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Insights: A Collection of 13 Short Articles

 

Insights: A Collection of 13 Short Articles

Copyright 2016 Bisi Oladipupo

Published by Bisi Oladipupo at Shakespir

 

 

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[]Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

 

An Ornament of great price

Apply thyself to understanding

Can man limit God?

Health & Safety measures in the bible

Not all friends are equal

The joy of being totally committed

The Lords chastisement does not mean many blessings still do not await you.

The same afflictions!

Thy testimonies are my counsellors!

What are you doing with longsuffering of the Lord?

What are you doing with the privileges that you have been given!

When things don’t make human sense!

‘Whom he foreknew

About the author

Connect with Bisi Oladipupo

 

[]Acknowledgements

I want to thank God the Father who has graced me with the gift to write. He alone takes all the glory.

 

I am grateful for the privilege l have been given by the Lord to put this into print. What an awesome God we serve!

 

[]An Ornament of Great Price

Ornaments can be costly. It just depends on what you are trying to beautify or decorate. Most people will agree that an ornament of £1000, equivalent to $1500 is too costly to put on a shelve in a living room.

 

An ornament can be described as any additional detail added to an object, interior, or architectural structure, which serves no purpose other than to make it more interesting, arresting, or beautiful to us. In other words, an ornament is a decoration, something used to beautify, something that can be used to decorate. It adds more value to a thing.

 

While we beautify our surroundings, which is not wrong, we should prioritise beautifying our hearts.

 

1 Peter 3: 1- 4 reads

Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives;

While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear.

Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;

But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.

 

While this scripture is speaking to women in dealing with their husbands, it is safe to say that the application of having a meek and quiet spirit applies to all.

 

The Bible says that Moses was the meekest man in all the earth in his days:

 

Numbers 12: 3

(Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.)

 

The Bible says that the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit in the sight of God is of great price.

 

Wow!!, What a treasure it must be to have what is of great value in the sight of the Lord. Isn’t it worth our investment? to have what is of great price to God ?

 

Let’s pursue this ornament of great price!. It cannot be picked up from the supermarket; it has to be put on. The journey of life will always give us opportunities to develop this great virtue, which in the sight of the Lord, is of great price. His grace is sufficient for us and it can be done.

[]Apply Thyself to Understanding

Isn’t it interesting that when we go to an academic class to learn anything, we apply ourselves to understanding. What does that mean? We pay attention to the teacher or lecturer to ensure that we understand what is being taught. Even when we struggle and don’t fully understand something after class, we go home and study more or find help. This help may be in the form of extra books, asking questions, or paying more attention to detail.

 

Nobody goes to class, day dreams during the lecture/ class, does no extra work after class and expects to understand what is taught.

 

Understanding does not jump on anyone, we all have to apply ourselves. If we cannot afford to be passive about understanding in the natural, what makes us think that the things of the Spirit are any different?

 

We all have an opportunity to understand the Word of God and the things of the Spirit. Our levels of understanding will depend on a number of things, which include, what we are exposed to, how mature we are in Him, how open we are to the truth, how teachable we are and what effort we make on our part to understand the things of God. We cannot afford to be passive.

 

Lets have a quick look at this account:

 

Mark 7: 14-16 reads

“And when he had called all the people unto him, he said unto them, Hearken unto me every one of you, and understand:

There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him: but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man.

If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.”

 

This is a very interesting statement. Everyone is expected to understand what the Lord was saying here. No exceptions. The first step to understanding something is to pay attention to it. Listen and give ear to what is being said or studied.

 

So how else can we apply ourselves to understanding?

 

Let’s look at a few scriptures:

 

1) Pray for understanding

 

Luke 24:45

“Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures”.

 

Psalm 119:33-34

“Teach me, O LORD, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end.

Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart”

 

2) By reading, studying and mediating on His Word.

 

Psalm 119:104

“ Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way”.

 

Psalm 119:130

“The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple”

 

Psalm 119:99

“ I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation”.

