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Struggling for the world, amidst heavenly race

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Dr. Israel Akinadewo<br />

(15)Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. (16)For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. (17)And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever.

Despite the enormous wealth of the man; the lavish burial rites and the calibre of the guests that attended these two weeks activities, he was not given the ‘honour’ of being kept inside at least a limousine, which should serve as the casket, for his final committal to mother earth.

The above explains the helpless position that all human beings will find themselves, irrespective of their earthly status.

This was greatly fortified by the Scripture in 1 Timothy 6:7 that “For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.”

The biblical troubled Job even made mention in Chapter 1 verse 21 – “…Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”

Having being created in the likeness of God and unlike other creatures, man is graciously blessed to distinguish between righteousness and unrighteousness; good from bad and holiness from filthiness.

However, this grace, rather than being utilised in following good paths, man turns it regrettably in following that, which will not take him beyond the surface of the earth.

Interestingly too, we ignorantly and with the forgetfulness of heart, take the steps, which we see from the perspective of ‘wanting to be whom God wants us to be,’ thereby allowing the earthly success to overshadow the race towards eternity.

We assume that we are focused in winning the race, but look back periodically and intermittently toward things, which tilt our mind away from God’s path, while still believing unconsciously that we will actualise God’s plans for our lives. These are as stated below:

The focus of our Prayers

Except for those who possess exceptional anointing and count the world for nothing, people see others as hindrances against their achievements and successes, hence and primarily, their prayer points are destructive in nature; Psalm thirty-five inclined and Phariseecally-intentioned.

We are more disposed to prayers like:

“Everyone against my success, stand destroyed, ‘in Jesus name’”; “Fire, come down from heaven and consume my antagonists, ‘in Jesus name’”; “Father, let those who say I will never make it, die, ‘in Jesus name’”; and many more.

We hardly think deeply that we might even have been our own enemies.

We deliberately ignore the truth that our disobedience to God might have aided the situations that we have found ourselves, yet “God should destroy our enemies, in Jesus name.”

Eli, the priest in Israel, was so careless that he could not discipline his sons, to the extent that the children were not following the paths commanded for their forefathers by God.

If it were in this contemporary world, Eli would have prayed to God, to send fire on the ‘enemies’ of his children, for in this modern theory “my sons could not have been behaving in this manner, but for the enemies against their progress.”

Therefore, when the message of God to Eli and his family was relayed by one man of God and the young David, he accepted God’s decision, by not ascribing the fault to the enemies within the tribe of Levi or other tribes of Israel (1 Samuel 2:27-36; 1 Samuel 3).

Remain permanently under God’s banner!

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