Do you Treat God like a house help?

  I bet you have never thought of the Almighty God as your “houseboy”! The mere thought of this is sickening and sacrilegious to say the least. We will all agree though that God is our helper and there are many beautiful songs in which we acknowledge and thank God for being our ‘helper in time of need’. So what is it that causes us to cringe when I equate God to a house help? The image of a house help is not exactly one of an almighty all powerful helper whom we honor and worship but rather a picture of a near second class citizen who we control with the aim of using to satisfy our needs. The house help is not exactly a friend or family member whose company we cherish, definitely not someone we serve but more like someone we tolerate because they are needed to do all the menial tasks for us. Many times,  we treat God like a house help whom we are barely tolerating because we need him to do all our chores for us. He does those things that no one else will do for us. Somehow we know deep in our spirit that no matter how badly we treat God, if we are in trouble and call him, he will come. So what do we do? We ignore him for the most part until a need arises that only He can handle. We command him; fix me this, give me that! You better show up when I call and do so fast! We won’t let him rest from our endless list of demands. 

We pay the house help minimum wage, the least we can pay them and get away with, kinda like the $2 bill or coins we throw in the offering bowl. If the house help asks for more money it is sacrilege, it’s time to get a different house help because this one is greedy. Yes we will leave that church because how dare they ask me to give a tithe or ask for offerings above and beyond the tithe? Doesn’t God know that the $2 are sufficient for his false prophet of a pastor? The minimum wage is sufficient for the house help because they only live with the bare necessities and no luxuries. The house of God is fine with the basics, the pastor should be content driving an old car that can barely get him to church because a Mercedes means that he is wasting money which could be put to better use. After all there are many poor and suffering people out in the parish who could use that extra money instead of the man of God. I recall that Jesus rebuked Judas when he pretended to care more about the poor in John 12:4-5 But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages. How many times have you caught yourself talking like Judas the betrayer?

You see the house help is treated like they have no emotions, just do as I tell you and shut up. No time spent getting to really know the house help and the things that matter to them. Pleasing them is the last thing we think of, they are pretty much a second class being. While you are in this house you are only here to work for me, do not correct me on anything, see nothing, say nothing! If I curse at my family members, if I cheat on my wife, steal from the neighbors, I don’t need your opinion! Likewise, God is only allowed to come into our homes only to give us miracles, he must answer our prayers exactly as we requested otherwise he is not considered worthy of our worship. We get angry and blame God for all the things going wrong in the world. We will not obey or worship God because if he was a good house help he would have done as we asked! Oops did I really call God a house help? That must surely be blasphemous! Well that is exactly how we treat our Lord and savior many times. I for one have been guilty of that.

Time to stop and think about how we treat the God who gives us everything we have, the God who has all power, the one who can stop our sorry lives any minute if it wasn’t for his grace and mercy. My friends, God loves you and I and He wants to do more than just follow our orders, he wants a relationship with you and I. While he is the ultimate Helper, he is not our houseboy!

Think for a minute next time you need God to answer your prayer whether you have given any love to your maker lately. What seeds of prayer, fasting, tithing, offerings, relationship, obedience have you sown for that miracle you are seeking? Next time you want God’s best, have you given him your best? 

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Running after miracles, crusades and Prophets

