How to love God: the proof of your love

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.(Mark 12:30)

In the previous teachings we have been looking at how to love God, I believe that before we move on we have to look at something the bible says about loving God.

If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.(1 John 4:20).

The bible says the if you say you love God and hate your brother, you are a liar. The reason for branding such a person as a liar is because it concludes that you can’t love God or something you can’t see while hating someone you can see.

Your love for God has to be seen through your love for people, because God loves people that’s why he sent His son to die for people and also instructed us to preach the good news to people. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.(John 3:16), Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, (Matthew 28:19).

If you truly love God you will be able to do something for somebody else so that they can receive the light of the word of God.

Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the things that have been accomplished among us, just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word have delivered them to us, it seemed good to me also, having followed all things closely for some time past, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, that you may have certainty concerning the things you have been taught.(Luke 1:1-4)

Consider everyone around you just as you consider yourself, because that’s how the Lord and people can verify your love for God.


How to be rich towards God:Love Him with your soul

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.(Mark 12:30)
Last time we started looking at how to be rich towards God and we saw that we first have to love God with our hearts. Today we are moving to the second point, which is loving God with your soul.
The simplest explanation of what a soul is the inner part of your being which controls feelings and desires that you can’t explain why you have them.
Your soul is what controls your peace. Things like liking someone you’ve just met or preferring coffee over tea even though you don’t have any bad experience with either if your soul. Have I not wept for those who have fallen on hard times?Has my soul not grieved for the needy?(Job 30:25).
Your soul is the biggest influencer of your heart because unlike your mind it doesn’t have to give reasons to your heart, hence if you love God with your heart you can’t explain why you live Him so much. We see this type of action when God gave Christ for redemption. “For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.(John 3:16).
When your soul loves God you no longer need a reason to pray or go to church. When your soul loves no amount of reason will explain why you serve him or why you praise him.
When you always need a reason to serve or praise God, you will end up falling into temptation because the devil will always give you a reason for not serving or praising God, he can even qoute bible verse to “prove” his point. The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit from the trees in the garden. But about the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden, God said, ‘You must not eat it or touch it, or you will die.’” “No! You will not die,” the serpent said to the woman. “In fact, God knows that when you eat it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”(Genesis 3:2-5). Then the Devil took Him to the holy city, had Him stand on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: He will give His angels orders concerning you, and they will support you with their hands so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.”(Matthew 4:5-6).
May your soul fall in love with God so that you will never fall into temptation.
Next time will look at the last two things that you should love God with.

How to be rich towards God: love him with your heart

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you.(Matthew 6:33)
In the last teaching we saw what it means to be rich towards God, now we’ll look at how to be rich towards God.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.(Mark 12:30)
As Christians are given two laws, which are to Love God and to love our neighbour. The first command is what teaches us how to be rich towards God. The first three things which we are commanded to love God with are internal and they influence our external components.
The first thing we love God with is our heart, meaning that we must be passionate about God and His work. Anyone you have given your heart, you want to the that person joyful and happy at all times and you will do anything in your power to make sure that they are always like that.
So Jacob worked seven years for Rachel, and they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her.(Genesis 29:20),
Now Israel loved Joseph more than his other sons because Joseph was a son born to him in his old age, and he made a robe of many colors for him.(Genesis 37:3). Hence if you love God with your heart, then winning souls for him because it makes him happy is something you will do joyfully. I tell you, in the same way, there is joy in the presence of God’s angels over one sinner who repents.”(Luke 15:10).
“For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.(John 3:16).
Another factor of loving God with your heart, is buying or giving gifts to Him. If your hands can’t express what you say with your mouth, it means that the sincerity of your love is in question. I love you without a lovely gift is fake. If God gave in order to express His love, it means everyone also has to give to express their love.
Now Israel loved Joseph more than his other sons because Joseph was a son born to him in his old age, and he made a robe of many colors for him.(Genesis 37:3).
We’ll continue with the other points on the following teaching.

