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When Last Did You Have A Spiritual Checkup?



A young Christian lady had scheduled a business appointment with a client for 9am on Monday. Being a worker in the church and nursing mother of a seven months old girl, her Sunday was so occupied that she barely had time to even press her clothes to be worn the next day.

She was moving from one chore to another and eventually by 8:30pm, her to-do list was fulfilled for the day. She had only wanted to rest few minutes before dinner, only for a terrible sleep to overwhelm her. Being an early riser, it was odd that she woke up just five minutes before 9am on Monday. With much anxiety and remorse, she prepared hurriedly and off she went for the meeting.

And there was an unfriendly traffic gridlock, what she least needed at the time. The client had called and wanted to cancel the meeting due to her lateness; “Please, kindly exercise some patience. I will be with you in the next ten minutes,” she said just to appease the client. Whereas, she was only five bus stops away from her house and many miles away from the rendezvous. Though she managed to meet the client eventually after several hours of delay, the fact remains that, she had lied.

Three days later, her boss told her to follow-up on a client and send feedback the same day. Amidst several tasks to be completed for the day, she forgot and because her boss didn’t ask at the moment, neither did she bother to carry out the assignment. Her boss asked for a progress report the following day and so as not to appear incompetent she replied: “My apologies sir. I had called the client but the number wasn’t reachable. I will try again and get back to you.” The boss retorted, “That’s fine but get back to me as soon as possible.” Yet again, she had lied.

She started her week with compromise. One misdeed led to another and more lies ensued that week. Sadly, no guilt what so ever did she feel and I guess she would say in her heart, ‘I didn’t really mean to lie. The circumstances were just beyond me and I know God being a merciful Father understands and will forgive me.’

This is how some Christians really are, daily compromising their faith and allowing ‘those little foxes that spoil the vine’ to dominate their lives and ridicule their testimonies of salvation. They neither watch nor pray and alas, fall into diverse temptations that give the devil an opportunity to trample on their faith and convictions.

In the epistle of Apostle Paul to the Corinthians (2 Corinthians 13:5), he admonished them, and by extension all born-again believers, to examine themselves whether they are still in the faith; proving themselves by the standards of God in His word.

As Christians, we cannot afford to be nonchalant with our spiritual lives while gratifying the physical. The days are evil and seductions to backslide are taking several forms to the detriment of babes in Christ. The enemy of our souls is unrelenting on his intentions to multiply the sorrows of men and keep them in eternal bondage.

Hence, it is so important that we tread with caution, taking stock of our lives daily to know with certainty whether we are still right with God, for no one knows when the trumpet of rapture shall sound. And how painful and pitiable it would be to claim to know and serve the Lord and yet, not make heaven eventually just because of negligence of being spiritually conscious in examining our lives.

The Lord Jesus Christ admonishes us to watch and pray so we will not fall into temptations (Mark 14:38; Matthew 26:41). Jesus knew that for the true believer temptations, persecutions and trails are inevitable (John 16:33, see also Acts 14:22, 2 Timothy 3:12). Therefore, He exhorts us not for a second to lose our guards and often observe a spiritual checkup for we know not when the appointed time will come (Mark 13:33; See also 1 Timothy 4:16).

Unlike the young Christian lady whose story was earlier told, “No compromise” must a sincere Christian be.

"No compromise with error, for Bible truth we stand,
Let none remove the landmarks erected by God’s hand.
With loyalty our watchword and faith in Christ our stay,
We’ll bravely storm the forts of sin and thro’ Him win the day.

No compromise with worldliness, no yielding to the wrong,
No lowering the standard that’s stood thro’ ages long;
With Jesus as our leader, His Spirit as our guide,
We’ll firmly stand for righteousness whatever may betide."

We are truly in the last days where the seeds of the antichrist are on rampage. Sin lures at every corner and takes prey of souls that aren’t vigilant of the devices of the devil. Such people take lightly the exhortation of the Christian Hymn: “Christian, seek not yet repose.”

