We The Thomas


​We look beyond the curtain of logic

Certain that faith is the answer we seek…

We, who once reeked of depravity;

The ultimate gravity that governed us.


We listen to their testimony of victory

From the damnation we all once wore;

Our long lost core — sons of disobedience

Our grand patrons…

He heard of the call to come and

Drink freely from life giving water

The identity that our belly now carried…

We became little Thomas;

Come as you are we see as a deception…

We came and still doubted,

Denied the life we received more than Peter

We litter this new haven with perdition story…


But He waits still to clear our head

Of the effect the drug we bought from Lucy’s store years back

And open our eyes to the beauty we are

Which words fall short of

The Conversation



After church chat

ChyD: Sommy, how was church?
Sommy: Fine I guess. Although I didn’t really understand what the preacher taught about the holyspirit never leaving a believer. Surely the holyspirit doesn’t live in a sinful body.
ChyD: It depends on what you mean by ‘sinful body’.
Sommy: That’s my problem with all you grace preachers and modern christians. You try to twist the truth. What else is sin asides the ones we know like lying, cheating, stealing, fornication and so on. 

ChyD: Can we check the bible again? Just to see if those things you listed can take away the holyspirit from a believer.
Sommy: with all pleasure
ChyD: John 14 : 16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever. 

I didn’t see any condition. It says FOREVER! 
Sommy: You are forgetting the portion of the bible that says that the sin against the holyspirit shall not be forgiven. What are you people preaching? For heaven’s sake you people are encouraging sin.
ChyD: No we are not. We are preaching the gospel of Christ. Let’s see the scripture about grieving the holyspirit, shall we?
Sommy: By all means
ChyD: Ephesians 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

For some reasons unknown to me, most people do not complete that verse. It says you are sealed with the holyspirit unto the day of redemption. It didn’t say if you grieve the holyspirit, he’ll pack and leave.

The whole packing out of believers’ lives and packing in again when they are ready will slim down the heavy presence of the holy spirit, don’t you think? That’s some physical fitness exercise! Running to and fro.
Still on Ephesians. Chapter 1: 13- 14 says “In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,

14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory”
We are told that the holyspirit is our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession. We are the purchased possession and until we are redeemed, the holyspirit remains with us. It’s like a legal contract of a father’s will after his death. If the will says “give him everything aka the holyspirit”, nothing can take away his inheritance. 
Sommy: I hear you! What about the sin against the holyspirit not being forgiven?
ChyD: The sin against the holyspirit is UNBELIEF! 
Mark  3:29 But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation.

And John 3: 15 tells us who ever believeth in him should not perish but have eternal life.

That would make the only reason for eternal damnation unbelief.

 Romans 8: 16 says the spirit bears witness with our spirit, that we are children of God.

What makes you a child of God? Belief in God. When a person doesn’t believe, he is sinning against the holyspirit and there is no witness.
Sommy: Wow. This is too much to take in. I’ll need to go through these scriptures again. But I never saw all these things you just opened my eyes to, despite the fact that I study my bible daily.

Thank you.
ChyD: We were all once there. I pray that light hits you more.
-ChyD

WHAT IS THE CHURCH?




Sunday service sin…

Mid-week service not sin…
Chatting in church sin (even if I’m preaching to someone)

Watching TV in church not sin (if we are watching Passion of the Christ)
Do not play in church

We are here for business

Unless it’s Drama Unit 

Or choir leader singing ‘I feel like jumping’„
Then we say, let’s worship the Lord

Concentrate

Focus your mind

Let your heart be placed on Him

…All these so that we can give a ‘worthy worship’

How do we judge its worth??
Back to the point; What is ‘church’?
Paul said this in Colossians 1:18 ( NLT)
“Christ is also the head of the church, which is his body. He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead.”

