James One-One


‘James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.’

I remember a while back, we were studying the book of James in bible study and it was really interesting. You guys should study it too. If you need an outline, send a mail to bondess007@ymail.com and I’ll get back to you. What I actually wanted to talk about today is chapter 1 verse 1 – Just two things though.

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The first about being a servant and the second is about knowing who you are.

So let’s get started – Its pretty short and quick! Who is a servant? A servant is a person employed to perform duties for others, especially in a house on domestic duties or as a personal attendant. Now, James being a servant of God means that he’s sold out to God. One statement I heard today that really amazed me is ‘The servant’s work is not the work of provision’. In our walk with God, we seem fine with Christ being our Savior but can’t comprehend the Lord part of it. As Lord, he’s our master and we need not worry about certain details. The servant works and does his part while the master provides for the house – the servant doesn’t have to worry about security or feeding if that is not his job description. It basically means that if he remains a good and faithful servant, he needs not worry about his master rewarding him. Since you asked Christ to be your Lord and Savior, have you let him be your Lord?

Reflect again – Can you describe yourself in just 10 words? It might seem small but ten words is a lot of space to describe yourself. What exactly do you stand for? How exactly do people see you? James could summarize himself in just 10 words – ‘A servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ’. Who are you?

Noah’s Ark Part 2?


I found this among the archives in my laptop and just knew I had to share it. I hope everyone’s been good though. January’s practically over … Time flies! Anyway be sure to check out Beneath the Smile, a project by a friend of mine and enjoy this piece.

Wow! It was some flood in Lagos on Sunday July 10th 2011 going into the week. It was not just rain that fell, it was a storm. Some people called it a hurricane … Thank God for blessed Nigeria. The only natural disaster we have is flood. And even at that, that weekend we had a glimpse of the true meaning of the world natural disaster. The Atlantic ocean was apparently overflowing … How sick is that? Anyway that’s beside the point.

What I wanted to bring to our attention is how the devil comes to work in our minds. We know the truth but sometimes we feel safer letting the devil take over our minds in the name of logical reasoning forgetting that our God is a supernatural God – He defies natural laws!!! During the rain storm that Sunday, naturally fear crept into my mind but I reminded myself of 2 Tim 1:7 and kept repeating it ‘He has not given me a spirit of fear but of power, love and of a sound mind’ and after a while I felt better. A while later, another thought popped into my head, because with all the end time signs rampant, one cannot help but think rapture is tomorrow, that the world may just end like in Noah’s time. There was probably an ark somewhere. On a normal day I’ll take this as the product of an overactive imagination but when this thought brought fear into my mind again, I knew then and there that the devil was at work – and I had to occupy my mind. First of all I assured myself that it definitely was not a repeat of the days of Noah because God made a promise then and He’s not man that He should lie neither is He the Son of man that He should repent. He’s the same God yesterday, today and forever. Therefore it could not be a repeat Noah performance.

Basically, the devil attacks us mostly through our minds, our thoughts. Many people lost their lives in that flood, some of whom won’t have known Jesus. Be a living witness wherever you are, wherever you go. Tomorrow just might be too late for that sister down the road or the brother next door. And we have to know God’s word because Satan knows it too. He can use the bible against us like he tried to do after Jesus’ 40 days fasting.

Anyway, the main message I want to pass across is always be ALERT! Because he comes to steal, kill and destroy so always be on your guard!

All I want for Christmas 2


All I want for Christmas … (Sorry. I had issues posting it online yesterday :()

Hope y’all enjoyed yesterday’s post. If you haven’t read it, click here. Today, we have a guy writing in. He is one person who just amazes me. He’s faithful to whatever he finds himself doing be it little things like carrying chairs or holding a lamp (inside joke :)) Just read and be blessed … Let me introduce you to Claude Ujile!

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Man is trine in nature. Man possesses a spirit, soul and body. The body and soul finds expression from the spirit. Without the spirit the body and soul cannot function. The spirit man relates and connects the human with God.The soul comprises of the mind, the emotions and the will.The spirit cannot relate to the human being without an approval from the mind.The body is the dwelling place of the spirit and soul. It is the material part of man that relates to the physical world through five(5) senses.

