Monthly Archives: January 2011

The process of change (Character)

We all have things in our flesh that still need to die.

 Have you ever heard anyone say, ‘ Jack is so bad tempered he can never change?’. Well the truth about this is that it is a lie. Anyone can change provided the person is willing to change.

 One of my famous preachers  says ‘ everyone has flesh’, yes this is true however we need to be changing into His image, the image of our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ day by day. We should be looking at ourselves as the years go by and say ; what happened to my anger, wow!! l don’t talk like that anymore etc. The list should go on.

 Lets look at an example from scripture:

 In the book of Acts we read an account about Moses:

 Acts 7: 22 – 30

And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and in deeds.

 And when he was full forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brethren the children of Israel.

 And seeing one of them suffer wrong, he defended him, and avenged him that was oppressed, and smote the Egyptian:

 For he supposed his brethren would have understood how that God by his hand would deliver them: but they understood not.

 And the next day he shewed himself unto them as they strove, and would have set them at one again, saying, Sirs, ye are brethren; why do ye wrong one to another?

 But he that did his neighbour wrong thrust him away, saying, Who made thee a ruler and a judge over us?

 Wilt thou kill me, as thou diddest the Egyptian yesterday?

 Then fled Moses at this saying, and was a stranger in the land of Madian, where he begat two sons.

 And when forty years were expired, there appeared to him in the wilderness of mount Sina an angel of the Lord in a flame of fire in a bush.

 Acts 7: 35 – 36

 This Moses whom they refused, saying, Who made thee a ruler and a judge? the same did God send to be a ruler and a deliverer by the hand of the angel which appeared to him in the bush.

 He brought them out, after that he had shewed wonders and signs in the land of Egypt, and in the Red sea, and in the wilderness forty years.

Remember that the book of Acts is just giving a summary of Moses and includes an account of where he started from.

 Lets look at another brief account of Moses in Numbers:

Numbers 12: 1 to 5

 1And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman.

 2And they said, Hath the LORD indeed spoken only by Moses? hath he not spoken also by us? And the LORD heard it.

 3(Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.)

 4And the LORD spake suddenly unto Moses, and unto Aaron, and unto Miriam, Come out ye three unto the tabernacle of the congregation. And they three came out.

 5And the LORD came down in the pillar of the cloud, and stood in the door of the tabernacle, and called Aaron and Miriam: and they both came forth.

Before the Lord used Moses to deliver the children of Israel he murdered someone. 

He then spent 40 years in the Land of Midain before the Lord called him to go and deliver the children of Israel (Acts 7: 30), Moses also spent 40 years in the wilderness with the Israelites (Acts 7: 36).

Something must have happened to Moses during this period, from being a murderer to being described as ‘The meekest man on the face of the earth’. What a description, The bible did not say that Moses was the meekest person in his family, or town, or even country, but in all the face of the earth.

 That is a great change considering where he was coming from.

So what happened to Moses? Its called change and change can take time. I am not saying it will take 40 years, but we all have areas in out lives were we need to change.

This is the good news. We don’t have to settle where we are. We have so much working for us if we do want to change.

We have the Word, and His Spirit within us.

So how do l change?

We need to take the mirror of the Word to examine ourselves. Is there anything lacking? Then change is required.

Psalm 19: 7  The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.

We need to listen to the Spirit within us and respond to what He says. 

We need to look at  the Lord. 2 Corinthians 3:18 

 18But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

We all can change. Change can be a process, as we allow the Lord to work in us we will become better in character and better representatives for Him.

Bisi Oladipupo

 

 

 

Food for thought- Friendship

The worth of any friendship can be measured by its contribution to Gods Assignment to your life.

The disciple described as ‘Whom Jesus Loved’

What a great way to describe a person and a honour. Let’s examine a few things about this disciple.

 This was the disciple that was lying on Jesus bosom at the last supper.                                                                                                                                             

John 13:23  Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved. Bosom signifies ‘the front of the body between the arms’ (vines expository dictionary of old and new testament words) or a person’s breast or chest (oxford dictionary)

For you to lay on a persons breast you must be close to them and very likely there will be a mutual likeness or love between you.

