IS JESUS HIS NAME?


I have come across a lot of debates going among certain Christians and even the so-called “Reformers” as to what the name of God’s only begotten son is. Is His name Jesus, Yeshua, Isa or just another name? I wouldn’t want to delve into very deep Greek, Aramaic or Hebrew analysis and I also wouldn’t want to delve into any deep theological discourse because I can’t claim to be an authority in those aspects. However, common sense will help a lot here. What is His name?

In the Old Testament, when the Prophecy of His birth came, the Bible says in Isaiah 7:14

All right then, the Lord himself will give you the sign. Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel (which means ‘God is with us’).”

The Prophecy revealed He will be called “Immanuel” and that is to say; people will behold Jesus and admit “Wow! We have God among us!” Immanuel doesn’t suggest “we have a type of God with us” but “we have God with us.” The begotten son of God is to be the identity of God among the people, a display of divine humility and of course, divine help. This doesn’t mean the name of the Son of God was going to be named Immanuel, it was only communication and a sign of Him being God in the flesh. This alone disproves any opinion that He is not God. The Prophecy agrees that it will be said concerning Him that “God is with us!” If we should explain in context, it is not talking about us having God’s backing or support but having God’s manifest presence.

When Jesus was born, the Angel said in Matthew 1:21

“And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”

The argument about the name of Jesus starts with consideration from the original writings that had the name of Jesus as “Iēsoun” which is the Greek transliteration of Yeshua, a common alternative to Yehoshua from which Joshua became transliterated in common English. If He said “pray in my name”, people argue that we must have to pray with His name in its original form but I think this is where we miss the whole point of praying in His name.

When Jesus said we should pray in His name, He wasn’t asking that we form a ritual of saying “in the name of Yeshua”, He was rather meaning that we stand in the authority of who He is to pray. When I ask you to go to a mall where I am well known with a written document from me and make a demand in my name, you aren’t going there to say “give me some Cheese in the name of George I pray you…” The moment you make your order and show the documents that proved you came on my behalf, you are functioning in my name. Or perhaps, I gave you my credit card and asked you to use as much as you can of it, any transaction you make is made in my name. When a President of a country sends a representative to an occasion where he was invited, whatever the representative says there is credited to the president because whoever came to represent him came in his name.

So, we miss the whole point when the argument about the name of Jesus is based on the speculation that if we don’t mention “Yeshua” in prayers, then God will not hear us. Of course, the name given to Him by Mary is “Yeshua” but as languages continue to evolve, names will continue to adapt and be tone friendly with the evolved language. Joshua never used to be Joshua, Mary never used to be Mary, Judas, Jude or Judah used to be Yahdah! As long as languages evolve, names will change with it but it doesn’t change the personality.

In Nigeria for instance, Enugu is a transliteration of Enu-Ugwu which means “top of the mountain” but because of pronunciation problems in English, it was anglicized as “Enugu” and today it has become its official name because of the ease of pronunciation but it hasn’t changed the location to become something else. Enugu still refers to the location that used to be “Enu-Ugwu”. The same is to be said of “Igbo-Uzor” in Delta state which currently is called “Ibusa”. Igbo-Uzor means “Igbo people who are on the way” but for ease of pronunciation in English, it was transliterated to “Ibusa” in English. Some still call it “Igbouzor, Ibusa or Ibuzor” and it all refer to the same place!

This is the same way it is for the name, Jesus. Jesus is the English transliteration of “Yeshua” in Hebrew and “Iēsoun” in Greek. There is no “God-ordained” language as He communicates to people with languages peculiar to them. Our everyday interaction with other people around us keeps influencing our vocabularies. Today, we have the British English, we have American English and we have Pidgin English and other forms of English. The English language isn’t an ancient language, it developed from a dialect of the German language and have eventually become a global language. Languages aren’t permanent, they keep changing. Therefore, how we spell or pronounce things will change but what remains unchangeable is the person or object that bears the name.

For example, Okra which is an English name for a vegetable known as “Lady’s finger” originated from the Igbo language name for it which is “Okwuru”. Does that change the nature or taste of it? Does that change the functions? No. It changes nothing about it. In the same way, when we say “Jesus”, we are still referring to He who was named Yeshua or Iēsoun. It doesn’t change His function, He knows we are referring to Him just as different people know me by different names as “Onyedika, Onyedikachukwu, George, GracefulGeorge, GG and the rest.”

Certain conspiracy theorists argue that the name, Jesus was derived from the Greek god, Zeus. However, this argument doesn’t stand a test of time and should be dismissed as one of those theories that aren’t true but meant to confuse people and distract them. Zeus is an Indo-European god in the ancient Greek religion and the name is an ancient Greek word which refers to him as “god of the skies and thunder.” The argument is also as a result of the similarity between the spelling of “Jesus” and “Zeus” and pronunciation similarities when Jesus is pronounced with Spanish tongue. However, that two words sound similar doesn’t make them the same just as “address” doesn’t mean “a dress”, Jesus doesn’t mean “hail Zeus.”

So, how did the name Yeshua or Iēsoun suddenly evolved to Jesus? As the Bible got translated into the English language for easier access, so was all the names also translated to English. Every new day, the English Bible keeps undergoing revisions so that it can also communicate with the present-day English language. The English of today never used to be the same as the English of yesterday. Remember that the English language developed from a dialect of the German language with Latin influences and it has continued to change. This is why we have old English and modern English. For example, Godwin is an English name that may seem to mean “God is the winner” when considered with modern English but the name truly means “Friend of God.” Gladys may seem to mean “gladness” with modern English but it truly means Princess or lame when considered from the Welsh origin or “small sword” when considered from the Latin origin.

The Old Testament was written in Hebrew and therefore a direct translation of Yeshua from the Hebrew word to English will be “Joshua” while the New Testament was written in Greek with Yeshua (a shorter form of Yehoshua) being written as “Iēsoun”. So a direct translation to English from Greek becomes “Jesus.” Both Joshua and Jesus have the same meaning but Joshua was written in Hebrew while Jesus was written in Greek and it reflected in the translations. We aren’t speaking Hebrew or Greek today and in the same way, we are calling the name of Iēsoun in the language that we speak today.

