The Bible is not a STORY BOOK

There have been a lot of controversies regarding the operation of the Holy Spirit amongst Christians.

While some Christians (mostly Charismatic) believe in the Holy Spirit, there are a lot others who argue that the working of the Holy Spirit was only operational in the Old Testament and did not extend to the New Testament.

This has often led to very contradictory interpretations of the bible by the various denominations and sects.

The Bible, which is the word of God, was written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit (II Timothy 3:16). The written word is known in Greek as the Logos whereas Rhema is the revelational knowledge behind the Logos.

So in order for a Christian to understand the written word (Logos), he /she would have to get the Rhema which is the revelational knowledge which comes from the Holy Spirit. This means that without the revelational knowledge, one would read the bible and interpret it as though he were reading a story book.

This is the much reason why there are a lot of doctrines and religious sects, whose activities seem to be in sharp contrast to the word of God. Although they spend time searching through the scriptures, they are unable to come to an understanding of the deeper meaning behind the letters they read.

Permit me to make a legal allusion here:

In law, whenever a matter of contention arises regarding any constitutional provision, the Supreme Court as the highest court of the land is vested with powers to interpret the provision under contention so as to reveal the intended meaning of the drafters of the constitution.

In doing this, the Judges employ the purposive rule of interpretation to unravel the spirit behind the letters of the Constitution.

This means that that it will be difficult for a lay person in matters of law to read the Constitution at first hand and fully grasp the meaning behind the letters.

In the same vein, for a Christian to fully understand the things of God, he/she would need to have a personal relationship with God. By so doing, their spirit man becomes sharpened and more in tune with the prompting of the Holy Spirit. It is after your spirit has been rekindled that your spirit can become alert to hear from God through the Holy Spirit (Jude 1:20).

This is what will enable you to read the bible and understand what the words truly means.

I pray that from today, as you spend time to search through the scriptures, your spirit man would be rekindled so that the word you read would make meaning to you.

 

The author of this post is Ernest Nana Osei. Mr Osei is a journalist, real estate consultant, life coach, law student and very passionate about the things of God.

 

 

 

The New Life

This is the continuation of Unravelling the Mystery of Endless Prayer by Guest Blogger, Dr. Emmanuel Sogah. If you missed that interesting post, read it here.

Rev. Paul reminded Abu of the fall of man in the Garden of Eden and the state of man after the fall. 

But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.( Genesis 1:17)

And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. (Genesis 3:6)

Using these scriptures as references, the Reverend Minister stressed that Adam did not die a physical death when he ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil but rather died spiritually.

“To die spiritually means to be separated from God and have no means of communicating or fellowshipping with Him. Adam’s understanding darkened – he was alienated from the life of God (Ephesians 4:18),” Rev Paul said. “To die spiritually also means to see things differently (not from God’s perspective). Remember that Adam was naked from the day he was formed from the ground but suddenly became aware of his nakedness when he ate of the ‘forbidden’ tree (Genesis 3:7). His perspective changed – Adam began to relate with his environment from his senses.”

The first man, who expressed no sense of guilt in the presence of God, became timid and fled from the presence of God (Genesis 3:8). His ability to stand before God without the feeling of unworthiness was lost. 

“That is the state of every man who hasn’t experienced the rebirth,” said Rev. Paul.

Apostle Paul in the Bible reiterates this when he said in the book of Romans 7:24.

O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?  

“You’ve got to understand the depraved and helpless nature of a man without God. It’s such a sorry sight when you think about the end of such a fellow (Revelation 20:15),”  said Rev, Paul

Abu began sobbing. He expressed such profound pain towards the unsaved world. He was, however, stopped by the pastor.

“Cheer up! Jesus has overcome,” said Rev. Paul.

He looked at Abu and wondered the number of people who would be ‘moved’ to tears when they learn about the sorry state of unbelievers.

With the encouragement from Rev. Paul, Abu received strength and began to ponder over the words of the Minister. 

Reverend Paul continued,

For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost (Luke 19:10).

Jesus brought hope to the unsaved world. He was the answer to Apostle Paul’s question in Romans 7:24,

who shall deliver me from the body of this death?”

Abu noticed the change in the tone of Rev. Paul’s voice. He noticed the man was burning with passion as he spoke about the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus (1 Corinthians 15:3-4) and how he said ‘no man as yet has annulled this truth.’