So he is first in everything
Body of Christ=Church.
You have to say that so much to yourself until it sticks to every part of you.
Coming together as believers is for our own good, but we are ‘church’ as we are!
In Paul’s journey as he went from place to place preaching, from prisons to beating, how many Sunday services did he attend? Get your mind established on Grace.
So why then do we gather?
Ephesians 4 NLT

Verse 11:  Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. 
Where you see church, put HIS BODY.

Now, the scripture above explains why the gifts were given.
Verse 12: Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ.
Building up the body is not building big buildings and good instruments if you carefully look at the above scripture.
When you catch the people in that gathering outside and ask them questions about their faith, what would their answer be?
How equipped are the people??
The strength of a church (denomination) is not in amount of people, or equipment, but in how equipped the individual members are.
Verse 13: This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ.
That is what the church should cause ‘UNITY IN FAITH’ and not difference in doctrines!
And it says there ‘measuring up to the full standard of Christ’

How do we measure up??
Verse 14: Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. 
Verse 15:  Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church.

Speak the truth in Love, not tossed by every wind of doctrine and acclaimed rhema.
Let’s just stay one place and put our hearts to learning.
This is what a church (denomination) should be set to achieve.
Now,

Is your church achieving that? Or are we still playing Sunday?

Where believers who have been saved 20years still wait for visitation and pampering from pastor and then no one can even explain how God is ‘Trinity’ yet we go to church on Sunday and ‘not ping’?
At times, I tend to keep quiet because I don’t know how else to tell a catholic that Mary is just a disciple and that she isn’t a virgin. How can someone give birth and be a virgin? ‘Blessed virgin Mary’. 
They always get angry.

It’s okay.
I would weigh between my Love in helping people see the truth with my love in not offending them and then decide how exactly I can walk in love.
Colossians 1:27 (NLT)

Verse 27: For God wanted them to know that the riches and glory of Christ are for you Gentiles, too. And this is the secret: Christ lives in you. This gives you assurance of sharing his glory.
Our Focus is that Christ in you is the HOPE of Glory as KJV renders it.
Anything that is received in ‘HOPE’ speaks of a glory that is to come and is not yet. In Ephesians Paul used the same words;
Ephesians 1 (NLT)

Verse 13:  And now you Gentiles have also heard the truth, the Good News that God saves you. And when you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago.
Verse 14: The Spirit is God’s guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people. He did this so we would praise and glorify him.
The Spirit is a Guarantee of a PROMISE.
Also in Romans 8, clearly written

(NLT)
18 Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later. 
19 For all creation are waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are. 

20 Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse. But with eager hope, 21 the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay.

 22 For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 

23 And we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children, including the new bodies he has promised us. 24 We were given this hope when we were saved.

25 (If we already have something, we don’t need to hope for it but if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently.)

So in these places, Paul spoke of a future Glory that is a sure inheritance for those who have CHRIST IN THEM (believers that have received the Spirit)

How do we have Christ in us?

The Holy Spirit of Christ
Romans 8 answers

(NLT)
9 But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you. AND REMEMBER THAT THOSE WHO DO NOT HAVE THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST LIVING IN THEM DO NOT BELONG TO HIM AT ALL.) 

10 AND CHRIST LIVES WITHIN YOU, SO EVEN THOUGH YOUR BODY WILL DIE BECAUSE OF SIN, THE SPIRIT GIVES YOU LIFE BECAUSE YOU HAVE BEEN MADE RIGHT WITH GOD.
Notice the last part of verse 9

“And remember that those who do not have the Spirit of Christ living in them do not belong to him at all.”
So the bible teaches that if one has believed in Christ, they have received the Spirit and they are SURE to partake of a Glory in the future.

Now Paul spoke of that Glory in his second letter to the Corinthians chapter 5
And that is where he makes the statement that we live by FAITH and not by SIGHT.

We have faith that God is able to raise us together with Christ, read through.
(NLT)

1 For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands.

 2 We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing. 

3 For we will put on heavenly bodies; we will not be spirits without bodies.

4 While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh, but it’s not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life.

5 God himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee he has given us his Holy Spirit.

6 So we are always confident, even though we know that as long as we live in these bodies we are not at home with the Lord. 

