SHARE IN THE LOVE

Could you possibly give up your life for someone who does not care about you, someone who does not even love you, just to save them from a painful experience? I do not think so! But look, here is someone who did that for us.

…But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.( Romans 5:8)

Don’ t miss out on this love today, simply believe in Christ to experience this unending love! Just as you are, come to Him so that His love would not be in vain.

THE FOUNTAIN

 

Romans 5: 8

IN AND OUT OF SEASON

A general feeling, that most of us can relate to, is at some point in your  childhood you may have felt like your parents were being unfair laying out restrictions and being ‘uncool’  in their demands and rules. The feeling of hopelessness as they dominate and you having no other option but to comply to their terms instructions, which more often than not, were not what you wanted. But the thing we did not realise then, was that it was these ‘uncool’ restrictions and rules that kept us safe. They could see how vulnerable we were in this cold world,  amidst all sorts of dangers,  and this was their way of intervening to keep us safe. We may have started out thinking that they were too much and probably had no love for us but truth be told they were our anchors in times of need. They constantly denied themselves pleasures of all sorts  for our sake. They could not sleep knowing we were unwell, they had to see us eat before they ate. God knows some of them walked in the same rugged clothes all year long hustling to get just enough to keep us comfortable. With time,  we learnt to listen to them, with time, it finally sank in our little minds that, “Oh! They actually mean well. They’re looking out for us; they love us.” And so we learnt to trust them. 

But how is it that we have never learnt to trust Him who is more than our earthly parents? He who cared enough for us so as to give His only son to go through unimaginable pain just to give us salvation from sin. He who picks us up countless times when we fall, and wipes off the mad and tears off our faces. He who says we are the apple of His eyes. That not even the depths of the seas nor heights above or any power or principalities would be able to separate us from His love and care. He who knows the plans He has for us, for He knew us even before the foundations of the earth were made, and these plans, He says, are of  good and hope. 

Times will be difficult i agree, but He promises He is working for our,  well, your  good and that He wouldn’t leave nor forsake you. He says that all the ends of the earth shall know that He is  your God. He takes pride in fighting for you. His countless chariots of fire surround you and charge agaist your enemies at His command. Why wouldn’t you choose to trust Him who has all your  concerns and best interests  at heart? In and out of season those who trust in God are unshakable, unbeatable, they mount on wings like eagles, they never grow weary, they never faint. Let this word guide you as you learn to trust in the Lord God Almighty in all your endeavours this year. 

But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in God. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes.  Its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.


JEREMIAH 17:7-8

THE FOUNTAIN 

THE STORM NEVER SEEMS TO PASS? 

‘This is a different storm,’ she said to herself. Glaring blankly into the darkness as if stirring answers from it, ‘I will find a way’. 
She suddenly realised she had stopped walking. ‘I will find a… wa.. aa..aay,’ she stuttered amidst tears. Leaning against the electricity pole across the street, which even it seemed much of a better straw so far, the silent sobs now growing louder and louder. The little balance she gained from leaning against the pole betrayed her too, and there she was slowly coming to her fall. Helpless! 

For how long? For how long was she going to fight an unending war? For how long was she going to be on the losing end? This was exhausting, frustrating let alone tearing her from the inside out!She could do this no more.!

But you see, she had a better deal all along: Don’t be anxious about a thing but through prayer and supplication present your request to the Lord. (Philippians 4:6)

She had an assurance of credible help, she had to just say the word and let go.  She had to believe that the impossible was indeed possible through a possible impossibility. She had an easier task, to just say and believe, as do you. 

He is the master of the storm, trust Him to calm it. On your own, sure, you stand no chance but how about that better deal? Where all you have to do is just sit still in your vessel and let the master of the storm bring the sea to calmness. You’ve tried time and again your way, how about try this other way, His way? 

Luke 8:24; Jesus is the master to all our storms. 

Proverbs  16:3 Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.
Psalms  37:5 Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
The Fountain 

Grateful? 

The Lord is good and His mercies endure forever. By day and by night,  His spirit leads on level ground. He was, He is and forever will be. Blessed be His Holy name. 

I live because He lives. He is the great I am. He guards me like the apple of His eye. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, that’s His promise, and in His house will I dwell with gladness, joy and thanksgiving. 

He is God forever and ever. 

~The fountain 

WHAT YOU SAY

You know how they say, speech is silver while silence remains to be golden, well, I think depending on what you speak speech could climb up the ladder and just be as golden or go down to become a total metal wreck. How is that? Proverbs 18: 21, says: Death and life are in the power of the tongue; and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.