By this act of sacrifice by Jesus, our fellowship with God has been restored and this has ushered us into the new life.

Learn more about the new life in the next post.

This post was written by Dr. Emmanuel Sogah. Dr. Sogah is a medical doctor by profession, a budding minister of the gospel who is passionate about teaching. 


 

Be Encouraged! 

Whenever the enemy pursues us,
He thinks mischief but The Good Lord works it for our good.

The more speedily, he pursues us,

the more speedily our miracles are manifested because of our love for our Saviour Jesus Christ.

The Egyptians started killing the babies during Moses’ birth,

the quicker God grew him to become a deliverer of Israel through Christ.

The Egyptians pursued Israel speedily to the red sea,

the quicker their salvation. Egyptians sped quickly into self destruction.

The fear of The Lord is the epiphany of wisdom.

But Pharoah never knew the mystery of Our God.

Trust not in chariots and horses,

trust in the invisible, invincible God who created you, I and even the devil himself.

Every calamity is an opportunity for God to perform eternal miracles.

Joseph will not value kingdom rulership without his past.

He will not value liberty had he not been imprisoned.

He will not have valued his wife had he not encountered Potiphar’s wife.

But the good news is even at the most bottom of your life will give you a reminder of how you are going to value the topmost of your life.

Faith works with Love and Faith is tried through patience.

Patience is not giving up but action that meets the manifestation of our miracles.

You might be known now but your not being known is going to be the reason why others will be known.

Potiphar will never have appeared in The Bible had it not been for the unknown Joseph.

Just imagine even as a slave we knew his name as Joseph.

Can you please tell me the name of Potiphar’s wife.

There is no Potiphar without Joseph.

Trust in The Lord with all your heart.

You are greater than great.
Every calamity is calling for a testimony through Christ Jesus.

Amen.

This piece was written by KwabenaNyamebaBediako. Kwabena is a poet and author from Ghana who travels the world sharing the love of Christ through his poems and writings

Join Us Celebrate Fathers!

Why Fathers’ Day celebrations mostly quiet still remain a mystery. Even with the knowledge that there are some amazing fathers, stereotypical depictions of them are unloving, strong, masculine, unsympathetic among others. This must be one of the reasons for the low hype of this celebration.

To make the #fathersday2017 more prominent for the wonderful fathers this year, The Christian Blog Ghana is introducing the Fathers’ Day Write-Up Promotion. This competition is seeking to celebrate the amazing role played by fathers in Ghana. 

In 200 words or less, creatively tells us some of the GODLY values instilled in you by your dad. Include your name, age, phone number and email your entry to christianblogghana@gmail.com

The first prize is GHC 20.00 worth of airtime, a special feature done by us on your dad for our social media pages and your creative piece will be posted on the Christian Blog Ghana.

The second prize is GHC 15.00 worth of airtime and your creative piece will be published on the Christian Blog Ghana.
The third prize is GHC 5.00 worth of airtime.

The deadline for submission of entries is Thursday, June 15, 2017. 

We look forward to reading some creative pieces on the GODLY impact that our dad’s have instilled in us over the years!

Unravelling the Mystery of Ceaseless Prayers 

“Prayer must be very hard. I doubt I can ever pray like these people,”

These were thoughts of young Abu, a man who accepted Christ not too long ago, while he observed a group of believers praying in other tongues.

Abu was born into a typical African Traditional home and had heard tales of a particular faction of Christians – the Charismatics, who were aggressive when praying but this was his first time observing them. 
He never thought praying could be this vigorous and perspiring, however, Abu made a remarkable observation. 

These charismatic Christians prayed for several hours, more rigorously by the time, in a totally different language but they appeared refreshed throughout the process.

This scene kept playing in his mind while he sat in church the following Sunday. Mysteriously, his pastor’s sermon that dwelt  on praying endlessly.

“To pray without ceasing, according to 1 Thessalonians 5:17, means to pray uninterruptedly,” said  Reverend Paul to the joyous congregation who seem to understand what that meant.

“How can that be possible? I don’t think anyone can follow through with this,” Abu thought. 

He grew increasingly confused but nurtured a desire to learn more about this ‘endless’ prayer.