 

3) Don’t be passive about understanding.

 

Proverbs 16:16

“ How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver”

 

Proverbs 3:13

“ Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding”.

 

Proverbs 4:7

“ Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding”.

 

4) Give attention to understanding.

 

Proverbs 5:1

“My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding”:

 

5) Invest in good materials (e.g. good Christian books)

 

Proverbs 23:23

“ Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding”.

 

6) Listening to good Pastors and/or other ministry gifts to the body of Christ

 

Jeremiah 3:15

“ And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding”.

 

Is there anything that you struggle with that you seem not to understand? Apply the above steps and ask the Lord for help. We all have access to understand the things of our Christian faith, we just have to be teachable and give ourselves to what it will take.

 

1 John 5:20

And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.

[]Can Man Limit God?

The Lord has His ways, and the wise person agrees with the ways of the Lord. It’s amazing, but in certain ways we can limit what the Lord wants to do in our lives if care is not taken. I recently heard a testimony of which l was an eye witness to the persons story.

 

A lady was about to board a plane in June 2012. She said that she heard very clearly three times ‘“Do not board that flight”. She went to the airport and told the airline that she did not want to board the flight. The airline told her that they could not refund her money. Either she boarded the flight or lose the money. She chose to lose the money and thank God she did! The flight crashed with NO survivors. When she was giving the testimony, she held the ticket for the flight and waved it in the air while standing on the pulpit.

 

Thank God she obeyed and listened to the warning of the Lord. The Lord wanted to deliver her, and her obedience to the Lord did not limit Gods delivering power which was manifested on her behalf. This was a very sobering lesson, disobedience to the voice of the Lord can limit God.

 

In the book of Numbers 20, Moses disobeyed the Lord. This was the consequence:

 

“And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron, Because ye believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them”. Numbers 20: 12

 

Lets look at another scripture:

 

“ And Moses went and spake these words unto all Israel.

And he said unto them, I am an hundred and twenty years old this day; I can no more go out and come in: also the LORD hath said unto me, Thou shalt not go over this Jordan.

The LORD thy God, he will go over before thee, and he will destroy these nations from before thee, and thou shalt possess them: and Joshua, he shall go over before thee, as the LORD hath said” Deuteronomy 31 : 1- 3.

 

If you note from verse three, Moses said that he is 120 years old and could go no more out and come in: in addition, the Lord had told (Moses) that he could not go over the Jordan.

 

Moses would have taken the children of Israel across the Jordan had he not disobeyed the Lord. This means that Moses would have been given strength and everything required to complete the job had he obeyed. There would have been no need for Moses to say “ l cannot go in and out” in verse three. We probably would have had an account of a 120 year old still leading the children of Israel. He would have been strong enough to do it, but he limited God.

 

The children of Israel also limited God.

 

“How oft did they provoke him in the wilderness, and grieve him in the desert!

Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel.

They remembered not his hand, nor the day when he delivered them from the enemy.

How he had wrought his signs in Egypt, and his wonders in the field of Zoan” Psalm 78: 40 – 43.

 

Please read the full account in Psalm 78.

 

So can we limit God? Yes we can, in many ways. We must be careful not to do this. The Lord is faithful and able to do exceeding, abundantly, above all we can ask or think. Refuse to limit the One who wants to do great things through you and for you. He is an ever great, awesome and faithful God!

 

Abraham is a good example of one who did not limit God. He was quick to believe and obey. The Lord wants to do great things and He will as long as we let Him. He is ever ready to do good!

[]Health & Safety Measures in the Bible

Health and safety is nothing new. We can see some health and safety measures applied in the bible.

 

“When you build a new house, then you shall put a railing around your [flat] roof, so that no one may fall from there and bring guilt of blood upon your house” Deuteronomy 22: 8 (Amplified version).

 

God takes health and safety very seriously. It’s a shame when we see churches get prosecuted for health and safety breaches. The summary of health and safety in the new testament is “love worketh no ill to his neighbour” (Romans 13: 10).