In older English alphabets, the J letter didn’t exist. Iēsoun used to be translated as “Iesus” in English. You would notice that the early King James Bible (1611) have “Iesus” instead of “Jesus”. The letter J was only differentiated from “I” around the 1500s but became general in the English land around 1630. That is to say that both the “i” and “j” sound shared the same “I” alphabet. The letter J is the last letter to be added into the English alphabet and was placed immediately after “I”. The Hebrew, “Y” sounds “J” which explains why all names that start with Y in Hebrew begins with J in English. For example, Yadah in Ancient Hebrew is Judah in English and Yehoshua (Yeshua) in ancient Hebrew is Joshua in English. This explains how languages evolve and how the spelling isn’t more important than the actual person or object being referred to. The Encyclopedia Americana has this to say

“The form of ‘J’ was unknown in any alphabet until the 14th century. Either symbol (J, I) used initially generally had the consonantal sound of Y as in year. Gradually, the two symbols (J,l) were differentiated, the J usually acquiring consonantal force and thus becoming regarded as a consonant, and the I becoming a vowel. It was not until 1630 that the differentiation became general in England.”

There is nowhere in the Bible where Hebrew was exalted over Greek or where Greek was exalted over Aramaic and this shows us that God isn’t reached by a specific language and it doesn’t matter if you are calling Him in English, French, Hebrew or Greek! God is the one who programmed languages to evolve from human and it is not going to stop as long as the earth remains. As at the time of Jesus, Greek was the scholarly language and even though Jesus spoke Aramaic, the records were taken in Greek. Yet, both the Old Testament Hebrew, the translated Old Testament (Septuagint), the spoken Aramaic and the written New Testament Greek were all-powerful. Even the Jews of those times welcomed the Greek translation of the Old Testament and most synagogues used it as it is speculated by historians that the scroll Jesus read in the synagogue was the Greek version. Language is simply meant for ease of communication.

If we insist that Jesus must be called “Yeshua”, we would also insist that we must be speaking ancient Hebrew! Yet, even the Jews of Jesus times didn’t speak Ancient Hebrews neither could most of them read Ancient Hebrew writings which fast-tracked the Greek translation of those days. The point shouldn’t be about the language or what names have evolved into these days. It should be about having what God wants us to have! God gave us His son Jesus, He is God among men, He is God’s way of being with men in the flesh and the most important thing is that “we have Him!” Whether we call Him in ancient Hebrew names, Greek names, French names or Modern English names, He is the same God with us! He is the same saviour of the world and He hears when we call because everything including languages proceeds from the things already made by Him.

Isn’t it beautiful that every tongue and tribe can call the name of Jesus in their various forms without difficulties? Isn’t it amazing that God’s revealed word has come to us in our languages? When we read and understand the word, isn’t it beautiful that we can say “God is with us” in our own words? In Matthew 1:21, the Angel said to Mary

“…you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”

The essence of naming Him Jesus (Yeshua) is because of the role He was going to play; the role of salvation. Today, Jesus still mean the same thing with Yeshua or Iēsoun which is “The Lord is Salvation”. Zeus has no same meaning with Jesus and no matter how some claim that it sounds the same, it doesn’t share the same meaning just like “dog” is not “God”. It is like saying “because Zeus has a beard on his face, every man who has a beard is Zeus.” Isn’t that absolute nonsense? Whether you call Jesus in English, Hebrew, Greek or even Latin, it remains the same! The changes in words and languages cannot change the character behind the name. Names change with time, this is why Judah suddenly became Jude or Judas in the New Testament.

One thing is certain, people who come up with these theories try to appear sincere and they seem to just want a “return to the worship of God” but we never left in the first place and they are only a distraction which is the work of darkness rather than the work of God! The argument about the name of Jesus and the false theories being peddled isn’t what we were asked to do. Before you heard these theories, what did Jesus mean to you? Isn’t it “The Lord is our salvation”? Why would you let the “confusionist theorists” confuse you and make you believe that you have always believed in what you truly have never believed in? How can Jesus, whom you believe His name means “the Lord saves” suddenly start meaning “Hail Zeus” to you? This is just the devil’s distractions. If you speak English comfortably without feeling guilty, why feel guilty when you say “Jesus” which is the English form of “Yeshua”?

Christ isn’t His surname either. Christ means “the anointed one” translated from the Greek word “Christos”. Jesus Christ, Christ Jesus or Jesus the Christ simply means “Jesus, the anointed one.” Jesus isn’t anointed in part just like the Prophets, He has the fullness of God in Him. The Bible says concerning Jesus in Colossians 2:9

For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body.”

Look at that! The Bible says that ALL the fullness of God lives in “the anointed one.” This isn’t talking about the fullness of God but all of His fullness which means that God is complete in Jesus and Jesus is the complete expression of God. When we say “Jesus Christ”, we are saying “Jesus, who is different from other Jesuses, who is God among men both in manifestation and experience.”

His name is Jesus and He is God with us and also in us. Jesus said in John 14:20

“In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.”

He is in the father if you have seen Him you have seen the father but even more amazingly, we are in Him and He is in us. What does this mean about God, Jesus and us? Watch out for my next article.

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IS CULTURE UNCHANGEABLE?


Many times, we justify certain ideas with the line “it is our culture” and we allow maltreatments, abuses and so many negativities to thrive just because this was how people lived in the past. Racism and gender discriminations can be said to be culture because these are ideas, customs and social behaviours that have thrived over the years and have even found a way into the present age. Let’s understand what culture is: cultures are ideas, customs and social behaviour of certain people while tradition is the passing of culture down from one generation to another.

I was arguing with someone about these things and he said: “We are imperfect people and therefore we need culture as a guide.” But, is that supposed to be so? Is culture truly meant to guide us as humans? Who sets up the cultures exactly? Perfect people? I admit people develop culture overtime with how they had lived and in what they find comfort and ease of life. However, these cultures can also be formed on the wrong perception of life, on human weaknesses and on what people thought was working but truly never working. A culture may be relevant today and lose relevance tomorrow and this is because our minds are evolving and we can’t stick to the patterns of yesterday if we must forge ahead.

“Cultures can also be formed on the wrong perception of life, on human weaknesses and on what people thought was working but truly never working. “

I was in a firm previously, sitting at the reception and waiting for my job to be delivered and I noticed a man who walked in and headed straight to the attendant who was already attending to a young lady. He demanded that he gets attended to immediately as he was in a hurry. The young lady turned, looked at him and said: “at least if you want them to leave me and attend to you, you should have pleaded with me first…”

Guess what?

This man got full of rage! He started vibrating and making noise as he walked around the hall calling for attention. He threatened that he was going to beat up the young lady, that in our culture, a woman (especially young ladies) aren’t supposed to talk when “men” are talking. Isn’t that a stupid culture?

