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We don’t need to fight and have a war against people

Our battle is against principalities, powers, rulers of darkness and spiritual wickedness

Introduction

Many of us spend a lot of energy and time fighting with other people including our family, friends, enemies, employers, coworkers, and Government.  When we think about all these fights that take place, do the fights resolve anything or does anything good come out of these fights.  You know what comes out of these fights, more fights, more war, jealousy, hatred, and murders. The main reason why fighting against people does not resolve anything is because we are fighting the people rather than fighting the sprits that attached themselves to people. Ephesians 6:12 states that “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rules of the darkness of this world and against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Flesh and blood

I believe that most people behave in a negative way is because they are being controlled by an evil spirit.  If we do not recognize this, we will continue to fight with people and then we being to wonder why we do not see any improvement. In fact, sometimes we see people are getting worst. For people to improve, we need to attack the sprits behind those people.

Principalities

The principalities referred to in this scripture means demons and these demons have spirits. These sprits include spirit of lust, spirit of violence, spirit of gossiping, spirit of lying and the list goes on and on. No matter how many times you attack your spouse for cheating or your children for lying, they may continue to carry out these behaviours because we did not attack the spirits.

Powers

Satan has powers and he use his powers to get to some of us. Some of us are engaging in his power by getting involve in astrology and withcraft.  The power of Satan is limited and is inferior to the power of God. I think sometimes we forget how powerful our God is. The word of God says greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world.  Luke 10:19 says that “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions and over all the power of enemy and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” Therefore, I encourage you today to activate the power within you and you can defeat the power of the enemy. Stop being afraid of the power of Satan.

Ruler of darkness

The devil is the ruler of darkness, and he will try to convince you to operate in darkness by not believing the word of God. The Bible is the truth, and, in the Bible, it clearly states that Jesus Christ is the Light of the World.  John 8:12 sates that “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness but will have the light of life. If you walk in darkness, you may be subject to depression and fear. Remember God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and sound mind.

Spiritual wickedness in high places

There is wickedness in high places and that is because the Devil and his agents are on loose in these high places, be it Government, your job and even your home. We can defeat the wickedness in the high place by attacking the spiritual forces.

How to win the battle?

We can win this spiritual battle by putting on the full armour of God. Ephesians 6:13-17 states that “Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day and having done all to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about the truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all of the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” From the above scripture, the full armour encompasses truth, righteousness, peace, faith, salvation and the word of God.

Conclusion

To put on the full armour of God, it requires you to pray continuously and in the spirit. Therefore, I conclude with Ephesians 6:18 “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.

Merry Christmas
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Let us celebrate – as we reflect on the birth of Jesus Christ

Introduction

I believe one of the greatest celebrations in the life of a family is the birth of a child. I recalled one of the happiest moments in our lives is the birth of our first child, Drexanna Gabrielle on November 19, 1998.  Of course, the birth of our other four children were also equally exciting and each year we celebrate their birthdays.

Well over 2000 years ago, Jesus Christ was born and that is what the Christmas celebration is about. We may not know the day and month he was born but we do know that he was born and because he was born, we should celebrate his birth.

You see the birth of Jesus Christ is very significant. Jesus Christ is the Saviour. Are you not thankful that he came into this word to set us free from sin? Therefore, Let us remember why we celebrate Christmas.

I know many of us have lost touch on the real meaning for the season. We have removed the word Christ from the word Christmas and replaced it with an X therefore saying XMAS. We have replaced Merry Christmas with Season Holidays and Happy Holidays. We have replaced Jesus with Santa. Gradually, year after year we are moving away from the real reason for this season.

Let us celebrate his birth.

The birth of Jesus is what our focused should be during this time. Therefore, spend quality time with God and thank him for the birth of Jesus Christ. Prior to the birth of Jesus, the world was full of sin but because of the birth of Jesus, sin does not have to be present in our lives. We need to celebrate this. Imagine what our lives would have been like if Jesus Christ did not come into this world.  This calls for a celebration.

Do not let anyone persuade you otherwise. Always celebrate Christmas as the birth of Jesus Christmas and do not use any short cut in the celebration. Furthermore, do not spend your energy and money buying multiple gifts for family and friends. Spend time with your family and friends celebrating the birth of Jesus.

Some of our children do not even know about Jesus. Why don’t you spend time understanding and recognizing who Jesus is?  I am quite sure you would celebrate his birth once you realize what his birth means.

Conclusion

The birth of Jesus was foretold and it came to pass. The birth of Jesus Christ made it possible for you and me to overcome sin. Don’t you celebrate milestones? Then we should also celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Don’t you know if he was not born, we would not have a second chance? We have a second chance so let us celebrate the birth of Jesus. It is ok if you don’t receive a gift or are able to give a gift. Let us move away from the commercialization of the season and put Christ back into Christmas.

