A few days ago I was reading a book on humility by a very popular Ghanaian author. It was a good read until I got to a place where the author said that you shouldn’t ‘correct upward.’ He went on to explain that it is wrong for you to question and try to correct your spiritual leaders. He said that God called your leader and if he is going wrong, it is wrong for you to correct him, you should leave it in the hands of God to correct him. This is the same man who wrote a book on loyalty, but loyalty to who exactly?
I heard a prominent Nigerian preacher warn that you should never argue with him because if you do, ‘judgment’ will fall on you and you will die in a mysterious manner. He gave several examples how some members of his congregation rose against him and they were killed ‘mysteriously.’ The fact is that we all shall die some day. A Christian should never be afraid of death because to be absent from the body is to be present with The Lord-2Conrinthians 5:8.
This man also says you cannot ‘argue with proofs,’ that ‘only fools argue with proofs.’ That means you should not question his doctrines and unscriptural practices because he has successfully surrounded himself with money and material things. Money and material things are not proof of being in the centre of God’s Will. John the Baptist had his ministry in the desert, yet the whole nation came to him. He didn’t need to surround himself with material things as ‘proofs’ that he was in the centre of God’s Will. Continue reading
What is a door?
A door is a means through which we enter and exit a place, a project or a people. A door could be physical, spiritual or it could be metaphoric. In John 10:9, Jesus says, “I am the door.” A physical door was opened for Peter to escape the plans of the wicked, while a door was opened to Paul to preach the gospel to the unreached. An open door is an unusual opportunity or uncommon favour which leads to financial, business, relational and personal success. An open door also means progress, acceleration and victory in life and ministry.
In Revelations 3:7-8, the Bible says, ‘And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that opens, and no man shuts; and shuts and no man opens;
I know your works:behold, I have set before you an open door, and no man can shut it:for you have a little strength, and you have kept my word, and have not denied my name.’
From this passage of scripture we see very clearly that the ONE who opens and shuts doors is Jesus Christ, not you, not your great faith, nor your awesome power in prayer. When the Lord opens a door for us, no one can shut it and when He shuts a door, no one can open it. Continue reading
She stood before room 624 and looked at her wristwatch. She was early.
Two months ago she had a conversation with her father.
“What do you need the money for?” He asked.
“I need to buy clothes and some other things. I shouldn’t be asking you for money all the time.”
“What is wrong with your clothes?”
“They are all faded.” She didn’t bother to tell him that they were also old fashion. She wore long skirts while her class mates wore the latest dresses. She didn’t want to look out of place among her friends.
“Feyi, you must learn to live within your means, with contentment,” her dad said and returned to his dinner of pounded yam and egusi soup.
She pulled down the black dress she wore as a maid walked down the narrow hall. Continue reading