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Ambassadorial FOJs

 

 

Thank God for October! The month marked a milestone in the nation’s history. As we remember God’s faithfulness to us as Nigerians this month our conduct must exude Christ. Being Ambassadors For Christ simply involves being true representatives for Christ.  The Church at Corinth got the nudge by the Apostle to show Christ through their living for others to emulate.

We’re Christ’s representatives. God uses us to persuade men and women to drop their differences and enter into God’s work of making things right between them. We’re speaking for Christ himself now: Become friends with God; he’s already a friend with you.

As I lay rest to this POT Series, one thing the Lord will want his house to remain for is representing him well every time, anywhere and at any cost. Friends of Jesus, being an ambassador for Christ will only become real when we truly walk in the Father’s light, ride on his wings and wait upon him every time. Isa 40:31

How well do we represent Christ in our daily living? What manners do we exhibit to our course mates, roommates and lecturers? Are they replica of the father’s attitude?

What will Jesus do? This question must always rule your mind at every given time concerning every issue. Will Jesus refuse to take the honorable path of receiving insults from a naughty roommate and talk back fire for fire? Will our Father stoop low to sell her priced assets for #2.50k for any man?

What will Jesus do in an examination hall where everyone is blank and results to micro-chips for help? As Christians, when confronted with these challenges we tend to “drop the bible” and want to “face the reality”.  Lord have Mercy on us. It is then you see a Spirit-filled brother who just led the house in a thunderous prayer session turning the pages of his text book for answers in MIC 401. Ah! How can you be for Christ and the devil? What is the relationship?

Those of the world know those who are for Christ. They are watching to see how well what you preach is replicated in your dealings with them. No wonder when we fumble, you hear them say: “I thought you were a Pastor!”

An ambassador is a representative. In Nigeria, there are ambassadors sent out to the nation’s embassies in other countries to serve as the point man for the nation. Whatever the person does over there now becomes generalized. If the individual is known to cut corners, it will be generalized that citizens of the nation he represents does such.

Currently, the image of Nigeria by the countries of the world is that of a “bunch of 419ers” and “internet fraudsters (Yahoo-Yahoo)”. Why is this notion so? It is because few Nigerians have acted in such manner duping and deceiving foreigners and as such denting the nation’s reputation.

This also applies to our representing Christ. As Christians, if anyone amongst the flock depicts an anti-Christ attitude, the whole is affected. Galatians 5:9 says: “A little leaven leavens the whole lump (NKJV). The little evil deed by a member of the body can put the whole body in a bad light. See how Message translation puts it: And please don’t toss this off as insignificant. It only takes a minute amount of yeast, you know, to permeate an entire loaf of bread.

 

Dear Friend of Jesus, be that true representative of Christ. That’s the whole sum of our existence. Those at Antioch got this wisdom and lived by it. No wonder the people around as recorded in Acts 11:26 called them Christians!

 

Tenure of the Revelation of Christ

As this Sunday service marks the end of a glorious tenure of the revelation of Christ the prayer of Paul to the Church at Ephesus I pray this day for this house of God:

Eph 1:16-19

I couldn’t stop thanking God for you — every time I prayed, I’d think of you and give thanks. 17 But I do more than thank. I ask — ask the God of our Master, Jesus Christ, the God of glory — to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing him personally, 18 your eyes focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what it is he is calling you to do, grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life he has for Christians, 19 oh, the utter extravagance of his work in us who trust him — endless energy, boundless strength!  (MESSAGE)

It is my prayer that generations after generations, this house will not stop molding lives, raising generals, being a solution centre, a family of cultured Christians, preaching and teaching Jesus as the Christ.

 

I love everyone all! Thank you for devoting time to read this column as the Holy Spirit held my hands to write it from November 16, 2014 till this day, October 11, 2015.

 

INDEED, I LOVE YOU ALL

Your Brother,

Kelechi AMAKOH

KOA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is still Room

Is there still a space to be filled? An increase only takes place in the atmosphere of lack and emptiness. A push only comes when there is a perceived weakness and call for help.