“Who gave her the right to talk while I am talking? Does she know who I am?” He raged

I got so angry but my consolation was that I noticed some group of men setting up formations to take turns on him if he ever lays his rusty hands on the young lady.  Well, in the end, we had a heroine!

Why did I tell this story? In parts of the world, women are seen as unimportant people, they are seen as weak genders whose only role is to be married to their husbands and live for their husbands alone. If the man had beat her in some environments, she will be asked to bear it because she is a woman but in developed countries like America, he would be arrested and charged for abuse.

I was in a bank some years ago when a man slapped a woman because they were arguing about who came first. To my utmost surprise, this man was not arrested by the forces around until the woman called her husband who called the police. These things exist as cultures all around the world and the question remains, should we keep entertaining such irresponsibility in the name of culture? Who set the rules? Are we made for culture or is culture made for us? Is it wrong to question the imperfections we see in what happens to be culture or traditions?

I heard people say that a man who accepts to be wed in the Church of the woman is not “man enough” and the idea of what it takes to be man enough in the part of the world where I came from is to be arrogant and “women domineering” in which a woman doesn’t have a voice! Is there not a problem with these cultures? Cultures are imperfect just like the people who adapted to those customs over time and we must be willing to be dynamic and flexible so that we can always adapt to a better lifestyle that is more human-friendly. A lot of people are scared to question the norms because the culture seems to them as something that cannot be changed but if men decided to be eating with hands in the past, we can decide to eat with spoons today!

“we must be willing to be dynamic and flexible so that we can always adapt to a better lifestyle that is more human-friendly.”

Another instance is the idea that men came to this world to lead while women came to be led! These things became cultures over time but it is absurd to still believe that crap at this age! We are in an age where a lot of things must be questioned, we are in an age where we must question what makes the right hand, the only right hand! In many parts of the world, using the left hand to greet people is seen as an insult but some people make use of their left hands because that is how their brain conditioned them to act and trying to get them to switch is very dangerous to the brain. Do you see? The cultures of the past were established without certain facts and truths they knew existed. Some cultures were based on flat earth instead of a spherical earth, some cultures were based on the moon as the source of its light instead of a moon that gets light from the sun. As we make more discoveries and understand humanity perfectly, we should question and do away with cultures that are no longer relevant.

Culture shouldn’t be in control of you, you should be in control of culture. Cultures are subject to personal review and we should know when it doesn’t count and what to write off from it! If we must lean on culture simply because this is the prevailing ideas and customs from the past and the foundation on which our traditions were built, then it is a matter of the blind leading the blind. It will leave us retrogressive in life. We gradually change cultures when we begin to change our collective thinking. One person doesn’t change culture but one person can initiate it by raising the red flags of a certain culture and speaking out even when others find him or her odd!

“Culture shouldn’t be in control of you, you should be in control of culture. Cultures are subject to personal review and we should know when it doesn’t count…”

The advent of Christianity in various parts of the world changed a lot of things about people’s culture! For some, their cultures took a different turn, their cultures changed entirely! Globalization is also changing cultures and as long as these changes make us better and put everyone on equal opportunities, the changes are relevant.

Speaking from a Christian perspective, God doesn’t want us to stick to unchanging cultures, He wants us to be dynamic and flexible with culture in the sense that we should be ever ready to write off what we find irrelevant in cultures without minding what people around us think. The Bible says in Romans 12:2

Don’t copy the behaviour and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”

A culture like we saw earlier is behaviours and customs and tradition is the handing down of these things to other generations. Culture isn’t what brings transformation to the minds of people, culture is the futile approach of imperfect men to deal with their imperfections but many times it proves abortive and counterproductive. Why are we not to copy the customs of this world and in what context is the Bible giving us this encouragement? I will explain.

“The customs of this world is deeply rooted in racism, discriminations, abuse, selfishness, wickedness and so on!”

The customs of this world is deeply rooted in racism, discriminations, abuse, selfishness, wickedness and so on! These customs are rooted in lies, fear and insecurities but God’s word (revealed in Jesus) is what brings transformation! How? Jesus didn’t discriminate against gender, therefore we shouldn’t discriminate against gender! Jesus didn’t discriminate against race and therefore we shouldn’t discriminate against race. Jesus loved people regardless of who they are and therefore we should do the same.

When people credit gender discrimination to Jesus, I know they are simply trying to mix their customs with Bible verses quoted out of context. What is God’s word that brings transformation? Is it Genesis to Revelations? No! Let me show you something in the Bible. Concerning Jesus, the Bible says in John 1:14

“So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.”

Jesus is referred to as God’s word, God’s word isn’t the totality of the Bible, Jesus is God’s word which became human! The Bible says He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness! He is the one who brings transformation to our hearts when we learn of Him and conforms to Him, letting what we learn of His character create a new way of life for us.

“Cultures aren’t unchangeable because humans who created cultures aren’t unchangeable either”

So, if Jesus didn’t treat people based on their gender, age, colour, religion and so on, I should follow Him in that regard too. Culture can be changed when you change the way you think and influence others with it. It may take time, you may be persecuted or even mocked but as long as you keep at it, you’ll influence others with it. Cultures aren’t unchangeable because humans who created cultures aren’t unchangeable either.

We change our culture by changing the way we think!

We change traditions by changing the culture that we pass down to our children.

OUR LIGHT AFFLICTION


When the Bible talks about our light affliction, what is it saying? Is it talking about every bad thing we experience as humans? Is it talking about the after-effects of our wrong choices? Sometimes, Christians who are poor think poverty is their light afflictions but we must define what light affliction is in the context of what the Bible is talking about. The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 4:17

“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.”

Light affliction is not the general problems that humans go through; it is the discipline, discomfort and contentment that we are willing to endure for the sake of Christ. Light affliction is not a misfortune but the sacrifice of self for the sake of our faith. The Bible says in the previous verses in 2 Corinthians 4:8-9

“We are pressed on all sides, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.”

There are times we are pressed on every side, this pressing might be an experience of discomfort and even lack; not because we lack ideas but because we have prioritized Jesus over every other thing. There are times we might get confused because we left so many things behind just to live and walk with Jesus and it seems we aren’t being rewarded, there are times we get persecuted and rejected because we decide to stand on God’s word rather than subscribe to the world’s unhelpful philosophies and there are times we get struck down and beaten! This is what the Bible refers to as light affliction. Not all afflictions you experience as a believer is a light affliction.

