Beware of Christianity Without Trials, Spirituality – Sunday Magazine – The Guardian Nigeria News – Nigeria and World News
2 Timothy 3: 10-12, “But you have fully known my doctrine, my way of living, my purpose, my faith, my forbearance, my love, my patience, 11 Persecutions, afflictions, which befell me in Antioch, in Iconium, in Lystra; what persecutions I have endured, but from all of them the Lord has delivered me. 12 Yes, and all who live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. “
The trials, temptations, and even tribulations that characterize the Christian race for eternal life in heaven are programs designed to refine, shape and perfect the life of a believer in preparation for the Second Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, for it is only led by the spirit. individuals who will finally succeed in weathering the storms accompanying the race to paradise.
God himself has set up tests for his loved ones to further strengthen their love for him, and the gospel to discover their true level of spirituality. The celestial race is not a bed of roses and he who makes the sky, finally, must be ready to cross the fire and the desert of the difficulties in order to perfect the Christian life of the person. In the main scripture above, the apostle Paul writing to Timothy as his spiritual son recounted to him the persecutions and forbearance he (Paul) suffered in some cities he had visited during the work Evangelical, emphasizing that whoever is to serve God in truth and holiness must suffer persecution.
The Bible further confirms this in Hebrews 12: 1-11 by saying: “Therefore, seeing that we too are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us put aside all weight and the sin that assails us so easily. , and let us run with patience the race which is placed before us, 2 Seeing to Jesus the author and the consumer of our faith; who, for the joy reserved for him, endured the cross, despising shame, and sat at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 For consider him who has endured such a contradiction of sinners against himself, lest you be weary and weak in your spirit. 4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin. 5 And you have forgotten the admonition which is addressed to you as to children, My son, do not despise the chastisement of the Lord, and do not faint not when you are rebuked by him: 6 He who loves the Lord, he chastises and flogs every son he receives. 7 If you endure punishment, God will treat you like children; for who is the son whom the father does not chastise? 8 But if you are without chastisement in which all share, then you are bastards, and not sons. 9 Furthermore, we have had fleshly fathers who corrected us, and we gave them respect: should we not rather be subject to the Father of spirits and live? 10 For they have chastened us a few days according to their good pleasure; but him for our benefit, so that we may share in his holiness. 11Now no punishment for the present seems to be joyful, but painful; nevertheless, after that he gives the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who are exercised by it.
Even our Lord Jesus Christ suffered persecution to the point of being crucified on the cross of Calvary. He endured all the shame and abuse like an ordinary criminal because he was determined to do God’s will. (Jn4v34). Today he is seated at the right hand of God, and all powers have been given to him, and at the mention of his name every knee must bow and every tongue must confess that Jesus Christ is the Lord.
The reward of eternal life in heaven should be the driving force that will enable us to endure the trials and persecutions we face in the course of the heavenly race and in the honest service of God. God allows these tests to come to us because they are preparatory to our eternal life in heaven. The Bible further confirms it in Deuteronomy 8: 2-5: “And you will remember all the way that the Lord your God has led you during these forty years in the wilderness, to humiliate you and to feel, to know what was in your heart, whether you keep his commandments or not. 3 And he humbled you, and made you hungry, and he fed you manna, which you did not know, neither did your fathers; so that he may let you know that man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord man lives. 4 Your clothing has not aged on you, nor has your foot swelled during these forty years. 5 Thou shalt also consider in thine heart that as a man chastises his son, so the LORD thy God chastises thee.
Persecutions and trials are tests of believers’ faith in God programmed to strengthen their ability to remain a child of God when the blessing comes. It is also the test of spiritual strength. He who does not suffer persecution and endure it in good faith is not worthy of the Kingdom of God; such a person is not spiritual, so we have to get away from it. This is what God loves that he chastises by allowing trials of faith to come to the person. When such trials are successfully handled, they are preceded by promotions and blessings of good things. We must be alive in spirit to know God’s plans for our lives.
