The rat race

Written by Adeolu Oluade

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Proverbs 23(KJV) verse 4 "Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom." verse 5"Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven." Matthew 6(KJV) verse 24 "No man can serve two masters: for either he will haterepparttar one, and loverepparttar 148210 other; or else he will hold torepparttar 148211 one, and despiserepparttar 148212 other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon." Matthew 6(KJV) verse 33 " But seek ye firstrepparttar 148213 kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." 1 Timothy 6(KJV) verse 17 "Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but inrepparttar 148214 living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;" verse18 "That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate;" verse 19 "Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation againstrepparttar 148215 time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life."

The world system presents several obstacles which are designed to hinder every Christian from having and spending kingdom wealth but we overcome this wicked system through our faith inrepparttar 148216 Lord as our provider.

1 John 5(KJV) verse 4 "For whatsoever is born of God overcomethrepparttar 148217 world: and this isrepparttar 148218 victory that overcomethrepparttar 148219 world, even our faith."

In this Christian race,for anyone who is feeling... ...weak,the LORD is our strength(Psalm 18:2) ...sick and injured,the LORD is our healer(Exodus 15:26) ...confused and troubled,the LORD is our peace(Judges 6:24) ...lonely,the Lord is ever with us(Matt 28:20) ...under attack,the Lord is our defence(Psalm 18:2) ...lost,the Lord is our guide(Psalm 48:14) ...guilty,the Lord forgives and cleanses us(1 John 1:9)

Hebrews 12(KJV) verse 1 "Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, andrepparttar 148220 sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patiencerepparttar 148221 race that is set before us," verse 2 "Looking unto Jesusrepparttar 148222 author and finisher of our faith; who forrepparttar 148223 joy that was set before him enduredrepparttar 148224 cross, despisingrepparttar 148225 shame, and is set down atrepparttar 148226 right hand ofrepparttar 148227 throne of God."

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

Kings of king

Written by Adeolu Oluade

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verse 6 "That which is born ofrepparttar flesh is flesh; and that which is born ofrepparttar 148209 Spirit is spirit."

verse 7 "Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again."

verse 8 "The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearestrepparttar 148210 sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born ofrepparttar 148211 Spirit."

These are those whose hearts have been cleansed byrepparttar 148212 blood ofrepparttar 148213 Lamb (Rev.1:5).It is these hearts in which reignsrepparttar 148214 Lord Jesus Christ.Betweenrepparttar 148215 Lord and these peculair people is a covenant relationship like that between a sovereign king and vassal kings.This covenant ensures and demands thatrepparttar 148216 'kings' are faithful torepparttar 148217 King just as He is faithful to them:

Jeremiah 31(KJV)

verse 31 "Behold,repparttar 148218 days come, saithrepparttar 148219 LORD, that I will make a new covenant withrepparttar 148220 house of Israel, and withrepparttar 148221 house of Judah:" verse 32 "Not according torepparttar 148222 covenant that I made with their fathers inrepparttar 148223 day that I took them byrepparttar 148224 hand to bring them out ofrepparttar 148225 land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saithrepparttar 148226 LORD:"

verse 33 "But this shall berepparttar 148227 covenant that I will make withrepparttar 148228 house of Israel; After those days, saithrepparttar 148229 LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people."

verse 34 "And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Knowrepparttar 148230 LORD: for they shall all know me, fromrepparttar 148231 least of them untorepparttar 148232 greatest of them, saithrepparttar 148233 LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more."

Faithfulness is expected byrepparttar 148234 King in these areas:-

* Celebratingrepparttar 148235 King(Psalm 93-100)-worship; * Proclaimingrepparttar 148236 King(Isa.52:7)-evangelism;& * Demonstratingrepparttar 148237 King (Rom.5:17, Matt.5-7)-kingdom life.

These kings haverepparttar 148238 authority ofrepparttar 148239 King to rule onrepparttar 148240 earth. It is byrepparttar 148241 wisdom of God that they rule (Prov.8:15).And Jesus Christ isrepparttar 148242 wisdom of God (1 Cor.1:24).The Lord is even greater than Solomon (Luke 11:31).It is His authority (Matt 28:18, Mark 16:17-18, & Luke 10:19) that they exercise on His behalf in each ofrepparttar 148243 territories where He has placed each of them. Each king is not in unhealthful competition with any other king (2 Cor.10:12) but complements any other king as members ofrepparttar 148244 body of Christ (1 Cor.12:12).

Bothrepparttar 148245 kingship and priesthood ofrepparttar 148246 saints make up their calling in Christ Jesus (Rev.1:6, 5:10).

Action plan:

1. Believe that you are who God says you are.

2. Believe that you have what God says that you have.

3. Believe that you can do what God says you can do.

4. Then take action as led byrepparttar 148247 Spirit of God!!!

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

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