7 For we live by believing and not by seeing.
I have Christ in me

I have an assured inheritance

I taste of His Glory now

I would have an incorruptible inheritance in the future
Thank God for Jesus

Stay blessed.
Uc Truth.

YOU DON’T HAVE TO




I heard God say…But by my spirit, you are made to stand.
Those words warred in patient wards of my heart as I stood lying to myself. 
So he said, ‘Why did you doubt?’
‘Lord I believe…but God has lied to me. They say he’d never fail, he successfully let my mother die.’
‘But you should know that she is alive. Why are you letting her sleep cause you doubt?’

Every heart knows the taste of truth. My struggle has never been faith. Because I believe…I believe in Jesus, I believe in the power of His spirit. I just need to forgive God for my ignorance. I need to be sincere with myself. God is not the problem, I have to renew my mind so that every day, every minute, no matter what I face, I never forget that I…We are the empowered sons.
I will fall as I take the baby steps to renewing my mind. I might fall A thousand times more.
Until I stop seeing every new 365 days as a Year of honor, power, wealth and influence, throughout my life; I’ll be riding upon my high places. Forget about a Year of new beginning.
As you go forward, understand; that we are his glory. Great grace has been shown to us already. You don’t need a keyboard to Enter into his rest.
Be the Eagle, Jesus died for you to be example and let others Get On eagles wings. Show them we here live in the Year of His power every year.
Not for only 365 days, no! No more limits
Forever we are “Above only”. So when you hear things and your eyes shift from the Author and finisher of our faith, look yourself in the mirror of the Word and ask yourself, ‘What are you doing down there?’

Niel Quichi

The Assumption 


      Enveloped in a sense of physical elation, he kept wondering what the so-called blood of Jesus had really done for him. He had always believed that the power of sin and thoughts that could easily lead to sin had been nailed to the old rugged cross long before he joined the stream of people whose emotions had been stirred expertly by the orator who gave the sermon at Wood Street some months back. He was told that sin had lost it’s dominion over him and he had believed it without reservation yet his current euphoria is an antithesis to this assumption. He knew how quickly he used to yield to the whims of her mesmerizing presence with all his senses battling for the first to be gratified and his brain straggling some safe distance behind them, waiting for his soulish desires to be satisfied before reminding him of the endless lessons he was taught in New Converts class. 

He could feel his blood overflowing it’s banks,  demanding that he create a path that it could travel with this newly acquired escape velocity. The only thought that seemed valid to him at that point was to cast and bind evil spirits but the softness of her body which rested on his kept beckoning for a touch. Just one touch was all he wished for. She turned her head, making her mouth directly in front of his only but a few inches. He felt like closing the gap between their lips. His mind was done with the creation of what the aftermath would be yet he remained still and wordless like the statue of liberty yet his freedom from sin at that point he questioned. He tried to push her away but sensual feeling he got as she moved her body left him with the appreciation of how badly he had longed for such a moment of wonders. She had offered him a pot of honey that his senses were bent on eating. He tried to fantasize how the last time between them had been. She was not just skillful, she was willing to try out new things. She had given him a taste of heaven. He could only see himself grappling the mounds on her chest with one hand and the Other hand traveling round her in brownian motion. She moans, sticking closer to him than she had been. 

He could not afford to call her his Delilah at that point, she must be the angel sent by God to end his wars of wakeful nights he tried calming his battling lust only to get routed before the stars travel back to their domain. He could not remember the number of times he asked God to solve this problem only to leave his bed early in the morning to soak his undergarment soiled in different shades by his semen. 

Her arrival that evening was an opportunity to prove the superman he has become in Christ. He thought that his starting to pray once it was 10pm would dispel all the evil intentions she had and serve as a gateway to her salvation and the new life he now enjoys. He went back to his old life. 