For example, the believer may be poor not because he is a believer but because he didn’t work on the ideas he had. The believer may not give birth to children, not because she is a believer but because she isn’t medically fit to have a baby. A Christian may fail exams and not do well in school, not because of their faith but because they didn’t study hard. These things are general human problems they are afflictions but not the “light affliction” that God’s word talks about. 

Let’s see it this way: It is painful to be pregnant for nine months but these pains can never surpass the joy of carrying your baby and watching the baby grow! It is a kind of light affliction in the human sense because it is not something you are perpetually going to experience for the rest of your life. Your baby will outlive the nine months of pain and the travails of motherhood become a shout of joy. A student must be willing to go through years of discipline and commitment but if you can pull through to the end, the glory of being skilful in your area of study can’t be compared with what you went through.

Now, let’s bring it to the Christian context. Light afflictions aren’t truly your unfortunate experiences of life which every other person goes through regardless of who they are. Being wealthy or being poor has nothing to do with religion or race. Your light affliction as a believer is the carrying of your cross and following Jesus. For example, friends may leave you because of your faith in Christ, families may reject you because of your faith and you may deny yourself certain pleasures and opportunities just because it is a compromise of what you believe. However, the promise we have is that they are light afflictions as long as they are for the sake of Christ and it is an introduction to an eternal weight of glory.

The Bible says that we should present our bodies as living sacrifices. Sacrifices are normally dead for them to be used but we are living sacrifices in the sense that we have a choice, we can decide to walk away but then we willingly give up our rights, pleasure and time for the sake of Christ and for the sake of others whom Christ has committed to us. This means we may have opportunities for revenge but because our life isn’t our own anymore we stay clear of vengeance! This means we may get opportunities to engage in illegal means of living a wealthy life but because we have been laid on the altar of Christ, we give up such opportunities.

Sometimes, we are too afraid to go through our light affliction, but for every glory, there must be willingness to endure something! For every fame, there is a shame attached to it. Just like you must go through pains to bear a child and go through the stress of schooling just to obtain certain knowledge, skills and get certified; you must also go through certain light afflictions as a Christian but these things don’t last forever! It is just for a time. This may never sound like what you want to hear but if you desire the glory, you must be willing to bear the shame! You must be willing to get rejected by friends, to be laughed at because of what you believe and be criticized! Jesus never promised that it would be easy, He said in Matthew 16:24

“If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your way, take up your cross, and follow me.”

Picking up the cross doesn’t mean the burdens of life. It would be pride to say that the problems you are going through which is common to everybody are a “cross” that you are carrying for the sake of Christ. The cross isn’t the natural burdens of life but the willingness to lay down your own life for the sake of Christ. This doesn’t mean you must experience extreme consequences of following Christ but it means that you “must be willing” to experience these things if they come. Jesus passed through His light affliction but each time He looked ahead to see the weight of glory waiting for Him, He kept enduring.

For everything you go through for the sake of Christ, there is a weight of glory waiting for you! I don’t know what that glory is, I don’t know when it is going to come but one thing I know is that even this entire life will not be enough to contain it.  You are meant to endure your light affliction, you are meant to stay through it and your light affliction is your capital for glory! You cannot evade the process of glory and the path to glory is filled with ups and downs, it isn’t smooth. Greatness becomes a curse for anyone who skipped through all the process to the top. It is these processes that train us for greatness.

Your light affliction is the journey to destiny. Abraham had a promise but he lived all his life without seeing that promise manifest the way he might have envisioned it but he trusted God and kept walking! Today, we are called the Children of Abraham. As a believer, you outlive this earth and even if you have to endure these afflictions all through your stay on earth, there is always a greater hope! The Apostles went through all manner of persecutions but they were looking at the weight of glory ahead of them, they were seeing these glories in Jesus!

No wonder Paul said “to die is gain but to live is Christ” (Philippians 1:21) and no wonder Stephen saw Jesus when he was being stoned to death (Act 7:56). Their eyes were all on Jesus and not on the afflictions. People’s rejection of you because of your faith isn’t an indication that you are doing something wrong, it is a sign that you are on your way to being crowned with glory. How to live through the light afflictions is to fix our gaze on Jesus. The Bible says in Hebrews 12:2

“We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honour beside God’s throne”

There is a joy awaiting you after the afflictions, some of these joy starts from this earth but it doesn’t end on earth because the glory is eternal! Some of us live in the parts of the world where we may have to die for the sake of Jesus while some live in the part of the world where the worst they would experience is to be rejected by friends and families but whatever class you fall into, Jesus said in Luke 18:29-30

“no one who has left home or wife or brothers or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God 30will fail to receive many times more in this age—and in the age to come, eternal life.”

Take a look at Joseph, he had a dream and all the while he was dreaming, he never knew there was a price to pay for that kind of glory but we know the end of the story for Joseph, we know what became of him later and we know that whatever he went through was a means to glory. Sometimes, your light affliction is experienced in service too! There are times it is not so interesting to serve, there are times telling people about Jesus becomes dangerous to the flesh, there are times we have to make sacrifices and do something the flesh doesn’t want. But because we know where we are going, we can endure that light affliction. If we can’t endure it, we wouldn’t have been asked to do so.

Your light affliction may be staying hungry because you had to give to the poor, it may be getting rejected by friends and family, it may be getting persecuted in your workplace or by the government because you stand firm in Jesus, it may those times people laugh at you and call you a coward because you have chosen to love your enemies… Whatever your light affliction is, you can walk through it and always remember, after the night comes the morning. The affliction is light because the weight of glory attached to it is nothing to be compared!

The Bible says in 1 Peter 5:10

“In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory through Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation.”

God bless you!

HOW TO CREATE THE WORLD OF YOUR DREAM


Many times, we ask questions as to what God’s plan is for the mess in the world. We see millions of people die in war, we see epidemics happen here and there and we keep asking “what is God doing about the world He created?” I think that isn’t the right question because the world was handed over to us. God gave man authority over the world and therefore we should be questioning ourselves in this manner “what am I going to do about the mess in this world?” For example, God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son and sent Him for our salvation. However, Jesus also sent us into the world to preach the gospel, heal the sick and do so many other amazing things. God is concerned about the situations of this world but He already sent us to be the solution to these problems. It is not God’s job, it is our job.

Scratch that... Let’s get into the business of the day.

