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EXCELLENCE: The Bread of God’s Children

He is a God of perfection, order and decency. No wonder, while delivering his sermon on the mountain (Mark 3:13, Matt. 5:1) noted: “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” (Matt. 5:48). Jesus never minced words in calling us to be perfect as our Father.
Also Apostle Paul didn’t forget to warn the church of God at Corinth about decency and order. He noted: “Let all things be done decently and in order.” (1 Cor. 14:40). It is required we ensure we are decent and in order.
Why then should God’s children be mediocre? We should not be those who are lead from the back in our class. When we speak, our words ought to ooze LIFE… (Eternal Life) Our words should sweeten the world. (Col. 4:16).
Excellence is a non-negotiable height that every Christian must attain. Be it in academics, business, corporate world or social circles, Christians are expected to STAND tall and RULE in God’s own way. Never are God’s children ever meant to be back benchers. NEVER! It is not to be.
During this season where teachers will be testing what we have learnt in the classroom, our birthright, EXCELLENCE must not be undermined. It is certain we are entitled to be EXCELLENT. Never settle for the less as God’s children.
I sincerely believe the God I serve will always make me successful in that which he commits into my hands. So as he will make possible in your case.
Never Settle for the LESS. EXCELLENCE is ours.

More Notes!

Change in Nigeria
On Friday, May 29, there was a change of guard in government. With the start of the new tenure of President Muhammadu Buhari and his Vice, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, we must not relent in prayers.
The scarcity in fuel products made many experience a crippling situation over the week. Thank God calm is returning.
For us to lead a peaceable life, we must fail to pray for Nigeria. (I Tim. 2:1-3).

KLM 5.0
Don’t miss this experience. It promises be dish a plethora of GREAT GRACE… Pure in Heart… From Wednesday, June 17-20, 2015 at Foursquare Camp, Ajebo, God’s children will be gathered for a life changing experience.
Don’t be told of this experience.

#DareToBeDifferent
Shalom!
Your Brother,
Kelechi AMAKOH
KOA

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10 THINGS YOU SHOULDN’T MISS THIS SEASON

This Season, students are being tested of how much they assimilated during the course of the semester. This aspect of schooling cannot be wished away. EXAMINATION will take place before PROMOTION can come.
Joseph wrote examinations. His success in such quests eventually took him to the height he reached.

The Examinations tested his patience, perseverance and even his masculinity however he came out successful scoring the maximum 5.0 CGPA. Oh, I cherish this God-kind of Good success.

It never came on a platter of Gold. It was out of sheer determination and implicit confidence in God. At the point his masculinity was to be tried (Gen 39:7), it was a clear cut chance. However, he refused to budge. When this season offers a leeway to passing examinations through the backdoor, never forget to vehemently refuse.

Being DIFFERENT from the rest does not come without a price. The world will hate, curse and try to
lure. It takes a heart like Daniel to overcome. Hear Him: “But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat…” What meat are you feasting on right now?

What are you sold out to? Where is your heart? This season when crash readings take place, do we still dedicate such a time to study the Scriptures? They were regarded as being more ‘NOBLE than the Thessalonica’. Why? “They received the word with all readiness of mind and searched the scriptures daily.” (Acts 17:11).

What we know and have heard will be tested this season. The teaching given to the three Hebrew Men didn’t get tested until in a strange land. Yet they refused to budge. The fear of being called an OUTCAST often lead some to blending with the world.

However what communion has light with darkness? (2Cor 6:14). Remember that FRIENDSHIP with the world is ENMITY with God.

During this season and other times, NEVER forget this :
“The proof that we love God comes when we keep his commandments and they are not at all troublesome.
“Every God-begotten person conquers the world’s ways. The power that brings the world to its knees is our faith.
“ The person who wins out over the world’s ways is simply the one who believes Jesus is the Son of God.” (1 John 5:3-5).

#DareToBeDifferent

Shalom!

Your Brother,
Kelechi AMAKOH
KOA

Don’t Budge

“… If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O King.

“But if not, be it known unto thee, O King, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou has set up.” The Three Jews Dan. 3:17-18

Who dares talk to a king like that with such temerity? In the local parlance, the Jews would have been said to have ‘enough liver’ to stand up to the king of the Gentiles. They stood bold without shifting grounds.
Their faith was questioned. They were tried, threatened and temped to budge. If they had given in, it might have just been the status quo.

However, these men were not satisfied with the status quo. They never gave thought to the order of the status quo.

What they were after was doing that that which pleases the FATHER. No matter the situation, their resilience was VISIBLE. Oh! Jesus… I desire to be part of the generation who will stand for the TRUTH no matter the cost.