 

We can see that our Lord Jesus Christ also applied crowd control measures in the Bible to protect Himself.

 

“ And He told His disciples to have a little boat in [constant] readiness for Him because of the crowd, lest they press hard upon Him and crush Him” Mark 3: 8 (Amplified version)

 

If our Lord Jesus Christ applied crowd control measures, what thinks we can behave anyhow and get away from it?

 

In addition to that, we now have laws in the land that we are called to obey and comply with.

 

Are you a church or a business owner? It’s time to take the health and safety laws of the land seriously. Obeying these guidelines not only protects lives, but it brings glory to the name of the Lord.

 

[]Not All Friends are Equal

Have you ever gone through a difficult time and wondered what happened to some people that you called your friends? Let have a close look at this scripture:

 

“A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother” Proverbs 18: 24.

 

Note the phrase , “and there is a friend” which means this does not apply to all friends.

 

This is why we get disappointed sometimes when we go through difficult times. We think some people will be there for us and suddenly we find out that they are not there.

 

Proverbs 18 states that you can have many friends, but only few of them will stick closer than a brother. Its only a friend closer than a brother that will go the extra mile for you and hang in there during difficult times.

 

The above scripture portrays different levels of friendship, after all, not all friends will stick closer than a brother!

 

We need to be discerning when dealing with people so we don’t expose ourselves to the wrong ones and get hurt by them. It’s not everyone you can expose yourself to during trials, simply because not everyone has what it takes to help you. Some people are simply not mature enough to offer any assistance, while others may not have the commitment it takes to be a true friend.

 

While it is good to have physical support and encouragement, sometimes it can be difficult. But remember that whatever you are going through, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ will always be there. He will never leave us nor forsake us! (Hebrews 13:5).

[]The Joy of Being Totally Committed

Are you still struggling to get fully committed to the Lord? Being fully committed to the Lord is the best thing you can ever do in this life. Life is short and very temporary, eternity is forever. The wise by God’s grace commit to secure their eternal home by making Jesus Christ their Lord and Saviour now. In addition to that, they fully give themselves to the Lord. After all, the one who died for us is the only One that fully has our interests at heart!.

 

In the Bible, we can see a man that made a decision to fully follow the Lord. That man was Moses!

 

“ By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter;

Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;

Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.

By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible” Hebrews 11; 24- 27.

 

Lets look at verses 25 and 26 again:

 

Moses choose to suffer affliction with the people of God rather than enjoying the pleasures of sin for a season. Moses made a choice.

 

Esteeming the reproach of Christ equals greater riches. That sums it up! Moses came to the conclusion that the reproach of Christ produced greater riches than the treasures in Egypt.

 

Now, let’s ask ourselves a question. Where are the treasures of Egypt in Moses day today? If Moses had enjoyed the pleasures of sin for a season, what would he have gotten out of temporary pleasure?

 

Moses fully committed himself to the Lord and the Lord used him mightily. Moses brought the children of Israel out of Egypt with great signs and wonders (Exodus 14: 31). Moses was later described as the meekest man on earth (Numbers 12: 3) . His legacy still lives today. We see him appear to Jesus talking about what the Jesus would go through (Matthew 17: 3) . There are no words to describe what Moses gained by totally committing himself to the Lord however, we must understand that Moses made a choice (Hebrew 11: 25 – 26). Today, we still speak about the great man of God Moses!.

 

So, what’s the struggle? It pays to totally commit to the Lord. The Lord has a great plan for your life. Following the Lord fully not only pays in this life, but in the life to come. Remember , Hebrews 11: 6b “For he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him”. Is the Lord calling you to a closer walk with Him? Then simply obey!. It pays to serve God fully!.

 

[]The Lord’s Chastisement Does Not Mean Many Blessings Do Not Await You.

