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But when the morning was now come,Jesus stood on the shore : but the disciples knew not that it was Jesus. John 21:4.

When the disciples backslided, they couldn't recognize the personality of Jesus!

They could physically see , but spiritually were blind. The Immanuel nature of Christ is criteria to knowing  Him. As soon as we accept Him  His presence is registered in us; If we therefore drift away, we loose His presence (Immanuel: God with us).

 If we desire to know Jesus at His second coming we must learn to know Him now. It takes only the HEARTS that know Him now to recognize Him at His second coming!

 It's not possible to be backward and forward at the same time .

 A step away from where He has placed  us will definitely keep us from knowing Him now till eternity. 

 May God keeps us  walking with Him all the way.

Michael Chris Jul 3 '15
If the Lord delights in us, He will take us to the PROMISE LAND.
When you seek Jesus, you will find Him, but it's up to you what you will do to or with Him after you find Him. Jesus will be to you, what you want Him to be to you! The King of your life, worthy of your eternal loyalty or a king to be mocked, flogged and crucified. 

" Jesus therefore, knowing all things that would come upon Him, went forward and said to them, " Whom are you seeking? " John 18:4

" They answered Him, " Jesus of Nazareth... "

The motive for which we seek Jesus is very important. What we will end up doing to Jesus, what you will end up doing with Jesus depends on your motive of seeking Him. 

Some are seeking for  "Jesus of bread and butter",  others, " Jesus of Prophet A or B", others,  "the Jesus that makes people rich and famous" or "the Jesus of silver and gold." 

These people were not seeking for Jesus THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE. No! They were seeking for Jesus of Nazareth not JESUS THE BREAD OF LIFE , THE CHRIST, THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD, THE LAMB OF GOD, THAT TAKES AWAY SIN...

And when they found Jesus of Nazareth because of their motives and understanding of Jesus, what did they do with Him?  

They didn't make Him Lord and Savior of their hearts. No!  They didn't accept Him as Lord and Savior!  No!  They didn't ask for forgiveness and cleansing!  No!  They didn't accept Him into their hearts and treasure Him till eternity!  No!  They lied on Him, some spat on Him, others slapped Him, one flogged Him, another made Him a crown of thorns and others mocked Him and finally,  they crucified Him! 

From the moment they found Jesus till He was crucified, every other person but one asked for forgiveness. Only one, the thief on the cross accepted Christ as Lord and Savior! Only one saw Jesus as Savior and looked forward to spending eternity with Him! 

Whom are you seeking? The real Jesus or some other Jesus? If you are seeking for the real Jesus, the Christ, that will determine your relationship with Him. 

It's one thing to have Jesus and it's another thing for Jesus to have you. 

It's one thing to know Jesus and another for Jesus to know you. 



Remember Matthew 7:22,23

" Many will say to Me in that day, ' Lord,  Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name,  cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name? ' And then I will declare to them, ' I never knew you ; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessnes! '

Mike Odeh May 7 '15 · Comments: 2 · Tags: jesus

We need the mercy of God in a time like this! We also need the power of God to destroy the works of darkness that is so prevalent in our generation. 

It is now expedient for faithful disciples of Christ everywhere to take a stand in righteousness and effective prayers to defend the cause of Christ and win souls!

The devil is all out, using every means and strategies to promote iniquity and enslave as many souls as possible and use them to denounce and blaspheme God and destroy any and every thing that has the mention of God, if possible. 

The devil and his cohorts are all out to destroy everything God has instituted!  The devil's agenda is to destroy everything God has made, if possible, especially humans who are made in God's image. 

And like we see in Genesis 3, how Adam and Eve were destroyed through sin, the devil is still using same strategy today. But now, more aggressively because he knows the end of all things is NEAR! 

More than ever before, it's easier to commit sin. Your phone,  social network, media, computer, clubs etc 

And more prominent amongst the sin of our generation is homosexuality. Top amongst the devil's agenda is the GAY project, to make everyone a Gay if possible or at least make every one accept it. You are a partaker of a sin that you do not participate in but accept!  You are a partaker of the sin of fornication though you don't fornicate but condones and support those who do! 

It is so sad to see the agenda of the devil progressing aggressively, especially in the U.S right in the face of Believers.