Let me begin by saying no matter how surrendered to Christ we may be, because we are still human, we make mistakes daily. Although I do everything in my power and by his grace not to live a lifestyle of sin, every now and then, I realize I need to repent for lying, gossiping, gluttony and so forth. This is the life of the average believer, or at least so it should be! The life of a Pastor, Prophet, Evangelist or anyone called into the fivefold ministry should be even purer. Or is it really? In our miracle seeking world today, I see believers putting ministers of the gospel on a pedestal and then get very disappointed when the minister falls in sin. I see some believers who do not even care whether the fruits of the spirit can be seen in the minister’s life as long as they can get a miracle from the minister. The man or woman of God becomes a miracle factory in our eyes and so we run from crusade to crusade looking for miracles. We pay huge sums of money to sew seeds that should grow our miracles, we spend valuable time on the road from city to city, church to church and we tell everyone how we are believing God for something. Sometimes our miracle comes and we become the official PR of the miracle factory. We tell everyone about how our new god is wonderful. After a while we find ourselves back in a rot and the PR machine starts to sing a different tune; the prophet is now considered fake, all he wanted was our money. We suddenly realize that the prophet is a womanizer, he lacks integrity, he has been using Church money for personal pleasure. Hmmm, what just happened here? Let’s get a few things straight:
– the minister is human just like you and I, he is not a god and never will be no matter how many miracles he performs. Do not pursue miracles, seek Jesus!
– To err is human therefore the fact that you discover a ministers faults does not make them fake. We fall and get back up again by God’s grace. Does the minister reflect the fruits of the spirit in their lives and are they truly repentant when they sin?
– Yes, some ministers are indeed Charlatans, the devil goes to Bible School, gets ordained and preaches in Church every Sunday or holds miracle crusades from city to city. This is why you need discernment. Matt 7:20 says: ‘Therefore by their fruits you will know them’. Miracles are not fruits, they are signs and wonders.
– The sons of Sceva tried to perform signs and wonders without Jesus. Acts 19:14-15 Seven sons of a Jewish high priest named Sceva were doing this. But the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I recognize, but who are you?”
So if you are thinking about the next crusade to attend or  the next Prophet to follow, ask yourself these questions:
– what are you really after?
– Could you be spending money running around from crusade to crusade to buy a miracle from a prophet who may not be a true servant of God? Do you see the fruits of the spirit in the Prophet?
– What are your true motives?
– If the devil were giving handouts at a mall near you, would you show up and receive it just because it meets your needs or satisfies your desires?
– If all a true Prophet of God had to offer was the word of God would you spend the same time, energy and money to seek after the word of God?
– Do you realize how much you would grow in Christ if you spent all this time drawing nearer to God? Your anointing would increase and God himself would answer your prayers.

– Rather than run after miracles, have you thought about what you can contribute to that crusade or to that Prophet’s ministry? Can you give so others can benefit too rather than just take?

I want to encourage you to start running after Jesus and He will give you all you are looking for. Don’t get me wrong, nothing wrong with attending crusades and honoring powerful men and women of God but the prophet cannot solve all your problems. Also, the prophet is not fake just because you did not get your miracle from them. And if you don’t get your miracle this side of heaven, if you seek Jesus, you will have eternal life. Salvation through Christ and subsequently eternal life is the greatest miracle you can ever pursue! The Bible says in Matt 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Spirituality 101

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This is the only field where those who do not work in or specialize in it are always bashing those who are more knowledgeable in it (because they work in it and are trained in it). My people, the fact that you may not have seen an angel or a devil does not mean that they don’t exist or that someone else has not seen them. You may never have experienced healing, deliverance, speaking in tongues etc. As educated as some of us claim to be, as much as we use our intellectual level to shun most things Supernatural or Biblical, if we were as intelligent as we think, we would know that:
knowledge is broader than the body of knowledge that I may have acquired
Knowledge stops for me where I chose to stop. Knowledge however continues for those who remain open to the possibility that there is more to be acquired.
I cannot pass definitive judgement on knowledge which I have not acquired. This will be equivalent to a child arguing with a chef that fire is cold when they have never touched it. The chef cooks with fire everyday and has experiential knowledge of fire.
Conclusion: If a Minister of God or mature child of God says something about a spiritual principle, if they say something about God that you have never learnt or experienced and consequently you do not understand, don’t term this as fake, lies, hypocrisy, pretense, judgmental, delusional, abusive or whatever other conclusions I see many casual Christians and unbelievers passing here on FB. The ‘intelligent’ thing for you to do or say would be something like ‘ I don’t understand this’ or ‘let me ask questions to find out more on this issue’ or ‘ I have no comments because I have not experienced this’.
You see, making ignorant comments about Christians is reverse discrimination and that is not ‘politically correct’. Admit to yourself that your education and experience is limited and this may just be an area you do not fully understand! Peace always!