.In Numbers 13-14, the Israelites determined their own fate by the words of their own mouths. Even though God had shown them mighty wonders in Egypt, wonders that led to their freedom, He had been with them throughout their Exodus; fighting for them and giving them divine provisions, they forgot all this after hearing a scary report about the land they had been promised. Men’ s report was enough for them to forsake God’s promises in their lives, and what did they say? “If only we had died in Egypt! Or in this desert! Why is the LORD bringing us to this land only to let us fall by the sword? Our wives and children will be taken as plunder…” (Numbers 14:2-3) What they did not know is, in their grumbling they were speaking over their own lives, the words of their mouth ensnared them.

 As sure as they had spoken, so did it come to pass. (Numbers 14: 28- 35) So tell them, ‘As surely as I live, declares the LORD, I will do to you the very things I heard you say…” To the account of their own words all those who grumbled against the LORD and His promises to them, all fell to their death in the desert and did not reach the promised land. Their children as they had said, were shepherds in the desert for 40 years, suffering for what they had spoken upon them.

My fellow brethren, whenever we pass through the valley of the shadow of death, in our hard and trying times, let us not let go of the promises God has made unto us. Knowing that He guards us like the apple of His eye, knowing that His promises are yes and amen, let us not resolve to speaking ill things upon our lives in that tough moment. Instead, let’s hold on to speaking life and great things upon our lives and upon our children’s lives.

Now that we know our tongues have power in our lives, giving preference to death or life according to how we design it, begin to design your tongue to speak good things over your life. The areas in your life that seem ‘dead’, begin to speak life upon them. Be it that your work seems not productive anymore, be it that your marriage seems to be failing, be it that your ministry seems to be in vain, whatever it is that you feel is losing a grip of ‘life’, your health, your home mounting in chaos, your family breaking apart, begin to declare restoration of life. Just like Ezekiel spoke life into the dry bones so will life be restored back in your respective circumstances, you just have to speak it!

THE FOUNTAIN 

THE MAN OF WAR

Our lives today are like battle arenas! I am not talking of physical battles but of battles of the spirit, battles that wear us down in the spirit. Battles that cause us anxiety and depression, pain, abuse, loss, divorce, addictions, confusion, sickness and physical weary; battles that leave us drained, yoked in a prison world. Now it does not matter what kind of battle you are facing in your life today, the key to victory is knowing how to fight in the arena.

In this particular arena, life, I have come to know of only one constant strategy to victory: I like how KJV puts it, (Exodus 15:3), The LORD is a man of war: The LORD is His name! In all kinds of battle ground, starting all the way from Egypt, in the exodus, in the reign of all famous kings, in the new testament, the LORD remains to be a constant assurance of victory in all kinds of war.

1 Samuel 17, when David went to face Goliath he says, “45…You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel…Today, as you read this I have no idea what you are going through, what battles you are facing, but here is an encouragement for you, “Go in the name of the LORD and you shall gain victory. The very God who delivered David from Goliath (1Samuel 17:37), is the very same yesterday, today and forever and He shall fight all your battles this very day and you shall testify of His goodness.” Psalms 20: 7, the psalmist declares that ‘Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God’. Declare this as well, as you face the giants in the arena.

He gave the Israelites victory against all their enemies as they traversed the wilderness. He drove out the seven great nations that were larger and stronger than the Israelites and He delivered all of these nations into their hands to defeat them totally (Exodus 7). How can He then fail to fight for you as well? Keeping in mind that God did not give the Israelites victory because they were the most righteous, NO, Moses actually calls them ‘stiff- necked people’ (Exodus 9:6), so how much more for you who is accredited righteousness through Jesus Christ?

Proverbs 18: 10: The name of the LORD is a strong tower, the righteous run into it, and is safe. If you are tired of fighting losing battles call on the name of the LORD this day, He assures you of victory.

A prayer

LORD, I am weary from the battles and challenges I face today. This day, I acknowledge that you are my only source of victory and I raise my hands towards your throne as Moses did and I declare that you are the Lord my banner (Exodus 17:15). I am letting you grant me victory, let the name of the LORD be my salvation in this arena, in JESUS name I pray, Amen.

THE FOUNTAIN.