I am afraid for the future, mine and that of my kids!  How can homosexuality be RIGHT? How can we accept that there is nothing wrong in been a Gay? This is first a moral issue and most importantly the spiritual implication! Even little children know that it is not man versus man or woman versus woman!  And now we have to brain wash them and tell them otherwise?  I have a divine responsibility to teach my children the right thing morally and spiritually, should I abscond and abandon this spiritual duty for the sake of the media, few individuals or the devil's agenda?  No!  I shall not be guilty of misleading my family!  I am accountable unto God for them! 

Sin is not to be tolerated!  Sin is to be obliterated!  Sin is to be washed away through the blood of Jesus! We are not to be slaves to any kind of sin but to be FREE and serve God faithfully! But the devil wants us to be slaves to sin of all kinds and proportion. 

When you give the devil an inch in your heart by tolerance of sin, he will go miles with you in committing sin. And this journey may continue into eternity with him except you ask Jesus to set you free from ALL SINS!  And make you His own EXCLUSIVELY! 

A lot of the people who are secretly or openly gay today, tolerated one form of sin yesterday!  They gave the devil an inch in their lives and he led them all the way! 

If you invite the devil for a night over, he will stay for days unending, if you let him! 

The only remedy for sin and the devil and his agenda and agents and agencies is JESUS CHRIST AND HIS PRECIOUS BLOOD, THE BLOOD OF JESUS! It CLEANSES DEEP AND CLEAN AND MAKES THE HEART AS WHITE AS SNOW! 

"For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. " Ephesians 5:12 

The days ahead of us is tough as followers of Christ, if Christ tarries! The battle is raging and rages on!  BUT THIS BATTLE IS ONE WE CAN WIN!  IN FACT, CHRIST OUR LORD HAS WON THIS BATTLE AND IF WE SHALL WALK WITH HIM WE ALSO AND OUR CHILDREN AND GENERATION SHALL PARTAKE OF THE VICTORY! 

But we must understand that the battle we fight is not against flesh and blood. It's not against homosexuals or adulterers or fornicators etc IT IS A SPIRITUAL FIGHT AGAINST SATAN AND HIS AGENCY CALLED SIN! 

Three principles or strategies we can use to secure this victory in our generation shall be:

1. Total surrender and faithfulness to Jesus Christ : We have failed this far in this battle because of our unfaithfulness to our Lord and Savior! Jesus is Sin exterminator!  And where there is NO SIN THERE IS NO DEVIL! What a joy to live a life free from sin and free of sin! When we walk with the Lord in total obedience we shall enjoy the victory because HE IS LORD OVER ALL!  

2. Prayer: if we shall be more prayerful disciples, we shall wash many foot free from sin!  Jesus bent down and washed His disciples feet and ask that we do the same!  If we shall bend down more often in the place of prayer, we shall save many lives from sin and the captivity of the devil. Anyone who comes out openly as a sinner needs not judgment but our prayers! All those coming out openly as gay are actually asking for help! They are asking for our prayers ; a washing of their foot that is covered in sin!  And O, we have the water, we have the blood, and how it WASHES THE DEEPEST STAIN, HOW IT WASHES THE DIRTIEST FEET!  If we can bend down in PRAYERS AND TAKE THE WORD AND THE BLOOD AND BEGIN TO WASH! Is there any body God can't change? Is there anything God can't do? O what a testimony it will be, when someone comes out openly as gay, and believers every where pick him/her up in prayers and bend down and begin to pray and wash and wash with the word and blood and the person all of a sudden begins to notice changes he can't explain and BOOM, HE HAS AN ENCOUNTER WITH CHRIST and two weeks later, he is BORN-AGAIN!  O how wonderful will that be! THIS IS WHAT JESUS CAN DO THROUGH US, WHEN WE BEGIN TO BEND AND WASH FEET IN PRAYERS RATHER THAN STAND COMPLAINING AND CRITICIZING AND/OR PLAYING A JUDGE! 

If we shall do the same for people around us who are living in sin of any kind, we shall see the glory of Christ revealed in and through their lives! 