This desire pushed him to interview Reverend Paul after close of service.

“Prayer simply means communicating with God but there’s more to it,” says the Reverend. “Prayer helps you to be conscious of your ‘new’ life in God and grants you means of receiving from Him.”

Conscious of my new life? Abu interjected. 

Reverend Paul noticed it was a good time to dwell on the subject of the new life since that would allow Abu to grasp the subject of prayer better. 

He invites Abu into his office so they could have a detailed discussion on the subject.

Find out how the conversation between the Reverend and Abu transpired in the next part of this post. 

This post was written by Dr. Emmanuel Sogah. Dr. Sogah is a medical doctor by profession, a budding minister of the gospel who is passionate about teaching. 

The Hard Truth about Marriage 

“Marriage is an encounter. How many couples would agree with me?” Pastor Fiifi Otabi Wilson of ICGC Faith Temple asked in his sermon on Sunday, May 28 2017. 

The cheers from the married couples in the auditorium was enough to confirm that marriage is more than a bed of roses but a real ‘encounter.’

Some of us may not be too old in the business of marriage (just a little over a year and half) but we can attest to the fact that marriage is a lot more.

Most married couples when given the opportunity would definitely not settle for the people they are living with. If there was a petition which would allow them about a year’s orientation of marriage before they finally decide who their partners would be, there would be a lot of signatures. I’m sure people would not even get married after the first year.

Marriage is indeed a classroom on its own. It is a course on its own. A lot of married couples love to show the beautiful aspect of it especially on social media. Just like every form of media, the couple select what they want the people to see and nobody would let you see the challenging aspect of marriage.

When you get married, friends approach you and pose the famous question, “Oh, so how is marriage life?”

Most of us Christians would smile and say, “Oh, it’s wonderful.” 

In my opinion, young people who are yet to sign these agreements deserve some exposition on marriage. When this question is posed to me, I like to be as real as possible. I don’t pretend.

I clear my throat and say, “my friend, it isn’t a joke. If you know you love to be by yourself, you are in love with your sleep and love your simple life, then marriage is not your thing,” I say to them. “You better stay in your parents house or rent your apartment and be by yourself. Do not worry yourself or someone’s child by getting married to them because this institution is hard work,” I add.

This is a period in life where you are stretched on all sides – your  patience, hardwork, Godliness and every other aspect of you is tested. No wonder, the congregation agreed with Pastor Wilson that marriage is an encounter. 

This is when you begin to understand the importance of  marrying someone who is a friend. 

You should know how to be a manager of resources – money, time, people (yes, your in-laws are waiting for you). This would go a long way in defining how the marriage would turn out.

Seek Godly counsel. It’s very important. Do not write off some counselors because they do not speak your kind of language. Listen to them all and select what is useful before you settle with a partner because for us Christians, divorce is mostly not an option.

It is after you marry, that is when you realise the importance of the pre-marital counselling (even though during that period, our main concern was the wedding ceremony 😞 ).

All is not gloomy if both of you share the same faith because God is always available to provide us with the help that we need for He is our shepherd.

Before you go to the altar to say your vows, remember to invest a lot of prayer in the decision you have made for the journey is indeed a long one. And as my mother keeps saying, there is no vacatio8n in marriage 🙂

This
post was put together by Delali KumapleySogah. Delali is a blogger and the manager of thechristianblogghana.wordpress.com. 

5 Christian Songs that Inspire Me Now

My name is Delali and one of my favorite pastimes is downloading tracks especially those I haven’t heard before and updating my gospel playlist. You can say me preference is slow gospel times. I know some Christians like their tracks fast, others prefer the Hip-Hop style but I feel the presence of the Holy Spirit when I listen to very slow tracks (I’m just preventing myself from using the term ‘worship’ for this kind of tracks).

This week, I would love to write about five of my current favorite songs, the artists who made them and why the inspire me (I may be biased  in my selection so don’t worry. You can also compile yours and send it to us on christianblogghana@gmail.com).