This month thus far, we have dwelt richly on the Supernatural Increase God expects us to operate on per time. The supernatural transcends the spectacular and natural. It is beyond human comprehension and calculation. It is the lifestyle of true believers.

This experience can only come alive when we own up to being weak, empty and helpless. The moment we are assured of a space for the Lord to fill within us. Our walk with the Father can only come alive when we learn to unlearn, learn and relearn daily.

There is sure still room for you to take in the father’s dealings. Apostle Paul realized this principle and applied this to the utmost. Hear him: “I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forth unto those things which are before.”  Phil 3:13

In the realization of our weakness, we find strength. In the thirst and hunger for more of God we get HIM wholly and instantaneously. How will I ever experience increase when I am always of the opinion that I have arrived? We daily cry for increase yet we fall into the category of those who feel they have attained. Those who feel that they have heard, read and chewed enough of God’s word.

In John 21: 11, the magnitude of God is exhibited. The catch made by Peter, Nathanael, Thomas and sons of Zebedee as assisted by Jesus was a great one. After their toil all night, at the appearing of Jesus confessed their failure. They confessed their weakness. They gave up on their wisdom, skills, strategies and strength.

The bible recorded that the fishes caught were great and yet the net was not broken. I’m thinking that the net still had capacity to carry more fishes than it did to the shore. There was still room. No matter how filled we are, there is still more room to be filled.

No matter how well you have preached in the past and lives were saved, there is still more room for you to grow and increase.

Don Moen’s song does it. He put it thus:

There is a longing

Only you can fill

A raging tempest

Only you can still

My soul is thirsty Lord

To know you as I’m known

Drink from the river

That flows before your throne

It is my sincere prayer that we all attain and reach out to those things which are before.

 

FINAL YEAR BRETHREN THANKSGIVING SERVICE

It’s happening today! FYB Thanksgiving Service…

As a member of this category of students, I completely grasp what it takes to reach this far in such a citadel of learning.

After four, five or six years, one gets to graduate to higher heights.

Even as these set of people thank God for sparing their lives, seeing them through and being their help thus far, I pray they will not miss out of God’s purpose and plan for their lives.

The sounds of Rejoicing shall not cease.

 

The Achievers it’s your day, do shakara…

 

Your Brother,

Kelechi AMAKOH

KOA

 

 

Discipline: A Pathway to Experiencing Increase

Discipline.  Restraint. Self-control. Necessary is this to ensuring guaranteed increase.

For everyone desirous of a change in the status quo, there are certain things expected to be one. An obese person passionately wanting a fitter body size will always go through strict routines. If these routines are followed, the obese person within a defined period takes a different and fitter shape.

So, it is with us. If Christianity involves entering into what Jesus is, then there are weights we must not take in with us. There are attributes which must stick with us. There are characters/ traits which must not take dominion over us.

As someone said, discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments. So is discipline the bridge between desire and the actual supernatural increase. Just as his parents departed Jerusalem after the yearly feast of the Passover, Jesus stayed behind. It takes discipline to forgo pleasure and pursue the utmost. This Jesus did. Hear his response: “How is it that ye sought me? Wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business.” (Luke 2:49).

It is discipline which made Jesus rise in the morning (Mark 1:35), defy sleep (Luke 6:12), take strategic positions (Luke 9:28-29) to pray.

Apostle Paul typified discipline in his walk as well. Hear him: “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forth unto those things which are before.” Philippians 3:13.

It takes discipline to put away attainments of the past, successes of the past, glories of the past. It takes one with determination to put away the hours of vigils kept praying on the mount in the past, completion of the bible three times before the end of the year and every other attainment of the past.

It takes discipline to wake up when others are fast sleeping to pray, study the scriptures and engage in spiritual exercises for increase. When roommates are engaged in the worldly affairs and still making it,  discipline says stay on the right path.

