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Jannes & Jambres and the Miraculous

pic3Miracles are very important and are to be desired, but consider that it is possible for the enemy to perform miracles. Satan has been counterfeiting God’s miracles since Jannes and Jambres contended with Moses and replicated the first signs he did before Pharaoh. But the one thing the enemy can never do is save your soul just as Jannes and Jambres could not save the people of Egypt from God’s wrath. People will naturally flock were signs and wonders are performed but if all you are hearing is how to get the miraculous without being convicted of your sins you might want to consider that that was also the case with the Egyptians. They had men of miracles  but did not have men that could lead the way to salvation like Moses. Jesus preached repentance, salvation and then performed miracles. In fact after Jesus miraculously healed the invalid at Bethesda He said to Him “Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you”. The worse thing you can do to anybody is to release the miraculous on them without leading them to Christ.

Build Your Name Not Your Fortune.

Reno Omokri's Book Launch 8Proverbs 22:1 says “A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches”. To give a practical application of this Word of God, consider the true case of Tina Turner. When she was splitting with her husband, Ike Turner, Tina told the court to allow her husband keep all their money but that he should allow her keep the name Tina Turner which he had given her. The judge so ruled and Ike left with all their money and Tina in 1976 left the marriage with just 36 cents (as she claims in her biography). Nine years after Tina Turner, who had just 36 cents on a particular day in 1976, starred in a movie, Mad Max: Beyond the Thunderdome, which grossed $36 million. By 1986 Ike Turner had finished the money he and Tina made, however, Tina Turner had used her name to make enough money that she became a multi millionaire. God’s Word cannot lie. Focus on building your character and your name and your character and name will build your fortune for you. But even better than building a name, build a relationship with God through Jesus Christ.

Completeness in Christ

Reno Omokri's Book Launch 8In 1 Thessalonians 5:23 Paul wrote that “May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ”. From this Scripture it is clear that God is not interested in a truncated human being, rather He wants our whole person. In essence, God wants us to take care of our spirit by reading The Word of God and applying it in our lives. To take care of our soul by by enjoying sensual pleasures in moderation and as prescribed by The Word of God. And finally, to take care of our bodies by eating healthy, exercising regularly and fulfilling our sexual urges under the institution of marriage as ordained by God. If we take care of just one aspect of our tripartite nature, we end up being a truncated human. From the Scriptures we learn that we shouldn’t be so spiritual that we are no fun to be around, we shouldn’t be so sensual that our sensuality overcomes our dedication to Christ and we shouldn’t be so carnally minded that we lose our connection to the Spirit. Rather,  “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD”-Psalm 19:14.

All Good Originates from God

Reno Omokri's Book Launch 8James 1:17 says “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning”. From this verse we know that if anything good comes to you you have God to thank for it. Since this is the case, then every evil thing comes from the enemy. That’s why Jesus said “The thief comes not, but to steal, and to kill, and to destroy”-John 10:10. When you understand these spiritual principles you will know to acknowledge people for being the conduit through whom God passed “good and perfect” gifts to you, but you give the glory to God. Also, you will know to “mark them who cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which you have learned; and avoid them”-Romans 16:17. You will do so without holding a grudge because though the offense came through them, it originated from satan. This is the reason why unconsciously men use the term ‘bedevil’ when they want to refer to bad things happening to a person, place or thing. For instance, the Middle East has been bedeviled by violence. Don’t you see that by using that term our ancestors knew that the origin of evil was the devil?

Addicted to God

Reno Omokri's Book Launch 8In today’s world, the word addict or addiction is such a negative word that it brings a stigma when used to describe a person. But before the word addiction had this negative implication, it had and still has a positive implication with God. Addiction means physically and mentally dependent on a particular thing and being unable to stop the dependence without a negative result. This sounds to me like the relationship we should have with God and His Word. Satan has cleverly  changed the usage of the word so that it is tied to drugs. But let us look at the usage of the word ‘addiction’ in the bible. “I beseech you, brethren, (ye know the house of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have ADDICTED themselves to the ministry of the saints,)”-1 Corinthians 16:15. If drugs are negative and drug addicts can’t do without it and take it day and night and up getting destroyed, let us even allow his addiction minister to us. God is positive and if we get addicted to Him such that we cannot do without our God and must eat His Word (The Holy Bible) day and night, we will achieve the opposite of the drug addict-we will be saved and we will prosper.

The Good Old Days are Ahead!