THE RELATIONSHIP

​“Praise God, praise God again. My name is so and so and I love Jesus as my personal savior and I have a personal relationship with Him…” This was the opening line to most testimonies in my Sunday school. Many years later down the line, I wondered what this ‘personal relationship with God’ meant. If you’re reading this and probably wondering the same, gear on and come with me along this journey of ‘discovery’. If on the other hand you’ re in this relationship, you might want to see if you are meeting its terms.
Based on the book of 1st John, the following are essentials for the relationship with God:

  • One must first believe in Him

This relationship with God is a father- son relationship and it cannot be possible unless one believes in Him. It would be utterly insane to be in a relationship with someone you don’t believe in, and in His existence. The belief in Him is what earns you the right to be His son. (Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God, children not born of natural descent, nor human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God; John 1: 12) 

 Believing that He was there in the beginning when the earth was formless and desolate. That He was the Word and that through Him all things came to be.

  • One must acknowledge that Jesus is God

In John 1, John talks of the true light that was going to be man’s salvation. He was referring to the coming of Jesus. 1 John 1:5 confirms to us that God is this light.

In the beginning, was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God (John 1: 1) … 14; The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. Therefore, Jesus is God, and through Him we get our salvation.

  • One must walk in the light; in Jesus and therefore in the truth

It’s common knowledge that light can’t dwell together with darkness, thus, walking in the light means not walking in darkness. Darkness in this context means sin. So that when we receive the light; Jesus, He makes us free from sin (darkness). He is the light in our darkness; in our sinful nature. (If we claim to have fellowship with Him yet we walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His son, purifies us from all sin. 1John 1-6)

  • One must confess of their sins

If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth (who is Jesus) is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness (1 John8- 9) 

Remember, from Paul’s epistles we know that we are accredited righteousness not by our works; not by how much we preach, how well we sing in the church choir, how much we read the bible, our righteousness is by faith through the blood of Jesus Christ. On our own, no matter how much we do, we are unrighteous and fallen from the glory of God, but through Christ we gain righteousness and therefore the power to defeat sin. Isaiah 1: 18 shows us God’s willingness to cleanse us of our sins. (… and the blood of Jesus, His son, purifies us from all sin. 1John 1-6). But for us to receive this grace we have to confess that we are sinners.

Otherwise: If we claim we have not sinned, we make Him to be a liar and His word has no place in our lives (1John 1:10) yet He is not man that He may lie. Jesus came for the salvation of sinners, so technically those who claim to have no sin don’t exactly need Him and therefore there is no need for the relationship in the first place.

  • One must obey His commands and be in Him

We know that we live in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His spirit (1 John 4:13)

The man who says “I know Him”, but does not do what He commands is a liar and the truth is not in him (1 John 2:3)

 …And this is His command: To believe in the name of His son, Jesus Christ and to love one another as He commanded us. Those who obey His commands live in Him and He in them (1 John 3: 23-24)

  • Love one another

Christianity basically means Christ- like hence, living as Christ did. The love Christ has is for the whole world, for everyone. If we are Christ- like, we should be able to love everyone around us. 1John 2:2; He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.

1John 2:9; Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness. Whoever hates his brother is in darkness and walks around in the darkness, he does not know where he is going, because darkness has blinded him.

In the gospel books, Jesus says that Love is the greatest of all commands, Love, first for God and then for one’s neighbor. Also, there is no way one can claim to love God if they love not their neighbor that they see. 

To know God, this is understanding and we know that the son of God has come and has given us understanding… to know Him who is true. 

THE FOUNTAIN

 

BETTER THAN RUBIES! BETTER THAN GOLD!  

As I was getting to learn about these things, I was overwhelmed and I poured my heart out. These are not the things that one just sits down and gets a cup of coffee and they come right flowing to you. In the history of all creation and in the foundations of the earth, there has never been anything better than it. King Solomon, in the glory of all his wealth and almost everything that any man in the present time desires, he himself considered this as the only true thing, the one he most desired; WISDOM!

Now, it would be really good for you to take time and read Job 28:20- 28. Here, Job wonders where does this wisdom really come from? He knows it’s concealed from the eyes of every living thing, including the most learned, the men of age; even from them it is concealed. Nevertheless, there is one who understands the way to it and He knows where it dwells. When He established everything in heaven and on earth, then, He looked at wisdom, and appraised it; and confirmed it and He tested it. OH! And here it is, He said to man, “The fear of the LORD- that is wisdom…”
You might be thinking, ‘Well, then what is this fear of the LORD?’ The fear of the Lord comes with shunning evil. In Job 31, Job gives a list of things he could not do because of the fear of the Lord, including, Adultery and Making his wealth an idol. He also puts it that; Reaching out to the poor, widows and orphans is also a manifestation of wisdom (Isaiah 11:1-4), as well as: Not walking in deceit, Following God’ s path, Being just to one’s servants, Not rejoicing in one’s enemy’s misfortune and Confession of one’s sins (Job 34: 31-33). In Jeremiah 8: 9, It is clear that following God’s law, that is wisdom.

