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22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Matthew 7

May the Lord help us not to be among "THE MANY " that will be rejected on judgment day! 

How can someone call Jesus, LORD and yet be referred to by Jesus as a WORKER OF INIQUITY? 

How can one prophesy in His name and still be rejected? 

How can one even cast out demons in His name and himself be a cast away? 

How is it possible to do wonderful works in His name and not make it to heaven? 

By this, the Lord is making it very clear that prophesying is not the criteria for making it to heaven! You can be an upto date Prophet and Prophetess and be a cast away! 

To have ability to cast out demons is not God's requirement for those who will be accepted into His kingdom! You can be the happening deliverance Minister and still be casted into the pit of hell! 

It is also very clear to us that performing signs and wonders is not a ticket to heaven! You can perform all the signs and wonders and be rejected by the Lord. 

Why many will be rejected is because of INIQUITY (SIN). Instead of working righteousness, they work iniquity! So behind the prophecy, and the casting out of demons and the signs and the wonders is a heart that is sold out to iniquity! A heart that tolerates sin and love sin! A heart whose real lord is sin and iniquity! A heart where pride, greed, lust, idolatry and covetousness and envy and hatred reigns as lord! A heart that is totally sold to the world and her ways! 

It's one thing for Jesus to be Lord of your lips and it's another for Him to be Lord of your heart! 

If Jesus be the Lord of your heart, there is no way iniquity will reign in same heart! Christ is love personified! Love reigns in the heart whose Lord is Jesus! Righteousness reigns, holiness, purity, joy, peace, forgiveness and the fear of God reigns in the heart whose Lord is Christ Jesus! The light of God shines bright and abroad the heart whose Lord is Jesus! Such a heart works righteousness and bears the fruit of the Spirit! 

There is no eternal reward of value for the WORKERS OF INIQUITY other than  eternal damnation to hell.  

Make Jesus the Lord of your heart and let Him be not for a day or month but forever and ever! 

Mike Odeh Sep 1 '15 · Comments: 3 · Tags: righteousness, iniquity

DELICIOUS COCONUT WATER


Coconut is a very popular fruit in the tropics. It is abundant along the coasts, but can also be found in plantations and compounds upland. When the fruit is still young, the natives enjoy the sweet juice (coconut water) and pulpy endocarp (flesh). The mature fruit has a thick flesh and very little ‘water’, with most of the rich contents of the ‘water’ absorbed into the flesh.


The fruit is abundant in minerals, vitamins, and other nutrients and has been used over the centuries to treat many ailments internally and externally. Let us consider the ‘water’ today.


COCONUT ‘WATER’


This is one of the most nutritious, wholesome beverages provided by nature. Coconut water is very rich in dietary fiber, magnesium, potassium, manganese, and calcium. Other minerals present include iron, phosphorus, zinc, copper, selenium, and sodium. These minerals are in the form of electrolytes and get into the blood stream easily. Prominent vitamins include vitamin C, riboflavin, thiamin, B6, folate, niacin, pantothenic acid, and choline. It also has a high content of the amino-acids arginine, glutamic acid, phenylalanine, alanine, serine, glycine, valine, lysine, leucine, aspartic acid, proline, and threonine. Moderate amounts of methionine, cystine, tyrosine, histidine, and tryptophan are also present. The carbohydrate content is high, including sugars; it has little amounts of protein and saturated fats. It is extremely low in cholesterol. Phytonutrients include cytokinins, which are plant growth hormones similar to human growth hormones.


As a result of this array of contents, it is not surprising that coconut water has the following life-regenerating properties and benefits:

1. It is a natural energy drink, because of its sugars and fats.

2. Its richness in minerals makes it close in composition to human blood plasma, and has therefore been used widely as a very effective rehydration fluid (both orally and intravenously).

3. It is effective in the treatment of kidney and urethral stones; thus, its proper use may make dialysis unnecessary.

4. It promotes proper digestion and helps in gallbladder disease.

5. It serves as a natural drink for infants suffering from intestinal disturbances.

6. It strengthens the heart and improves blood circulation, thereby normalizing blood pressure and helping in the healing of diabetes.

7. It is excellent for the treatment of cholera, particularly because of the presence of the minerals and albumen.

8. It helps to prevent osteoporosis by facilitating the absorption of calcium and magnesium.

9. It is antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal. As a result, it helps the body to fight viruses that cause flu, herpes, hepatitis, measles, and AIDS; it helps in the healing of candida yeast infections and inhibits the growth of mycoplasma and eczema.

