GOD’S PARLIAMENTARIAN – WILLIAM WILBERFORCE (1759 – 1833)

The heights of man’s ability and propensity to wickedness towards his fellow man is a reality which every generation must live with. Over and over, man has shown his lack of capacity towards right-living, unless by the intervention of the Almighty God. So many social ills have pervaded our societies over the centuries of man’s existence, but few stretched the limits of man’s wickedness like the slave trade. Slavery, was a practice almost as old as the history of man. Even more than 5,000 years ago in oriental times, men owned slaves – most times acquired through the throes of warfare, and all that. Slavery was never the invention of the Almighty God. Rather, it was a product of man’s wickedness and the pre-eminence of the fallen nature of man. Though the Lord in his forbearance had to bear with this wickedness in man, just as he bore with divorce, polygamy and many other of such wickedness; he still gave regulations for how slaves should be treated by their owners, and with the passage of time revealed clearly that it was totally against his will to bring another man into slave hood – a lesson that would take more and more years even after the coming of Christ for men to master. By the turn of the 18th century, slave trade had become an established business in the British Isles. Though slaves were brought from different parts of the world, but the greatest supply of slaves came from the ‘dark continent’ of Africa. In exchange for alcoholic drinks, tobacco and gun powder, African kings and others bundled many of their fellows into slavery, and sold them to the white men. Some were people conquered in battle, others were social outcasts who were considered of no use to the society. Some…

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SELL WHAT YOU HAVE (THRONES PT. 8)

Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, Go, sell the oil, and pay thy debt, and live thou and thy children of the rest. 2 Kings 4:7 KJV What I want to share with you in this article is very important; though it is not for everybody. I want to speak particularly to Christian brothers and sisters who are just like me in temperament and attitude. I am a man of many skills and competencies, and I do not find it hard acquiring more. From Science and Mathematics teaching, to audio/video editing, to Graphics Design, to writing, to social media marketing, to basic website design, to online broadcasting and much more. Most of these acumens are inert, and I only had one or two paid classes in all to acquire these skills. Right from my days in the university, I was the ‘go-to’ guy when it comes to computers and all that. Even when I did not have a laptop of mine own, I was used to having 2-3 laptops on my table and working on them all at once. However, one thing made all these skills and competencies of no financial worth to me – I did not know how to market myself. I would rather do things for people free of charge than charge them a penny for it. In fact, I find it difficult charging anybody money for anything. So, I usually prefer to do things free of charge, hoping that people will appreciate – and usually, they don’t! One day during a Bible study, I came across a scripture that changed my life and set me on a new path. It was from the book of Luke 12 vs. 33; “Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which…

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GO, BORROW VESSELS (THRONES PT. 7)

Then he said, Go, borrow thee vessels abroad of all thy neighbours, even empty vessels; borrow not a few. And when thou art come in, thou shalt shut the door upon thee and upon thy sons, and shalt pour out into all those vessels, and thou shalt set aside that which is full. 2 Kings 4:3-4 KJV Apologies for being a day late in writing. I hope you remembered where we stopped last time. In the previous article, we started looking at the widow who came to Elisha for help, and the suggestions Elisha gave her for breaking the poverty cycle. First of all, the woman was to identify that which she had in the house. The same thing with us too. Each of us has something with which we can influence our world, create value and break the poverty cycle. Though educational attainments and connections are important, what matters most in life is self-discovery. Look around you, look within you, do not be blind to the potentials and gifts that God has given you for impacting your world. Now, having identified that she had a jar of oil, Elisha gave her further instructions – “Go, borrow vessels from all your neighbours, even empty vessels. Borrow not a few.” What are the implications of these instructions to us today in our pursuit? A. Every skill or gift must be packaged: Elisha told the woman that she needed to get vessels to package her oil. It is true that the oil appeared to be small, but the power of God was going to move to cause that small oil to become great if only the widow will find vessels where to pour them in. So, Elisha told her in essence to look for vessels to package her product. This is one…

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FIRST DAY AT SCHOOL (CHOSEN EPISODE 3)