I want to be part of the generation that will be BOLD to oppose the world’s status quo always. After their statement, the King was full of fury yet these men of FAITH didn’t budge. Lord Jesus!

The world will continually be at disagreement with the children of light. They will always want to threaten God’s elect.

The game plan is for them to intimidate and win as many to their camp. The Lord requires we Dare to be Different as we refuse to budge to the antics of the world.

How well do we ensure this? Or are we not quick to succumb to enticements of the world. Don’t we budge to outsourcing our project and assignments? We shiver at mere threats issued by our lecturers without any FAITH reply.

Our Lord requires we do not give in (Genesis 39:9). He requires we put our implicit TRUST in Him.

Will you budge during the cause of this season when faced with difficult questions in the examination hall?

This is a season even as students when our FAITH will be severely TESTED just as the Jews.
What counts is NOT BUDGING.

More Notes!

Mothers!

Happy belated Mothers’ Day to Mothers of Virtue.

They are RARE GEMS. Last Sunday, May 10 was marked as Mothers’ Day. Come to think of it- How many Mothers’ Day do we have in a Year? Just Saying…

Good Success!

It is no longer news that the first semester examination starts tomorrow.

Good success shall serenade every FOJ.

During this examination, every FOJ is only permitted to write in good health, peace of mind and superfluity of divine thoughts.

“I have more understanding than all my teachers:” (Psalm 119:99a)

Excellence is the bread of God’s Children. Hence no one is permitted to lose out.

Happy Examination.

Write in Grace.

Shalom!

Your Brother,
Kelechi AMAKOH
KOA

Outstanding Champion

The most anticipated boxing bout tagged the ‘Fight of the Century’ came alive on May 2 with two tough contenders for the ultimate price.
It was a fight to finish between the Philippines congress man, Manny Pacquiao and American boxer, Floyd Mayweather Jr. This particular fight had been anticipated by the public since 2009. However due to disagreements between the contenders it was never to be. In the end, 38-year-old American, Floyd Mayweather Jr. won the bout.

Since then, the world has not stopped analyzing the match. This Month of May, the word unto God’s people requires we stand out from the crowd of spectators and competitors. Mayweather’s champion status was not to be until the bold step taken to outdo his major rival.

An Outstanding Champion status is only confirmed on those whose characteristics carry the extraordinary. “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.” (2 Cor. 6:17).
What then still makes this separation process lacking in our pilgrim’s journey? Why do we still enjoy partaking in the portion of this world? Hear this: “I have given them thy word and the world hath hated them because they are not of the world even as I am not of the world. “(John 17:14)

Our entrance into DIVINE FATHERHOOD (2 Cor 6:18) where Fellowship with the Father is unlimited is situated in the Separation Process. This process is not found wanting in the lives of outstanding champions having a swell time in God’s presence.

Do you still desire to remain at a spot turning in circles as regards your walk with God? You should not be comfortable in combining both serving God and the world (mammon). “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon” (Matt. 6:24). If Daniel could be outstanding even in a strange land, who says you can’t go through the university and world unscathed?

Joseph was in a strange land. He was stuffed with the juicy position that could ever be imaged. His name was changed to Zaphnath-paaneah (Gen 41:45). A beautiful heartthrob named Asenath was bestowed unto him.

Yet, he remained Outstanding. He purposed never to be soiled. Have you let the children of this world to soil your integrity and faith? Have you let the world water down your dignity and worth?
Definitely A NEW DAWN IS HERE! You CAN be DIFFERENT from the lot. So therefore: “ Let us live soberly, righteously and godly, in this present world” (Tit. 2:12b).

One More Note
MAY 10,2015

Happy Mothers’ Day to all Mothers.

Happy Mothers’ Day to my SPECIAL MOM

You are a RARE GEM.

Your Brother,
Kelechi AMAKOH
KOA

A Christian’s Anchor 2

There is nothing we have that has not been given to us by God. Any attainment reached by an unbeliever cannot be the hope of believers. Why do you struggle to make an inheritance out of that which is not an anchor for Christians?

Why do you need to cut corners in order to make gains of pecuniary value? The Christian life is laced with non-conformity with the world (Rom. 12:2) and constant hunger and thirst to know the Father better (Matt. 5:6). However, this is not to be so. As Christians of today desire to own the ephemeral and smoke screened pleasures of the earth.

Even in the examination hall, Christians are always at the forefront of compromising. The mad rush to amass the Grade Point Average (GPA) of 5.0 becomes a maddening chase at the expense of the CHRISTIAN MANDATE.

Dear reader, where does you anchor lie? Don’t get this wrong. While we are here on earth, it is not expected of us to be useless. We are expected to dominate here on earth and reign with Father in His kingdom to come.
Joseph! He is a perfect example of one who was not useless to his generation. As recorded in Genesis 41, he was a solution provider to the famine of the land yet he didn’t forget His inheritance unfaded. This gave him the courage to FLEE in Gen. 39.

