Walking In This DAWN

“Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.” Isa 43:18-19

How does the new era we all desire remain evergreen in our pilgrim’s journey?  How does this season upliftment we pray for stay on? This dawn cannot be gotten to be lost quickly.

A song writer aptly writes: “Jesus is coming very soon,

                                                      So hold fast all that you have,

                                                     Do not allow anybody

                                                   To take your own crown from thee”

Guarding with all diligence Prov. 4:23-24: The guarding of our lives diligently is definitely a step in preserving this dawn. The issues of life is set to take centre stage as we continue life’s journey. But one thing is sure, relying on the Lord for guidance is a sure banker to go through.

Remember Not: Giving no thought to the past attainment is one way of walking in this dawn. Every past achievement and success height should go with yesterday. We must endeavour to seek for newer levels of relationship with the Father of Light. Phil 3:8.

Maintaining  the altar: The walk of a believer must be that circumspect of the Truth and jealously guarding the altar. The altar is where a Christian draws strength. It is where sacrifices are offered, petitions rendered and hearts poured out. Our communication with God is vital. Walking in this Dawn cannot be completed in loneliness. Rather this dawn is experienced with eh full complement of the Father. Fellowshipping with the father continually cannot be diluted.

 

One more Note!

 

The Lent, What’s the Length?

It is officially six weeks to Easter. Last Wednesday, the countdown began with the Ash Wednesday observed by Anglican, Lutheran, Methodist and Orthodox Churches.

The lent season, approximately forty days, is set aside to remain chaste, denying oneself of pleasures. It is believed this period should be the holiest of all seasons as Christians.

But there is something synonymous with forty days in the bible. Moses spent forty days with God on Mount Sinai(Ex. 24:18),  Elijah  spent forty days and nights walking to Mount Horeb (1Kings 19:8), Noah spent forty days and nights with his family in the ark while the rain lasted (Gen 7:4),Jesus fasted for forty days (Matt.4:1-2).

Indeed, forty has a lot mentions in the Holy Scriptures… So the countdown to Easter has begun for Christians. Easter is a season we remember the death and resurrection of our Saviour. “And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.” 1Cor 15:14.

Thank Jesus! He rose from the grave-the source of my faith… As the lent season continues, I believe the length should not only be for forty days. Christians should indeed live soberly daily forgoing wordly pleasures for the sake of Christ’s atonement.

The atonement he made on our behalf is ultimate (Rms 5:1-5)  We should not afford to drag his name to the cross.

Your Brother,

Kelechi AMAKOH

kelechi.amakoh@gmail.com

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Unmatchable Love

Love is the key. Joy is love singing. Peace is love resting. Long-suffering is love enduring. Kindness is love’s touch. Goodness is love’s character. Faithfulness is love’s habit. Gentleness is love’s self forgetfulness. Self control is love holding the reigns. Donald Barnhouse

With few days to the popular St. Valentine’s Day, I tried remembering if I ever presented a gift to someone to  mark Feb 14. Yes, I once did in Secondary School to someone ‘special’ then- no longer special.

That was all I knew then about St. Valentine’s Day. Then in Secondary School, it was always tales of who got what, the highest receiver of gifts . That was my vague knowledge in action. This vague knowledge still abounds in many.  However, St. Valentine’s exploits in the days of old is worth emulating. Christ’s love unto mankind is not worth losing for any penny.

As the world celebrated St. Valentine’s Day yesterday, I began to question the attention always given to Feb 14. This date means a whole lot to several people.  Those in the world have indeed singled this day for what one can think of.  Should love only be shown on Feb 14?

Oh No, never!  At least for Christians, LOVE is never tied to a day. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law” Galatians 5:22-23.

The love the world can ever give is unmatchable to God’s kind of love. God’s kind of love is explicit, no strings attached. His love is the reason we live. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 Man before then had lost his place due to disobedience. Yet, Christ’s love singlehandedly changed the situation. So tell me which love matches that of MY FATHER?

The church in Corinth indeed received an exposition on the topic LOVE by Brother Paul.  In 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 the nature of love expected of us as Christians is written in clear language.  Despite your display of excellent tongues, lack of love only places you on the level of the cymbals struck by a skilled drummer during  a worship service. The cymbals add to the glamour of the drum and its sound dies off quickly.

Love beareth all things. HardTalk! Despite the amount of rubbish thrown at us, LOVE requests we bear all. In this tenure of the Revelation of Christ, our growth in matters of the kingdom cannot be attained without LOVE. Yes, Love.

Christ’s Love is unconditional. His love to us has no strings attached. Do we still express love in order to get a return? Is our love towards those around us done because of the reward we expect. This shouldn’t be.

As St. Valentine’s Day was marked yesterday, have it that Love isn’t expressed just on a day. Love is expressed every day.

Your Brother,

Kelechi AMAKOH

kelechi.amakoh@gmail.com