The Bible says it clearly in John 4:24: “God is Spirit; and those who worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. It takes a man led by the spirit of God to know when God is testing him and when the devil attacks him. It is driven by the mind to know how to handle situations. People who are led by the spirit are the children of God, so they do not offend God by going through trials. But a man who is not led by the spirit can even stop serving God when temptations come to him. They are the ones who choose the offense or even leave the church when subjected to corrections for their wrongdoing. Beware of these people because they are capable of leading to sin. A Christian must be prepared to face trials on his heavenly course. Trials and temptations are not sin in themselves, but to succumb to them and do evil is sin. Avoid such Christianity.
In Romans 8: 5-8, 14, the Bible says, “For those who are according to the flesh are concerned about the things of the flesh; but those who are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. Because to be carnal is death; but to have a spiritual spirit is life and peace. 7 Because the carnal spirit is enmity against God, for it is not subject to the law of God, nor can it be. 8 So therefore those who are in the flesh cannot please God… ”
People who have the capacity to overcome temptation are guided by the spirit of God and always interested in the things of the spirit, knowing that they lead to eternal life. They are at all times in preparation for the Second Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and will eventually meet the Creator, our Heavenly Father. The Bible confirms this again in verse 14 Romans 8, saying: “All who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.
The sons of God are led by the spirit. You, reading this post, I don’t know your level of spirituality and the division you belong to, but the Bible made it clear that being led by the spirit is eternal life in heaven, whereas otherwise death leads to suffering in hell fire at the end of this earthly life. The choice is yours, for God calls you to repentance. Our Lord Jesus Christ is knocking at the door of your heart to ask permission to enter. Accept it today, it will grant you the salvation of your soul, the spirit of God will continue to lead you to finally make paradise in the name of Jesus.
Testimony of the Lord’s action
A great leap of faith made me a millionaire
Luke 6v38 says: “Give, and a good measure will be given to you, pressed, shaken up and overflowing; men will give it in your bosom. For with the same measurement that you took, it will be measured to you again. “
THE above quote aptly portrays the great leap of faith performed by Brother Christopher who out of nothing gave God abundantly and God opened a flood door for him and today he is a multimillionaire, listen to him as he testifies :
My name is Brother Christopher Okala. I live in Ghana and became a member of Chosen 2014. I glorify the God of Things for breaking the yoke of poverty in my life. Before becoming an elected official, I was nobody. In fact, I had concluded that I would never be anything in life again, but in 2015 my younger brother gave me 7,000 N to go to Lagos for the program called “From Sorrow to Joy”.
To the general overseer, the pastor went up to the pulpit, he said, “There is a brother here who has lost hope in life but after today God will take you to a higher level.” I claimed it and I said: Amen.
After the program, I returned home. Then a week later my brother came back from Ghana and asked me to follow him to Ghana. I did, but without a kobo in my pocket. However, in Ghana my brother taught me how to sell spare parts for motorcycles and then gave me N300,000 to start the business. We were still living together, then he (my brother) went back to Nigeria and took his family to Ghana, and immediately he brought his family in 2015, the devil hit and attacked our business and it all fell apart, and j was back to square one. But I continued to pray, one fateful night I saw our GO’s angel in my dream and he asked me, ‘If God bless you, what will you do for this ministry?’ And I told him that in my village, Lord’s Chosen Church does not have a permanent site and that I will build a church in my village. I also said that where I live there is no elected church there and that I will build one. Afterwards, the angel said, ‘Okay. You can go.’ The angel visited me almost three times and then in 2019 our GO announced a partnership. At the time the partnership was announced, I did not have up to N 5,000 in my bank account. In fact, I was practically living on loans. However, when GO announced the partnership promise, I consulted my wife and we came to a consensus that I will give God 10,000 naira every month, I calculated it for one year and it was 120,000 N, although I don’t even have N5,000 in my account, I went to a local loan shark, borrowed the money and paid. As soon as this was done, the angel of our GO visited me again in my dream and asked me: “do you think you can give above God? After this visit, my situation changed. I didn’t know how God helped me pay off the 3.5 million naira debt I owed my creditors. Praise the Lord.
Then in the same 2019, God made me a millionaire. The God of the elect is so great, let his name be glorified in the name of Jesus. I pray and wish my general overseer and our mom, as well as all the chosen ones around the world, finally paradise in the name of Jesus.
Praise the Lord!
Brother Christophe Okala.