You can create the world you want. I know you have always heard that but I’d like to explain something to you. Your confessions are powerful, your thoughts are powerful but these things aren’t all you need to bring something into reality, they aren’t up to a very reasonable amount of the resources you need to create what you want. Let’s see it this way: if you can think it, you can do it but if you end up not doing it, your thoughts are a waste. Your confessions and ideas are forces that must be acted upon and until you act upon it, they remain dreams. Let’s take a look at God and see how He created the world.

God pictured the world, He thought of giving the world a form (a kind of design) and He was vocal about what was going on in his mind. As God communicated these things, He was creating them in His mind; they were becoming realities only in His mind. Each of His creations came alive even before their formation but these things were only alive in Him. They weren’t tangible yet but they were in existence in His mind.

After God finished calling these things into existence, He still had to start forming them with His own hands. It didn’t end up in His minds, it didn’t end up with His confessions and declarations, He went ahead to bring these things that already existed in His mind into physical reality for what He wanted to do with His creation. God wouldn’t have felt fulfilled if these things only ended up in His mind, He called them forth with words but He also formed them by His hands. When we look at God, we can learn of Him and become productive like Him.

You cannot evade the initial process of grasping the idea and planning it but if you only end up planning, you have done a fundamental thing but you have not done anything. The wealth you have been fantasying about may only end up in your diary if you don’t go ahead to make that money. God created man with His words as the Bible says in Genesis 1:27

“Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground.”

But then, the man wasn’t material yet. He was existing in God but wasn’t a reality in the physical realm until God formed him with His own hands. The Bible says in Genesis 2:7

“Then the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground. He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils, and the man became a living person.”

The man became a reality in the physical world where He is meant to function only when God worked out what He has called forth. If God had only said it, Man wouldn’t have been material but He worked it out. In this earth, nothing just happens, one way or another, it must be worked out for it to happen.

I am beginning to think that in the beginning, when the world was without shape, it was because God hadn’t formed it. How did God form the world? All the creations are what gave the world shape! God had to envision it but He also had to work it out.

It is great to think about having a happy family, it is amazing to think about having great and intelligent Children but these things will only end up in your mind when you don’t work it out. When you don’t put effort to train your children, they will never become what you envisioned for them. Your dreams, confessions and visions are only validated by the corresponding action, your action brings them alive! Jesus said in John 13:17

“Now that you know these things, God will bless you for doing them.”

The blessing attached to every dream can only be harvested when you start working it out. It is okay to grasp a vision or an idea, it is okay to make plans but it becomes a waste when you do not act on it. It is not in hearing words, confessing your dreams or even making plans that the blessing is, it is in working it out! The Bible says in a part of James 1:25

“–they will be blessed in what they do.”

Fantasies may not be real in the physical realm but they are existing in your mental realm, they are already a reality in your mental realm because you have called them forth but these things will remain intangible when you don’t work it out. To call forth and to work it out are all different processes. It is easier to call things forth than to work it out and the main job lies in working it out.

You can easily create things in the mental realm by envisioning it but if you don’t put efforts and get your hands to work, trust me; they will never escape the confines of your mental world. When you draw the plan of a house, that house is already in existence, you have mastered it and it is a reality to some sort. But until you begin to build and form that idea in the physical world, they will never be tangible and only your mind can know that such a thing existed.

God thought of making man, He declared it with His mouth, He called man forth into existence but all these exercises wouldn’t have been useful if God didn’t soil His hands and form the man the way He wanted him to be. God created us in His image which also means that we were created with certain Godly capacity like calling and bringing forth things into existence. This has nothing to do with religion, any man can think something and do something about it but it will necessitate you leaving your comfort zone!

Had Steve Jobs ended up fantasizing about the Apple devices, we would not know what it is till today, only he would have been able to look back at his thoughts and say “what a beautiful plan and idea I’ve got!” But, he thought it and he worked towards it. The reason why many of us have not formed those dreams and ideas is that we are too scared to go off the comfort zone. The reason why we haven’t created that product is that we are scared if it will gain acceptance, we are scared if our ideas are valid and we are scared if our dreams are worth it.

If you can think it, you can create it and if your ideas appeal to you, it will appeal to others. You are a Spirit and your thoughts are real, the pictures you’re seeing in your mind are simply characters that exist in your mental environment but it is left for you to form these things into the physical environment. Look at how technology is evolving and things that seem impossible are being created but these things wouldn’t have become material if the inventors only ended up dreaming about it. Who would have believed that we can control devices with our voices and eyes, who would have believed from thousands of years ago that this world would be advanced to this point? Who would have believed that I can stay under the mango tree in a remote city, type with my laptop and reach the globe with my writings in a matter of seconds? How did all these things come to be? They started as fantasies and ideas, then plans were put in place and then it got created with hands!

As much as life and death are in the power of the tongue, life and death can only be authenticated by actions. A force must be acted upon for a physical result to take place. Those confessions, prayers and ideas are valid but they are not enough because they only play founding roles but you must work out the rest with your hands. The reason to dream and form ideas is to act on it, ideas become irrelevant if you won’t act on it.

The initial thing you need to create what you want is not money but you truly need material resources to give those ideas a physical form! God spoke a word, it came to be but He took time and resources to make it a reality. Nurture your dream and work on it. It may demand further studies, it may demand you committing yourself to years of learning and practice, it may demand you giving up certain things and soiling your hands but you must truly work it out!

Haven’t you thought of this before? God blessed man from the point of creation to be fruitful, He said in Genesis 1:28

“Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground.”

But same God who had already poured out His blessings of fruitfulness said in Deuteronomy 28:12 (with personal emphasis):

“The LORD will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all THE WORKS OF YOUR HAND. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none.”

How does that happen? Aren’t we blessed already? I will explain this. God has already blessed us with the ability to create our world with ideas and dreams but only those who make the extra effort to sit down and begin to put those things into shape with their hands can enjoy the full manifestation of fruitfulness. God didn’t create computers, God didn’t build houses, and God didn’t form or even designed cars and aeroplanes. The reason is that it is not his job to do all of these things. He made man and blessed him with His kind of creative ability and to be able to create, we should learn from God. God didn’t just say words; He worked out those words with His hands.

What are your dreams? What is that vision? Does it require you learning certain things? Does it require you enrolling in some kind of training? Does it require you travelling to another country? Does it require you doing certain things that will deny you some comforts? Without taking that bold step and getting your hands to work, you may never be able to translate your dreams into reality. Don’t waste that vision; don’t call what you can’t form into existence.