He was the only disciple that could ask Jesus the question that others wished to ask.

John 13: 21 – 26 When Jesus had thus said, he was troubled in spirit, and testified, and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.  Then the disciples looked one on another, doubting of whom he spake.  Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved. Simon Peter therefore beckoned to him, that he should ask who it should be of whom he spake.  He then lying on Jesus’ breast saith unto him, Lord, who is it?  Jesus answered, He it is, to whom I shall give a sop, when I have dipped it. And when he had dipped the sop, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon.

Remember when you were young and wanted biscuits from mummy. What did you do? You sent the one closest to her to ask.

He stood by the cross when Jesus was being crucified and Jesus handed over His mother to him.

John 19: 25 – 27  Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene.  When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son!  Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.

Jesus handed his mother to the disciple he loved. Who would you hand your mother over too anyone or someone very close to you?

He outran Peter when he heard that the body of Jesus had been taken away.

John 20: 2 – 4 Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the LORD out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him.  Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre.  So they ran both together: and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulchre.

He recognized Jesus first when the other disciples did not.

John 21: 4 – 7 But when the morning was now come, Jesus stood on the shore: but the disciples knew not that it was Jesus.  Then Jesus saith unto them, Children, have ye any meat? They answered him, No.  And he said unto them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes.  Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved saith unto Peter, It is the Lord. Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girt his fisher’s coat unto him, (for he was naked,) and did cast himself into the sea.

Looking at the above it is evident that this disciple was very close to the Lord. He leaned on Jesus breast, asked Jesus a question when the others could not, He was at the cross when Jesus was being crucified, He took Mary, Jesus mother into his own home, he recongised Jesus first when the other disciples did not. He was the only disciple described as ‘the disciple whom Jesus loved’.

The Lord loves us all, however the truth of the matter is that some Christians have a closer walk with the Lord than others. Have you ever heard someone talk about the Lord and you said to yourself ‘ l wish to know the Lord like that’.

The Lord is no respecter of persons, if we pay the price, obey Him, Love the Lord, thirst after Him, we will have a closer walk with Him.

Do you desire to know the Lord better? Ask him to help you, and as long as you are prepared to pay the price, you will experience a deeper walk with Him. Just as John did and was described as ‘ the disciple whom Jesus loved’.

Remember the Lord loves us all, but there is more room to get to know Him better.

Bisi Oladipupo

Mans feelings about you has nothing to do with the Lords Steadfast love towards you.

Have you ever been in a position where it appears everyone around you did not like you?

 The reality of life is that not everyone will like you.

 However when some people decide to hate you its got absolutely nothing to do with the steadfast love of the Lord towards us.  You may have displeased the Lord but it does not change His Love towards you. The wise will make amends and restore their fellowship. We need to be secured in His love for us.

 Genesis 29: 31 – 35

 And when the LORD saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb: but Rachel was barren.

 And Leah conceived, and bare a son, and she called his name Reuben: for she said, Surely the LORD hath looked upon my affliction; now therefore my husband will love me.

 And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, Because the LORD hath heard I was hated, he hath therefore given me this son also: and she called his name Simeon.

 And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, Now this time will my husband be joined unto me, because I have born him three sons: therefore was his name called Levi.

 And she conceived again, and bare a son: and she said, Now will I praise the LORD: therefore she called his name Judah; and left bearing.

Leah must have gone through a very difficult time. But what did the Lord do? The Lord opened her womb because she was hated.  Leah herself knew that the Lord opened her womb because of this. This must have been very reassuring to Leah in the midst of a very difficult situation.

Are you surrounded by people that don’t like you? Be reassured that the Lord loves you. Remember Joseph? His own brothers hated him, but the Lord loved him and gave Joseph great favour.

What am l saying?  It doesn’t matter whom or what sort of difficult people you are surrounded with, the Lord loves you.

Be secured in the Lords love for you.

Bisi Oladipupo