10. It promotes healthy thyroid functions and generally relieves stress on the endocrine system.

11. It is capable of reducing pressure in the eyes and, therefore, helps with glaucoma.

12. It destroys intestinal worms.

13. It is useful in cancer therapy, because of its antioxidants.

14. It is the richest natural dietary source of cytokinins, which selectively destroy malignant cancer cells and promote the growth of healthy cells.

15. Cytokinins in coconut water can also promote youthfulness and prolong age.

16. Coconut water will help to destroy bad cholesterol and preserve good cholesterol in the body.


I hope those of us in the tropics, who pass by sellers of whole fresh coconuts, will from now pay attention, buy the fruit, and at least drink the tasty juice. When you read the next article on COCONUT ‘MEAT’, I bet you will run for the solid part of the fruit as well. Until then, keep fit.

Mike Oye Aug 26 '15 · Comments: 1 · Tags: water, coconut
Idolatry is idol worship! We are admonished by God's word to FLEE FROM IDOLATRY! 

" Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry." 1 Corinthians 10:14

Flee means to run! Run from idolatry!  When you are told to run from something, common sense tells you, there is danger! If you want safety, follow that simple instruction, FLEE! 


“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. You shall have no other gods before me." Exodus 20:2-3

Idols are gods who want to or have taken the place of God in our lives! 

The children of Israel were in Egypt under slavery, oppression and terrible bondage but the Lord Almighty brought them out!  He did for them what no god or idol could do for them! Sadly, they reverted to idol worship in the wilderness! 

We (Believers) share the same story of redemption and freedom like the Isrealites through the redemptive work of Christ on Calvary!  Christ did for us what no man or god or idol could do for us! 

And like the Isrealites though free, the temptations to revert to idol worship or idolatry or worship of other gods abound! Sadly, many believers have fallen victims! 

In our contemporary world, a lot of idols abound! The devil has set them in place, so we can worship him by worshipping those things or beings! Remember how the Devil asked our Lord Jesus to bow and worship in exchange for the glory of this world? The devil is still doing the same, soliciting for worship through idols! 


WHY FLEE FROM IDOLATRY? 

Worship of idols is worship of the devil! The one whose mission is to STEAL, KILL AND DESTROY! The Isrealites who succumbed to idolatry paid with their lives and glorious destinies!  The devil is the father of all liars, it's foolishness of the highest order to do business with the devil through idolatry!  I pity a lot of these famous people who at one point sold their souls to the devil for fame and money! Behind the smiles and flashy cars and houses is an unfathomable EMPTINESS!  The devil has stolen every good thing from their hearts and left nothing but EMPTINESS!  Little wonder, some commit suicide, others die mysteriously etc 

A LIST OF IDOLS IN OUR TIME 

1. MONEY: Many are worshipping the god of money!  Money and it's pursuit is first, self second and God can come in the picture! For money believers have lied, for money believers have cheated, for money believers have betrayed, for money believers have killed, for money believers have fornicated or committed Adultery! FLEE FROM THE WORSHIP OF MONEY! The love of money rather than love of God, automatically makes money your god! 


2. SELF: Lovers of self rather than lovers of God! Self can be an idol!  Self can be a god! Love of self can make self an idol or god demanding our worship!  When self becomes your idol, you can do anything to please the god of SELF! This is why many commit all manner of atrocities just to appease the god of self! Sexual sins (homosexuality, fornication, adultery, bestiality), abortion, drunkenness, drug abuse, pride, ego, bitterness, anger, strife, unforgiveness, all kinds of sin is a sacrifice made to the god of self! FLEE FROM IDOLATRY BELOVED! 


3. MEDIA: The love of entertainment can make the media, technology etc to become your idol! The love of sports can make sports become an idol! For sports, television, devices and Hollywood some have traded away genuine fellowship with God! They have enough time for all these things but little or none for prayers and study of the Word! They will go rather to a sporting event or movie than go for fellowship!

 

4. MAN : if you love a man more than God, he has become your idol!  If you love a woman more than God, she has become your god demanding your worship! When you love anybody more than God, that individual automatically becomes your idol! You can do virtually anything to appease that idol! 


ANYTHING OR ANYONE YOU LOVE MORE THAN THE LORD IS YOUR IDOL! BEHIND THAT IDOL IS THE DEVIL!  ALL YOU DO TO APPEASE THAT IDOL YOU ARE DOING TO PLEASE THE DEVIL! 

FLEE FROM IDOLATRY INTO THE LOVING ARMS OF JESUS TODAY! 