The Gospel’s prosperity pt2 : Prosperity of the spirit

Dear friend, I pray that you may prosper in every way and be in good health physically just as you are spiritually.(3 John 1:2)
Last time we saw what prosperity truly is, and now we are moving forward to look at what is spiritual prosperity.
We have to look at spiritual prosperity because according to 3 John 1:2 our physical state of wellbeing must reflect our spiritual stance. As children of God we must excell in all spiritual things and that excellence must reflect in our physical lives, meaning that a Christian who is a billioner must have a good fasting life. I won’t go into what is spirituality because I have already shared it with you in previous teachings, I’ll just share the link to the teaching here.
I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men? For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal?(1 Corinthians 3:2-4)
For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.(Hebrews 5:13-14)
I’m the book of 1 Corinthians Paul says that he purposefully withheld some of the principles and truth of the Gospel from the belivers in Corinth, the reason he gave for his actions is that they were still too carnal because they were devided and envious. Meaning the spiritual level of a Christian or church(denomination) is seen by how united they are or how they promote unity wherever they are. Playing politics in church or seeking a position at all costs is a sign of spiritual immaturity. If your carnal nature is still alive and well then you are spiritually poor.
The prosperity of your spirit is seen by how easy it is for your spirit to dominate your physical nature. But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.( 1 Corinthians 9:27). The more control you have over your body the more prosperous your spirit is, the only way this can be achieved is by having the Word of God grow in you. Those who listen to sermons and read the Bible and biblical books are the one’s whose souls are prospering.
And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.(Matthew 13:3-9)
Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower. When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side. But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended. He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.(Matthew 13:18:23)
How you receive the word of God determines what it will achieve in you. Don’t neat pick the bible, everything God put in there is for your own good. Receive the Word of God in it’s totality and it will transform your life. Your soul needs the Word of God in order to be prosperous. The more you know the Word the more prosperous your soul will be.

The Gospel’s prosperity pt 1

Dear friend, I pray that you may prosper in every way and be in good health physically just as you are spiritually.(3 John 1:2)

What is prosperity

I want us to look at something that is controversial to some in the Christian world, we will be looking prosperity and to be specific we’ll be looking at God’s version of prosperity.
Let’s start by looking at what prosperity is, according to Google’s dictionary prosperity is the state of being prosperous.“a long period of peace and prosperity”wealth, success, profitability, affluence, riches, opulence, the good life, (good) fortune, ease, plenty, welfare, comfort, security, well-being;.
so we now see that basically prosperity means wealth or success, and we need to understand that not all prosperity is from God. The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich,and he addeth no sorrow with it.(Proverbs 10:22).
That not all prosperity is from God is proof that God is not responsible for making anyone prosper, God wants you to prosper that’s why He blessed you but He won’t work for you.
He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread: but he that followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough.(Proverbs 28:19)
Prosperity is the reward of hard work, if you are not willing to till your ground no amount of prayer can make you prosper. If you want to be successful you have to pay the price and the price of success is hard work.

The hand of the diligent shall bear rule:but the slothful shall be under tribute.(Proverbs 12:24)
You hear of how many people like Bill Gates would sometimes sleep in their office’s or how often they would skip bathing and that led them be where they are today. Jesus Christ is the most successful religious leader ever because He is the only one who willingly died for His followers. If you want to be successful be willing to pay the price.