3. Evangelism: the gospel of Christ remains the potent weapon against the devil and his works!  The gospel of Christ is the power of God unto salvation!  The gospel of Christ is the Word, the Truth that sets free and keeps free when it is known!  And how can it be known if we don't share it? How can it be known, when we are ashamed of sharing the gospel of Christ? The gospel of Christ is all about love! We are supposed to share the love of Christ!  But you can't share what you don't have!  We are called to be witnesses!  Or rather, you are called to be a WITNESS! So, if you have not witnessed the love of Christ personally, it shall be a challenge to witness to others. Herein lies the challenge we have in our generation, many preachers preaching the gospel but where is the result? You can't give who and what you don't have!  If you have not experienced the Christ in the gospel, His love and life, you are not eligible or qualified to be a witness!  Have you encountered the real Christ?  Not the Christ a lot of people are preaching today!  Not the materialistic Christ!  Not the Christ that tolerates sin! But the Christ who loves you and gave His life for you!  The Christ who sets free and keeps free from sin! The Christ who died and rose again with all authority and power in heaven and on earth! This Christ is available for all!  If you ask for Him, He will come in! In fact revelation 3:20 says, He is at the door knocking, waiting for you to let Him into your heart not your head or any where else from where His love will flow to others as you tell them about Christ your Lord and Love!  As you witness what you have witnessed, then there shall be power, then there shall be result of salvation because heaven knows your witness is true! 

If you have the real Christ as your Lord, your life will reflect His love and life. And when you preach the gospel, it shall not contradict your life style! 

The gospel is all about love, for God is LOVE!  If you don't have love you are not qualified to preach the gospel of Christ, if you do, your testimony is not true! You may have an audience but their lives will not be gloriously transformed. 

The Holy Spirit is love! That is why Jesus instructed His disciples to wait for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit! If you shall be an effective witness it cannot be done without the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of love! 

If you have Christ and the Holy Spirit and His love, you are required to GO AND MAKE DISCIPLES OF EVERY NATION. Without Fear and/or Shame! 

If people who are doing abominable things are not ashamed of promoting it, why should you be ashamed of the WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE?

Mike Odeh May 1 '15 · Comments: 6 · Tags: the truth
I was in the hospital to visit a brother in Christ. He went for a doctor's appointment that was supposed to take few minutes. A less than 30 minutes doctor's check up turned to  30 days plus in the hospital. He went to the hospital by himself, fully conscious, while talking with his doctor that was it...he opened his eyes five days later to find himself lying on the hospital bed. 

" So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. " Psalms 90:12

Life is a very precious gift from God. Sitting in the hospital and hearing this brother testifying, I know now indeed, that life is a precious gift from God. O, that we will understand that the life we are taking for granted, someone, somewhere, right now is praying for a second chance. 

This precious gift of life from God, what are we doing with it? Are we using it to serve God, self or Satan? 

Three things I learnt today as I reflect on my visit to the hospital. 

1. Give thanks to God always. 

Always give thanks to God for life because life is frail and delicate. For everything you are, have and particularly what you are able to do give thanks. The ' little ' things we are able to do on daily basis actually are not little but a miracle. To be able to eat and feed yourself is a miracle. To be able to sit up on your bed in the morning is a miracle. To be able to bend down, walk, talk, take shower by yourself and put on your clothes, it's a miracle ; be Thankful always!  No complaints but thanksgiving to God every single day. 

2. Serve God faithfully 

O, life is like a vapor. The person you saw five minutes ago can be gone and never to be seen on earth alive again. The best use of this vapor-like life is to serve God faithfully, with all your heart and being. And to obey His words. If you have not truly surrendered your heart and life to Christ, it is NEEDFUL to do so. When I came back from the hospital, I came across a video online of how some Christians were slaughtered by ISIL for their faith. My hope is that this "Christians " were born-again, if otherwise they have died in vain. 

3.I shall give account 

Life is a gift I must give account to God for. The period of five days this brother was unconscious, he said he just saw himself driving and driving for days non stop on a highway all by himself, he couldn't stop the vehicle, he kept driving on and on but for divine intervention. 

God is real and He is alive. Eternity also is real.

All eyes shall see the Lord face to face to give account. Believe in Him or not. 

Over and over again this brother was saying, "There is God. " "He is a fool, who says there is no God. "

After our life on earth, there shall be only two destinations ; HEAVEN OR HELL!  And where you shall spend eternity is based on how you lived and what you did with the life God gave you. Did you serve God faithfully or otherwise? 