Freestyle Friday 


​Not really. (Niel) 
(I’d love to say I hate to say this but I’ve been telling every theologian I meet so I guess I love it.)
The Tanakh (Hebrew Bible), which comprises of the Torah(moses), the Nevi’m (Prophets) and the Ketuv’im (Writings), is a highly misread book. There are Hebrew traditional commentaries that usually must accompany the reading of the Tanakh which are almost totally ignore when the Tanakh is renamed the Old testament by the Medieval Church.
The fact that Hebrews 6-10 repeatedly tell us the old one was faulty should give us pause when we read the old testament. God, by saying ‘ this is my son, in whom I am well pleased..listen to him’ has not only publicly announced Jesus symbolically and emphatically as the anointed one, or Christ (Or Messiah), but he has also pointed out the lens by which we, gentiles (thank you Hanna, I snap to u too), can and should see God. If the Jews, to whom the Tanakh belonged, could be so blind they don’t see the salvation in front of their noses, I thinker should take heed to look through Jesus, at the old testament.
#EVERYDAYJESUS is the revelation of God
For example, did God not say Moses is his Servant with whom he  talks, face to face?

Yet we now know, no one has seen the Father except the Son who is from the Father. So, who is exaggerating? Moses or Jesus?
When you consider John’s example of ‘the disciple whom Jesus loved’ which is found only in his account, you see that writers took such liberties, so Moses and the unknown writer of Job obviously did. There is no demarcation in the old testament between lore and  History. 
It would be wise therefore to be careful to look through Jesus, the Spirit of God, because the letter really does kill. 
My people perish for lack of knowledge and the Jews normally had anointed prophets who read them the Tanakh until John the baptist. He didn’t bother. Born a Levite, priest by lineage, yet that man waited for the real truth.
Don’t tell me the Bible is the truth. The Bible is true as much as it points to Jesus.
John 5:39-46

39 You search and investigate and pore over the Scriptures diligently, because you suppose and trust that you have eternal life through them. And these [very Scriptures] testify about Me!
40 And still you are not willing [but refuse] to come to Me, so that you might have life.
41 I receive not glory from men [I crave no human honor, I look for no mortal fame],
42 But I know you and recognize and understand that you have not the love of God in you.
43 I have come in My Father’s name and with His power, and you do not receive Me [your hearts are not open to Me, you give Me no welcome]; but if another comes in his own name and his own power and with no other authority but himself, you will receive him and give him your approval.
44 How is it possible for you to believe [how can you learn to believe], you who [are content to seek and] receive praise and honor and glory from one another, and yet do not seek the praise and honor and glory which come from Him Who alone is God?
45 Put out of your minds the thought and do not suppose [as some of you are supposing] that I will accuse you before the Father. There is one who accuses you—it is Moses, the very one on whom you have built your hopes [in whom you trust].

46 For if you believed and relied on Moses, you would believe and rely on Me, for he wrote about Me [personally].

#freestylefriday

#norhymesjustreason

#EVERYDAYJESUS is our purpose (Nonso John)


​ On Purpose, I have this to say.

God created man with a purpose in His mind.
There’s somethiny Bible theologians like to call the principle of first mention. Thag is, that whenever God first mentions a thing, He mentions His reason for making or for approving that thing.

We find it all over the Bible.

God’s first mention of a covemant with Abram, He spelt out His reason for calling Abram (to make him a great nation, to bless him, and to bless the entire earth through him, which people have taken to mean that God was talking about the saviour coming through him and blessing the entire world).

First time God explicitly talked about a partner for Adam, He called her a ‘help suitable’ for him.

First time God called the sun and the moon, He said it was to give light to the day and then to the night.

And so on, and so on.

I have searched my Bible for it, and although it is not everything God calls that He mentions His purpose for, He does mention them for a lot of things, at the first time He calls them.
I said all these to say this:
The first time God made man, He said.

Let us make man, in our image and likeness.

And let them have dominion.

Over the birds of the air… and so on and so forth.
Now. God created man. To have dominion. That is man’s purpose. 

But this man that must have dominion has to have God’s image. And be in God’s likeness.