Discipline says spend time with the Father early in the morning while your phone notifies for a new WhatsApp message. Discipline says you leave the comfort of your bed to ray to avoid sleep while the mind says sleep a while. Self-control ensures your body-God’s temple is kept pure not minding the ‘pleasure’ obtainable.

I pray God help our hearts!

 

 

 

ALUMNI SUNDAY

The first of its kind! It’s the Alumni Sunday.

Thank God for those who blazed the trail, kept the torch and passed the baton.

Even as we worship God today, it is my prayer this will not be the end. We will be among the host of those who will worship God forever in heaven.

Happy Alumni Sunday

 

Your Brother,

Kelechi AMAKOH

KOA

 

 

The Tiberias Experiences!

 

Tiberias was a rendezvous for some of Jesus’ activities while on Earth. Anytime any remarkable happening took place at that venue, the testimony was always going to be out of this world.

I am beginning to think the Supernatural had a field day manifesting at Tiberias.

Also spelt Tveria, is an Israeli city and considered as one of the four Holy cities. (Maybe, I might just be visiting there soon!). History notes that Tiberias was beautifully designed and enlarged by Herod in honour of Tiberius, the emperor.

The experiences at Tiberias are amazing.

John 6 highlights how well Jesus attracted the crowd wherever he went. These crowds were eager to hear him speak, heal and set free bondmen and women. They were always joyful in his presence. His words were always going to lift their spirits.

How well do we attract people with the LIGHT in us? Are people eager to have our company due to the fact we will always speak seasoned words? Or are people repealed by our presence?

The multitude was always attracted to the MAN called JESUS.

Can we be attractive for the world to turn away from evil?  The world will continue to degenerate because of lack of PREACHERS. Romans 10:14 notes how the absence of preachers can cause people not believe in HIS name.  We must be those who will preach the gospel. Meet for the Masters’ Use in depopulating the Kingdom of devil.

The Tiberias experiences revealed the compassionate nature of Jesus. John 6:5 and 21:5 noted how Jesus cared for the people. At Tiberais, the toiling stopped, the wait ended and hunger disappeared. Those at Tiberais were now to experience God in a greater dimension. This is the God we serve.

Most importantly is the supernatural increase recorded at Tiberais. It is my sincere prayer that you will experience such as pertaining to your situation. When the supernatural takes place, it gives no room for doubt. It satisfies to the utmost!

I am also thinking that the SUPERNATURAL takes place in order for God to show supremacy. Every time such happened in the scripture, there were always reaffirming words from those who witnessed such ( John 6:14,  21:7, Luke 5:8, 8:25).

The increase recorded by people at the Sea of Galilee (Tiberais) was unimaginable and unthinkable. The supernatural transcends the periphery. There is always a significant difference. In this month of September and beyond, may we all experience remarkable, undeniable and unusual differences in our lives giving glory to God.

I key into the SUPERNATURAL INCREASE DIMENSION

I serve a God of Tiberais.

 

Meet for the Master’s Use

 

What an apt theme for this year’s Sisters’  Week.

 

Meet for the Master’s Use as taken from 2 Tim 2:21 is for us all as believers. This was an epistle written some years back by Brother Paul to his Spiritual son, Timothy and an extension to us.

 

 

According to The Message translation:

 

In a well-furnished kitchen there are not only crystal goblets and silver platters, but waste cans and compost buckets — some containers used to serve fine meals, others to take out the garbage.

Become the kind of container God can use to present any and every kind of gift to his guests for their blessing. (2 Tim 2:20-21)

 

One key message is being the kind of container usable by God. Can we be such? Can our lives be such that is pleasing and worthy to be used?

May we all be Meet for the Master’s Use.

 

 

 

 

Happy Sisters’ Sunday!

 

 

Your Brother,

Kelechi AMAKOH

KOA

 

OBEDIENCE BEGATS MATURITY

“The world is unprincipled. It’s dog-eat-dog out there! The world doesn’t fight fair. But we don’t live or fight our battles that way — never have and never will.  

The tools of our trade aren’t for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture.  

