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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.
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Being rich towards God

So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.(Luke 12:21).
In the previous teaching we learned about the prosperity of the spirit and the things which indicate whether the spirit prospers.
I want us to look at being rich towards God, we’ll look at what it means and later on how to be rich towards God. Bit first I want us to slightly look at the story which Jesus used to derive this statement.
And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’“Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’ “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’“This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”(Luke 12:16-21).
In this story we have a man who was so rich that he didn’t have enough space to store his wealth, thus he decided to expand his storage. Unfortunately for him, after he had done so, God took his soul. Jesus says that the same end awaits anyone who is like this rich man.
Being rich towards God is simply making the things of God to have the highest priority in your life. We are commanded to seek the kingdom of God first before anything else, someone who goes to church regularly might think that they’ve got this covered, but the question which, it’s answers indicates whether you got this covered is, when you get money what’s the first thing you think of?
You can’t claim to put the kingdom first when tithing is the last thing you think about. “Don’t collect for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But collect for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves don’t break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.(Matthew 6:19-21). Investing your resources on the kingdom of God has it’s own reward. The end of the rich men came because he only invested in earthly things, never let the temporary earthly riches blind you from the everlasting glory and wealth you will receive when you invest in the kingdom of God.
In Luke 12, the rich man was only interested in himself, don’t be like him, think of your brethren. If anyone says, “I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For the person who does not love his brother he has seen cannot love the God he has not seen.(1 John 4:20)
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.


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Fisherman persevere

And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.(Luke 5:5).

Last week we saw that one of the reasons Jesus referenced fishing to soul winning is because fisherman are patient so that they can do their work, because sometimes they might not catch anything no matter how hard they work. Today we will look at another reason and this reason works together with patience, and this reason is nothing else but perseverance.

Some of us may think that perseverance and patience mean the same thing but in reality they don’t. While means the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, problems, or suffering without becoming annoyed or anxious, perseverance means persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success. patience people can go for outreach and soul winning and not complain, but if they don’t win a soul the lack of results can make them not to go back again, this is why we need to persevere because perseverance gives us the drive to keep going back to win souls until the whole world is saved and patience makes us not to complain.

According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.(Philippians 1:20-21)

It was patience and perseverance that made the apostles to move forward despite the challenges and hardship they faced. Perseverance and patience is the reason why we as the church are still gladly waiting for the day of the Lord.

In anything you are doing you need to persevere and be patient in order to be successful, and this is essential if you are praying for someone to give his/her life to Christ because you are going to face discouraging challenges. Thomas Edison had around five thousand failed attempts before he eventually created the light bulb.

I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.(2 Timothy 4:7-8)

Let us work and persevere for the Lord until we receive the crown of glory despite the challenges we face.