"Gird thy heavenly armor on,
Wear it ever night and day;
Ambushed lies the evil one:
Watch and pray."

We mustn’t be so lax as to allow the devil rob us of our salvation bought for a costly price at Calvary. Even spiritual complacency in times like this is as well dangerous for “if any man thinks he stands, he should take heed lest he falls” (1 Corinthians 10:12).

Finally, dear friends, let us examine and probe our ways, and let us return to the Lord should we find any blemish in our hearts and don’t measure up with God’s standards (Lamentations 3:40). Watch and pray in the morning, at noon and at night, and put away everything and anything that may hinder us from making heaven.

Run with perseverance the race marked out for us as believers, looking unto Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith (Hebrews 12:1-2). And not forgetting that, it’s only those that endure till the end will be saved (Matthew 24:13; Matthew 10:22).

There’s so much at stake. We can’t afford to miss heaven for anything in this world or let our loved ones miss it too. So, when last did you have a spiritual checkup of your life? Should Christ come this very minute, will you make heaven?


Examine yourself today and may God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you and me through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. (1 Thessalonian 5:23).

Please share this with others so they may continue in the faith and prepare their souls for the coming of the Lord.

God bless you and thanks for reading.

*** Written by Michael Olajubu alias Jacobs Adewale (Admin) ***


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Welcome To August!




From The Truth Media family,
Happy New Month!!!

I’ve seen the ways of the humble and just,
How they March through grace to August;
Though sometimes are weary but never weak,
They in the Lord abide and remain meek.

When trials fester and persecutors pester,
They stand resolute and bold as Esther,
Confidence reposed in the King of kings,
Knowing that triumph is what He gladly brings.

Let this mind be in you this August
And not to delight in contention or lust;
Sow for yourself righteousness
And reap the fruit of love and God’s goodness.

Another month, another blessing,
Another month of progressing.
Welcome to August!


*** Written by Michael Olajubu alias Jacobs Adewale (Admin) ***


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Is Your God Able To Deliver?



A Christian who cowers with fear and trepidation at all threats and challenges of life really doesn’t know the God he or she claims to serve.

Such a Christian is one the Lord describes as, “O, ye of little faith” and is not deeply rooted and built up in Christ nor established in the faith that moves mountains. The body of Christ doesn’t rejoice in cowardice for we have not been given the spirit of fear but of power, love and sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).

We should know that there will always be oppositions and daunting times in every believer’s life. Daily, our adversary, the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. He is still in the business of killing, stealing and destroying the souls of men (John 10:10), and his major and only target are the very elects of God who have chosen to live by the Spirit and are dead to the works of the flesh.

It is undeniable that our Christian walk can never be devoid of trials and adversity, “for we must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God” (Acts 14:22). Even the Lord Jesus Christ in the book of John 16:33 says, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Truly, only in Christ do we have lasting victory over the world’s difficulties and troubles. To trust in the arm of flesh is to settle for disappointments, depression and despair. But no true child of God ever knows defeat for his or her trust and confidence is in the Lord, God Almighty (Jeremiah 17:5-8).

This brings to memory the uncommon and uplifting story of the three Hebrew brothers – Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah – and how mightily God works for them that solely trust in Him. There’s no one who ever reads the Bible, even the book of Daniel 3:1-30 and would doubt the unrivaled power of the Most High God.

King Nebuchadnezzar openly put to test the faith of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego (as we all know them to be called) and wanted to know if their God was able to deliver. As the incident was recorded, King Nebuchadnezzar had made an image of gold and ordered all his provincial officials to worship it and warned that whoever does not worship the image will immediately be thrown into a blazing furnace.

The three Hebrew brothers with knowledge of God’s clear command in Exodus 20:1-5, 34:14-17, knew better not to worship a man-made god with eyes but cannot see, with ears but cannot ear and with mouth but cannot talk. To shorten the story, these brothers defied the King’s order and were thrown into the furnace. Then the miraculous happened afterwards.