We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies,  tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ.

Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity. “2 Cor 10:3-6

 

Since the beginning of this month, the Lord has been gracious tobring our way the theme: Total Obedience.  

This cannot be overlooked  if we desire a fellowship with the Father (1 John 1:3). Our walk with the Father only becomes true when we are willing to listen to him while he speaks (1 Sam 3:10), carry out instructions as it comes (Gen. 12:2) and the innate attentiveness for his pruning at his feet (Luke 10:39a).

For every bible character that keyed into this, grew in knowledge of Christ as well as became spiritually upright. The revelation of Christ only becomes possible when we are constantly doing the Father’s bidding.  Our Lord God is not interested in the number of times you arrived fellowship first neither is he interested in the best of robes you adorn every service day.

He IS KEENLY INTERESTED IN SOULS WHO ARE SOLELY YIELDED TO HIM. The father will require only those willing to go through him cause he is the way, truth and life. He shows the path (John 14;6) , teaches in love (Heb 12:6)  and disseminates life in abundance (John 10:10).

This world is unprincipled, so says Apostle Paul. I strongly believe it. The world we live in is full of those who want to bring others down to excel.

Let me digress a bit. For any careful observer of Nigeria politics, you will agree that the current politicking towards the appointment of ministers for the Federal Government has become very dirty. There have been claims, counter-claims, character assassination and piggish fights on every front.  That is the world system.

But the system we operate in is that of the Spirit which daily requires our pruning by the horticulturist, breaking by those at the quarrying site and incubation by the master incubator, CHRIST.

When this takes place, maturity in things of the SPIRIT becomes inevitable.  Samuel was naïve. He couldn’t distinguish the voice of the priest from the Father. However, the moment he got the rhema, he didn’t look back. When the voice called him again, hear his response: “

  Then God came and stood before him exactly as before, calling out, “Samuel! Samuel!”

Samuel answered, “Speak. I’m your servant, ready to listen.”

 

Samuel was one who had been in the house of the Lord for a while but was unable to hear clearly from the Lord. He refused to stay at that level. So, he sought for help. Most times we are very quick to continue in our deceit in church. Most times, we want to keep talking, exhorting and showing dint of braggadocio in church, on the pulpit and while speaking to fellow believers.

Most believers see the church as a dumpsite to pour what the Father taught them in their personal quiet time. That is pure deception. No wonder you will hear something like: “While I was having my quiet time” talk.  Can we leave out such?  The Father will require we do more of listening than talking.  Can we come to a level where we will always seek to know more.  Until we come to the level of helplessness, God will never help. Samuel sought help and he got.

 

According to Brother James this should be our guide: “Dear friends: Lead with your ears, follow up with your tongue, and let anger straggle along in the rear” (James 1:19-20).

 

Abraham’s walk with sky-rocketed the moment he took out of his comfort zone to an unknown destination (Gen 12:2). From then onwards, he began experiencing the dealings of the Father.

 

These made him mature in Christ, earned respect from God and men. No wonder, he would not let pride set in but sought for peace between him and his nephew, Lot (Gen. 13:8). However, most of us still live in the era of pride. The place of obedience dispels self, pride and dispute.

 

Martha was the busy-bee. Mary was the seeker of truth, way and life. When this two collided, we came to understand that Mary’s occupation was superior(Luke 10:42). Enough of running round the church to please the president, executives and pretend to be spiritual in the eyes of fellowship members.  Only by this can we attain maturity in Christ.

 

 

 

 

Welcome, Our Alumni Body Convener

 

It is a privilege to have in our midst our dogged, rugged and dynamic Alumni Body Convener, Pastor Timilehin Odeyale.

 

Having served as a prayer co-ordinator and president of this fellowship at some point, indeed he has been instrumental to where FSF UNILAG is today.

 

Welcome sir!

My predecessor’s predecessor.

 

 

 

 

Happy Thanksgiving Sunday!

