his church service. It wasn’t long before I rededicated my life to Christ. It wasn’t easy getting rid of the bad habits and addiction. I had lost and wasted all those years living an unfulfilled life. The unending joy and zeal to serve God filled my heart once again. After a few months of serving God faithfully, he rewarded me with a new job in a neighbouring state as a full time lecturer with accomodation. I also got chosen to manage a new branch of the ministry I worshipped. God has been so faithful to me. And as at right now, I’m happily married with four kids. And I have only one regret, I wish I had never backslided. But in all I’m greatful to God for my life.”

I was so touched when one of my lecturers told this his story to me and I decided to share it with everyone. (Sorry if I wasn’t being too specific with names and dates, it’s just to maintain anonymity). This story really made me understand what the bible says in Jeremiah 3:22 “Return you backsliding children, and I’ll heal your backslidings. Indeed we do come unto you for you are the Lord our God.” God loves everyone and his plan for us all is to live according to his will. So if any one of us deviates from his will, we shouldn’t feel we can’t turn back to God. For no matter deep we are into that sin, he can forgive us, all we need to do is ask and never go back to that sin. And if in any way you have backslided, God wants you back. We as Christians have a duty to call those falling out of Christ back to him. Also to non-christians, God loves everyone and he wants you to live in his grace. Contact me please if you wish to accept Christ or need help getting back to him, so I can pray with you.

Live free, Live victorious and Stay cool with Christ. God bless you. 

CHRIST OUR SHELTER

Psalm 91:1 “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most high shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty” 

Think of the secret hiding places we enjoyed as children. Imagine being six years old and finding a secret hiding place.

You slipped inside and it felt magical, right? You felt safe and protected from the world, you imagined you could stay there all the time and no one could find you. Often, you invited your best friend to share it with you, because special places are best shared with someone you love and trust. That is the picture the psalmist is painting in Psalm 91. 
God has a secret hiding place, and he invites us to join him there. He does not invite us to visit, he invites is to dwell there, to dwell means to live there.It becomes our address, God invites us to pack up and move to his secret place. Jesus is the secret place of God. 

There are conditions to fulfill before before you can access this place; 

  • John 15:5 “I am the vine; and you are the branches, If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit…” In this passage, Jesus commands us to remain under his secret place of everlasting love, thereby dwelling and abiding in God’s presence
  • Psalm 24:3-4“…Who may stand in his holy place?  The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not trust in an idol and swears by false gods” Here the bible has said it all, for us to dwell in God’s presence, we must be of clean hands, pure heart, and we must be committed to serving God alone. 
  • We must move away from the world and all its enticements in order to dwell in God’s secret place. 2 Corinthians 6:17 “Come out from them and be seperate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing and I’ll receive you” 

There are as well benefits of dwelling in the Lord’s secret place according to Psalm 91 

  • Christ will be arround us. Psalm 91:1 
  • The fruit of the spirit takes root and grows in us.  
  • He will keep us safe. Psalm 91:10 “…no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tents…”  
  • We will not live in fear. Psalm 91:5 “You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day”  
  • When we call, he will answer. Psalm 91:15 “He will call on me and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honour him.”  
  • Assurance of salvation and eternity with God. Psalm 91:16 “With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation”  

There is a secret place of the Most high, it is not known by everybody but by those who desire to be there. Christ is ever present in the secret place. It is a place of refuge where we can run to take cover from the arrows of the enemy. God wants us all to dwell in the secret place. Let us make every effort to be there at all times! 

Thanks for reading this post, Psalm 91 is good psalm to read over and over again. Memorize it and let it become a part of you. You’ll be surprised at the tremendous blessings God bless you. 

Welcome to my blog 

Welcome to my blog, my name is Princess Echem and this is a Christian blog aimed at reaching teens accross the world and spreading the gospel, just as I plan to learn from you I hope you also do the same. So if you feel like you need to know more about Christ and have a relationship with him, well this blog is for you. 

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Love😘

Princess