When I created this blog, I had a vision for it. It was to be my venting module. It was also to be a blog that would inspire people. Make them happy.
And NOTHING makes people happier than GOD.
So for those who need to know, need to remember or just want to read, I present: AN INTRODUCTION TO CHRISTIANITY. written by the ever awesome Ogechi Obi.
Without further ado;
The basics of Christianity.
Often times, Christianity is confused with religion but interwoven as the two may appear to be, they are distinct in nature and character. Religion is a mode of worship to a superior being while Christianity is a way of life: a life pattern hidden and revealed in Christ Jesus, who is the way, the truth and the life, John 14:6.
Being a christian is way more than being a church goer, or a philanthropist or a missionary. It boils down to the root of your very being, your faith and nature. This will become clearer as we discuss the basics of Christianity.
1. You must have Zoe: Zoe means the God kind of life which Jesus gave us upon his coming, death and resurrection, John 10:10. We remember that Jesus said to Nicodemus that except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Being born of the incorruptible seed of the word of God simply, means having the (kind of) life that God himself has. And this life comes into our spirit the very moment we confess Jesus as our Lord and Saviour, Romans 10:9-10. This is the first and foremost step of Christianity, accepting and confessing Jesus.
2. Receiving the Holy Spirit. The Holy Ghost is the spirit of God, freely given to everyman for direction, worship and guidance. The Holy Ghost is a person and not a thing. His presence is felt so powerfully that men begins to act supernaturally. Acts 2:1-8. He manifests himself through tongues, prophecies, conscience etc as He desires. Everybody who professes to be a christian must have the holy spirit whether he is a babe in Christ or a matured son.
3. Must abide in the vine and bear fruit for the Lord. A christian must be a seed sower sowing his seed on a good soil. Being a doer of the word of God and living the predestined life God has given. This is a whole new stage which comes with maturity in faith. A believer is not a servant but a son of God with an inheritance of the kingdom of God, a joint heir with Christ therefore must live and act as such. Any life pattern that doesn’t conform with what christ came to give us is not for you. It is not humility to reject your right and privileges in Christ, rather it is sheer stupidity and ignorance. At this stage, do not allow human orchestrated doctrine to determine your way of life, if you do, you will miss it.
4. Grow in the knowledge of Christ and be wise in your dealings. Always look to the cross and draw strength from the ultimate sacrifice of Christ. Rejoice in times of adversity and hold on to the faith that you profess. Always learn to give thanks and worship God even if your body thinks otherwise. You can control your body with your soul which functions through the mind.
This is an old post to expatiate number 2 above:
The Gift of the Holy Spirit
Praying in Tongues
Very often people ask: Why should I speak in tongues which I cannot understand when I can speak in English and communicate effectively. ROMANS 8:26 answers this, “for the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought but the Spirit maketh intercession for us with groanings which can not be uttered”.
Whether we accept it or not, we can never exhaust our prayer requests in our ordinary languages: there will always be something left out: we could get tired praying: we could ask for the wrong things, but when we pray in tongues, we are able to cover a vast number of it because it isn’t us praying but the Holy Spirit making intercession for us. A quick illustration: imagine you want to travel to the US and you choose to travel by bus, like it or not, you will never get there(or will get there years later), it’s impossible except you travel by air. In like manner, when you communicate in tongues, you are able to accomplish in ten minutes what should take you ten years to accomplish in ordinary language. Let’s see HEBREWS 4:12: “The word of God is quick and powerful……and is a discerner of thoughts and intents of the heart”. So the Spirit is praying for you in accordance with the word of God. The intents of your hearts and not the desires of your mind are exposed to the Spirit. Therefore the Spirit is making the right prayer for you. ROMANS 8:27: “The Spirit searcheth the heart and knows the mind of the Spirit”. 1 CORINTHIANS 2:10: “The Spirit searcheth all things, yea the deep things of God”. This is a sweet communication, the Spirit of God in you communicating with God on your behalf.
When you pray in the Holy Ghost, you utter the wisdom of God in a mystery 1 CORINTHIANS 2:7. Verse 13 went further to say we speak not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth but which the Holy Spirit teacheth.
And here comes the good news, the Devil doesn’t and cannot understand it when you speak in tongues. He is confused. He so desperately wants to know your prayer request but he can’t, that uncertainty bothers him a lot. Its you communicating with God through the Holy Spirit: it’s a divine transaction that doesn’t require a third-party.
When you have the opportunity to receive the Holy Ghost, don’t shy away or disrupt the flow with unhealthy or unfounded thoughts about the Gift of speaking in tongues
How can one receive the gift? MATTHEW 28:19: “Go ye therefore and teach all nations baptizing them in the name of the father, the son and the Holy Ghost. 1.You can receive this gift by the laying of hands. 2. By desiring it. 1 COR 14 3. The flow of the anointing from a minister. 4. In the place of worship.
It is not a good excuse that you don’t pray in tongues in your church, salvation is personal and so is your relationship with God, people might run your race with you but no one can run it for you. if you desire earnestly the gifts of the Holy Spirit, He will come upon you and fill you.