 

 

Your Brother,

Kelechi AMAKOH

KOA

 

 

 

 

 

Supernatural versus Spectacular

The men of this world are moved by signs. They are curious to see something out of this world tickle their fancy. Only when it is fanciful will the men of this world glorify in it. When the reverse becomes the case, it is termed as not true.

This trait exhibited by men can be termed the endless search of the spectacular.  Spectacular. Sensational.  Striking. These are the rudiments of the world.

As a trained journalist, I am made to know that it is only sensational news that sells. That is what the world wants to know. It is only when it is striking can people of the world rejoice in it.

What must we do?

People of this world only struggle to experience the spectacular. We as Christians must be determined to experience the supernatural. The supernatural works for us when we submit wholly.

The supernatural does not show off. What the supernatural does is never to make noise. Rather, the supernatural does what is needed per time.

Elijah can testify of how well the Lord left the wind, earthquake and fire to speak with him in a still small voice (I Kings 19:12-13).

Wherever Jesus went about on earth he was only doing well (Acts 10:38). He always relied on the supernatural. Never did he seek to curry favor nor act out of this world to please the people.

How the Supernatural worked for them John 21: 1-14

They had embarked on a journey to catch the biggest fish their nets could take. Peter, Thomas, Nathaniel and the sons of Zebedee went on this journey. Peter, being the ring leader was able to pull the crowd needed for the expedition.

But the spectacular did not happen. They toiled all night. They caught nothing. What a pity. They denied sleep, left the comfort of their cozy beds, left the teachings of Jesus and decided to go fishing. Their experience must have been a nail-biting one.

Alas, Jesus stood at the shore and they knew not. Most of us go for the spectacular turning blind eyes to the appearing of God on our behalf. Most times we want to do things our way yet Jesus is there to assist. We want to do the mathematics on our own accord but yet the greatest teacher, THE SEAL is left out.

Jesus, being merciful called out to them. “Children, have ye any meat?” When they answered in the negative, Jesus was able to help their plight.  He understood the topography of the river.

The supernatural came into being. The fishermen totally obeyed Jesus.  Due to their obedience, they caught great fishes (John 21:11). In total, one hundred and fifty three was the number caught in one try when Jesus arrived in the morning.

The darkest part of the night is the hour before dawn. The toughest times we face are just a leap to the enjoyment awaiting our breakthrough.  We must never run faster than the one who has organized the race.

We must wait on him, look unto him and be like him. That is all that is required for us to be partakers of the SUPERNATURAL… (Isa 40:31, Heb. 12:2, Phil 2:5)

 

Relationship

This is a topic many Christians miss out on. It is the desire of our Father for us to have a good relationship experience.

Most times, we Christians become blind to these and enter into wrong communion which in the long run mars our fellowship with the Father.

How well we get our relationship right, we get our standing with God right.

Dear Brother, despite physical attributes, a woman who will not take you nearer to God is not fit for you.

Dear Sister of God, a man in possession of all the goodies-best of cars, money, houses, good job and good looking without Jesus will take you closer to hell.

Why not let God be the centre of every relationship.

You know his is the best and you can’t get anything less. (Jer. 29:11).

May we not fall in love.

Rather we will continually walk in HIS Love.

Happy Relationship Sunday!

 

Your Brother,

Kelechi AMAKOH

KOA

Just Do It

Have you ever wondered what happened at Cana of Galilee? Reason why there was a clear instruction to the servants in John 2:5?

That instruction tells a lot.

The mother of Jesus was present at the marriage which also Jesus got special invitation to attend. This same man was the one who was looked for around the city after a glorious service one fateful day (Luke 2:43).

The child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem as recorded in the scriptures.  His tarrying resulted in his increase (Luke 2:52). Remember, you must always learn to tarry at the Masters’ feet so that you will not be worried in the face of difficulties.

With his tarrying and successful advancement in wisdom, Jesus needed not to entertain any fear in John 2 at the marriage. Mary, the sister of Lazarus also learnt the principle of tarrying in Luke 10:42. So, one lesson to draw here is the PRINCIPLE OF TARRYING. The place of tarrying produces strength, wisdom, favour and dispels worry.

