Living a fulfilled life in Christ – Part 1
Many people in this world are struggling to live a fulfilled life but unfortunately their efforts to live a life of fulfillment have not yielded the desired result. Many do not know why they cannot be happy in this life even when they have gotten all the wealth and material things of this life. The truth is that living a fulfilled life is not by power, wealth, wisdom and smartness but is obtained when one’s wants in any circumstance of necessity are supplied by God. When a believer depends upon God for the supply of his needs having the understanding that God possesses all things and has infinite ability to supply the wants, it is stated that the believer is living a fulfilled life in Christ.
Eccl 2:4-11 “I made me great works; I builded me houses; I planted me vineyards: I made me gardens and orchards, and I planted trees in them of all kind of fruits: I made me pools of water, to water therewith the wood that bringeth forth trees: I got me servants and maidens, and had servants born in my house; also I had great possessions of great and small cattle above all that were in Jerusalem before me: I gathered me also silver and gold, and the peculiar treasure of kings and of the provinces: I gat me men singers and women singers, and the delights of the sons of men, as musical instruments, and that of all sorts. So I was great, and increased more than all that were before me in Jerusalem: also my wisdom remained with me. And whatsoever mine eyes desired I kept not from them, I withheld not my heart from any joy; for my heart rejoiced in all my labour: and this was my portion of all my labour. Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labour that I had laboured to do: and, behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun.”
This man in context above has gotten all things and yet was not fulfilled instead he saw the things as the vexations of the spirit. Some people are claiming to have this or that, but yet are not satisfied because they are thinking that what they acquired will produce joy and satisfaction for them. If any man or woman thinks he or she is fulfilled while leaving in sins, he or she is not telling the truth. The person can never be satisfied in life because he is not receiving the spiritual, physical and material supplies needed for life fulfillment.
John 15:4-5 “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”
As long as you are not in Christ your claim of having everything is false. Anybody that is not born again cannot live a fulfilled life no matter what such person possesses, he will still fill that he needed something. If you are living as you like, I want to let you know, you can never live a fulfilled life, because such fulfillment can only be found if you are living for the Lord. The Lord’s people feast at his table where there is abundance of everything, and in addition drink of the cup of salvation, which is ever full. Besides, the goodness and mercy of God always follow them all the days of their lives, and the desire and determination of God ensure their happiness continually forever. While here, the Lord makes all situations pleasant for them, by the anointing of His Spirit and the joys of His salvation.
Hebrew 10:7 states, “Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.”
Jesus came to do God’s will according to the scriptures and as a result, He lived to please God, while doing His earthly ministry.
John 8:29 says, “And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.”
He lived his life to please God in persecution, in distresses he did everything for Christ sake. Every child of God no matter what you are passing through as long as you are living for Him you are living a fulfilled life because you are doing His will. The Bible said we are created for God’s pleasure, what makes us to be fulfilled is doing the will and pleasure of God no matter how difficult.
2Timothy 3:10-11, “But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience, persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me.”
Any true child of God that is going through persecution should be happy, that he is in the hand of God for the Bible said whosoever that shall live in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. What are those things that please God? It is doing the will of God, doing the pleasure of God.
Phil 2:4-8 “Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”
Jesus was living His life for us so that we all might live, He was doing everything for the pleasure of God, it was the will of God for his son to die for you and for me so that Christ’s life would be fulfilled and that was what gave Him pleasure. Doing the will of God made Him happy thus He declared, it is finished and He felt satisfied that He fulfilled the purpose of His coming into the world.
Wonderful Work Of God
How I Renounced My Membership Of Eight Occult Kingdoms
My name is Barrister Okoye, I hail from Nanka in Orumba Local Government Area, Anambra State. I want to share how God delivered me from the bondage of eight occult societies. It all started when ignorantly I registered to study Extra-sensory perception with Rampa Society, an occult organisation while I was in secondary school. In those days, through the knowledge and skill I acquired in RAMPA philosophy, I could duplicate myself and appear same time in different places and have discussion. And having exposed myself to astral teachings, I decided to widen my knowledge, thus I joined AMORC. Yet not satisfied, the following year, I got indoctrinated into Eckankar.
There, we were thought what was called photographic reading by the Eck master, a situation where one could read a seven hundred-page book within 24 hours and would be able to understand it. Before I finished secondary school, I was already into many evil things and have never been apprehended thus my co-students nicknamed me, the man, they couldn’t arrest. Whenever I championed rebellion or riot against the school authority or policy, others would be arrested but I would be exonerated.
