The bat,the cat,and the rat

Written by Adeolu Oluade

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The parable andrepparttar scriptures above clearly implyrepparttar 148208 issue of destiny,andrepparttar 148209 relationship between identity and destiny. An identity crisis sends one's destiny into 'sleep mode'. The truth of 'destiny' may be hard to be accepted by one's intellect but is easily embraced by one's faith. Destiny could be either corporate or personal-it is onrepparttar 148210 latter that we will focus. With respect to this issue,there are two main schools of thought. The first affirms that God isrepparttar 148211 Master of one's destiny whilerepparttar 148212 second insists that man isrepparttar 148213 master of his destiny. It isrepparttar 148214 humble view of this writer thatrepparttar 148215 reality is that of a 'partnership' in which God isrepparttar 148216 'senior partner' and man isrepparttar 148217 'junior partner'. Just as man was not created to be God's 'robot',God is not man's 'master computer'. Every person is precious and unique inrepparttar 148218 sight of God despite anyone's present social status which may be favourable or not. To activate this 'partnership',each person has to be reconciled to God by faith in Jesus Christ as one's personal Lord and Saviour (2 Cor.5:20)[one's first love] even if one claims to already know one's destiny. The reason for reconcilation is that everyone was born in sin,and sin estranges us from God who is our 'senior partner' (Rom 3:23;6:23). Upon activation of this 'partnership',one should prayerfully and sincerely considerrepparttar 148219 following V's as keys to fulfill one's destiny:-

1. Vision:-This isrepparttar 148220 mental picture of one's destiny even without supernatural phenomena (Prov.29:18a;Acts 26:19). 2. Vigour:-This isrepparttar 148221 physical,mental,and spiritual strengths to make one's destiny a reality even when facing opposition (Isa 26:4;Zech 4;6). 3. Virtue:-This is personal integrity that is Christ-like. This secures and maximises one's chances of fulfillment (Gal 5:22-23;2 Pet 1:2-11). This is one key that is so easily neglected,ignored or despised throughout human history andrepparttar 148222 dire consequences affect not onlyrepparttar 148223 individual but others too.

While these keys are not exclusive,they are essential torepparttar 148224 discovery,pursuit,and fulfillment of destiny. For any destiny that seems 'trapped' or 'lost',in Jesus Christ there is complete deliverance and restoration! When all other hopes fail,hope in God never fails!!!

1 Corinthians 7:24 (King James Version) verse 24 "Brethren, let every man, wherein he is called, therein abide with God."

British-born Nigerian christian writer living and working in London,UK with

The viral war

Written by Adeolu Oluade

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Proverbs 23:26(KJV) "My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways." The turning point ofrepparttar battle is when a person gives his/her heart to Jesus Christ to cleanse it with his precious blood(Rev.1:5) and then make it his palace, and his throne asrepparttar 148059 person's King. Without this cleansing and conversion,the human heart outsiderepparttar 148060 grace of God is naturally vulnerable torepparttar 148061 attack and effect of 'viruses'(Jer.17:9).

Eph.4:27(NIV) "and do not giverepparttar 148062 devil a foothold." God's 'anti-virus software' is very practical in handling any kind of 'virus'. Firstly God offers himself asrepparttar 148063 shield('the personal firewall') of every person in Christ-Gen.15:1;Psalm 3:3. Secondly,inrepparttar 148064 Lord God every follower of Christ hasrepparttar 148065 responsibility to allow in his/her heartrepparttar 148066 peace of God to rule(Col.3:15),andrepparttar 148067 word of Christ to dwell(Col.3:16). Thirdly,being strong inrepparttar 148068 Lord andrepparttar 148069 power of his might(Eph.6:10) each Christian needs to put and keep onrepparttar 148070 armour of God(Eph.6:11-18),and to fightrepparttar 148071 'viruses' using spiritual weapons(2 Cor.10:3-6) as concisely discussed in an earlier article 'making an impact'

Proverbs 14:30(KJV) "A sound heart isrepparttar 148072 life ofrepparttar 148073 flesh: but envyrepparttar 148074 rottenness ofrepparttar 148075 bones." Finally,for anyone whose heart/mind seems to be corrupted by these 'viruses' torepparttar 148076 point of ill-health,God has covenanted himself through Jesus Christ to his people as our healer(2 Peter.2:24). The healing process could seem gradual or sudden. For this process to be effective,one needs to allow God as one's healer to choose and use various agents/agencies. The following should be of help:-

The love,understanding,and prayers of trusted family members and friends(Mark 2:3). Proper,and sound counselling(Prov.11:14). Casting out of demons(evil spirits) if and when their presence and activity are discerned{not speculated}(Mark 1:34).

Moreover,since God is never in a hurry,one should be patient with him and his timing if 'an instant cure' has not been experienced!

2 Tim.1:7(KJV) "For God hath not given usrepparttar 148077 spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."

British-born Nigerain christian writer living and working in London,UK with

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