Therefore, the child whom people looked down on became one who will always get invitations to places in the city. TARRYING.  Same applies to us. Pursuing pleasures of this world will take away the opportunity of savoring the pleasures at the right time. Fondling with God’s temple at dark corners on the campus of University of Lagos and beyond will take away the joy of your wedding night and the enjoyment accrued everlasting.

His presence at the wedding was because he was invited (John 2:2). Together with his disciples they stormed the venue. Those who invited him believed in his potential to save at trying times. How well do we involve our Father in our living? Do we invite him to steer our life daily or we feel we can do it alone?

We trust in our ability to do rightly. Far be it from us to take it upon ourselves to do what only the Father can do. Jesus is made unto us by God wisdom. (1 Cor 1:30) Therefore lean not on your own understanding. Believe in the power of        God to lead you through.
Now, the big one. The principle of obedience played out at Cana. The servants had a warning on the need to obey solely what Jesus will instruct they do to get wine for the guests. Obedience could turn impossible especially when what you are asked to do might sound ‘foolish’.

Obedience might come unto you as impossible because your mind has a fixed path to take. It might seem as if results won’t be gotten through that method. But the Father requires we obey blindly. We are expected to follow without batting an eyelid.

Is this possible? Oh yes. The servants would have scuttled the miracle of the wine if they disbelieved. They only did as instructed by Jesus. Can we from this day be like these servants at Cana? Can we for once drop our human imaginations, calculations and permutations?

Can we just do it? Just doing it as instructed by the Father is what is expected.

Just Do It! There are blessings accrued to Just doing it.

Don’t miss out.

Your Brother,

Kelechi AMAKOH

KOA

Ever Learning Christ in Obedience

It’s a new month.

Already, it is nine wonderful days in the month of August. This month, the Father will have us examine the current state of our HEART unto him.

He requires we bring to the fore the essence of our service unto HIM. Just as Apostle Paul urged those at Corinth to examine themselves, there is a call for us as well to do so (2 Cor 13:5).

In service unto God, learning of Him is the basis. The church is essentially built to learn Christ. Ever learning Christ is therefore a daily pursuit without end. The learning of Christ is beyond our daily study of the Scriptures.

There is a coming into TRUTH expected of us. However, the last days as recorded by Apostle Paul to his son, Timothy in 2 Tim. 3:1-17 aptly notes the ever learning of believers and their inability to come into the knowledge of the truth.

The Truth is Christ. Speaking in the Gospel according to John, Jesus saith unto him: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” How well are we learning Christ?

Learning Christ produces the Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation in the knowledge of him. Obeying Christ’s leading helps we enter higher spiritual realms.

In Learning Christ, there is a place of being with him. Acts 4:13 noted that the boldness of Peter and John was as a result of been with Jesus and coming into the knowledge of the Truth.

How patient are you to let the Lord Ride on you?

How well are you letting the quarry site of the master grind and break you into HIS desired bits? Or are you one of such that jump out half-baked when the Lord is yet to be through? The Lord is interested in us. He is interested in our growth.

In Luke 2:52, Jesus grew in wisdom and stature also should we. There is also a stature we must attain in obedience.

The Spirit of God will have us totally yield unto him for him to be effective in our walk with the Father.

NaFFS Co-ordinator’s Visit

This is the first of its kind for us at FSF UNILAG.
It is a great privilege to have our aggressive and dynamic National Co-ordinator, National Fellowship of Foursquare Students (NaFFS), Pastor Samuel Adedigba Adebowale (SAA)

We love you and there is absolutely nothing you can do than love us back.

Welcome!

Your Brother,
Kelechi AMAKOH
KOA

FROM #UNILAGPRAYS TO #UNILAGPREVAILS

The joy in the house was palpable. Songs of praise rent the air. Undiluted worship took centre stage. Indeed, it was an icing on the cake for meeting of Christians on University of Lagos Campus for seven days.

