Why Merry Christmas?
By Elizabeth Bankole
Why do I love Christmas? I love Christmas for so many reasons. Christmas is not just the time of exchanging gifts. Oh, dear reader, it is so much more. It is about knowing the truest gift that any man has ever received. The greatest gift to mankind. That gift is Jesus Christ.
A lot of people do not understand the secret behind this seemingly unusual celebration. Truth be told. if we all understand the reason for the celebration, we will be compelled to celebrate Christmas every day. Is this an exaggeration? No!
One read through the gospel of Luke is all it takes to ignite our minds, set our faces aglow and our hearts fluttering with excitement as we discover the love of God for mankind through the prophecy of Zacharias, the father of John the Baptist.
The Bible says, “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, For He has visited us and accomplished redemption for His people, Luke 1:68
So let me tell you why merry Christmas.
1. God has visited us.
Zacharias prophecy stated that God has visited us. Amazing. God did not visit us in anger but came to bring us back to himself since we had been alienated from him. God came in the flesh to reveal Himself to us. God loves man with an unbelievable love. Do you see now why we have to celebrate this great love of God? He did not abandon us but decided to visit us. If the President of your country, your favorite singer, or someone you’ve always admired from a distance were to visit you personally, how would you feel all day after the visit? I am sure you would feel so important. You will tell almost everyone you know. It calls for a celebration because something important is happening to you. Now the one visiting is not just an ordinary person but the God who created you. Whoot! Whoot!! That’s a reason to be merry.
2. His Visit had both a personal and cosmic purpose
He came to redeem us. What does
Rest of God By Elizabeth Bankole
A lot of people spend thousands to go on vacation every year. However, it has been discovered that when people go on vacation, often times they don’t actually rest. Some carry their laptops, phones, and some even get in touch with their place of work so invariably they spend so much money to not rest. Which is sad considering that there are so many benefits when we choose to rest. A restful person is happier and gets along with others more easily. But even then are we really resting as we ought to? Rest is usually interrupted by anxiety. It is often times not a tangible reason that we’re anxious, it is out thoughts that anxious in nature, and before we know it, our rest is once again stolen.
Now if one was to apply this truth when on vacation, then he or she is set to go right? Sure, but how about people who cannot afford to travel on vacation? Does that mean that they can never enjoy rest since they do not have the money? Well, there is a rest that is within the reach of any human being. This rest is given by Jesus Christ. He is the Author and Giver of this special rest.
This is very important to know since there are so many difficulties in the world. There are uncertainties, disappointments, needs, lack, and of course dealing with satanic forces fighting against us. The list goes on and on. We may be tempted to think that rest is elusive and many may conclude that this is, in fact, the reality of the matter. However, the LORD wants us to continuously enjoy this rest whatever life throws at us. So what is this special rest?
First, I am fully aware that we cannot avoid problems in the world. In fact, the Bible says, “For hardship does not spring from the soil, nor does trouble sprout from the ground. Yet man is born to trouble as surely as sparks fly upward.” Job 5: 6-8.
Jesus, when He was comforting His
SUBMISSION – PART 1
By Pastor Elizabeth Bankole
God does not condone abuse. People frown at submission because the general belief is that submission is primitive and always results abusive. Yet without submission, the whole world will be in chaos. Submission is what helps us enjoy sports. The players have to submit to the referee. We submit to the rules of the land. A good example is the traffic light, you submit to the red light by stopping. Submission is part of our everyday life. But, if we will all be sincere, submission is very difficult for human nature. Why is submission so difficult? Submission is foreign to human nature. Human nature does not naturally voluntarily submit to anyone. We may be tempted to say submitting comes easy to some Christians and wonder why this is not true of us. What we need to know is that this kind of submission is done in freedom which comes from our relationship with Christ. It is submission done not in fear or agitation but in freedom.
Sadly, the submission we are familiar with is often associated with fear of penalty. This is the secular submission. People obey the traffic light not because by nature they want to do it but because they do not want to pay the fine. In sports, you are wondering how players are so respectful and submit to the coaches or the referees. It is still the same answer; rules and fear of losing their jobs. However, the biblical submission is the product of what happened to us when the Lord came into our hearts. The secular submission is controlled by rules and fear of men, but the biblical submission becomes a genuinely enjoyable lifestyle because of the new nature of God that we receive at the new birth.
Secular submission is always submitting to one’s superior, but biblical submission is submitting when the need arises, even if it is to a younger person or one’s peer. Biblical submission seeks to please the other person. Biblical submission is serving others, secular submission is serving by compulsion.
The same God
By Elizabeth Bankole
A lot of people wonder why God speaks to some people and not to them. They even believe the LORD speak to only super privileged Christians. This is quite misleading because unconsciously they are living as second-class citizens in the Kingdom of God. If this fact is justified, we are erroneously believing there is second-hand salvation. That is not our God. There is just one salvation through the LORD Jesus Christ. Our God is not a distant, detached deity, but a powerful yet personal God who wants to guide and speak to us each day of our lives.
How does the LORD speak? Good question. The Lord Jesus speaks to us through, His Word, the Bible. The Bible says,
“In the past, God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe.” Hebrews 1:1-2.
The God of the universe, reveal Himself to us through the Bible. When you read the Bible you are inhaling the LORD. When you inhale, you have to exhale. When you inhale God through His Word, you will exhale fear, bitterness, confusion and every negative attitude.
The Bible says, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” II Timothy 3: 16-17.
If you are going to be thoroughly equipped for your assignment, allow God to talk to you on a daily basis through His word. As you read through the Bible, you will be amazed at the daily teaching, rebuking, correction, and training of the Greatest Teacher. Just as food is important to the body, so is the Word of God to the soul. Feed your soul with Word of God, so that your mind, soul and will be healthy to hear the God.
Our lives are constantly learning new things either knowingly or unknowingly.