Keep Fighting!

by Steve Popoola on September 15, 2014 in Biblepraise

The minute a person makes that definite decision to become a Christian, he or she sends a declaration of war to Satan and his lieutenants.

Whether the decision was in full glare of all or made in the privacy of your room with no physical person witnessing it, there is a loud announcement made in heaven and hell that another soldier has been enlisted in the army of the Lord.

 We live in a fallen world. A world given to man by God to exercise control over but which man as result of  disobedience, carelessly ceded to the devil. Since that time, the devil has been given so many titles, ‘Prince of devils (Matt 9:24), ‘Prince of this world’ (John 12:21), ‘Prince of the power of the air’ (Eph 2:2).

Getting Rid of Spam Thoughts

by Steve Popoola on September 8, 2014 in Biblepraise

Ever since the introduction of email, Spam has been a huge issue for Internet users.

According to statistics, spam accounts for 14.5 billion messages per day, making up about 45% of all emails.

Of all spam messages, advertising make up a whooping 36% followed by adult- related subjects which makes up about 31%. Coming up third is unwanted emails related to financial matters, which takes about 26.5%.

Spam is a huge problem for which there is no single remedy.  In spite of spam blockers and anti-spam software available in the market, it is virtually impossible to eradicate spam completely.

As Christians, we deal with spiritual spam in a different way. While email spam is virtual and sent to our email box, spiritual spam is sent into our minds where it is processed and eventually stored in our heart.  It is far more intrusive and far more difficult to avoid compared to email spam.

Keep Your Focus On Him

by Steve Popoola on September 1, 2014 in Biblepraise

It was between 3am and 6am.  The sea didn’t seem to be in a very good mood and it was venting its anger. Caught in the middle of its anger were about a dozen men in a boat.

They were struggling to stay afloat against the terrible invasion of the waves, aided by the wind. As if that were not enough, one of them saw what looked like a man walking on the sea. He apparently shouted and pointed out the figure walking towards them. The others saw the same figure too and cried out in fear, “it’s a ghost!” The Jews believed strongly in spirits and demons walking at night. In fact it was advised that care should be taken before greeting a man at night in case the person were a demon.

Samuel – A Lesson in Integrity

by Steve Popoola on August 25, 2014 in Biblepraise

Hannah was a woman in Israel, who lived for many years childless.  She prayed that God would give her a son and vowed that she would give the child back to God.

At a time when many had written her off as a woman destined to remain childless, God answered her prayers and she gave birth to a baby boy.

She called the boy’s name, Samuel and after she had nursed him, she handed him over to the Eli the Prophet according to the vow that she made. (1 Samuel 1)

Samuel grew up to become a Judge and a Prophet in Israel. At this time, Israel was under a Theocracy. When the people revolted and demanded for a King, Samuel was very unhappy.

He was not unhappy because he saw the action of the people as a slight to his person but rather he saw it as a slight to God’s rulership of the people of Israel.

Elisha – A Lesson in Obedience and Faith

by Steve Popoola on August 4, 2014 in Biblepraise

He was a hard working man and going about his own business when he met Elijah. There was something striking about Elijah that got his attention and he paused in his stride. What happened next blew his mind! As Elijah walked up to him, Elisha felt something around his shoulders.

In awe, he realized it was Elijah’s cloak! The significance of this action was not lost on Elisha and immediately, he ran after Elijah requesting permission to go and say goodbye to his family. Elijah nonchalantly asked him to go and do what he needed to do.  (1 Kings 19: 19-20)

Daniel – A Lesson in Devotion

by Steve Popoola on July 28, 2014 in Devotion, Discipleshipship

Israel under Jehoiakim, suffered the humiliation and shame of defeat at the hands of  Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon.

The humiliation cut across every aspect of  life;  their economy,  politics and worst of all, their religion.  All the gold-plated fixtures, fittings and utensils of the temple were conveyed to the treasure house of Nebuchadnezzar’s god.

Daniel was one of the children taken captive by the Babylonians.  They were stripped of everything they had.  They had to be taught the language and customs of the Chaldeans. They were not even spared their identity – even their names were taken away from them ( Daniel 1: 7)

 

An Eye for an Eye

by Rubel Shelly on July 21, 2014 in Biblepraise, World Events

The world is watching with nail-biting apprehension as the latest blood feud between Israelis and Palestinians plays out. The present confrontation was triggered by the murder of three young Jewish kidnapping victims and what appears to be the revenge murder of a Palestinian teen.

Palestinian rockets have struck deeper into Israel than ever before. The response has been air strikes followed by a ground assault from Israeli forces. Each day seems to bring another level of escalation to the fighting. Both sides insist it is their legal right and moral obligation to require “an eye for an eye.”
One can make a good case that the biblical directive about eye-for-eye justice is among the most misunderstood – and misused – texts in Scripture.

The Gospel In a Changing World

by Steve Popoola on July 14, 2014 in Discipleshipship, Faith

In today’s world, so many things are changing at a fast pace. As a child I could remember my dad had a radio box in our sitting room called a radiogram. It was a privilege having one of those in your house. A couple of years later, he bought a stereo set  which had a turn-table which played those black shiny record disks. Then came CDs and DVDs. Today, we stream music via the internet or wirelessly via Media servers.

 

In the area of technology, there have been tremendous changes in the design and use of computers.  In the 60’s only a few Companies could afford to buy computers but today, millions of households all over the world have personal computers. Apart from that, a lot of tasks hitherto being handled by human beings are now being done more speedily and accurately with the aid of computers.

Inheritance of the Saints

by Steve Popoola on July 7, 2014 in Discipleshipship, Faith

An Inheritance is a privilege or right, given to someone, to receive (property, title, and so on) from an ancestor by legal possession or Will. 

It is also defined to mean, receiving by bequest of legacy or to receive as one’s portion or come into possession of property.

 

For centuries, the subject of inheritance has played a very important role in the life of men. Parents strive to gather wealth in other to bequeath same to their children and dependent family members.

 

In many cases, those who die intestate (without a will) leave a trail of disputes and turmoil as dependants struggle to claim what they feel is rightfully theirs.  Even for those who leave a Will, there is still the risk of the Will being disputed by interested parties. There have been many cases of people losing their right of inheritance over a legal technicality.

The God Who Sees

by stevepop on June 16, 2014 in Biblepraise

She had fled from home. Her destination, unknown. What is known however, is the fact that she was carrying a baby. She left home in haste so she obviously carried little or no supplies. Thoughts must have been going through her mind like, “What will happen to me?” “Will I ever live to see this baby born?” “Would my body be found in this desert place?”

 

She had previously lived in comfort. She had all she needed but she blew it all by her attitude.  Now she faced an uncertain future.