Travis Greene – Made a Way

I know this is the current favorite for a lot of Christians, especially those who following the contemporary type of gospel. I heard it first in my church (ICGC Faith Temple). The choir ministered it on Sunday and on Friday too (I’m sure the choir got positive feedback). I was awed when I heard the part which said, “You can move mountains. You cause walls to fall. With your power, you perform miracles and there is nothing that’s impossible. And I’m standing here only because you made a way...” That part spoke a lot to my spirit and the next day, I looked for the song and downloaded it and listen to it repeatedly. It is currently number one on my playlist. Take a listen 🙂

Travis Greene – Intentional

Intentional is also an inspirational song. When I heard it was made by the same Travis Greene who did Made a Way,  I kept wondering who he was, where he has been all this while and why I haven’t heard any of his songs before. Well, Travis Greene is quite young and he has two albums to his credit. The latest was released only last year and the album title, Intentional. Try and find his song, Anthem, which is another amazing track.

William Mcdowell – ??

I can’t say which of his songs inspire me now because all of them do inspire me anytime I listen to them. William is quite old in the game. I discovered him back at the University in 2010. When I listened to Wrap me in Your arms for the first time, I couldn’t help but look for other tracks he’s made and they are all spirit-filled. His songs will take you to heaven and back. Look for his tracks and you will be amazed. Some of the popular ones include Wrap me in your arms, Withholding nothing, I won’t go back, You are God alone and the list goes on and on.

Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir – Worthy is the Lamb

Well, you can say it’s because they came to Ghana quite recently and you may not be too far from the truth. I have been hearing a lot about them but I did not know really know much till I saw an interview they granted on television. From their demeanor to their story and how the group is put together is nothing but a testimony. I was astonished by how they kept stressing on the power of the spirit and how they allow him to control every ministration they do. The spirit around them was sweet and I couldn’t help but ask why I have not been following them keenly. I guess it’s never too late to start.

Uncle Ato 😉 

You can call me old-school or pentecostal but never joke with me when Uncle Ato is ministering. If this is the first time you are hearing his name, please look for him on Youtube. Maybe he is Ghana’s version of Don Moen. Whenever he takes the microphone to minister, there is nothing but the presence of the Holy Spirit all around. And when he is ministering songs of thanksgiving, they keep flowing without any inhibitions. This man is quite old in the game and I believe he keeps better and the Holy Spirit keeps using him awesomely.

So Uncle Ato and William Mcdowell for me any day. What about you? What are your favorite gospel tracks at the moment? Share with us!

Personal Dev’t: What the Modern Christian Needs

Christians are supposed to pray for things happen in their lives, right? The Bible even says we should pray without ceasing. It also admonishes us to ask whatever we want in Jesus’ name and things will happen. If that is the case, then why do we keep spending days, months and years on one particular prayer topic? What are we doing wrong as Christians that we seem to pray for the same things over and over?

Personally, I wish there would be times that prayer meetings will be praise sessions because the Lord has granted us everything that we need to help build His kingdom. Such prayer meetings will be ones which we come to thank God for all the souls we have won instead of asking God to fix our finances, help us find jobs and scholarship and contracts.

One of the things that amaze me is the time during a prayer service when a category of people who seem to fail at everything they do are asked to come forward for a special touch. I just wonder why a Christian should be failing constantly at everything. I thought Christians were beyond that. With the power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in us why we should we fail at anything? I also thought we were supposed to be light to the world and be cities set on the hill, so why are do we fail?

From my little experience in this life and observing the trends, I think the modern Christian should find a way of building himself/herself up too. Let’s depend on God, yes but let’s also build ourselves. You want a new job but what extra skill have you learnt that you can boast of in the past ten years. You have been praying for a child but have you visited the fertility clinic to set is wrong with you and what you can do differently? You are searching for a job, how many applications have you written and sent out? Miracles do happen but applying some effort can push miracles to happen faster on our parts. The woman with the issue of the blood had to make an effort to touch Jesus’ garment (Luke 8:40-56).

We have left a lot of good and important things for the unbelievers for too long. We love to sit in our small corners and wait for miracles to find us. Let’s make an effort to be better in whichever fields that we find ourselves. Let us push God to speed our miracles.

What about educating ourselves to the highest point and getting to that point that we will be indispensable? What about us Christians targeting the top position? The parliaments, courts and even the entire nation?

I can imagine how great the world will be when Christians take over important leadership roles becuase they have developed themselves. Let us start by seeing ourselves as the light of the world and finding ways of spreading our influences throughout the entire universe.