There was someone owing this brother some money,  before he fell sick. He sent the money to the guy to help him do a project and he eat the money. He was not happy with the guy and was trying to get his money back before he became sick. When he gained consciousness and was able to communicate, the first thing he did was to send a message to the guy who eat his money, that he was forgiven,  all the amount he was owing that there was  no need for him to pay him back. And he said something that touched my heart, he said the Lord in His mercy gave him back his life, something money can't buy why shouldn't he forgive someone owing him money no matter the amount? 

Forgiveness from God is what we need, if we have handled life with ingratitude. We need forgiveness from God if we have used this precious gift of life to serve the devil or self through sin instead of serving God. 

The blood Christ shed is remedy and remission for sin. If we shall receive forgiveness, we have to ask God for it through Christ. 

When we receive forgiveness from sin and forgive others and love and serve God faithfully to the end, we shall not be afraid to stand before the throne of God individually to give account. 

But if you shall take this precious gift of life and waste it and rebel against God through sinful life, God is a faithful Judge... There is no forgiveness of sin in the grave. 

Mike Odeh Apr 20 '15 · Comments: 1 · Tags: life
" I am the bread of life. Your fathers eat the manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread which comes down from heaven, if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever ; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world. " John 6:48-51

Everything about Jesus is about LIFE! Jesus gives LIFE AND ETERNAL LIFE. Jesus is not supposed to be about religion, Jesus is about LIFE AND ETERNAL LIFE! Jesus is about living a life that glorifies God. And you live that life every day into eternity with God, hence it is called eternal life. 

Sadly, we have reduced Christ to religion and traditions and theologies and philosophies and materialism. 

Jesus is the bread of Life. If you want life, eat Jesus. This is what Jesus told His followers after the miracle of feeding 5000 men with five loaves of bread and two fish. He said to them, "...Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. " vs 54.

When His followers heard this truth, they were offended. They wanted physical bread not the bread of life. They wanted what will satisfy the needs of their body not the need of the Soul. They wanted only things of immediate gratification, eternal life was not what they wanted from Jesus. 

" From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more. " John 6:66

Because He offered them Himself, they went back. They wanted rather any other bread but the BREAD OF LIFE THAT GIVES ETERNAL LIFE. 

They went back in pursuit of the bread of death. They went back to toil and labor for the food which perishes. The food that gives immediate satisfaction and gratification. 

Like these people we also have heard Jesus and like them  we have a choice to make. Either to feed on the flesh of Jesus and drink His blood on daily basis and get eternal life. Or we shall decide individually for all other bread but THE BREAD OF LIFE. 

Feeding on the bread of life is to believe in Christ and thereafter live your life daily depending on His words for your sustenance. Living by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. Feeding on God's word, relying on His promises and applying the Word of God to your everyday challenges.

Jesus is better than every other bread. Every other bread perishes but Christ is Eternal life. 

Mike Odeh Apr 7 '15 · Comments: 2 · Tags: bread of life
" but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life. " John 4:14

Water is a very essential commodity of life. We depend on water daily to exist. Anytime there is scarcity of water, life becomes very challenging. People can travel miles to get water. There is no life without water. 

There are different kinds of water, salty water, muddy water, contaminated water, spring water, clean water and there is THE LIVING WATER. 

The Living water is the water you drink and you thirst no more. The Living water is the water that you can't find anywhere else but in Jesus ; only Jesus have and can give the Living water. The Living water does not just quench your thirst but becomes a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life. I love this water. 

Have you drank of this water? If you have not drank the Living water, friend, you have not drank water. Your life cannot remain the same when you drink the Living water. As the name implies it is the Living water and that is what it does, it gives life. The physical water we drink keep our bodies hydrated and alive but the living water keeps the Soul alive. Therefore, the Soul that hasn't drank the Living water is dead. 

This living water is available for whoever. Jesus said,"...whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him... "

 If you really need this water, the Living water, you can ask the Lord Jesus today, right now, " Lord give me drink, that I may thirst no more. "

Mike Odeh Mar 31 '15 · Comments: 3 · Tags: living, water, eternal life
Without holiness no eyes shall see the Lord. Holiness is essential in Christian living. 
Bornagain Universe Mar 26 '15 · Comments: 1
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