What, however, strikes the mind is the Kings query when the brothers defied his order. King Nebuchadnezzar asked, “Now when you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipe and all kinds of music, if you are ready to fall down and worship the image I made, very good. But if you do not worship it, you will be thrown immediately into a blazing furnace. Then what god will be able to deliver you from my hand?” (Daniel 3:13-15).

Have you ever been in a situation where your faith is put to severe test? Your salary hasn’t been paid for months and your rent is due, your partner’s business isn’t as vibrant as it was, your child’s school tuition fee is impending and you are running out of stock for food. You ask a colleague for loan and he or she is requesting a nonnegotiable thirty percent interest on principal every month. Your siblings and relatives all exhume excuses with global economic cash crunch.

For want of alternatives, you ask few neighbors around and one of them puts it straight to your face, “but I thought you are a Christian and all these are happening to you. Don’t you pray? Why not ask your God for help?” You look at all sides and see no one to turn to. And here the devil rejoices at your calamity, asking you this same question, what god will be able to deliver you from my hand?

Dear brethren, learn from the Hebrew brothers and be strengthened by the example of their faith. And they responded, “We do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and He will deliver us from your Majesty’s hand. But even if He does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up” (Daniel 3:16-18).

Time and again has history revealed that they that know their God are strong and shall not be moved by the schemes of mean men or by threats and trials from the evil ones. They are not one to faint or falter in the days of adversity and times of troubles (Proverbs 24:10).

They are as brave lions that are never shaken. They have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord. Their hearts are secure, they have no fear and in the end, they always look in triumph on their foes (Psalm 112:6-8). Now, the question is do you know the God you claim to serve? Is your God able to deliver?

But for those who do know their God and trust in Him, this is what He says to you, “I will remove from you all who mourn over the loss of your appointed festivals, which is a burden and reproach for you. At that time I will deal with all who oppressed you… I will give you praise and honour in every place you have suffered shame… and among all the people of the earth when I restore your fortunes before very eyes,” says the Lord (Zephaniah 3:18).

Don’t you believe it? If truly you do, then, have faith! The Lord is at work and He is able to deliver and save you from all your troubles.

*** Written by Michael Olajubu aka Jacobs Adewale (Admin) ***


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Is Your Church A Lifeboat Or A Love Boat?



Aside the huge, ultramodern edifices, massive congregations, popularity of denominations and reputation of pastors that characterize the cynosure of modern day churches, is there an ounce of assurance for your church to be seen as a lifeboat church or a love boat church?

Such a thoughtful question as this requires an urgent response from church leaders and pastors on whom the destinies of several lives rest upon their shoulders by their calling (Acts 20:28).

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Morton T. Kelsey, an Episcopal priest and religious writer, once said, “The church is not a museum for saints but a hospital for sinners.” This assertion depicts the church as a lifeboat launched to rescue the helpless, depressed, hopeless, weary, and all manner of troubled souls needing resuscitation.

I couldn’t agree more with this stirring portrayal of the church as lifeboat (though some see the church as a love boat), for the Lord of the church did say “come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).

History reveals that the church is depicted by the symbol of a boat, and in view of its maiden conception, a vessel of salvation (lifeboat); but to add plausibly in view of present realities, a vessel of entertainment and pleasure (love boat).

From the standpoint of the 21st century church, the concern that begs attention is whether the church is conscious, fervent and dutiful about the “Father’s business” (Luke 2:49). We are, sadly, in an era where it has become difficult to place a clear distinction between worldly organizations and the church.

There is an obvious but saddening shift in priority where the focus and consistent message from the pulpit is on prosperity and not power of the Triune God; mammon and not meekness and mercy; ease of life and not eternity; happiness (secondary and transient) and not holiness of life and joy in the Holy Ghost.

These are some of the concerns where, in fact, the world is in dire need of a lifeboat church as opposed to a love boat church. What then is a lifeboat church or a love boat church?...Please click this link to read full article: http://bit.ly/2uktyzq

** Written by Michael Olajubu alias Jacobs Adewale (Admin) **
*** Originally shared on Christian Media Magazine ***


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