Archives For Discipleshipship

The Unending Kingdom

by Steve Popoola on July 31, 2017 in Church, Discipleshipship

I looked up the dictionary meaning of Kingdom and the Webster’s dictionary, it was defined as, “a politically organised community or major territorial unit having a monarchical form of government headed by a king or queen”. It is also defined as the “the eternal kingship of God” or “the realm in which God’s will is fulfilled”.

 

The Kingdom of God is one of the most misunderstood terms in the Bible. The first time it is mentioned in the new testament is in Matthew 3:1-2. and it occurs 33 times in the book. “In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”

Liberty for License

by Steve Popoola on June 19, 2017 in Discipleshipship, Faith

If Samson was alive today, he would be telling people who love to live on the fast lane, “been there, done that”. Samson lived his life breaking every rule in the book. He was chosen by God to rule Israel, yet lived carelessly and did things that were clearly in contrast to God’s laws. He relied on his superhuman strength which was given to him by the same God that he took for granted.

Chapter 16 of the book of judges starts with Samson going to Gaza which is clearly an enemy territory. While he was there, he saw a prostitute and spent the night with her. News soon went round that Samson was there and an ambush was laid for him with the anticipation of taking him out in the morning. Unfortunately for them, Samson got up in the middle of the night, tore the city gate out of its hinges and carried it away. A city without a gate is defenceless and at that point, the people were concerned more about replacing the gate than follow him.

Want or Need?

by Steve Popoola on June 12, 2017 in Devotion, Discipleshipship, Faith

Scripture does not tell us much about the growing up years of Samson except that, “And the Spirit of the Lord began to stir him while he lived in Mahaneh-dan, which is located between the towns of Zorah and Eshtaol” (Judges 13:25)
By the time we flip to the next chapter of Judges, Samson is already a grown man. We learn that one day, He went to Timnah where one of the Philistine women caught his eye (Judges 14:1) We are not told what he went to Timnah to do but what we are told was that the minute he saw this Philistine woman, he had to have her. This was one of the weaknesses of Samson. When he got back home, he told his parents, “A young Philistine woman in Timnah caught my eye. I want to marry her. Get her for me” (Judges 14:2)
Samson had no regard for the feelings of his parents or for the letter of the law. Samson as an Israelite was not supposed to marry a Philistine woman. As a Nazarite he was devoted to the Lord and therefore should not even consider marrying someone who was a worshipper of Dagon. When the parents objected to this relationship, He insisted, “Get her for me! She looks good to me” (Judges 14:3)

 

Stop, Look, Listen, Obey

by Steve Popoola on March 7, 2016 in Devotion, Discipleshipship

There are times when in the ordinary course of our business, extra ordinary events occur in our lives, which we cannot explain. When these events occur, we often wonder about the ‘why’ and the ‘how’ of these occurrences. We are so focused on the uniqueness of the event that we miss out on the message that God is passing across to us through these unusual events.

 

In most cases, when these events occur, they are witnessed by people who were not even looking for them. They happen at a time when these people are going about their normal business. We will be looking at examples of people who in the ordinary course of their lives, had an encounter with God

Moses: (Exodus 3)

Moses had run away from Egypt after killing one of the Egyptians who was beating up on a Hebrew slave. He had gone to Midian and settled there. His occupation was to tend the sheep of his Father-in-law, Jethro. Going back to Egypt was the furthest thing in His mind – in fact, it was never going to happen.

Write It Down!

by Steve Popoola on January 11, 2016 in Discipleshipship, Faith

It is common for people to make plans towards the end of the year and I have often heard people give a verbal list of plans or ‘resolutions’ like;

1. To start going to the gym
2. To eat healthily
3. To spend more time reading the Bible
4. To spend more time praying

As laudable as these plans may be, it is no surprise that by the end of the second week of the new year, a lot of those who made these plans would have given up on some or all of them.

From my observation in the gym where I work out, January is usually the busiest month of the year, especially the first week. Many of those who start the year resolving to start working out,  throng the various gyms.

Are you Listening?

by Steve Popoola on November 23, 2015 in Devotion, Discipleshipship

I read the story of a man who challenged his wife with a riddle,  “You’re the engineer of a train. There are 36 people on board. At the first stop, 10 get off and 2 get on. At the next stop, no one gets off, but 5 get on. At the third stop, 4 get off and 2 get on. Now for the question: What is the name of the engineer?”
“How should I know?” snapped the wife.  The man replied, “See? you never listen! Right at the start I said, ‘You are the engineer of a train.’”

How many times have people asked for directions and still missed their way because they were not listening when they were being given the directions?  While Jesus was addressing a crowd of people, He warned, “Take care how you listen” (Luke 8:18)

Think You Are a Hopeless Case?

by Rubel Shelly on October 12, 2015 in Discipleshipship, Faith, Love

Have you noticed how candid the Bible is about its heroes? It doesn’t whitewash the flaws and foibles of its characters.
Abraham is not only the Father of All Who Believe but the scared rabbit who puts his wife in jeopardy to save his neck. King David is not only the Man After God’s Heart but the adulterer who lies and kills a man to try to keep the affair from being exposed.
Peter is not only First Among Equals in the band of apostles but the frightened fisherman who denies knowing Jesus of Nazareth in his hour of need – not once, but three times.

Walking In His Presence

by Steve Popoola on September 21, 2015 in Devotion, Discipleshipship

Walking In His Presence

By Steve Popoola

I  read about a boy who every night had to walk past what he believed was a haunted house. A friend gave him a good luck charm to give him courage.
An adult said, “It’s sinful to be afraid. Trust God! Be brave!” But the boy was still afraid.  Then someone told him, “I know what it means to be afraid, take my hand, I will go with you”. The boy took the man’s hand and he was no longer afraid.

In discussing the topic, Walking in His Presence, we will be looking at three aspects of God’s presence.

The Power of Forgiveness

by Steve Popoola on June 22, 2015 in Discipleshipship, Faith, Love

Why is forgiveness such a powerful thing? In my experience, I have seen people struggle when it comes to forgiving others who have hurt them. How many times have I heard people say, “If you know what he did to me, you won’t ask me to forgive him” or “I can’t ever forgive her for what she did to me, not now, not ever!”

 

Forgiveness is a core tenet of the Christian faith. You can’t ignore it and you can’t avoid it. Sooner or later, someone is going to hurt you, someone will step on your toes and it will really hurt. For other people, forgiveness might be a matter of choice but for the Christian, it is not a choice really, it is what is expected of us.

 

“For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But of you do not forgive men their sins, your heavenly Father will not forgive your sins”  (Matthew 6:14-15 NIV)

Beauty as Divine Strategy

by Rubel Shelly on June 15, 2015 in Devotion, Discipleshipship

Why did people fall all over themselves to get a glimpse of Jesus? Climb trees to see him? Hang on his every word? It was the beauty of the kingdom of God that Jesus exhibited in his personality and actions.

The gentle humility of Jesus convinced people they had no reason to fear him; he was not about to hurt them. His approachability made them feel welcome in his presence; he would never humiliate them. 

They became excited about the things of God because he was among them. Something about the beauty of his life convinced them their lives could become beautiful as well.