God bless you.

LOVE IS LABOUR, NOT PLEASURE


Again and again, I habitually sit back to ponder on certain things, I try to look from varying perspectives to gain better insight and know better. I was reflecting on that word “love” again and a Bible verse stroke a chord in my heart. It made the distinction! I’d like the words of Jesus to re-echo in our hearts; He said

“So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” – John 13:34-35

When we love, people will know that we are His disciples. You must understand that being a disciple means being a learner and this connotes that when we love, people will know that we are learning of Christ. This means that love is the only way to truly be Christ-like in a practical sense. Love is the only way to show Jesus.

When we discuss love, we aren’t talking about what a boy feels for a girl, we aren’t talking about the gifts a boy buys for a girl because of how he feels. We also aren’t talking about the feeling a girl has for a boy as a compensation for all the gifts she has been receiving. Love exceeds all of those. The Bible says that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. This is what love means! Love covers a multitude of offence, love doesn’t fade away because we couldn’t get what we want! Love is that ability to be wronged, offended and even despised but still choose to admire, respect and stand for the offender. It is in this interest that the Bible says “love is the greatest…” (1 Corinthians 13:13)

Many times, we want to feel that it is impracticable to love and while I admit that it is not natural to the flesh to live like Christ, we can truly love like Him because the nature of Christ has been made available in our Spirit and we can superimpose Christ’s nature of love on our mind by learning of Him every day and functioning in the reality of what we learn of Him. Jesus wasn’t suggesting that we love, He wasn’t advising us to love, and He wasn’t trying to inspire us or motivate us to love! He rather charged us and gave us a command to love one and another. He didn’t just leave us with a command, He also empowered us to be able to live up to it if we so desire it. However, it isn’t negotiable; it is a way of life that we must follow.

In light of this truth, we see something astounding. Love isn’t a choice, it is not an advice or an appeal; it is a commandment from our Lord, Jesus Christ. This is how He expects us to live, His love was made complete in us (1 John 4:12) so that we can give out to others in full measure. The problem is that a lot of us are too carnal that we are afraid to exercise our Spiritual qualities. The only way to express a better understanding of God is not to preach but to love! Love should be the reason why we teach, preach and reach out to people. We can’t prove we know God if we do not walk in genuine love. The Bible says in 1 John 4:8

“Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.”

The knowledge of God in us propels us to bear good fruits. What serves as fruit in us is our character and our attitudes towards others. The fruit of the Spirit isn’t something we wait for the Holy Spirit to gift to us. As believers, we have a regenerated spirit, our spirit is perfect (1 Peter 1:23) and our spirit is bearing good fruits. The Bible says in Galatians 5:22-23

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things, there is no law.”

Love is one of the fruits of the Spirit, all other fruits are also made possible by love. The fruit of the Spirit isn’t the fruit of the Holy Spirit in the context of that reference, it is the fruit of our born again Spirit. The bible says that we should walk in the Spirit, it didn’t say we should pray for the ability because as believers we already possess the ability to walk in the Spirit.

If we wouldn’t be able to walk in the Spirit, we wouldn’t have been instructed to do so. To walk in the Spirit means to live out in our flesh the fruits of our Spirit. Jesus said that we are known by our fruits (Matthew 7:16) and He said people will know that we are His disciples if we love. Note this please, He didn’t say people will know we are His disciples if we preach for it is by evidence that people are convinced about our identity. Let’s see that verse briefly,

“So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” – John 13:34-35

The reason Jesus commanded us to love each other just the same way He has loved us is that this is the only way to prove our identity to the world. Technically, when we don’t love just like Jesus, we are living out a mistaken identity. Jesus didn’t just ask us to love, He asked us to love just as we have been loved by Him. We don’t just love, we love like Jesus. It is not a suggestion but a commandment.

Commandment despises reasons; it entertains no respect for any kind of excuse. When you are in the army, you are obliged to obey the last order! The last order might be to open fire, it might be to slap your brother as a sign of discipline and because you are accountable to the senior officer, you must obey the last order. In the same fashion, Jesus, who is our Lord, saviour and owner have given us an instruction, a command and the greatest of it all at that. He said, “love one and another!” We don’t have a choice but to love, we don’t need any reason to love and we don’t have to feel like it, to love.

Love in this context is simply “love!” We don’t need to start defining any Greek theory! I said earlier that the kind of love Christ necessitates from us is that which respects, admire and care for others even when they are our enemies. It may seem ridiculous and cowardice but this is the kind of love God demands from us. It doesn’t mean that we see gangsters and lay our heads for them. It rather means that even when we have to seek for legal protections from wicked people, we are still concerned about them and groaning for them in prayers. We must never let our flesh proceed to rule our mind perpetually. We can learn to forgive people and let go of the hurt. Love can’t function without a forgiving heart.

Unfortunately, we talk about love so much but end up doing little. Our love for others is manifested first of all in our desire and passion to see them saved but it also continues being expressed in caring for others, in protecting the vulnerable, in assisting the needy and in seeing people just like Jesus would see them. The same way a woman in labour has no other choice than to push, we are compelled to love! Some women keep pushing out the baby and even die in the process but notwithstanding of what happens to them, they had to push, they’ve got no reason not to! Even if pushing would be impossible, they must still undergo surgical operation; this is because they have no option than to deliver that baby! It doesn’t matter the pain, you’ve still got to love.

The weakness of love is stronger than all the powers of hate in this world put together. The power of love is intoxicating to the point that when you show any man, genuine love, God Himself is triggered! I like to think that how to move God is to love, how to call for God’s attention is to love. I may not sound theologically accurate to some people here but it is true; our love for others triggers God’s attention. When you love others and show it, God is likely to say “wow! Someone just loved on me now.” Jesus made this very clear in Matthew 25:40, we saw that how to love God is to love the men God made in His image.

God has made Himself the primary beneficiary of our love to others. Love is a labour, it is not a pleasure. God wants us to labour this way, He regards us as faithful servants when we love others. Jesus didn’t say we should love people who love us, He didn’t say we should appreciate good deeds with love, He didn’t say we should love people we are attracted to. He rather commanded us to love even the least person. The smallest and insignificant person doesn’t suggest the least person in Church, God’s kingdom extends to the earth because the sphere of God’s authority is without defect. Who is the most unimportant person in your life? Who is that enemy that you have sworn to have nothing to do with? Who is that person that has so wronged you that you never want to set your eyes on them again? That is where love should begin!