Reno Omokri's Book Launch 8One of the strategies demons use to discourage  people during times of crisis is to over romanticize the past, amplify the present crisis and paint a picture of a bleak future. For instance, just a few days after God had delivered Israel by drowning pharaoh and his chariots , they murmured against God saying  “If only we had died by the LORD’s hand in Egypt! There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death”-Exodus 16:3. But this statement was a lie sold them by the devil. First of, they were slaves in Egypt and neither ate well nor enough. Secondly, God was able to provide for them and indeed He provided manna. Their situation should teach us a lesson. Before coming to God we were slaves to our flesh and though the devil may tell us that those were the good old days we should remember he is a liar. As to whatever crisis you may be going through the thing to do is to remember David’s eyewitness testimony in Psalm 37:25 “I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread”.

Lead Life, Don’t Just Accept it.

imageDeath is more universal than life; everyone dies but not everyone lives. Most people accept their life, but is that what God expects of us? In John 10:10 Jesus said “The thief comes not, but to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly”. How does the thief plan to steal, kill and destroy? It is by taking control of the systems of this world-the media, entertainment and government, so that they can subliminally control our thoughts and our actions from cradle to the grave. How do we get the abundant life that Jesus offers? We get it by LEADING our lives instead of just ACCEPTING  life. We lead life by understanding and harnessing the principles of life that Jesus taught in the Gospels. If you watch a movie, television, or the news and it affects the way you talk, walk, dress, treat others and other aspect of your life style, you are ACCEPTING life. If you read The Bible and it affects the way you talk, walk, dress, treat others and other aspect of your life style, you are LEADING life. Accepting life leads to death.  Leading life leads to life abundant on earth and life eternal after earth. The choice is yours!

Believing is Seeing

Reno Omokri's Book Launch 8The bible says “the whole world is under the control of the evil one”-1 John 5:19. The principle that satan uses to control the world is that ‘seeing is believing’. This is opposed to God’s principle in 2 Corinthians 5:7 “For we walk by faith, not by sight”. The enemy has taken control of the kingdoms of this world, including movies, advertising, marketing, economics and politics and uses them to flash images before our eyes and when we believe those images we replicate them in our lives which is why for example people want to do what they see in movies. The devil’s plan is to show us and get us to believe so that we can reproduce what we believe. But ask yourself where the devil got this idea from? He stole it from this verse-“Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you BELIEVE, you will SEE the glory of God?”-John 11:40. Seeing is not believing. Believing is seeing. Therefore, if you believe what you see what you see will keep happening in your life. But if you do not believe what you see, but believe what the Word of God says, that is what will happen in your life.

Don’t Hold on to Reality. Hold on to Faith.

pic3Being positive about a negative situation is faith. Being negative about a negative situation is reality. But how many times have we seen reality change before our eyes? It was once a reality that Gaddafi held sway in Libya for 42 years while Mubarak presided over Egypt for 21 years, but that reality was changed by The Arab Spring which was facilitated by facebook and twitter which were invented by young americans who had faith that their idea could change the world. in other words, faith changed reality. Circumstances, mood and conditions or what we call reality are used by God to test our faith. If your faith in God is not greater than your present realities you need to learn the principle that from the day you were born to this day, we have had climate change, political change, atmospheric change, change from analogue to digital and all kinds of change, yet, the only thing that has never changed is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Don’t hold on to reality. Hold on to faith! Pragmatic people (people who deal in realities) often look down on people of faith as being naive because the prison bars that keep them bound are mental rather than metal.

Investments Make you Stable

pic3In Matthew 6:21 Jesus said “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also”. This verse was made very plain to me today as I read about the bomb that killed people in a city called Kano. Many of those killed are not natives of Kano. There have been many bomb blasts before this incidence. But many non natives find it difficult to leave. Why? Because they have assets and are heavily invested in Kano. So even with the situation, their commitment to Kano is still strong. Their treasure is there, so their heart is as well. Let’s learn  a spiritual lesson from this tragedy. Some believers easily backslide and return to the world because they are not so invested in the Kingdom of God. They have not “store up for yourselves treasures in heaven” as Matthew 6:20 says. They have not committed their FINANCES and TIME (the only two ways you can show love for God in this material realm) for the Kingdom of God. Thus, when trials come, it is easy for them to backslide and leave the faith. Both those who are invested in the Kingdom wont leave easily. God bless you as you understand this message and God bless the survivors of Kano and grant the dead rest in Him in Jesus’ name.