Chastisement from the Lord is compared to a father chastising his son. As parents, when we chastise our children, maybe tell them off, punish them for what they have done wrong, make them pay some form of price for what they did wrongly, do we still not bless them and provide for them? Of course we do! What makes us think the Lord is any different?

 

“For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.

If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed” Hebrews 12: 6-13.

 

Lets look at this scripture:

 

“ Now these were the sons of David, which were born unto him in Hebron; the firstborn Amnon, of Ahinoam the Jezreelitess; the second Daniel, of Abigail the Carmelitess:

2 The third, Absalom the son of Maachah the daughter of Talmai king of Geshur: the fourth, Adonijah the son of Haggith:

3 The fifth, Shephatiah of Abital: the sixth, Ithream by Eglah his wife.

4 These six were born unto him in Hebron; and there he reigned seven years and six months: and in Jerusalem he reigned thirty and three years.

5 And these were born unto him in Jerusalem; Shimea, and Shobab, and Nathan, and Solomon, four, of Bathshua the daughter of Ammiel” 1 Chronicles 3: 1 – 5.

 

Yes David paid a price for the wrong he did (2 Samuel 12: 9 – 14) in addition to losing the first child Bathsheba bore to him. However, Bathsheba also known as Bathshua in the bible still had four other children, Solomon wrote us the book of Proverbs and up to today, our Lord Jesus Christ is called the seed of David (2 Timothy 2: 8).

 

Yes David did pay for killing Uriah and taking his wife, but after the Lord chastised him, He still blessed Him.

 

God is our father. Our earthly fathers correct children but don’t throw us away. The same applies with us when we walk with the Lord. I will never leave thee nor forsake thee always applies.

 

So lets embrace correction, repent, align ourselves, learn from our mistakes, and move on to do exploits in His name. He is a true Father!,

 

[]The Same Afflictions!

Are you going through a rough time? Are you thinking, well, nobody else around me seems to be going through this, its only me? Why am l the only me going through this?

 

We are grateful that God is never caught unawares. I read from a site recently something very encouraging. This was the summary of the statement: “ If good parents plan ahead for their children, how much more God ?”. Talk about exit plan. Before the problem presented itself, the Lord already made an exit route. You are coming out!

 

Sometimes we look around and think, nobody else seems to be going through this. What does the Bible say? Let’s have a look at this scripture:

 

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world” 1 Peter 5; 8-9.

 

Notice the last phrase of verse nine; It says the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world!. “But l can’t seem to find anyone around me going through this”. Well firstly, the honest truth is you really don’t know what people are going through, they may be smiling, but you never know. Secondly, the Bible says that these same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world, This means that others going through this may not be close to you, they may be in another country.

 

The good news is that, you are coming out! You are not alone! The same God that is fighting for them, is fighting for you. You are not alone! And the Lord is for you!.

 

So never think, its only you, That is not true!. Remember that “many are the afflictions of the righteous but the Lord delivers them out of them all!” (Psalms 34: 19). Be encouraged!

[]Thy Testimonies are My Counsellors!

Most of the time, when we hear the word “counsellor” our minds race to human beings. And yes, man can counsel us, however, the word “counsellor” is not limited to man.

 

Let’s have a look at this scripture:

 

“Thy testimonies also are my delight and my counselors” (Psalms 119: 24).

 

Are you going through a difficult time? Are you saying to yourself, “Where is my way of escape”? Perhaps it’s time to look at what the Lord has done for you in the past. Consider the various testimonies in your life, and let them be your counsellors. Ponder on what the Lord did for you before, how He brought you out, how He delivered you, for He has not changed. Let what the Lord did in the past, be your present counsellor in that situation.

 

Encourage yourself in the Lord. Say to yourself, “What the Lord did then, He will do now”. Remember David in 1 Samuel 17: 37 David said moreover, “ The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the LORD be with thee”. Did the Lord not deliver him?

 

Begin to remember all of your testimonies and ponder on them. Let them encourage you and be your counsellors. It shall be well!

