February 2017 - DECRYSTALIFE

- Making the world know that there is and can be a clear(crystal) life in God. Revelations 22:1

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Thursday, 23 February 2017

IT SOUNDS FOOLISH; RIGHT?

February 23, 2017 0
IT SOUNDS FOOLISH; RIGHT?

Music connects people. It brings the world together. True!

Imagine singing one of Don Moen's songs, "I am the Lord that healeth thee..." Dah dah dah dah... And you sing away.

Then a total stranger taps you and asked:

"Who is the singer of that song?"

"And you answered "oh! Don Moen"

"Really?! Have heard of him. I didn't know he sang a song sounding so beautiful; spirit lifting."

And before you know it, you are chatting away with someone you haven't met before.

Believe me, it has happened to me on several occasions.

In the same way, we can connect to God with music.

The Psalmist said "...O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel" (Psalms 22:3).

God enjoys our singing praises and worship to Him. It connects  us to Him spiritually. His presence overshadows us and He dwells in our praise.

In 2 chronicle 20:1-24, God instructed King Jehoshaphat to tell the people to only praise Him and watch Him fight the war for them. (This will be someone's portion to all life's challenges, in Jesus name; amen.)

It sounds foolish; right? But that is what God instructed them to do. And in the midst of the praise; God worked wonders.

Praise and worship God always. Whether everything is going well or not. And watch Him work wonders.

Like most of us watch in some of our Nigerian home movies, when a native doctor (herbalist) wants to consult his god. He will first of all sing praises to the god before incantations just to get his attention.

Where and who do you think they copied it from? Our God.

Our God dwells in praise. You connect and get His attention easily through praise. (Psalms 100:1).

Praise this our God today with all your heart, mind and soul.

Even before you think of asking God anything in prayer, thank and praise Him for what He has done before , for what He is about to do and for what He will do. Jesus thought us this too in "Our Lords prayer" . ( Matthew 6:9-13).

Remember, if you won't praise Him, He will raise up stones to do that for Him.

God forbid! Would you allow this?

Praise God!

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

ROCK-HEWN CHURCHES IN ETHIOPIA.

February 22, 2017 0
ROCK-HEWN CHURCHES IN ETHIOPIA.



The spectacular rock-hewn churches in Lalibela, Ethiopia was constructed by King Lalibela in the 12th century.

It was a quest to create a new Jerusalem when the Muslim conquest paused christian pilgrimage to Jerusalem.

There are eleven churches that are assembled into three groupings; namely, the Northern, Eastern and Western groups.

What's more intriguing is that the churches were not contructed with blocks but chiseled out from a rock of monolithic blocks. Wow!

Imagine all the hours of hard labour and chiseling with bare hands. And something this beautiful was created. I wish I could visit this site.

See more pictures below:








MATTHEW THE APOSTLE.

February 22, 2017 0
MATTHEW THE APOSTLE.
Do you know the story of Apostle Mathew? One of the men called by Jesus Christ to be one of His disciples.

If no. Here is his story. Life after Jesus ascended into heaven.
Apostle Matthew and the angel.
Matthew was not the first to be called by Jesus to be his disciple; instead it was Simon Peter. Though his book is the first book of the new testament.

Mathew was a tax collector when Jesus saw and asked him to follow him (Mathew 9:9).

His fathers name is Alphaeus. As of the time Jesus met him, he was living in Capernaum.

Matthew followed Jesus for His preaching to the people and he witnessed the resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ.

Mathew wrote the first book of the Gospels in the New Testament. Making references to the prophecies about Jesus from the old Testament.

He went on to Persia and Ethiopia preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ.

About his death, some reports say he was murdered in Ethiopia while some say he was not martyred.



Picture source: Wikipedia.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

FIVE MONTHS AGO...

February 21, 2017 0
FIVE MONTHS AGO...

Mrs Belinda sat at her daughter's graduation with tears rolling down her cheeks.

Her friend, Bukky, who sat beside her noticed and asked "Belinda, why are you shedding tears on Joyce graduation? You should be smiling instead"

Mrs Belinda replied: "Bukky you don't understand. Am shedding tears of joy and gratitude. I was supposed to die 'five months ago'.

"What?!" Bukky exclaimed. And you are telling me now?

"I didn't want to disturb you with my troubles" replied Mrs Belinda.

"Ok ; but, can you at least tell me what really happened? Asked Bukky.

Mrs Belinda took in a deep breath like one that climbed the stairs of a tower and began her story.