Mike Odeh Aug 26 '15 · Rate: 5 · Comments: 2 · Tags: idols, money

Today, I want to write about FARM HOUSES as a key to LIVING WELL. The good book ( the Bible) refers to Adam and Eve settling in THE GARDEN OF EDEN. They sustained their health by eating from the various plants in the garden (Genesis 1:26-29). They also worked in the garden and maintained it. All the leaves, fruits, seeds, nuts, stem and root tubers, spices, and any ther plant parts were available to them for food and medicine (Ezekiel 47:12). They and the immediate generations after them lived for hundreds of years!! Why was this possible? Part of the answer is that it was their culture to live in GARDENS. What, then, are the benefits of living in gardens?

HEALTH BENEFITS OF LIVING IN GARDENS:

It provides us with the opportunity to cooperate with nature in producing high-quality, natural food .

The by-products of food production can be recycled as natural fertilizers.

One can benefit from the advantages of mixed farming, and may not need the use of modern farm chemicals, which are injurious to the body.

With land available, the gardener is motivated to practice  INTER-PLANTING and INTER-CROPPING, instead of mono-cropping. This increases the level of food self-sufficiency, because of the planting of most family needs on a relatively small piece of land.

Inter-planting and inter-cropping reduce the incidence of pests drastically; hence, the gardener may not need pesticides at all. Where the need may arise, organic non-toxic ones ca be produced right on the farm.

It is possible to raise completely grass-fed  animals on the farm, thus making sure that all animal products at table are free from harmful hormones and antibiotics.

Herbs, shrubs, and trees in the garden supply copious amount of oxygen  during the dark phase of photosynthesis to enrich the air the residents inhale.

The mere seeing of the green color of plants everyday has a therapeutic effect on the body.

Farm-house residents cannot do but move round the farm, doing pieces of work to maintain the farm's productivity. That gives a regular form of exercise often involving all the tissues and organs of the body.

Residents on a farm usually have more knowledge of common plants than city dwellers. They may even be able to treat themselves and their domestic animals from the use of appropriate herbs.

A well-managed garden will usually have surplus crops, which can be given to neighbors, the poor, or sold. Whichever way, it brings inner satisfaction and a deep sense of achievement.

Finally, a worshipful heart at table for the miracles of food production brings healing to the producer/consumer.

Build houses, live in them; plant gardens, and eat the fruits thereof. Jeremiah 29:5. 


Bless the Lord, oh my soul, and forget not all His benefits.......who heals all your diseases, and satisfies your mouth with GOOD THINGS, SO THAT YOUR YOUTH IS RENEWED LIKE THE EAGLE'S. Psalm 103:1,5,6.


I have interpreted these verses scientifically and practiced them. They have been of benefit to me, and I am sure they will to you.

Mike Oye Aug 21 '15 · Tags: garden, farming

I had a loving father, who lived 125 years. As his first son, I was very close to him and observed many aspects of his lifestyle. He was one of the simplest men I have ever known. He led a very active life, loved his family, was God-fearing, and generous to a fault. On the few occasions I knew him to be ill, he knew exactly what to do to get well, including the use of appropriate herbs. It was compulsory for every member of the family to drink his herbal preparations every morning. Thus, we scarcely had any cause to go to hospital. My mum have birth to all her ten children at home, because my dad knew what natural things she should eat and drink to facilitate gestation and delivery. My father was involved in many different businesses, but always made farms, which produced most of what we ate.

Thus, we had a sub-culture at home, which was different from the general culture of the communities in which we lived. I grew up strong, learned farming and some medicinal plants from my father, and decided to study agriculture and produce food organically. He left me a hand-written book full of herbal formulae for different chronic diseases, a legacy I deeply treasure. I have studied wide and researched into major areas of food production, nutrition, plant and animal physiology, anatomy, biochemistry, plant taxonomy, ecology, public health, preventive and curative medicine, and many aspects of naturopathy; all with the motive of helping people live healthily.

To God's glory, at 76, I am still strong and capable of doing all that humans are created to do. I believe I have a health legacy greater than my father's to share with this and coming generations; hence, the creation of this post, which I hope to replenish everyday. Please, come along with me to explore and appreciate the benevolence of the Creator to mankind. We will then discover that each one of us is ultimately responsible for his or her health.

