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WONDERFUL MOMENT!

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  ’’VOLUME ONE’’
   ‘’CHAPTER FOUR’’

“PEACE BE STILL!”
FEEL SAFE AND MOVE FORWARD WITH THE POWER OF FAITH


BY

ONI ABIMBOLA DANIEL                            


CHAPTER FOUR
HOW DOES GOD ADDRESS TURBULENT PERIODS?

Turbulent periods are somehow tough and rough whenever one is passing through; it is not an easy period to pass through. Such period always drags someone to anger and gets offended because the actual person that seemed to be an enemy, which is not expected to be so, but is found as the principal actor that carried out the operation. Matt.24:9-10. However, Lord Jesus emphasized on teaching believers a way one should address such hours and handle whosoever that might be involved at that particular period. This will allow peace to reign and shall accomplish the divine heavenly teaching on how to handle such cases in the way of God.


The Lord encouraged. “Take heed to yourselves: if thy brothers trespass against thee. Rebuke him: and if he repents, forgive him. “Luke 17:3-4. For how long should one do this? Lord Jesus specified as many as when the actual person comes to ask for forgiveness, saying. “But if you forgive not men their trespass, neither will your Father forgive your trespass”. Matt.6:14-15. Let us assume this verse of the Bible as the Lord commanded everyone to do is what men follow to deal with one another, they lay down the spear of war against one another, focus their mind on forgiving one another, from the eldest to the least, throughout the entire world and see how peaceful men will live with themselves. Think about that!

On this fact, Christ manifested and He put this act into practice during His ministry here on earth. He taught men to live in peace among themselves with true love which is a sign of the new earth to come, as a dwelling place of the righteousness. 2Peter.13: For example, if a nation continually at war against its counterpart, killing one another from time to time, and yet singing for peace to reign within such a nation. That would not be possible: this thing had prompted our Lord Jesus into the world, and He commanded peace to reign within His follower. Not when things seemed so rosy and fine alone, even when thing look so rough and tough, believers are expected to be at peace with one another all the time.

It seemed so hard to practice, but the heart that thinks of peace shall find it and live within it always. Lord Jesus came into this world to give peace. Isa.9:6. He always did according to what He preached about the gospel of peace unto the world, Luke.4:18-19. The Jews hate such teaching because they are men of war, which seemed that the messiah whom is to come must be a man of war as expected, that shall fight for them and destroy every other nations surrounding Israel and make them ahead of all nations by all means.

Unfortunately, Lord Jesus did not behave according to their expectation; this truth was revealed when He was passing through Samaria to Jerusalem on one occasion, He sent forth his disciples ahead before Him to go and prepare a place down for Him to pass a night in the village. However, they denied Him the opportunity of passing a night there and His disciples encouraged Him to send fire from heaven and consume them by fire, as Elijah did in the days of old. 1King.1:10. They said this because of certain chapter in the Law which commands tooth for tooth. Exo.21:23-25. But the Lord rebukes them and said. “You know not what manner of spirit ye are of: for the son of man is not come to destroy lives, but to save them”. Luke.9:54-56.

Does it indicate that Lord Jesus came to make the laws none effective? Or what did He say about the verdict of the law (tooth for tooth) He said unto them, “Moses because of the (hardness of your hearts) suffered you to put away your wives; but from the beginning, it was not so”. Matt.19:7-8.

This verdict of laws was given to them of old because of their hardened hearts without acknowledging God’s will for humanity. This was not God’s plan for man, neither the way He plans that they should rule over themselves. The Bible specified the free will give unto man to live thereby, saying, “They shall not hurt, not destroy in my entire holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the water cover the sea”. Isa.11:9.
For instance, when the earth increased in violence in the first generation of man, that men hearts was occupied with wickedness throughout the whole world, the Bible noted that, “And it repented the LORD that He had made man on the earth, and it grieved Him at His heart”. Gen.6:6. Why would God’s heart grieved since He did not reside on earth, but lives in heavens? He felt bad for the violence fomented by men within themselves, such that it grieved God’s heart because this was not the way He commanded man to live on earth. The master plan for humanity is to live in peace, joy, and harmony.
This was reflected when God was blessing Noah and his family, after they survived the flood of destruction, and the Bible disclose the LORD’s mind-set as He said. “Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth”. Gen.9:1-3, where comes troubles, wars, death, and sorrows? Would God who pronounced blessings also declare ruin at the same time? It is impossible: Calamity that usually befalls the earth is un-called for. The Bible made clear the causes as follows.

 “Where do wars and fight come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members?  You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain, you fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures”. Jam.4:1-3.
According to an adage which says: the evil men did live within them nowadays! The wickedness that men foment is the causes of all problems that make the entire world unsafe and insecure today. It was not God’s will to see the entire world in such terrible condition and become what it is now. Ezekiel.33:19.

Thus, said the LORD “I have not spoken in secret, in a dark place of the earth: I said not unto the seed of Jacob, seek ye me in vain, I the LORD speak righteousness. I declare things that are right.” Isa.45:19. The divine plan of God towards humanity is perfect up to date, but being that the heart of men is desperate in doing evil, it has worsened the situation and made things the way they are today. Lord Jesus gave details on God’s will and said. “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? Matt.7:11.
Yes, our God’s kindness is without limit but until everlasting, yet, men do seek and finds nothing even when things look so rough and tough are without answers to their prayers at times. Does it mean the Bible did not say the truth or what? No! Mistakes usually come when men ask wrongly in order to achieve their own lustful purpose; hence, they receive not. Jam.4:1-3. These lapses has made many people become faithless and run into confusion and loosing focus from seeking the LORD’s helping hand directly. Some put their trust in looking for an intermediary who can help them in prayers to seek the LORD’s face: thinking God does not answer prayers individually, except a special person prayed for them before they can receive answers to their prayers.