Once you acquire wisdom, the following happens: First of, you acquire a spirit of repentance (Job 42:4-6). One then gains understanding and knowledge of the hidden secrets of the kingdom (Job 42: 1-3) and is compelled to prayer and giving of offering (Job 42: 8) .Last, but not least, there comes restoration ( Job 42: 10 -16, Job 33: 23-30, Isaiah 11:6-9)

“The wise will be put to shame, they will be damaged and trapped since they have rejected the word of the LORD, what kind of wisdom do they have?” (Jeremiah 8:9). Then what do we make of this? If the word is Jesus Christ (John 1: 1-14), and rejecting the word is lack of wisdom, then it only makes sense that accepting the word is wisdom and this word we are accepting is Jesus Christ and that He is our wisdom.

Right from Genesis to the book of revelation, there is mention of the sound wisdom. These great men of God, writing in the spirit, spoke and prophesied (Isaiah 11, Isaiah 33:5-6) about this wisdom that would bring us restoration and an atonement for our sin. Job even acknowledges Jesus as his intercessor, pleading for his sins as a friend does for a friend (Job 16: 19-21)

This is the good news of wisdom, Jesus is our wisdom and accepting Him is more precious than any possession of this world. Clearly, Solomon and Job knew this, yet they had so much wealth. The wealth did not matter. Paul says that he considers everything as rubbish that he may take up his cross and follow Christ.

 This is the understanding of wisdom, taste and per-take of it that you may testify to the world.

THE FOUNTAIN

LIAR! LIAR! YOUR PANTS ARE ON FIRE! 

Most of us really struggle with telling the truth, in other words, we effortlessly lie. Whether we like it when we lie or not, bottom line is, we do lie anyway. We may have justification for us telling the lies we do, nevertheless, there’s no single excuse for lying that would make it morally acceptable.
A parent lies to the kid that if they stopped crying, they would get them candy. So the kid stops crying but the candy is nowhere to be seen.

The same kid grows a little older. While playing with the friends, he is picked on by his peers. In a bid to deliver himself from his situation, he lies that the dad is an army guy, that he would come shoot them if they did not stop picking on him.

While in school, the weekend was too busy; chilling with friends and playing video games, he was not able to complete his assignment. Knowing too well what awaited him, he sees the need to lie to the teacher that he was unwell during the weekend and therefore was not able to complete the assignment.

A grown young man now, looking for a girl to settle with. He spots a fine lady that interests him. In order to catch the lady’s attention, he has to hire a cool ride and lie that it belongs to him. He gives this lady the treatment of her life; all this while, he poses to be the rich cool guy that he is not.

He finally gets a wife and settles. During the weekends he decides that he needs to chill with his buddies and catch up on old times, say at a club in town. One, he knows too well that his wife would not agree to his going out. Two, they have a fixed budget on finances and really, there would not be extra money for his partying. Either way, he goes out. Coming back the next morning, he has to lie to his wife that he had to work late. The money in the accounts is short by a few thousands and he lies that his family back in ‘gishagi’ needed some financial assistance.

The above illustrations are just but a few circumstances that we’ve had to lie. They may appear as ‘small’ lies, insignificant lies starting all the way from childhood; so that lying becomes a habit. You know what they say about habit being second nature. With time the apparently small lies become big and even bigger lies. From lying to your kid about candy to lying to your husband about the kid being his.

What am I saying? The meshwork of a good upright society is linked to the truth. Truth running from our homes, our families, our schools, our churches and most importantly our nation and the world at large. There is no way we can beat corruption at the national level if there is no truth whatsoever, and hence accountability for our actions, at the family level.

We are the salt of the world. A light shining on a hill. Well, it is high time we make these verses relevant again. Let us lead the way in telling the truth around us. We are the difference. 80% of our population are Christians, yet, the nation is drowning in corruption, marriages are failing because of unfaithfulness and lying, kids grow up knowing that lying is a fundamental aspect of survival. What if the 80% stood up for the truth?

 Well, at the end of the day, charity begins at home, with me and you.

THE FOUNTAIN.