Hebrews 11: 5 – 6 The template of Faith as we have discussed starts with the message from God. The idea is a message comes from God to mankind and we are meant to believe and respond positively to the … Continue reading
Hebrews 11:4 As we continue our study on the subject of FAITH, particularly in this very popular chapter of the Bible, we’ve discovered that there is a template of FAITH – the substance is the foundation, what we can stand … Continue reading
Hebrews 11: 1 – 3 We continue in our study of the Book of Hebrews as we delve into the 11th chapter. For some this chapter is the bedrock on the subject of FAITH in the bible. They see the … Continue reading
Mark 11: 22 – 24 Our article from last week stressed on the fact that Jesus had just come back from the Temple where He reminded those who cared to hear about the reason and purpose for having the Temple. … Continue reading
Mark 11 One of the strong points used by the Word of Faith preachers when they make presentations on the subject of FAITH, is quoted from Mark 11 – which seems to be used as a principle or strategy at … Continue reading
Norman Vincent Peale once said about imaging that it consists of vividly picturing in your conscious mind, a desired goal or objective, and holding that image until it sinks into your unconscious mind, where it releases great and untapped energies.
He further said, “When the imaging concept is applied steadily and systematically, it solves problems, strengthens personalities, improves health, and greatly enhances the chances for success in any kind of endeavor.”
In plain terms, the idea as said by some of our Church Pastors, “if you cannot see the future, you cannot feature in it”.
Is this FAITH? Is the power of imagination becoming confused with the inspiration and power of the Holy Spirit?
“If I see right, the cross of popular evangelicalism is not the cross of the New Testament. It is rather a new bright ornament upon the bosom of self-assured and carnal Christianity. The old cross slew men; the new cross entertains them. The old cross condemned; the new cross amuses. The old cross destroyed confidence in the flesh; the new cross encourages it.” – A Tozer
What exactly is Biblical Faith?
Paul Yonggi Cho declared that it was through the imaginative powers of God that the World was created and because man is a “fourth dimension” spirit being like God, he too, whether Christian or Non- Christian, can create his own world through the same power of Imagination.
Is Faith a formula or a principle, which one applies so that the good things of life come to us or is FAITH a tool we use to drive our troubles away?
What happens (in the context of these definitions) when your FAITH doesn’t seem to be working? Does it mean that God will withhold the said “blessings”?
Is FAITH having a positive attitude, having a positive approach to life, or refusing to say the negatives that we are befuddled with?
Is this the Doctrine of Faith?
OR have we confused the Christian FAITH with mind Science?
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Hebrews 10: 26 – 39 The writer, having just concluded his message to the believers, asked them to stay together as a unit even in times of challenges or what we call times of trouble today. He urged them not … Continue reading
Hebrews 10: 1 – 39 One will have no choice but to accept that the thrust of the Book of Hebrews borders on Salvation; written by a prolific writer whose desire was for his people to turn back to God. … Continue reading
Hebrews 10: 32 – 39 The Book of Hebrews, like the Old Testament was written strictly to the Jews and not to the Gentiles. This part of the Bible forms the part where the content is restricted to our learning, … Continue reading
Hebrews 10: 26 – 31 Again and again the writer of this great book brings into perspective the message to the Jews, knowing that he had different categories of people in his audience. There were Believing Jews who had converted … Continue reading