Black businesswoman taking the lead in the meeting room
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Take the lead

Introduction

Too many of us are afraid to take the lead. We are afraid for a number of reasons but whatever your reason is, it is time to step out of your current condition and take the lead. Take the lead in your home, your workplace, your community and your church. You do not have to wait until someone identifies you and put you in a position to lead. If you are waiting to be chosen, you may be waiting for a long time because sometimes people may not even know your abilities. Unfortunately, there are some that know your abilities and you are still overlooked.

Therefore, if you are interested in doing something, take the lead. I recalled when the position for a local to become the CEO of Cable & Wireless became available, there was only one person that that was identified to assume the position. However, I felt that I was capable of leading the company and so I took the initiative and applied for the position. I was selected as the first local CEO and remained in that position for seven years. While the other candidate was equally qualified, the point that I am making is that if I did not take the lead in applying for the position, I would have never gotten the post.

Take the lead in your home

Take the lead in your home. There is so much disruption in the home because fathers and mothers are not taking the lead. They rather be mad with each other for days and weeks without one of them taking the initiative to take the lead to resolve the issues. I believe there are solutions for all issues and solving the issues requires leadership. Children are out of hand in the home because we as parents are not leading our children. We are allowing them to lead themselves and we are not leading and living by example. Our homes can be restored if we take the lead. Marriages can be saved if we take the lead.

Take the lead in the workplace

Even though you have a schedule of duties to perform in the workplace, learn more than what you are required to do. Do more than what you are required to do. Don’t wait for someone to tell you what to do. Be proactive. You see when you take the lead in the workplace, there is a great chance that you will be recognized and ultimately get promoted. Don’t worry about failing. Don’t worry about what others would think. Don’t worry about your educational background. Don’t worry about the competition. Be bold and take the lead in the workplace. Dont be afraid to make suggestions or ask questions.

Take the lead in the community

Our community is in great need of leaders. You do not have to be a politician to make a change in the community. I admired individuals who are taking the lead in the community. There is a gentleman named Jeffrey Nicolas who is taking the lead in the community by doing regular clean up campaigns. I think this is commendable and many others should do their part in taking a lead in the community. It does not have to be clean up campaigns. There are many other things that are lacking in our communities and these things can be resolved if we have the right people taking the lead.

Take the lead in the Church

You do not have to be a pastor or hold leadership position to take the lead in the church. All of us have different gifts. Whatever your gifts are, use them. Do not become discouraged because other peeople’s gifts appear greater than yours. Just do what you were called to do and take the lead in spreading the word of God even if you do not have a postion in the church. The church is not the four walls. Do not be caught up in trying to get position and titles in the four walls. There is a lot of work to be done outside the four walls and yes there is alot of work to be done inside as well. The point is take the lead whether inside or outside.

Conclusion

There is no need to be passive or just be a follower. There is something that God has equipped all of us with and whatever we have, we can use it to take the lead whether it is in the home, the workplace, the community and the church. Everybody has the ability to take the lead in something. Showcase what you can do and then take the initiative and take the lead to do what you can do.

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Is the voice of the people in politics, the voice of God?

Introduction

God spoke to people in the Biblical days and because God is the same yesterday, today and forever, I believe that God still speaks to people. However, when it comes to politics, I do not think the results of an election is the voice of God. After an election, I would hear people say the people have spoken and the voice of the people is the voice of God. Many people use this statement very loosely but God has given all of us a free will to make our choices. Therefore when it comes to politics, the election results are based on our free will, however, God knows in advance the outcome of an election because God is omniscience as he knows everything.

The voice of Go  vs the voice of the People

If the voice of the people is the voice of God in politics, then why are parliamentarians passing legislations that are contrary to the word of God. If the voice of the people is the voice of God, then why is there is so much disorder in the House of Assembly. Why is there no peace or order?

If the voice of the people is the voice of God, then why is there so much division and hatred when it comes to politics? God is a God of unity.

If the voice of the people is the voice of God, then why is there preferential treatment for the people that aligned with the Government of the day?  Once elected, you are the Government of all the people and for all the people. God is God of equality. He sees everyone as being equal but the voice of the people has created so much inequalities.

If the voice of the people is the voice of God, then why is there is abuse of power and encouragement to belittle others. The voice of God empowers, uplifts and strengthens people.

Current Political System is not the voice of God

I don’t think the current political systems in the world are of God.  I believe it is the voice of the people. You see in the book of Samuel Chapter 1, the elders of Israel went to Samuel and demanded a King like other nations. Samuel was displeased and prayed to God. God told Samuel it is not Samuel that they rejected but it God they rejected as King. I believed we have made the politicians the God of our lives. Samuel warned the people but they insisted they wanted a King to rule over them to fight their battles. Was this the voice of God? No this was the voice of the people. In the end, the Lord told Samuel to listen to them and give them their King that they want. This also applies to us in today’s world. Not because the party you supported won means it the voice of God. It is the voice of the people. That is what the majority of people wanted. Some were paid to do so and some follow in the traditions of their family.

Conclusion

I conclude with John 18:36 “Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.”

Too many times, we mixed up the results of an election with the voice of God. However, the voice of the people when it comes to politics is not the voice of God.


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