I like to study the word with this Hebrew Bible I have that uses the exact words like it was in the original text, (plus the hebrew pronunciation) before translating to English.

I’ll forget the hebrew word and just use the pronunciations. 

And that verse in my Study Bible says :
“Let us make ‘aw-dawm’ in our ‘tseh’-lem’, after our ‘dem-ooth”.
The word pronounced Tseh-lem (stress on the first syllable) means mirror reflection. A look alike. A clone. A model.

The word pronounced dem-ooth (stress on the second syllable) means resemblance in words, thoughts and action.
It’s the word used to say ‘this guy behaves like his father.’
Okay. So God’s plan is that we should look like Him (image) and function like Him (likeness), so that we can have dominion.

That is God’s purpose for mankind as a whole.
But mankind lost the image in the garden.

So Gpd has been on a rescue mission ever since, trying to bring man back to that image of spiritual life. Eternal life, if you prefer that phrase better.

The life of God.
And I think tjat became like a new purpose for mankind.

That is, turning every other mankind back to the image, and the likeness.

This is why, I believe, the Bible says He has given us the ministry of reconciliation.
So what is your purpose? 

Live in the image of God, and function in His likeness.

And then lead those who are lost back to that image and likeness.
God’s image is being born again.

I think God’s likeness is learning to do things the way He would do them.

So we go to be taught the authority of the believer. Jesus came to teach us how it is possible to raise the dead. The fallen man cannot do it.

Only a God can, or a man who has found his God-image.

I think it is part of what Jesus came to model for us.
All these ‘my purpose is music’ and all that, is just ignorance.

The church has one purpose.

Go ye into all nations… as Jesus says.
But we do not all have to be Pastors. 
We have the same purpose, but we do it on different platforms.

I am a writer. But that is my pulpit. And that is why it us beautiful.

Tyler Perry writes black comedy. Janette..iks writes spoken word Gospel pieces. Karen Kingsbury attacks broken families. Ted Dekker writes Thrillers. Frank Peretti plies his trade in the speculative fantasy genre of fiction.

And I have seen each of these people I have mentioned blowing tongues and worshipping. On recorded video sha.

I am a Thriller writer.

In music, same thing. We don’t all have to do the same thing. 

I know rappers who are hardcore Christians.

And we don’t all have to be singing Jesus Jesus Jesus in all our love songs.
Darlene Zeche (forgive the spelling) has a full album of love songs, and God was not mentioned once.
All I’m saying is.

We do different things.

We don’t have to do the same thing.

No one said you must be a musician. No one said you must be a writer.

But if you have found Christ, your purpose is leading others to Him.

Doesn’t have to be any particular platform.

Some people say they were born to write. I believe I was born to write, simply because I cannot imagine my life doing something else, but that is just a platform.
You decide,

But whatever you do, whatever we all do, the Bible says we have
Ephesians 4:5

“One Lord. One faith. One baptism.”
I will stop it here.
Hope this helped.

[9/14, 12:57 AM] Nonsi Writer: Lemme just add this.
I believe the likeness of God is all them things ranging from God’s chaaracter, His behaviour, and so on.
He’s a God of faith. So we learn faith.

God of love. So we learn to love.

We learn to fight battles like He would – by weilding the authority He has bequeathed onto us.
I believe that this whole spiritual growth thing just refers to likeness: 

How close you are to being like Jesus (since He is the human part of God that we can relate with).

Becasue really, you cannot begin to talk about spiritual growth if you do not even have the image of God first of all (as in being born again).
I think the whole concept behind spiritual growth is as it relates to the likeness of God.
No wonder the Bible says (2 Corinthians 3:18) “as we behold as in a mirror, the glory of the Lord, we are changed into that same image…”
Note that the word ‘image’ here is different from the previous word translated as image in Genesis.
Here, the word is pronounced “i-kone'” (stress on second syllable), meaning ‘a likeness, a profile, representation, resemblance.
Some of these words are related, but they don’t exactly mean the same.

Ok. Bye.