“Hei, seems you are going towards JSS1c?”, a voice asked behind Daniel. Daniel turned to see a young student like him who was running towards him from behind “Yes”, he replied, and slowed down his pace so that the boy would catch up with him. “Ok, I’m going there too” the boy said. “Thank God”, Daniel replied, “I am not too conversant with this place. I just resumed today.”  “Okay, that explains why your face is not familiar,” the boy retorted, “I resumed last week. My name is Obinna, and yours”. “My name is Daniel,” he replied. “How old are you, Daniel?” Obinna asked. “I am 11 years old,” Daniel replied, “and you?” “I am 12 years old”. “Thank God, I met you”, Daniel said, “because I don’t know much of the school yet, and I would like someone to guide me”. “Ah, no problem,” Obinna replied as they walked into the classroom and sat down. Meanwhile, unseen above the top of the classroom, Krioni and Nathan exchanged words with the demons Fighting, Malice and Stubbornness that were residing inside the young Obinna. “What are you doing in the life of such a young boy?” Angel Nathan questioned the demons. With a devilish smile on their faces, Malice replied, “We were invited into his life by his parents. They rejected the ways of your Lord and Master and followed our ways of fighting, quarreling, smoking and drinking alcohol; always busy and not having time for their children. As a result, the children grew up not knowing your Lord’s way, but were conversant with our ways. Now we have a hold over his life.” The demon grinned sheepishly. Suddenly Stubbornness recognized Krioni and retorted, “Oh, I know you! You were part of the angel forces that pushed back the red sea…

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GOD’S BUSINESS MANAGER – STANLEY TAM (1915 – DATE)

The legal attorney was bemused when this young man walked into his office and asked that his company’s incorporation papers be made for him, and that 51% of his company shares/profits should go to God! This was the second attorney’s office that he was entering today. The first attorney had told him to think it over for 3 months before taking such a serious decision. Then, the second attorney was saying the same thing. He insisted on staying in the second attorney’s office till the man decided (against his own professional judgment) to do for him what he wanted. That was how he turned over 51% of his business profit to the Lord, and so made God his senior partner in business, literally. Birth Stanley Tam was born in the year 1915 just outside San Francisco, California. His family included a retinue of men who were always full of great ideas, but never able to break through financially. Stanley was to face the same challenge as he grew into a man. Giving His Life to the Lord Stanley’s family moved to Lima, Ohio, in his teens where he grew up for almost the rest of his life. In the year, 1933, while he was out selling products from house to house, he encountered a woman who spoke the word of salvation to him in a very clear manner. The discussion troubled him so much that six weeks later, he walked into the church and surrendered his life to Christ. “I want to be Rich” Like every other young person, Stanley wanted to be rich. He wanted to control a lot of wealth, and not be poor. So, he tried many ‘get-rich-quick’ means along the way. After many failed attempts at getting rich, he finally landed a job at a local…

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BREAKING THE POVERTY CYCLE (THRONES PT. 6)

“NOW THE wife of a son of the prophets cried to Elisha, Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the Lord. But the creditor has come to take my two sons to be his slaves. Elisha said to her, What shall I do for you? Tell me, what have you [of sale value] in the house? She said, Your handmaid has nothing in the house except a jar of oil.” 2 Kings 4:1-2 AMPC He had been part of the school of prophets which Elisha usually visited. He was indeed a man who feared God and was held in high esteem by men as a true prophet. Elisha had even preached at his funeral, and had enjoined and encouraged people to try and become like this man – selfless, humble and open to God, amongst many others. So, as he saw his widowed wife coming to see him, he thought there may be some information or the other which she wanted to relate to him. So, Elisha welcomed her to his house and asked her what he would do for her. It was then she broke down and began to cry. Her husband was a debtor – owing many people. He was a great man, who feared God; but he was poor. Not just was he poor, he was a debtor. It is said that a good man leaves inheritance for his children’s children (Proverbs 13 vs. 22), but all he left for his family were unpaid debts. Now, the late husband’s creditors were coming to harass the family. They wanted to recover their money by all means, even threatening to take his two sons into slavery. Perplexed and confused, this woman ran to Elisha for help. Now, there were many things Elisha could…

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EXPAND YOUR CAPACITY (THRONES PT. 5)

And he said, Thus saith the LORD, Make this valley full of ditches. For thus saith the LORD, Ye shall not see wind, neither shall ye see rain; yet that valley shall be filled with water, that ye may drink, both ye, and your cattle, and your beasts. 2 Kings 3:16–17 KJV I want to share with you a matter of strong importance that concerns every man on the face of the earth, including you. By the Grace of God, I hope it will be a simple course on divine provisions. Late last year, I was speaking with a little teenage friend of mine concerning her academics. She was supposed to be preparing for her Senior Certificate Examinations which were to come up the following year. When I asked her about the efforts she was making and how far she had gone in equipping herself, she essentially explained to me that she is not doing anything about it. She had stopped going to extra-mural lessons and may soon stop going to school. “Why?” I asked. “Because the way things are right now, my parents do not have money to purchase the examination forms for me, nor to pay my school fees. Maybe I will write next two years”, she concluded. That was when I taught her the lesson that I am about to teach you. Life is lived by faith; I mean faith like a little child. Any man who approaches life with the mentality and ‘calculations’ of the adult will not be able to achieve much in life. He/she will be like the proverbial man spoken of by King Solomon who did not sow because he was ‘observing the wind’. (Ecclesiastes 11 vs. 4). It is one thing to dream about, wish for, or even pray to God for…