How about David? He served his generation (Acts 13:36a) yet remained uncorrupted (v.36b). We are made meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light. (Col 1:12)
Therefore, REJOICE in HOPE; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer (Rom 12:12). No matter the circumstance surrounding your existence, the hope before us is that which should stimulate love in our hearts.

There must be a daily desire to know Him better. Dwelling in His secret place is our lot. We must undermine this as it is necessary in stirring our hope in Him.
This lively HOPE which we are begotten to is that which holds the whole of our being. The anchor for our souls is situated in this HOPE.

Your Brother,

Kelechi AMAKOH

A Christian’s Anchor

What’s the anchor for your soul? What sustains your sojourn here on Earth? Are they built on the unshaken promises of God or on the fading riches of this world?

These questions are not rhetoric. These are questions needed to be answered to ascertain the worth of foundation on which your faith is built on. As pilgrims here on earth, our goal is never to base our aspirations and desires on the corruptible.

Rather, we are expected to daily follow with diligence, faith and patience to inherit the promise of our Father unto us His Children. (Heb. 6:11-12).
The inheritance of which we have been begotten unto is that which is undefiled, ever shinning, fadeth not, can never perish, incorruptible and reserved. What more can one think of than this?

Why should I still struggle to lie like the people of the world do? Why must I toil day and night to lay treasures upon earth where moth and rust doth corrupt? (Matt. 6:19).

A life without Christ is worthless. No matter how well the person plays church, he has nothing. His perceived enjoyment ends here on earth. What is a creature without faith for the future-HOPE?

“For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he hath gained, when God taketh away his soul” (Job 27:8) “The delusive hopes of the unregenerate are vain and perishing; the hypocrite and his hope expire and die both together.”

It is therefore pertinent to be solidly rooted in Christ. This is only where our hope in Him stems from.

Hear this comment on HOPE:
“The hope of eternal life in a true Christian is a hope that keeps him alive, quickens him, supports him, and conducts him to heaven. Hope invigorates and spirits up the soul to action, to patience, to fortitude, and perseverance to the end.”

A Christian’s hope is the anchor and helmet for his soul. (Heb 6:19, 1 Thes 5:8). Are these your guiding principles? Even in the face of perceived problems, sufferings and persecution, our hope in Christ must be resolute, unshaken and infinite.

Remain Rapturable,

Your Brother,
Kelechi AMAKOH

A LIVELY HOPE

What is the essence of a pilgrim’s journey without a living hope? In St. Peter’s epistle to the “strangers scattered throughout” five areas as noted in I Pet 1:1.
It notes the ‘lively hope’ of which Christians have an entrance into by virtue of a new life in Christ.
If Christ’s resurrection did not come to pass, our Christian walk will be regarded as false and hoax. Our faith will be vain just as our preaching will be in futility (1 Cor 15:14).

But thank God. This was not to be. The grave could not hold Christ. Christ is RISEN. He is no longer in the grave. Death could not hold him captive. His resurrection gives meaning to a pilgrim’s existence, hope and confidence.
Why not happily ruminate over the lyrics of this song daily as we are kept by the power of God (1 Pet 1:5):
My hope is built on nothing less
than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
but wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
On Christ the solid rock I stand,
all other ground is sinking sand;
all other ground is sinking sand.

The lively hope which we enjoy results from the following:

• Our God is a merciful v.3

Our God is full of mercy. Our works are nothing in his sight. Our righteousness are nothing but filthy rags before Him (Isa 64:6). Our being accepted to the fold is just by God’s mercies. No wonder Apostle Paul notes: ‘But by the grace of God, I am what I am and his grace’ (I Cor 15:10).
He further notes while writing to the saints at Ephesus: ‘But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us. Even when we were dead to sins hath quickened us together and made us to sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.’ (Eph 2:4-5)

• Christ is Risen v.3

The resurrection of Jesus Christ from the grave gives life to our hope as Christians. Try to imagine what would have become of the faith you profess today if Christ did rise after three days. Despite every head strong defense put up by haters of the faith about Christ not rising from the grave, it still remains a fact. Christ rose from the grave and gives true meaning to our existence.
‘If ye be risen with Christ, Seek those things which are above’ (Col 3:1). Seeking with all our hearts things of heavenly nature is therefore our goal as Christians.

• Partakers of an Inheritance Incorruptible v.4

Oh Jesus! An incorruptible inheritance. A home which he has gone to prepare for his own (John 14:3) What then is my own with earthly materials which will gather moth.
‘Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt and where thieves break through nor steal. But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven , where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal.’ (Matt. 6:19-20)
It is undefiled, fadeth not away and it is reserved just for You.