The Son of God (JESUS) came to the world to save us from the slavery of the flesh and to give heaven access to the affairs of man by His Spirit. (Another Christmas reference :)) He died so we can all possess His spirit so that our body and soul will find expression with God without boundaries. It translates us from the kingdom of darkness into His marvelous light. We become new and old things are passed away (history, never to be remembered).

The new man makes us exhibit strange qualities that cannot be fully understood by unbelievers. (Gal 5:22) One of these is faith.

But without faith, it is impossible to please Him for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.

Faithfulness, in plain terms, is remaining LOYAL and STEADFAST. It hinges upon what we value as important combined with commitment. Humans have a powerful tendency to be faithful to what they think is truly important, be it a family name, spouse, friendship, cause, sports team or even a particular way of life.

LOYAL Implies showing firm and constant support or allegiance; CONSTANT suggests frequent or continuous occurrence  STEADFAST is resolutely or dutifully firm and unwavering. FAITHFUL thereby implies steadfast adherence to a person or thing to which one is bound as by an oath or obligation

We must have complete faith if we are to receive anything from God. Humans are generally unreliable and untrustworthy thus we are warned not to place our full trust in them.

But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.

2Tim 3:1-5

We live in a world in which self-centeredness is being promoted to its greatest extent in human history. Constantly we hear, ‘Indulge yourself because you deserve it.’, ‘Spoil yourself because you work too hard’. I have nothing against you treating yourselves but there is someone out there who needs something so think about them and reach out. God is faithful to bless you!

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I hope we were all blessed by that. Bottom line – Go out and show love. Remember Jesus said He was hungry and thirsty and sick and you didn’t pay Him any attention (paraphrased) so here’s your chance. Someone needs that one (insert currency here) more than you do 🙂

God bless you as you PRACTICE not only read 🙂

All I want for Christmas 1


All I want for Christmas is …

Our first writer is a special woman of God. She doesn’t know this but I’ve admired her since I met her. The fact that she bothered to know me even when I wasn’t directly connected to her went a long way to create an impression in my heart and I thought about it and decided that she is the best person to write on this part of our fruit. I won’t take much of your time … Her name’s Miss Ify Ekeruche and she blogs here. Today she’s serving us up a big bowl of Kindness … Enjoy!!!

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Kindness is based on the loving heart of the one performing the act, not the loving heart of the recipient. God is our model for kindness. The kindest act ever recorded in the bible was God sending His own Son, Jesus, to die on the cross for our sins so that we might live forever in heaven. It doesn’t get any better than that, and He continues to shower us with kindness each day even when we least deserve it. Truth is, it is impossible to exhibit this selfless act unless we are first truly loving.

Kindness is the sign of a loving heart; a quality borne out of a sense of compassion, shown in the way a person speaks and acts. Ordinarily, as human beings we tend to be kind to those who reciprocate or exhibit the potential to reciprocate the act, rather the kindness God models is one that flows out as a result of the Holy Spirit planted in our lives; it really cannot happen any other way.

As believers,, this is the kind of life we have chosen – a spirit-led life and in ensuring that we do not just hold it as an idea in our heads or a sentiment in our hearts; we must consciously work out its implication in every detail of our lives. Choose to be kind. Jesus said

Here is a simple rule of thumb for behaviour: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you; then grab the initiative and do it for them! If you only love the loveable, do you expect a pat on the back? Run-of-the-mill sinners do that. If you only help those who help you, you expect a medal? Garden-variety sinners do that. If you only give for what you hope to get out of it, do you think that’s charity? The stingiest of pawnbrokers does that. I tell you, love your enemies. Help and give without expecting a return. You’ll never – I promise – regret it. Our Father is kind, you be kind.’

Luke 6:31-34,36

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And that folks is an excerpt on kindness. If nothing at all, I hope you are going to be kind to these two sets of people in addition to your usual groups:

  • Those that don’t deserve it
  • Those that can’t repay your kindness!

Compliments of the season and catch y’all tomorrow!!!