As much as your child did nothing to obtain your love, this is how others should be loved. There shouldn’t be any such thing as hate at first sight. Whether they look mean, angry and unattractive, always find a means to show love. If your child destroys your certificate and valuable appliances, you may get so angry but in the end, he or she is still your child and you don’t keep being angry with them. This is also how we should treat others. The same way you believe that your child will grow out of being childish, you should also give other people that benefit of the doubt, they can grow out of their hate when they learn how to love from you! When there is a need to discipline people, love should still be the motivation! Channel your desire towards how you can make the other person better!

It is very easy to say that we can handle every offence; it is very easy to say that we can’t get bitter until we are hurt and betrayed by someone we’ve so much trusted. It is easy to say that we can love unconditionally until the person we thought we love turns against us. If love should rule above offence, then we are to labour for it. Judas betrayed Jesus but Jesus didn’t come back talking about it, the same happened with Peter. It was painful but love despises reasons. We will not always get it perfectly right but we can always try, we can always come out of hate when we remember that this isn’t where we are supposed to be. I will summarize with this story.

A man noticed a snake ensnared in something while the fire in a nearby burning bush was expanding towards the place the snake was trapped. Out of compassion the man picked the snake off its trap and started hiking down towards another part of the bush to put it to safety. The snake bit the man who out of pain threw it down immediately but quickly picked it up again and threw it to the other side of the bush. A young girl who was observing him asked: “why did you help that snake even after it bit you?” The man grinned and said “the snake will always be a snake and I will always be me. The snake won’t allow your kindness to change its nature; it is simply exhibiting its nature. In the same manner, I won’t allow the aggressiveness of the snake to change my nature that is why I still had to help even when it treated me badly.”

To love is not to see danger and fix your head in it. To love is to care for another person even when he or she is isolated for your safety. Never forget, love seeks for reconciliation, love is compassionate about getting others saved and love is revealed in care. People may hurt you while loving them but what do you do? Love again! Why? Because we are obeying the last order!

This is our last order, to love!

~ George O.N

HOW TO WALK IN GODLY WISDOM


Previously we had discussed what wisdom is and we can assuredly say that the process of wisdom involves procuring knowledge, discerning the information received and then acting on what we have understood. Let us succinctly look at how we can walk and operate in godly wisdom!

  • KNOWLEDGE AND REVERENCE FOR GOD

Knowledge is a step towards wisdom and the right knowledge is a step towards godly wisdom. This means that in getting knowledge, we must allow it to always pass through the filter of God’s word and this way we are being built correctly. The Bible says in Proverbs 1:7

“To have knowledge, you must first have reverence for the LORD. Stupid people have no respect for wisdom and refuse to learn.” 

Knowing God is the first thing to consider when gathering knowledge, this will help us discern certain things. For example, when you understand that God is love, it shapes your response to certain challenges that happen in your life. What you know about God will greatly determine how you interpret life. When we acknowledge God and His precepts, we will see and respond to life situations differently.

Some people think it is childish and senseless to acknowledge God because it doesn’t add up so much to the sense! They seem to think it is wise to stand on neutral ground and never offend anyone with our belief in God, they seem to think it sounds like a fairy tale even when they feel an emptiness and confused about life. The Bible calls them “stupid” not as to sound offensive but because their disregard for God is simply a disregard for Godly wisdom and as long as they don’t open up their heart to learn about God, they will continue wallowing in ignorance thinking they are wise. The Bible says in Psalm 14:1

Only fools say in their hearts, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, and their actions are evil; not one of them does good!”

One of the things that lack of reverence for God does to a man is that it also affects how they relate to others. They don’t see anything wrong in unhealthy competition, they see nothing wrong in vengeance, they see forgiveness and humility as weakness and in this way, they are given to corruption and evil actions without remorse because they believe they are not accountable to anyone. The knowledge of God is what enters into a man and begin to drive the man into God’s original purpose for him and when a man begins to apply God’s word, he starts to showcase the new man he has become on the inside. This can’t be possible for someone who doesn’t revere God! In other words, the Bible says elsewhere in Proverbs 9:10

“To be wise you must first have reverence for the LORD. If you know the Holy One, you have understanding.”

Remember, we initially saw that the knowledge of God should come first before any other kind of knowledge and here we see a more profound statement that indicates reverence for God as the principal source of godly wisdom. Reverence for God is a product of the knowledge of God! Read that verse carefully and you will discover that when we know God, we revere Him and when we know God, we receive understanding! I told us initially that the knowledge of God helps us to interpret life correctly and in our previous article, we saw that understanding simply means discernment or correct interpretation of knowledge. The knowledge of God helps us to interpret every other information and here the Bible records that reverence for God which is the beginning of wisdom is a result of the knowledge of God.

This is the longest part of this article because it is key to unlocking every other thing! Jesus said something very important in John 8:32

“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

It is not everything you know that becomes a power of freedom for you, it is the truth you know that guarantees your freedom! Jesus is the truth (John 14:6), He is the knowledge we are seeking about God and to know Him is to know God. Now, the knowledge of Jesus is all there is to know about God but then this knowledge also gives us the understanding we need about life in its entirety. The moment we know and revere Him, we are open to the other aspects of the mastery of wisdom. Wisdom isn’t a skill, it is a virtue that God has put in every one of us but this wisdom needs the right knowledge and understanding to be correctly activated. It is the knowledge that determines whether we are functioning by the flawed wisdom of men or by Godly wisdom.

We will be looking at the other accompanying ways we can truly walk in godly wisdom. Our anchor text is James 3:17-18

But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.”

Now let’s take it one after another

  • RIGHTEOUS LIVING

The Greek word used for wisdom in James 3:17 is “Sophia”, this happens to be my favourite female name! This wisdom is identified by its purity! Above all other things, it is first of all pure and that is to say; it is identified by righteous living. To live right is not something you wait for God to force you into, it is something you decide by yourself because you have been empowered from the inside out to live right. We saw earlier that human wisdom is full of greed, self, lust and so on but Godly wisdom is directly the opposite.

 The Bible says in Philippians 2:12-13

“Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed–not only in my presence but now much more in my absence–continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act to fulfil his good purpose.”

The beautiful thing about living right is that God is working in us to produce good fruits and therefore we have no other excuse. When we resist temptations, resist taking of a bribe, resist sexual immorality, help the vulnerable, protect the weak, give to the poor and do various other good things God wants us to do, we are walking in godly wisdom. It only takes reverence (some translations says “fear and trembling”) for God to truly work out the fruits of righteousness already in us.