Last Monday was saw the end of the fasting and prayer programme embarked upon by the Christian community under the auspices of Unilag Joint Christian Fellowship (UJCF) led by the president, Pastor Michael Liyansan.

An elated Liyansan noted during the benediction: “It has moved from #UNILAGPRAYS to #UNILAGPREVAILS. So, go and spread the message. The church in UNILAG is advancing. The gates of hell shall never prevail. “And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. (Matt. 16:18).”

It is a sincere prayer that the church transcends beyond denominations. Moves forward leaving every iota of deceit and lies to attract members. The advancement of the church whose impact is undeniable, unquenchable and sharp to pierce every heart of men we crave.

A congregation where darkness cannot have a say, its way and prey is our desire. Indeed, the church is marching on.

However, could it be the church has been sleeping since? Does it mean the church has ever since lost its original focus? While speaking with two former UNILAG campus fellowship presidents last week, they confirmed it.

One categorically said to me: “Let us tell ourselves the truth. The church has caused a ‘nuisance’ on campus.” He was quick to add that the nuisance was due to the proliferation of church planting in guise of fellowships on campus.

Hmmmm!! Lord have Mercy… Michael Smith’s “The Heart of Worship” aptly comes to mind. We need to come back to the heart of the matter. The sole aim of the church. Enough of the empty ‘tonguing generation’ (Anticipate this piece soon ).

The apostles of old needed not to tongue day and night in the open for signs and wonders to take place.

Their tongues were never to be displayed in the public to show class, spirituality and panache.

Yet, when they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. (Acts 4:13)

The seal, the promised Holy Spirit is available to guide and teach the Church. Can we remain yielded to him leaving bickering and envy? Gal 5: 26.

Your Brother,
Kelechi AMAKOH
KOA

The Best Teacher

I once remember how “the best teacher” award was keenly contested in my secondary school. Every teacher will always want to outdo his colleague in order to be the best.

This practice always resulted in scoring popularity among students, putting up stern approach in grading of examination scripts and the ultimate show of eye service when the school administrators are present in class.

All these gimmicks are still being played out to win such a coveted prize even in the corporate world.
However, I know of a surety the best teacher I can ever have is the HOLY SPIRIT. The Spirit of Truth (John 16:13) promised of the Father (John 16:7), sent to us as a seal (Eph. 1:13). This teacher doesn’t speak of himself but speaks as he hears from the word.

How great is this spirit of truth who doesn’t struggle for relevance. The Ghost who will never score cheap popularity among those he teaches. He will not only instruct but also guide one through the right path to follow.

The Holy Spirit guiding in all truth is captured by someone thus: It is to be intimately and experimentally acquainted with it; to be piously and strongly affected with it; not only to have the notion of it in our heads, but the relish and saviour and power of it in our hearts; it denotes a gradual discovery of truth shining more and more.

Then if we possess this best teacher as Christians, why then do we act as if he is not there? Why then do we feel this race is a difficult one to go through? Why then do we ignore the one who can indeed pilot the affairs of our life to the very end?

A teacher is a sharpener of skills, dreams and hopes. So also is the Holy Spirit the sharpener, helper and builder of every Christian’s hope (1 Pet 1:3-7) till the appearing of our GREAT GOD.

This great teacher can as well help us in succeeding in this perverse world. Making him the compass for our academic journey while in school is the only best. He is able to give us the best of grades and help us come into excellence-the bread of God’s children.

He is able to help us live with that difficult roommate, address those mind boggling issues and relate with terrible bosses and lecturers.
It is my sincere prayer that we continually yield to the leading of the Spirit daily (Gal. 5:25), Amen.

A New Semester!

Welcome back to school. This is a new semester. I urge you to make the best use of this semester. Read as much as the Spirit of Truth guides you. Grow in Grace and Peace.
Have a safe ride through this semester in the wings of the Father. Welcome.

Your Brother,
Kelechi AMAKOH
KOA