Hebrews 10:19 – 25 The writer of this great Book has concluded his presentation and distinction between the Old and New Testaments; comparing what the High Priest, the rituals, ceremonies and sacrifices represented as patterns and shadows of the good … Continue reading
Hebrews 10: 1 – 18 The writer of this great book is winding down on his presentation especially to the Jewish community on the subject of accepting the complete work of Salvation. He remained focused as he made presentations on … Continue reading
It is very impossible for Satan to hold down a soul who honestly desires at whatever cost to know the truth. Truth liberates, truth sets free and it is the quality or state of being true in accordance with facts … Continue reading
Hebrews 9 From the perspective of the writer of this book, his presentation of the REAL GOSPEL to the Jews declares Jesus as the Son of God. The highest of all revelations has been given to us now through the … Continue reading
This is the cry in the minds of many Christians today. Many of us are living for testimonies or for prosperity as part of the many reasons why we have decided to follow Christ. We have fallen for the marketing … Continue reading
Hebrews 9: 15 – 28 In his argument, the writer of the Book of Hebrews drives home his point by completely declaring that, the ceremonies, rituals and the tradition of the Old Testament were more of a pattern or copy … Continue reading
Hebrews 9:1 – 14 The Jews or the Nation of Israel were well aware of the fact that Moses went to a particular Mount because God invited him. They had no issues in believing that God spoke to Moses about … Continue reading
Hebrews 8: 1 – 13 As we continue to study closely one of the most important books of the Bible – the Book of Hebrews, one may be forced to think that the writer was over emphasizing the point he … Continue reading
Today, many Christians place more emphasis on the celebration of Christmas than they do when they celebrate Easter. Growing up as a child, Christmas was described as the bigger festivity and more likely to be celebrated better than Easter. We … Continue reading
Hebrews 1 – 7 The writings of the book of Hebrews was specifically addressing the Jews and the different factions they represented – the believing and the non-believing. Some of them had converted from Judaism by responding positively to the … Continue reading
Hebrews 7: 20 – 28 Every once a year the entire Nation of Israel come before God as required by the Law to obtain mercy and for the atonement of their sins. This was done in the Temple by the … Continue reading
Hebrews 7: 11 – 19 Part ll We have done a lot of studies, written a handful of articles on the Book of Hebrews and one would wonder why the writer went into so much depth and history. One would … Continue reading
Hebrews 7:11 – 19 We continue in our study of the Book of Hebrews written categorically to the Jews – the Believers and the Non-Believers. The issue being that on one side of the divide, the believing Jews were not … Continue reading
Hebrews 7: 1-10 His name was only mentioned thrice in the whole of scripture. There was no mention of who his father or mother was; there was nothing mentioned about his family or genealogy. He just appeared! Bible tells us … Continue reading
Hebrews 6: 13 – 20 As we continue our study on the book of Hebrews, written specifically to the Jews – the saved and the unsaved, we understand that the Epistle was written so that the Jews would understand what … Continue reading
J C Ryle once said that, “half of our doubts and fears arise from a dim perception of the real nature of Christ’s Gospel”
C.H Spurgeon says that, “Thinking is a kind of work which the mass of the present race abhor. Deep thinking is a very shallow affair after all when the thoughts are our own; we only get into real depths when we receive the thoughts of God.