After obtaining my WAEC result I gained admission to read law in UNEC – (University of Nigeria, Enugu campus). At this time, I had become popular in esoteric practices and the exploit continued till my final year. However, in my final year, I received a lecture from the AMORC Order titled, ‘Christ like spirit.’ In my confused state I asked if the title referred to our Lord Jesus Christ or the spirit of another Christ? This question I thought was harmless became my abattoir because few weeks later, the Eck council of elders sent a yellow-form to me. For one to receive a Yellow-Form means that his name has been penciled down and is about to be erased from the book (Library) of life. And this special book domiciled in a library in California, contains names of all members of Eckankar. And it is assumed that the moment a person’s name is canceled, the person will die. In other words, receiving the yellow-form means I have been marked to die.
At this time I became sorely afraid and began to search for a place I would be delivered. In the course of searching for solution, I met a brother from another church who led me to Christ and got those AMORC materials burnt. But instead of the problem abating, it degenerated and at one point I was unconscious for 10 days, and miraculously on that 10th day, without assistance I got up from bed. Many strange things that were meant to disrupt my academic pursuit happened but by the grace of God I graduated, left the campus and moved to Onitsha. At Onitsha, I was told that there was no way one could practice law without belonging to one or more occult societies. As a result I applied to be initiated into Haba-Agulu shrine or deity.
Not quite long after my initiation, it seemed the problem was over. I started building a mansion in my village. On the day of the foundation, a particular man confronted and accused me of encroaching into his land and quarrel ensued between us. Before I knew it I was afflicted with hypertension, H.B.P, insomnia, restlessness, etc. I went from one church to another, one native doctor to another, did all sacrifices just to have these ailments healed but to no avail. Anywhere I went for solution, may be to a pastor, after the first encounter, the pastor would begin to avoid me but I was determined to find a solution and fight back. For this reason, I joined Ogboni and got to the highest rank yet no solution.
Somebody suggested I should join A-Z cult that is, the beginning and ending. I concurred, yet instead of solution, problems continued to multiply. By that time means of my livelihood had dwindled and so, I decided to do away with all these cults, gods and their paraphernalia. With the assistance of another pastor I burnt all those rubbish and from that moment a bigger problem emerged.
As God would have it, a sister invited me to The Lord’s Chosen programme. She gave me three handbills at the same time, I reluctantly collected them but put them in my drawers without looking at them. Then in her efforts to have me attend their programme she started troubling me with calls to the extent that I began to ignore it. But according to God’s time, one day, I decided to honour her invitation. On that day, I was in the church very early and took a vantage position so that I would see the direction where pastor would come out from to ascertain if he would climb to the pulpit with any occult power. When he came out, he had nothing on him except the Bible. I said okay, I would continue to watch.
And when he started deliverance ministration, I discovered that unlike others he didn’t come down to touch or push anybody, instead he just proclaimed the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, and many people with different afflictions received instant healing. And they came out to share their testimonies, I was diligently observing whether some people were being paid to give testimonies, but that was not the case. Testifiers were genuinely narrating wonderful works of God in their lives. After that first encounter, I decided I would not come the next day, but I was surprised that the next day, I found myself in the service again.
Meanwhile, in the list of prayer request I made as directed by the Pastor, I asked God to deliver me from insomnia. So, as Pastor was concluding the prayers, he prophetically mentioned my case and said, “you that have not been sleeping, today you will sleep like a baby.” I claimed the prophesy but was not convinced it would come to pass.
Little did I know, it was just a sleeping pill. As soon as I got home I went straight to my bed and slept over 48 hours. This is what was not possible for about eight years ago. For the past eight years I could not sleep for more than one hour each night, but from that first day I came till date, I can now sleep like a baby. And subsequently, all the trouble that tormented me for eight years have ceased, I also received healing of my decaying legs. And above all, I have now absolute peace in my life. With these experiences I decided to be a Chosen.
In that programme, the General Pastor while praying said someone would receive a phone call that would positively change his/her life. And truly in the night I got a call from BRC representative, asking me to come and sign an MOU, which made me today one of the representatives of a foreign-based organisation. Another organisation under the auspices of United Nation has also invited me to travel to overseas next year. And has offered to engage me in all their legal matters. I want to thank God for His mercy. Praise the Lord!
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