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THE SIN OF JEHOSHAPHAT (THRONES PT. 4)

And he sent to Jehoshaphat king of Judah, saying, The king of Moab has rebelled against me. Will you go with me to war against Moab? And he said, I will go; I am as you are, my people as your people, my horses as your horses. 2 Kings 3:7 AMPC He was a great man; an honourable man before God and men. His life was an example worthy of following, and God attested to this in his life. He was the king who led a praise team to battle in response to the assurances of God, and so won three kings in concert without even a fight. There are not many times in the post-David era that you would see a king held in high honour by the prophets. However, even the fiercest of prophets held him in high honour. When Prophet Elisha was summoned by Jehoram, the king of Israel (Son of Ahab), the prophet had this to say to the king, “As the Lord of hosts lives, before Whom I stand, surely, were it not that I respect the presence of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, I would neither look at you nor see you [King Joram].” 2 Kings 3:14 AMPC. The prophet remarked that the only reason he is agreeing to do anything for Ahab’s child was because of the presence of Jehoshaphat with him. That was the extent of honour, regard and respect which he had from the prophet. Everyone knew him as a sincere seeker after God, and he steered the kingdom of Judah into the very hands of God. But he had a weakness. That is a mild word! No, he had a sin in his life. A sin that was to bring his family into trouble and would have ultimately led to the…

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IN THE HEAVENLIES (CHOSEN EPISODE 2)

In the heavens there was an unusual activity. Angels Krioni and Nathan were summoned into the inner Chambers. They wondered as they went what was going to be their next assignment. They have fought lots of battles and safeguarded millions of Christians since their thousands years of existence. They have protected a lot of the servants of the Lord of Hosts, and their last charges had just returned to glory- one died as an old man of 86 years while the other was taken in a car crash at 54 years old. They marched into the inner Chambers and were greeted by the General – the Archangel Michael and one of the notable captains of the Lord of Hosts who had been instrumental to the defeat of the prince of Babylon- Captain Tal. “Hail Michael! Hail Tal!” Krioni and Nathan greeted. “Hail Krioni and Nathan”, the General and Captain Tal returned their greeting. “Congratulations on your last charges”, Archangel Michael said. “It is not always that an angel has the privilege of leading a man all the way from earth to Heaven. Sometimes, some fall out of the way and give up, but your charges endured to the end.” “All praises to the King of Glory who sent his Son Jesus Christ into the world to make it possible”, Nathan replied. “You have a new charge from the Lord of Hosts”, Captain Tal started, “Africa- Nigeria to be precise.” “The two of us together?” Krioni asked. “Yes, the two of you together”. Tal replied. “Hmmn. Must be a big deal”, Krioni said. “Sure”, Michael continued, “in the city of Abokpa in Enugu state, a young man is about to be given birth to. The Holy Spirit said he shall be named Daniel. Daniel Atuegwu. He is going to be born…

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“RUN, KABOO!” – SAMUEL KABOO MORRIS (1873-1893)

Birth Born in Liberia, Africa, of the ‘Kru’ tribe, Samuel Morris was the son of a tribal chief, and so was known as ‘Prince Kaboo’. The Krus lived peaceably with their neighbours; though there were times of droughts and hunger which resulted in little war skirmishes with their neighbouring tribes, especially the Grebos. The Grebos however, ingeniously designed a system whereby they kidnapped people from other tribes as ‘pawns’ in order to compel that tribe to bring tributes of foods, animals and other things to them. Being the son of a chief, Prince Kaboo was a prime target for the Grebos. They captured him once and the village had to pay great number of tributes in order to secure his release. Kidnapped In his early teens, however, the Grebos kidnapped Prince Kaboo again! This time around, the village was so impoverished that they were not able to pay enough tributes to satisfy the heart of the Grebos to obtain his release. As a result, Prince Kaboo was tortured severely while they sent word home to the Krus in order to compel a response from them for the release for the release of their prince. After having exhausted all that they had, Prince Kaboo’s father decided to bring his own daughter to replace Kaboo in captivity – an exchange which Kaboo himself vehemently opposed. Using the sufferings he had passed through, he wondered what would happen to his sister if she was taken captive instead of him. So, he refused. When the Grebos saw that the chief had nothing more to give them, instead of releasing Prince Kaboo, they opted to kill him as an example to others. A Light from Heaven In classic Grebo killing system, they would tie him to a tree and beat him till he is almost…

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