[]What are You Doing with the Longsuffering of the Lord?

The word “ longsuffering” means patience. Our Lord is very patience and there is a reason why. It’s because He wants us to amend our ways so He can have His full way in our lives.

 

There are many instances from the scripture where we can see the longsuffering of the Lord. Let’s look at this two scriptures:

 

“ The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3: 9).

 

“By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;

Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water” (1 Peter 3: 19- 21).

 

From these two scriptures we can see that the reason why the Lord is patience is to give us time to repent before it becomes too late. Have you ever tried to minister salvation to someone and they thought that they had forever to repent? Nobody has forever to repent, now is the day of salvation. The wise say yes now.

 

The above also apply to us as Christians. We do not have forever to do or make the necessary adjustments required in our lives. If the Lord has told you to do something, then do it. I once heard a great man of God today, now in fore front ministry. However, years before he was not being responsive to the direction of the Lord for his live. One day the Lord told him, “If you don’t respond l will give your commission to somebody else”. He said that he didn’t like the sound of that and chose to obey. Today, his ministry is transforming lives. “To everything there is a time and season for every purpose under heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1).

 

We live in a modern world, but don’t be deceived: everybody’s times and seasons are different. Nobody can afford not to do what they need to do. And comparing ourselves with others is the greatest mistake any man can make. Perhaps the Lord is saying, “Judge yourself regarding your diet, Pray more, Stop this or that”, it’s all for a reason.

 

The Lord deals with us an individually and nobody has forever to do what they know that they need to do.

 

Paul the apostle put it right:

 

“Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?” (Romans 2: 4)

 

The Lord being good to us despite us not doing what we know we should be doing should lead us to repentance and not taken for granted. Let’s not forget this scripture Romans 11: 22 Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God

 

Perhaps you don’t know the Lord yet, let today be the day of salvation. Many left it too late. Don’t be among them ending up in the wrong the place for eternity.

 

We need to respond to the goodness of our Lord. It’s time to do what we know we need to be doing.

[]What are You Doing with the Privileges that You have been Given!

All you need to do is look around, and you must agree that some people have privileges that others do not have. I read a very sad account a few days ago about 87 migrants from Niger that died of thirst. What happened? They got trapped in the Sahara Desert and died due to lack of water. This indicates that water , which is supposed to be a basic necessity is not available to everyone.

 

I do not claim to have all the answers, Far be from it. Nevertheless, we can learn from the scripture Lets have a look at this account!

 

“ Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not:

Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.

But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you.

And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.

But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee” (Matthew 11: 20 – 24).

 

The above tells us that certain things we have and what we are exposed to, is a privilege and not a right. It also means, that we have a responsibility, and we will give account for what we know, and what privileges the Lord brought our way.

 

Let’s pay close attention to the above. I will paraphrase:

 

Chorazin and Bethsaida had mighty works done in them, yet they did not repent. The Lord says here that if those same works were done in Tyre and Sidon they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. This simply means that Tyre and Sidon did not have the privilege that Chorazin and Bethsaida had.

 

Now look at verse 22. Because of the advantages that Chorazin and Bethsaida had and Tyre and Sidon did not have, at the day of judgement, it will be more tolerable i.e. bearable for Tyre and Sidon that they!

 

The same applies to Capernaum and Sodom.

 

We must be grateful for what we have been exposed to when it comes to the Gospel and apply ourselves to it.

 

I remember I heard an account of a son/daughter complaining to her mum. This child was brought up in a Christian family. “Well mum, when anyone talks in class, the teacher does not notice or pick on it. But when I talk during lessons I get told off and punished”. The mum’s response was “Because you know better”.

 

How careful we need to be. Let’s be honest with what we know, what we have been exposed to, and apply ourselves to it. It is a privilege and not a right!

[]When Things Don’t Make Human Sense!