R.C Sproul says that, “We talk about predestination because the Bible talks about predestination. If we desire to build our theology on the Bible, we run head on into this concept. We soon discover that John Calvin did not invent it” – R.C. Sproul
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Hebrews 6: 9 – 12 One of the most equipped and most well thought-out Book in the Bible is the Epistle to the Hebrews. The writer remains one of the most profound authors in the Bible. Again he writes mainly … Continue reading
Hebrews 6: 4 – 8 One of the most profound errors taught in the Charismatic and Pentecostal sect is that once you have been saved, it is possible to lose your Salvation. They teach that when you fall into sin … Continue reading
Hebrews 6:1 – 3 The writer had just enlightened his audience about the difference between MILK and STRONG MEAT; signifying that Judaism and the Old Testament are the elementary and the shadow of the soon coming Son of God – … Continue reading
Season Greetings to you my friends in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. I would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year. Jesus is the reason for Christmas; He had to be born … Continue reading
Hebrews 5: 11 – 14 In trying to convince his audience (the unbelievers) he started to explain the office of the High Priest just to drive home the point that Jesus operates on a higher pedestal than their revered Aaron. … Continue reading
Hebrews 5: 4 – 10 Last week we looked at the portrait of the High Priest; we highlighted that the High Priest was an office which was occupied by a man and chosen among men by God. He had to … Continue reading
Hebrews 5: 1 – 3 We have come to read and understand from the inspired author of the Book of Hebrews that Jesus is a better High Priest in comparison to the High Priests that existed from history. The first … Continue reading
Hebrews 1 – 4 His audience was predominantly the Jews because there was no mention of any Gentile sect or group throughout this well put together Epistle. Considering the language spoken throughout the letter, one need not be convinced that … Continue reading
Hebrews 4:14 -16 Yom Kippur (also known as the Day of Atonement) is still being celebrated as one of the most important Holy days among the Jewish sect today. It was seen as a day to be set apart because … Continue reading
Hebrews 4: 12 – 13 The Israelites were God’s children whom He had planned to save from the clutches of slavery in Egypt; they had gotten so used to the bondage they were subjected to, that they must have thought … Continue reading
Hebrews 4: 8 – 11 In the early chapters of the book of Genesis, we read about how everything started with God and how He took His time in the plethora of creation as we see today. No one has … Continue reading
Hebrews 4:3 – 7 The inspired writer of this book has always had a trail of thought: he began in his presentation to discuss the REST of God as it relates to his audience who were predominantly Jews. They were … Continue reading
Hebrews 4:2 Permit me to say that there are so many in the Church today who are not saved; there are many who are convinced about the message of the Gospel but have not committed to what they know; there … Continue reading
Hebrews 4:1 The inspired writer of the Book of Hebrews, in addressing a particular group in his Jewish audience (that group of people who heard the message of the Gospel and are convinced about it but had not made any … Continue reading
Hebrews 3:18 – 19 So many things have been said and taught about God’s Rest; some have defined it as getting to a state in life where all your needs are met and little or nothing is required by the … Continue reading
Hebrews 3: 12 – 19 The Israelites had a fundamental problem in their relationship with God. We saw that they hardened their hearts so many times when God spoke to them: He brought them out from Egypt with a strong … Continue reading
Can I confess the Word so that adversity is eventually forestalled? Can I pray to avert afflictions, misfortune and hardship so that I wouldn’t SUFFER?
SUFFERING does not automatically or naturally lead to development and desired outcomes; it should be handled properly or faced with perseverance and endurance because the same fiery furnace that can destroy can be the same one that can purify if applied with good understanding.
We must be prepared in our heart and mind before the adversity that leads to SUFFERING strikes so that when it eventually strikes, we would not be caught unawares.
The more we get acquainted to and learn the doctrines or the teachings on suffering before the pain strikes, the better our mind and heart acclimatizes to the afflictions when the inevitable happens.
Once the crisis starts, we might not have enough patience to sit down to start learning what the Bible says about it. In other words, when it comes to suffering, we don’t want to be subjected to it with a learn-on-the-job attitude whilst in the middle of it.
Hebrews 3: 7 – 12 To the Hebrew group in his audience, those who had not committed to the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, the writer of Hebrews offers a strong warning to commit before something erratic and unexpected … Continue reading
Hebrews 3: 1 – 6 If there was any man that the Jews revered and had great respect for, it would be none other than that man who was born to that Levite family. God had given advance information to … Continue reading
Hebrews 2: 10 – 18 To the Hebrew Christians, to the Non-Christian Jews with conviction, who have heard the message and have not committed and finally to the Non-Christian Jews who have not been convinced about the message of the … Continue reading
Hebrews 2:5 – 9 We read about the Son of God who was created by God and made in the image and the likeness of God. Nothing that we see today would have been created without this Son of God. … Continue reading
Hebrews 2:1-4 He has been proved to be on the same pedestal as God; nothing was created without Him; all that God has said and will say has been revealed in this Son of His; His Son mirrors Him in … Continue reading