This made many people to move from one place to the other without genuine result to their prayers. Lord Jesus proves such doctrine wrong and clarifies what is responsible for such cases and said. “If you then, being evil knows how to give good gift unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly father give the holy spirit to them that ask him “Luke 11:13. Lord Jesus assured everyone who believes the certain power that can help to inspire them in terms of prayers, which facilitates quick answers, He said. “But you shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and you shall be witness unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria unto the uttermost part of the earth”. Acts.1:8.
Everything is about learning, let us assume the Lord had not knowledgeable in the word of God deeply when the tempter came to tempt Him, He wouldn’t have overcome the tempter; but He adhere strictly to the word and He conquered the wicked one, which led to the devil’s withdrawal and the angels came and ministered unto Him. Matt.4:4-11. One ought to apply wisdom while walking through the stages of life by acknowledging the perfect teacher’s doctrine and apply them into daily activities; for He knows the secret of life, being a divine person because all things were made by Him. Col.4:4-11.
He knows the secret tools that put all things right. John.1:1-3. He does everything by divine power of His understanding and changes life for better. Even when it comes to living a perfect life in this present world, and the methods that change life, He said. “Except you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven”. Matt.18:3. Let us examine how little children behave. They always hearken to the voice of their parents by doing whatever instruction given to them, since they knew no alternative to their survival except through obedient to the authority of their parents.
Likewise, should all Christians form a good attitude by seen God as everlasting Father who has good future for them by following His commandments; whosoever that get inspired with the Holy Ghost power shall attract the glory of God, and shall live above any limitation of Satanic influences power, as it is written.

“The Spirit itself bore witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God” Rom.8:16. To require anything from God it has to do with the power of Holy Spirit because, God is a Spirit being and whoever that shall walk with Him must be under the control of the Holy Spirit. John.4:24. Ever before the earth was formed, the Spirit of God was present through which God began His works of creation. Gen.1:1-3.


One ought to acknowledge a particular sign, seeing that whenever someone is about to do something, whether good thing or bad; it always comes through their inner thought which gives wrong or good impression to the particular thing they do or are about to do. This feeds a man’s heart into conviction over those things they did. Just as something whispers into one’s inner mind, whether of wrong or right deeds. If it is good, means the Holy Spirit is responsible, but if for evil, it means the evil spirit is responsible for the wrong deed at that particular hour of decision making. This signifies that man was created by the power of Holy Spirit, but contacted the evil spirit though the knowledge of good and evil tree which Adam and Eve brought about.

The Bible clarified this saying in Gen.2:7 which say: “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life: and man became a living soul.” Man was made with flesh and the Spirit right in the creation. If those things that man do make his mind feel bad at times, it means one is wrong for doing them, and if this is the case, how will it be in the sight of God, regarding our wrong deeds? The Bible discloses fact saying “For if our hearts condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things”.1John.3:20.

If our thought through the Spirit keep on condemning us through the unprofitable attitude we chose to live, how much more will God who made both man and the mind react to unfruitful wrong deed we do often when He is ready to judge the individual on the last Day. Think about that and repent. Lord Jesus came into this world that man may inherit life eternal, and He made all necessary things that pertained to it; showing man the best way to pass through which shall make him attain the real life, saying. “Therefore, I say unto you. Take no thought for your life, what you shall eat, or what you shall drink: or yet for your body, what you shall put on, Is not the life more than food, and body than cloth?”Matt.6:25.

Let us be sincere beloved, material things are valued when life is on, but if life is already taken away, then materialism becomes worthless. Is it not the living that can boast of things they enjoyed in life? Can the dead have access to anything of life when they have finally been cut off from life? This is the reason why believers should understand what life really means; even the Lord asked the same question and said? “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul”. Matt.16:26.

One should consider this question and read meaning to it; does not it seem wasteful if one had gain the whole world but latter lose his own soul to hell fire? What profit would that have given to man? Likewise, should everyone value the given life when it is necessary (Are you seeking after money or eternal life?). The Lord encouraged believers to think twice before taking decision in anything they want to do, and cautions them to desist from dubious way of getting material things. To quit such evil way is what justify one in judgment; for the consequences shall not be funny at the end, because all evil shall be uncovered, the Bible disclosed fact:
‘’As the partridge seated on the eggs and hatches them not so he that gather riches, and not by right, shall leave them in the midst of his days, and at his end shall be a fool’’. Jer.17:11.
This is reality, for we came with nothing and shall go with nothing: only one thing that is sure to go with is when a man is born again by water and the power of Holy Ghost baptism, this qualifies him to enter into the kingdom of God. ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, said the Spirit that they may rest from their labours: and their works do follow them’’. Rev.14:13. Take heed to yourselves and follow the way of life as Lord Jesus had taught every man to follow the righteous way that leads into life eternal (Matt. 7:13-14) and you shall overcome the storm of life at turbulent period in Jesus Name. “Amen”.

                                                                  Jesus Christ is Lord



                                                             
            

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