• God’s Security v.5

We are kept by the power of God. His security over our lives is incomprehensible. While others put their trust in sirens, high walled gates and carnal weapons of their warfare (2Cor 10:4). But by the power of God we are secured.

Remain Rapturable
Your Brother,
Kelechi AMAKOH

Christ, My Incubator

Incubators are mostly found in labour wards of hospital and medical centres. This equipment is usually utilized when a baby is born before the Due Date.

During such period, the baby is specially monitored and when he is termed stable he is removed. Same technique goes for the hatching of eggs. When Mother Hen lays eggs, such eggs are housed under her wings for days before they break forth.

With all these taking place, maturity is the destination. Such can be likened with our walk with God. It’s a daily walk that needs constant incubation under the covering of the Father. Our walk with the Father can only get better as we rest on his shoulders.

Anyone who desires advancement and maturity in this faithful journey cannot afford to be a lone ranger. But those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles. (Isa 40:31a). Waiting upon the Lord is beyond a one-off experience. It involves constant sitting for the Lord to incubate on us.

Incubation process of the Father is borne out of a sincere desire of the Christian. For a sincere desire to grow in the Lord there is always a commensurate incubation.  How is your desire to know more of Him? Beyond the lyrics below:

“I want more of you Jesus

I want more of you Saviour

The more I know you

The more I want to know you

Jesus, more of you”

There must be a sincere desire and determination. Enrolling in the Father’s school of incubation is the best thing ever to happen.  While he incubates, his love towards us constrains us (2Cor 5:14). There are dealings which he takes us through.

Just hear what he will give unto those who are students of his incubation:

“They shall run, and not be weary, and they shall walk and not faint.” (Isa 40:31b).  Running and not getting weary… Indeed, the race set before us is embedded with a cloud of witnesses (Heb 12:1) and only patience and the Father’s Incubation can do the job.

How about walking? Walking through this world of which we are not members, there are times we might feel bad about situations around us. Attitudes of the people of the world and how they go scot free can indeed be a genuine faith shaker. When we feed our minds with the atrocities of the worldly one might be on the track of backsliding.

When those who top the class are those who engage in examination malpractice, pay their way through to pass examinations, a weary mind might set in. But with the incubation school, walking through this world unscathed eliminates weariness.

Are you weary, downcast, and burdened? You feel serving the Lord is a burden? One thing is missing. It’s the fact you have displaced the Father’s ability to incubate upon us for growth.

At some point Jesus visited. While one of his hosts tried the ephemeral to impress, the other tried all her best to sap from the ever busy Master. Luke 10:38-42. Sister Mary understood the incubation process to the utmost. Jesus remarked:  “One thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her”

Are you still in the school of complains, comparisons and cowardice? Are you still battling with your faith, distractions and engagements? There is one needful school you need to enroll. It’s free of charge.

Being like Jesus involves patterning. This cannot be complete without partaking of his incubation.

Remain Rapturable.

Your Brother,

Kelechi AMAKOH

Yes You Can

It is with great pleasure I pen this week’s piece after a wonderful time at the Global Students’ Congress themed: Righteousness Isaiah 62:1. Indeed the programme was an experience for all attendees. God indeed was at work during the gathering of saints to breathe righteousness.

The Righteous Generation is being birthed and you cannot afford to be missing. Yes you can join the trail of persons sold out to the vision of being like Jesus. The ‘Yes you can’ tagline is a signature of confidence, zeal and possibility.

In our walk with Him the call made to the saints in Phillippi is also made unto us. Phil 2:5. He requires we come into the full stature of all He desires for us as his children.

The song writer aptly puts:

“Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me

All His wondrous compassion and purity

May His Spirit divine all my being refine

Till the beauty of Jesus be seen in me

Can the beauty of Jesus actually be seen in you? Are Purity and Power –the two components of a Christian- embedded in you? Have you truly surrendered all to the master to use for his own glory? Or is there still some form of withholding and dint of disobedience?

Every aspect of our life is expected to be patterned according to the life style of our master. “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marveled and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.” Acts 4:13. This was the testimony spoken of Peter and John.

This testimony was so due the evidence of the fruit of the Spirit been displayed by these brothers towards others. What’s our disposition towards others? Does it reveal Christ? Can our attitude towards others be likened to that Jesus possessed even during His ministry on Earth?

In his call to the Phillipians he noted: “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.” Being like Jesus is not a farce. It is possible. Why not purpose in your heart and consciously walk towards emulating the life style of Jesus in this race set before us? Heb 12:1

Your Brother,
Kelechi AMAKOH

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