I am waiting for your testimony!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tips for Planning a Simple but Spectacular Wedding

Planning  and pulling off a wedding on a limited budget is very easy. Wrong. It is one of the most challenging things I have done in my life. I know most people reading this will share similar sentiments if only they were on a limited budget 🙂

I had to use the creative juices running in my veins to pull a simple but spectacular event. I first subscribed to Pinterest. It was one of the most important resources I used during that period. From wedding dresses to hairstyles to accessories to decor to ideas on how to cut down on cost in fact, everything can be found on Pinterest. It’s simply awesome. The app also allows you to save the ideas and you can refer to them easily. One vendor was awed at my ideas and I felt I had indeed challenged her.

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Another important resource is Instagram. Instagram is quite resourceful too. It gives you the opportunity to view the works of vendors and allows you to connect with them. Although Instagram gives you more ‘local’ ideas, I always felt pressured when I used that app. Why? Because I could feel the silent competition. It looked as if people were ‘battling’ to be featured there. They either copied someone entirely or totally had to come up with something different in order to be featured. I was not surprised at myself when I unfollowed all the wedding vendors and pages immediately after my wedding ceremony. My advice to those who use Instagram for ideas is that you should have your own ideas and not worry whether your photos get featured or not. Work within your budget and search for vendors who will be willing to work with what you have. You do not necessarily have to go for vendors who have made names in the industry.

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Apart from these two social media platforms, I also read a lot. There are several articles, blog posts on the subject of organizing a wedding. Just google them. I did not only depend on what people had to say about weddings or what I knew about weddings but I decided to do things differently and be a source of inspiration to people.

Another resource is using a couple who have gone through the process and done things that you liked when you attended their weddings. These are people we normally take for granted but they have a whole wealth of knowledge you can tap into.

These were what helped me in the planning processes but it’s also very important to pray during the period for direction. Ask God to direct you to the right vendors because during that time, it did look like all the vendors were trying to take their pound of flesh. The terrible ones can really frustrate you therefore, the need to pray.

Don’t be scared to be different. Go against what you are used to and see your wedding as a platform to tell the story about you and your intended spouse. I was amazed at a couple who were getting married and did exactly what their friends had done two months earlier – from their colour theme to their invitation card to the pre-wedding shoot ideas, all was an ‘imitation.’ Don’t do that; there are several things that haven’t been done yet. Explore! Personalize!!

Where did you get your ideas from when you were planning your wedding? Share your thoughts with us.

This post is a continuation of last week’s post. To get in touch with Mrs EmS, send an email to christianblogghana@gmail.com

 

How I Planned & had my Wedding Within SIX Months I

Everyday, we wake up to see a lot of likes on the Christian Blog Ghana Facebook Page and we feel bad we are not living up to the expectation of our readers. We are not serving the purpose for which the blog was created: to spread the word, encourage people and fellowship but we do appreciate your continuous support for what we do.

So where do we start from? What reason do we give for this long break? A lot of things happened during the break and one was the organization of a wedding ceremony. Yes, a Christian blogger tied the knot and the team was busy helping her organize the ceremony.

Well, we found her wedding ceremony quite interesting and we asked her to put together a post on how she was able to pull such a beautiful ceremony within a very short period of time and this was what she came up with. We asked her how she wishes to be introduced and she mentioned Mrs.EmS or the little MRS 🙂

Well, my wedding came as a surprise to everyone including myself. I have been dating this wonderful guy for the past five years and we kept reminding ourselves we were tying the knot in 2015. That did not imply we started planning the process immediately. We had other things we wanted to achieve like finding stable jobs, getting a car among others. We became more serious about the wedding preparation when we started the six-month counseling session in my church. Even though we had nothing set for the ceremony, we announced to the counselors we were getting married immediately we ended the session and that was only six months away (faith huh). We wrote to the church to book a date even though we had absolutely nothing for the ceremony. When the church confirmed the date, that was when things got more exciting.

Those who know me very well are aware of the fact that I am not a wedding person like most women. I hardly swoon over wedding ceremonies and wedding photographs and all that. I only attend weddings when I know the people involved and I only go to offer my support. My husband (beloved then) also had the same level of  knowledge as I had (minimal). Now that the church had confirmed the date, how were we going to pull the ceremony off with the little experience we had?

to be continued