Mike Oye Aug 20 '15 · Tags: health, long life
And the latter glory will be extravagant than the former glory. Sons & daughters let's tap into this river flowing from the throne of God. There is an unusual dimension of glory waiting for our step of faith!
mirriam kobo Aug 20 '15
your future is not guarantee without the ministry of fathers. nobody is self made. life is not formed in haste. sons are made. settle down with God for your making process.
Anjorin John Aug 9 '15
But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you. Matt 5: 44.
"BUT I SAY". There exist so many standards of life which men set for themselves through their philosophies; But Christ has a distinctive standard which we must all follow if truly we love called by the name of Christ.
Xtianity is not a matter of convenience, but taking after the pattern which was laid.
Michael Chris Aug 4 '15
"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. "

Matthew 5:16 

Light is a very important element!  The only permanent remedy for darkness is LIGHT!  The absence of light is the presence of darkness in abundance! 

" You are the light of the world..." says the Lord Jesus, God the Son,  the Lord of the heavens and the earth! 

The Lord did not say, ' I think you are the light of the world. " Neither did He say, " You are going to be the light of the world. " He said, " YOU ARE THE LIGHT... "

YOU ARE THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD!  So, if there is darkness in your world and the world, it's because of you! 

As light, your calling and purpose in life is to SHINE! And you don't shine hiding under a basket!  Your place is on the LAMPSTAND! 


YOU ARE NOT JUST MANDATED TO SHINE BUT YOU ARE REQUIRED TO SO SHINE! 


HOW CAN I SHINE AS LIGHT? 


1. Through godly and holy living!  Light is light!  Light is pure, light and filth don't go together!  Light chases out filth and darkness!  You can't shine by tolerating sin in your life as a Believer!  The presence of dirt and filth in a believer is an indicator that you have traded your light for something else; or close to trading it away!

 The light that shines through a godly and holy life is bright, very bright and effective! We will not see remarkable result in our generation except we deal with filth and dirt in our lives! We can't embrace ungodliness and greed and pride and immorality and expect to SO SHINE AND DEFEAT DARKNESS! Dirt and filth don't conduct light!  There are LIGHT extinguisher! 


2. Good works: Light shines through GOOD WORKS!  Light cannot shine through bad works! At a time the Church was known for charitable deeds!  Giving to the poor and needy!  Giving to the less privileged!  But now the only form of giving we know is giving tithes and offerings, so we can get ten fold from God and lavish on our desires! Is tithes and offering bad?  It depends on your conviction or motive! 

Do good works brethren!  It is the good works that men will see and give glory to God! Give to the orphans, give to the poor and needy!  Give and don't expect nothing back!  Light just Shines and expect nothing in return!  As long as it is connected to the right source, it cannot get tired of shinning! 


THINGS THAT CAN HINDER A BELIEVER FROM SHINNING! 


1. Compromise: compromise is the basket that hinders the Light from executing it's divine mandate! We are the compromise generation!  Compromise may not stop you from still being a follower of Christ but it will hinder your light from shinning! 

Your place is on the LAMPSTAND!  And if you don't take a STAND, you can't stand on the Lampstand, hence you can't shine! 

There is no middle ground for Light, it's either on the LAMPSTAND or UNDER THE BASKET! 


WAYS WE CAN COMPROMISE :


(a) Disobedience : The Lord wants you to go to point C from point A, and you settle down at point B instead, at least you are no more at point A.


(b) Fear of men: We are afraid of hurting people's feelings! At the detriment of Who?  At the detriment of God and our divine mandate? If I preach this message, I will lose my members!  If I preach to him, he will ridicule me! To whom are you accountable? To men or God? You should rather be afraid of the One who will decide where you will spend eternity! 


2. You: You can hinder yourself from shinning! By unplugging your self entirely from Christ who is the source of your light! Judas Iscariot unplugged himself from Christ for thirty pieces of silver! 

And listen, when you unplug your self from Christ, you may still be able to glow for awhile, but you will glow into oblivion! 


A WORD IS ENOUGH FOR THE WISE!


MAY THE LORD HELP US! 


Mike Odeh Jul 29 '15 · Rate: 5 · Comments: 5 · Tags: the light
praise is an act and art of worship. It's an offer of the heart to someone who deserves it. it's therefore a duty and obligatory for a heart to praise. Psalm 100 :1 says" make a joyful noise unto the lord, all ye land!" .
Our praise is often given to those who extends gestures to us somehow; but the scripture emphasize on the fact that our praise should be unto God.Not 4 the things he does for us but whom he is.
NO one developed the true habit of praise and remain the same praise is comely.
Michael Chris Jul 18 '15 · Comments: 1
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