  • PEACE-LOVING | Gentle, Reasonable & Submissive

God is a lover of peace, the Old Testament may not have captured His peaceful nature so well but when we look at Jesus and how He got along so well with just everyone, we can learn of God’s peace. Jesus accepted everyone, He hated the religious system of that time solely because it was preventing people from coming on to Him! Jesus settled issues, never condemned anyone and even talked the fanatics out of stoning a woman who was caught in adultery. To walk in peace is also to walk in Godly wisdom. It can’t be said to be wisdom when it loves war and death, it can’t be said to be wisdom when it is full of hate. The Bible says in Hebrews 12:14

“Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness, no one will see the Lord.”

I told us earlier that we are the ones who decide to live right intentionally as God wouldn’t force it on us. In the same manner, the Bible asks us to make every manner of effort to live in peace with everyone. We may be called cowards, we may be regarded as weak but we can still make every effort to stay at peace with all men, whether Muslims, pagans, atheist or people who don’t subscribe to our definition of marriage. As bad as anyone is, the Bible says we should be peace-loving. To be peace-loving means to know how to get along so well with everyone. When we stop being judgmental and start getting along with people, we are walking in Godly wisdom.

Peace is characterized by respecting others, approaching them with gentleness and being reasonable with them You don’t have to agree with anyone to respect them and you don’t have to force your opinion down anyone’s throat. For more insight into this, read my article “4 Tips To Maintaining Positive Impression In A Conversation.”

  • BE MERCIFUL

Throughout the Bible, there are several teachings on the subject of mercy and forgiveness. Godly wisdom demands that we exercise forgiveness at all times. Mercy isn’t just forgiveness, it means compassionate forgiveness. Certain people would forgive you but still have some mean feelings towards you but people who chose to walk in godly wisdom are merciful at all times. I wouldn’t want us to start citing several places in the Bible but let’s take a look at  Luke 6:36

“Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”

God is your father and if you want to operate in His wisdom, you ought to imitate His character. God loved us so much and came in the person of Jesus to pay for our sins, He came even when we never opted to love Him! In the same manner, it is not in human wisdom to show compassion but it is in God’s wisdom to show compassion! You can’t separate God’s wisdom from His mercy. His mercy is an element of His wisdom. The Bible says in Romans 12:2

“Don’t copy the behaviour and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”

There is no mercy in the world, the wisdom of this world only gives guides to vengeance but we can act like God by allowing Him to transform the way we think by learning God’s word! This is how to walk in Sophia! We already have God’s wisdom in us as believers but we can only bring it into reality by walking in the examples God has set for us.

  • DON’T DISCRIMINATE

Throughout the life of Jesus, we see something very spectacular! Jesus never discriminated between the despised Samaritans and Jews, Jesus never discriminated against people because of where they come from because He didn’t see anyone through the lens of the world. This is God’s wisdom! We don’t have to treat people based on where they were born or what they were born into. The Bible says in Acts 15:9

God doesn’t discriminate between Jewish and non-Jewish people. He has cleansed non-Jewish people through faith as he has cleansed us Jews.”

If we are God’s children, why not act like God? Why discriminate people because of their weakness? Why discriminate people because of gender? In Leviticus 19:34, we see God give them a law that expressed who He is. He said to them

You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.”

This is God’s desire; that we see people as He sees them! Whether rich, whether poor, whether black or white, whether male or female, God wants us to treat people equally and rightly regardless of the experiences we have had with anyone in the past. When we walk in Godly wisdom among men, the Bible says we will reap a harvest of righteousness because we walk in peace. God’s wisdom is portrayed so much in peace and love. The Message translation puts it this way

“…You can develop a healthy, robust community that lives right with God and enjoy its results only if you do the hard work of getting along with each other, treating each other with dignity and honour.”

The harvest of righteousness is the result we get from being peaceful with others. Our actions go a long way to develop a community that lives right with God. It is not easy to get along with others, it is not easy to treat others with dignity and honour especially in the face of disagreements but we can always do this when we keep allowing God’s word to transform us and change our minds.

  • ASK FOR WISDOM

You can ask for wisdom if you feel you lack it! One way God answers such prayers is to reveal more and more of His word to you until it becomes part of your consciousness, this goes beyond your understanding. The Bible says in James 1:5-6

“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.”

What does the Bible mean when it says “if any of you lacks wisdom…?” The Message translation says “If you don’t know what you’re doing…” Remember I wrote earlier that wisdom is the practice of already discerned knowledge, it is the right application of knowledge when it is necessary and where it is necessary. Now the Bible is saying “when you are finding it hard to apply wisdom or when it seems you struggle to do the right thing, you should ask God for the ability.” Wisdom is a gift from God and you can receive it if you ask for it.

Knowing so much of the Bible isn’t an indication that you are wise, it is when you properly act on that knowledge that wisdom is expressed. So, it isn’t out of place to always ask for the manifestation of God’s strength through you in doing the word and doing the right things at the right time. Wisdom is not an assumption, it is not about thinking that we know everything. When we pray for God’s wisdom, we are simply discarding our understanding and leaning on God’s understanding. There are times you just don’t know what to do because your understanding isn’t enough. At times like this, you can pray to God for wisdom. Praying for wisdom simply means you are putting your trust in God and not leaning on your understanding. The Bible says in Proverbs 3:5-6

“Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track. Don’t assume that you know it all.”

You can walk in godly wisdom today! It isn’t about sounding intelligent, it isn’t about saying great stuff, it is also about living like Jesus and showing the world the love of God in the way they have never seen it before. Walk in the wisdom of God today! Let “Sophia” become a literal part of your everyday expression!

God bless you!

PODCAST | THE SPIRIT OF JESUS


“the Spirit of truth…But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.” – John 14:17

We all believe that the Holy Spirit is a person but sometimes it seem we don’t know who He is. Our poor understanding of Him usually stops at “He is a person” but who exactly? What is His name? What is He coming to do? Is He inferior or superior to Jesus?

What you were never told is the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Jesus, He is God’s way of taking residence in us. His name is still Jesus! In this teaching, I will be sharing with you what Jesus said about the Holy Spirit and we will be grasping this truth on a whole new level!

It is not a new revelation, it is just that same ancient words that is ever true. You will also learn how to manifest God’s fullness because you are His instrument of expression!

It’s free! Listen to or download this teaching now!