"I was diagnosed of having brain tumors multiplying rapidly. The doctor said I had five months to live.

FIVE MONTHS AGO...

Mrs Belinda sat at the doctors office looking nervous.

The door opened and a young man about the age of 33 years stepped in.

"Mrs Belinda, nice meeting you again.
Its been three weeks since our last meeting.
I went through the test result and even sent it to one of our Specialist.
It doesn't look good"

"Doctor, what is it?"

"You have a rare terminal disease called lampington disease. Its the rapid multiplying of tumors in the brain.
From our results here, its shows you have just five months to live.
Am sorry Madam."

"We could carry out a brain surgery to buy you more time".

Mrs Belinda looked at the doctor; smiled and said "hmmm...this is not my portion in Christ"

"Madam, I would advice you go home and decide if you will carry out the surgery or enjoy life to the fullest for the next five months"

Mrs Belinda replied "Doctor, I will not undergo the surgery. Moreover your test result isn't saying the truth about me"

"Madam, I could refer you to another doctor for another test but I can confidently tell you he would say the same thing. This is the truth of your test am holding here."

"Doctor, that might be the truth to you but to me, its a fact about me not the truth.
I am going to live more than five months and beyond and attend my daughter's graduation ceremony.
The God I serve will see me through".

The doctor stared at her for some minutes and at last spoke up, "ok then Madam, I guess our meeting is over. I hope to hear from you concerning your decision".

Mrs Belinda went home that day. Knelt by her bedside and began to pray fervently.
She read the word of God daily and claimed the promises in it.
Read books on healing.
Listened to tapes on healing.
Praised God joyfully for answers to her request daily.

Her faith in God was so strong. Nothing could shake it.
She went about her life happily. Not even her children knew what was going on with their mother.
Oh! What a great faith.

Exactly Five months.

She went back to the same doctor to run another test and scan on her again.
This time around, something miraculous had happened.

"This can not be!" Exclaimed the doctor.
Mrs Belinda what did you do?

"What Doctor?"

"The test shows no trace of any brain tumor. Unbelievable!"

"Mrs Belinda, I have to refer you to one of our specialist for his own result. Please."

"No problem doctor" said a smiling and laughing Mrs Belinda.

She went and came back with the results.

Her doctor was so bewildered.
"This is beyond me" he said.

"Doctor, I told you my case is different. I knew my God cannot fail me. He said in His word that "I shall not die"; He is a God that does the impossible".

The doctor was dumfounded, speechless and shocked. While Mrs Belinda was busy singing, rejoicing and praising God for healing her.

PRESENT TIME.

Bukky spoke finally. " this is way out of this world. You mean you got this news and you where busy joining me to prepare for my daughters wedding. You are unbelievable. What a great testimony"

"So when is the thanksgiving party? You know it has to happen and am planning it."

Mrs Belinda laughed but before she could reply, her daughter was announced as the best graduating student.




WRITTEN BY: MMADARA GEORGE (MY SISTER)


Monday, 20 February 2017

THE DOG AND ITS VOMIT

February 20, 2017 0
THE DOG AND ITS VOMIT

Grace is sufficient for all, but just like Paul asked "should we continue in sin that grace may abound? God forbid!".

As a believer, you have the power to overcome sin.

The Holy Spirit in you will always tell you that you are doing or about to do something that is wrong.

Sin is enjoyable for a moment but its after effect is like the aftershocks of an earthquake; which is more disastrous.

Have you ever meditated and imagined these scriptures?

Proverbs 26:11

As a dog returns to his own vomit,
So a fool repeats his folly.


2 Peter 2:22

But it has happened to them according to the true proverb: “A dog returns to his own vomit,”and, “a sow, having washed, to her wallowing in the mire.”

Imagine a dog eating food that is not good for its stomach and it vomits it out. And stands to still eat up the vomit. Unbelievable! Shocking!! 

Don't you think it will fall sick because of the bad food? Eating its own vomit again? 

As born-again believers we said NO to sin the moment we gave our lives to Jesus Christ and before we know it we are back to the same sin we said no to.

When this happens, think about yourself as the dog that has gone back to its vomit. 

Let this word of God dwell in you and help you stay away from sin.

Well, this is mine that I decided to share.
The Holy Spirit will give you yours as you study the word daily.

So, when next you are tempted to sin, about to sin or have already sinned: think on the dog eating back its vomit. Disgusting right? Yes! Very.


God bless you! I mean YOU!!