Talk about faith! How many of us have missed opportunities and disobeyed because of human reasoning? We perceive something in our hearts but do the exact opposite because we allow our human reasoning to override. This can be very dangerous and costly as we must know that God always knows better and always has our best interest at heart.

 

Imagine you have received a promise that from your son one day, nations will come out of him. Then you are asked to offer him up? This is what happened to Abraham,

 

Hebrews 11: 17 – 19

 

“ By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,

Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called:

Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure” (Hebrews 11: 17- 19).

 

We must know that the Lord is faithful. Whatever the Lord tells us to do will always turn out to be good. The only way to fully enjoy this Christian walk is to trust and obey. Things might not make human sense to us, but the just shall live by faith. Besides that, we are only human and what we can see is very limited. God can see all things! The little we think we see and understand is nothing compared to what we cannot see. So when things don’t make human sense, just obey! Our human reasoning is very limited.

 

I was recently listening to a DVD by a man of God. He said that he was considering marrying a lady and decided to pray and ask the Lord about it. In summary, he found out that if he married that person, he would be divorced in 5 years and also not fulfill his ministry. That was the end of that choice.

 

Brethren, we are spirit beings We must always obey and do exactly what the Lord instructs us to do.

 

I wrote a few nuggets down from the DVD;

 

“Do not be unequally yoked does not apply to unbelievers only: you can’t marry any Christian. They may not believe on the same level that you do. They may be compatible today but not in the future because of where God is taking you to. It all about destiny”

 

“You can mess up your destiny by connecting with the wrong people”

A word is enough for the wise. Let’s honour the Lord and obey to the letter whatever He directs and instructs. Our human reasoning is very limited. The just shall live by faith!!

[]‘Whom He Foreknew!

To foreknow something is to know it before it was formed. Only the Lord can foreknow us as He made us.

 

“ Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations”(Jeremiah 1: 5).

 

The Lord has plans for us, and His plans for us were predetermined before He made us. In other words, He knows what we have the potential to do and what graces we have, don’t let anybody else define you.

 

Lets look at the above scripture. “Before I formed thee in the belly, I knew you, and before thou came out I sanctified and ordained you to be a prophet to the nations”. As only the Lord knows the foundation of our lives, it’s only Him we should seek for direction and plans for our lives. Forget what people are saying, the one who formed you and foreknew you knows better.

 

Do you know that God has great plans for your life? “But I am not even born again, I don’t know the Lord”. Receive the Lord Jesus Christ into your heart and make Him Lord of your life. “But life is tough?” That’s why you need the Lord.

 

Let’s see what the Lord has in stock for us:

 

“ And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren”( Romans 8: 28- 29).

 

Do you see the desired destination? To be conformed to the image of His Son. Brethren are supposed to look alike. Jesus Christ is our big brother.

 

This is the desired end, we are to become more like Jesus every day. The Lord that formed us, knows what He has invested in us. He foreknew us, and He knows better. Don’t give up on yourself. You have great potential in the Lord and He has great plans for you.

[]About the Author

Bisi Oladipupo by the grace of God has been a Christian for many years. Her first blog was started at wordpress in 2007 which generated quite a number of readers and comments.

 

In 2013 a personal website was developed and can be found at www.inspiredwords.org.

 

Bisi Oladipupo also has a passion to see other people develop their gift. In September 2013, she started a group on Google plus to encourage other writers to visit each other’s blog. The community is called “Helping Christian Blogs” and remains active.

 

Bisi Oladipupo is based in the UK and is part of the Church Without Walls International Network.

 

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Insights: A Collection of 13 Short Articles

This is a collection of 13 inspirational articles that l have written. Articles include, Health and Safety measures in the bible, not all friends are equal , Can man limit God and many more. My prayer is that you will be encouraged as you read them

  • ISBN: 9781370998098
  • Author: Bisi O. Oladipupo
  • Published: 2016-08-24 18:05:11
  • Words: 6151
Insights: A Collection of 13 Short Articles Insights: A Collection of 13 Short Articles