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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

 

 

 

 

 

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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

FELLOWSHIP WITH THE FATHER

 

“If we say we have fellowship with him, yet at the same time live in the darkness, we are lying both in our words and actions.”

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Hello Friends! I come to you not in excellency, prowess and panache of writing but as led by His Spirit. I write not as of my own wisdom but the hidden wisdom of God.

For some weeks, the Holy Spirit has taken us through the path every Christian must daily follow in his walk with God-FELLOWSHIP WITH THE FATHER. It is likely that we take this for granted because of its frequency to our ears this month. It is possible we have turned it to the usual catchphrase as that which accompanies TV commercials and radio jingles.

This is a call unto closer walk with God. This was how it was from the beginning (my bible tells me so) until “their eyes were opened” Gen 37Man lost the place of fellowship with the father until the one who remains blameless perfected the plan of redemption back to God.

Yet, we still give in to opening of the eyes.  We want to talk the way the world talks and still maintain a robust bond with the Father. Despite a perceived glittering nature of this world, what it got to offer still remains- “…lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life” 1John 215 . However, we walk into darkness majestically without batting an eyelid. He is the Father of Light which we claim to serve. However, we fail to let that light shine through us. 

His fellowship with the Father was a tight one. He got to the realm of receiving what the future had waiting for him. They hated him, chastised him, betrayed him and sold him. Yet, he kept the faith. His light shone with immediate alacrity everywhere he settled-Matt 516 Even when she tried to mess his fellowship with the Father, the bible records that “he fled” Gen 3913 .

What about the father of the wisest man ever to live? His fellowship knew no bounds. unto thee do I lift up my soul”-Ps 251, “As the deer longs for a stream of cool water, so I long for you, God”-Ps 421indeed his fellowship stemmed from the desire to know more of Him every passing moment. No wonder he is the man referred to be after God’s own heart. Such isn’t attained from a distant relationship. It is reached through a constant, close, communal, and consecrated companionship.

Why Fellowship with the Father?

-God’s Shadow: Fellowship guarantees protection. A habitat is sure under HIS shadow because “he that touches you, touches the apple of his eye” Zech. 28 .

– Walk in the light: Light signifies his presence. It typifies a sold out life. Light stands out such as the bearer of light stands out. “but let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation” 1 Thess. 58 .

Help:. Fellowship with the father surely advances our spiritual maturity. With such advancement of maturity we are able to help others attain spiritual maturity.

 “You can’t help someone get up a hill without getting closer to the top yourself”-Norman Schwarzkopf

This is a conscious effort in ensuring a relationship is maintained and nurtured with Christ. But how can we do this without daily search? How well do we study HIS word? how much of his word have we got? “Thy word have I hid in my heart so that I may not sin against thee” Ps 11911

Even as we further in this personal race,see that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise. Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is” Eph 515-17

MARANATHA!

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