The analogy of soul wining like a fishermen

And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”(Matthew 4:19)
Last time I shared with you that one of the special things about fishermen is their ability to work together, and I promised to share with you the analogy of fishing in terms of soul wining.
There are basically two common ways to fish, you can use a net(fishing net) or a rod with a hook(fishing rod). Both instruments have their own style and requirements for getting the job done. Let us start by looking at the fishing rod style of soul wining.
1.The fishing rod way of soul wining
This method of soul wining is not for the impatient because you may need to wait before your fish gets hooked. In order for the fishermen to catch a fish using the fishing rod, he/she needs a lure (bate) that will be used to hide the hook, because no fish is stupid enough to bike a naked hook. Fishermen who use fishing rods always have someone that will serve as a lure(bate), it could be anything from worms to another type of fish, it depends of the kind of fish the fishermen is after.
In terms of soul wining this kind of strategy can simply be called the ONE MAN ONE SOUL, a soul winner simply just has a single person as his/her target and then goes with his/her hook(the message of repentance, salvation and judgment) and covers it with a lure(the message of love, redemption and forgiveness). This method of soul winning is used by those who do door to door evangelism or those who only preach to one person at a time.
Jesus made his desciples fishers because he knew that some times they will meet people who will never repent until they are lured by the love of God. And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.”(Mark 1:17).
2.The fishing net way of soul wining
This method of fishing doesn’t work everywhere, you can’t use this method if the waters are shallow. In order to fish using a fishing net you’ll need a boat and at least one partner, this method catches many fish in one go. One person will be in the boat while the one is in at the opposite of the boat and close to the shore, the net will stretch from the person on the boat to the person close to the shore. The two parties will eventually come together as the one close to the shore moves away from it and goes to the boat. The fish between the men on foot and the boat will get caught by the net.
In terms of soul wining, this type of method is used in crusades and open-air evangelism, there is no specific target the main aim is winning as many souls as possible. This method is very critical because for it to work it needs collaboration, there may be one preacher but the preacher needs others to create an audience for him/her.
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”(Matthew 28:19-20)
May we all be fishers of men so that the kingdom of God will grow and the messenge of Christ will reach all the corners of the world.
Thank you ladies and gentlemen for being part of softteachings, today (18th July) I’m celebrating the 9th anniversary of the day I gave my life to Christ, it has been a wonderful journey and by the grace of God it’s only just a small teaser of what is to come. Next week God willing, we’ll start a new topic. Shalom

Fishermen work together

So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them; they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.( Luke 5:7)
For the past few weeks we have been looking at what is special about fishing, that Jesus used it as an example to show what is souls wining. Today we are looking at the last factor that makes fishing so special that Jesus referred to soul wining as fishing men.
And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.( Matthew 4:19)

It may seem insignificant to others to point out that one of the reasons Jesus likened soul winning to fishing is that fishermen work together,because denominations are united. But the truth is that the unity Jesus saw in fishermen and the unity we have in the church are not the same. The church of Christ is United as denominations but there is very little inter-denominational unity.

For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ.( 1 Corinthians 1:11-12)

This is still a problem because today we find pastors vocally attacking other pastors in the pulpit, we have believer’s rejoicing in the downfall of another believer just because they don’t attend the same church. The people that are affected the most are those who win souls, these people are now forced to play lawyer because they really preaching about a person who united the world with God and they must also justify the division among believers.

I’m not saying that there shouldn’t be denominations but I’m saying that that shouldn’t divide us, as long as we believe in one saviour and are following his footsteps we are one and we should relate as such. Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man? I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.( 1 Corinthians 3:5-8).

The unity of the church is as important as it’s message, because the unity reveals it’s message that will bring men close to God. Now the large group of those who believed were of one heart and mind, and no one said that any of his possessions was his own, but instead they held everything in common. And the apostles were giving testimony with great power to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was on all of them. For there was not a needy person among them, because all those who owned lands or houses sold them, brought the proceeds of the things that were sold, and laid them at the apostles’ feet. This was then distributed for each person’s basic needs.Joseph, a Levite and a Cypriot by birth, the one the apostles called Barnabas, which is translated Son of Encouragement,( Act 4:32-36).

Next week good willing I’ll share with you the analogy of winning souls like a fisher men.

I apologize for the delay in sharing this message, the phone I used for planing, writing and sharing the messages isn’t working anymore and I’m currently working on replacing it as soon as possible. Thank you for being patient and God bless you.