COMPLETE VOLUME 15

COMPLETE VOLUME 15

PREFACE :
Here comes another opportunity to hear the word of God . I welcome you to another best of its kind. This is volume 15, Issue No: 201715 , Series 2017. I believe you will be highly blessed by this word. The Time To Awake International Online Series is a Christian periodical journal  with
the motto : "Writing for Christ " . The series are based critically on 7Rs as follows:REPENTANCE,REDEMPTION, RESTORATION , RIGTHEOUSNESS, RESTITUTION, RESURRECTION, & RAPTURE. The magazine is loaded with inspirational and motivational messages with the vital aim of winning millions of soul for Christ. Also to revive the sleeping Christians to as it were in the apostolic era, alert the gaint blacksliders and message of hope for the hopeless. It is real to awake, ignite the passion for Christ , rekindle the hope, master the focus, reveal the truth, command deliverance, conquer with joy , break the limitation, exploit the truth,, comelight and populate the kingdom of God! Jesus Christ is for all nations of the world. This magazine is an interdenominational and international magazine with miscellany of Christain themes designed in chronological and sequential order. The presentation and content is quite presented in simple contemporary English for easy understanding for everyone's benefit ; teens , youths and adults. Jesus Christ is coming
back .Are you ready for His coming? Get ready! Ephesians 5:14 says  " Therefore he says awake you that sleep and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give you light. " It is high time to awake to righteousness, faithfulness and holiness. I hope you will enjoy reading it . Read it and I am glad you be blessed.
-The Author/Publisher
       
ANCHOR QUOTE: "A life without vision is a life without mission,howbeit the greatest measure is to invest in the kingdom's treasure. Every calling is great but the one with purpose is unique " - Adewale Osunsakin

INTRODUCTION:
“For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love...” – Heb.6:10 . I haven’t done anything for God is our zeal? the same thing arises in the heart of followers of God. God not only delights in the great works of God but very much concerned about the people who gives a cup of water/a jar of water for his kingdom.  He rewards them.  Let us see about the great miracles that are received out of least work done for God as in the scripture.  Hence the famine lasted the entire country it was the last day for the use of flour in the house of widow of Zariphath. She was baking the flour with little water with tears in her eyes having no more flour to prepare more cakes.She stated son this was the last meal. Afterwards we have to die murmured the mother and leaned at the wall. Within few seconds the prophet entered the verandah. He asked for a cake. Of course, nobody will like such words of “bring me a cake” in the time of famine.Thinking, how to feed themselves after giving a cake to the prophet opened the opener of the pan and found the flour was full in the jar being multiplied. The flour lasted until the end of famine. She gave the prophet a little cake. But God looked at her sacrifice. She did not know that the flour and oil would multiply.  Without expecting anything she gave the prophet the cake.  In the end, she got the endless goodness. You may think that will God see this little thing? Your sacrificial offer of money or materials in the midst of pains, sickness to others will never be forgotten by God. God never forgets your offer even if it were a jar of water or a cake. Even your effort of collecting money or things for the ministry will be remembered.  All things have the rewards. "For our conversation is in heaven from whence we look for our Savior: the Lord Jesus Christ" ( Phil 3 :20). Paul here gives a metaphor of citizenship in which he says our citizenship is in heaven. Here on this world we foreigners, we are just ambassadors of Christ .We represent Him on this world. The word conversation in Greek means the rights and privileges of a citizen We as foreigners we don't have the rights and privileges of the system of this world. Our rights and privileges are in heaven. Just like an ambassador his renumeration comes from the country he represents. He doesn't enjoy the benefits rights tand privileges of the country he is accredited to.As ambassadors of Christ our renumeration comes from above. The world cannot reward us.Its system is evil. Whatever is produced by that system is defiled. Brethren don't be fooled all blessings are our Lord. They are not of this world. Anything from this world is but Satan's invention. God is there to bless us in time and in eternity if we remain true ambassadors. We are only connected to this world as ambassadors. Nothing more must expect from it. Most believers  are caught in the system of this world. One cannot distinguish between evil systems and God's. Our minds should get away from the things of the world and start to think heaven where we get our rewards. God bless you.

MAIN MESSAGE {M.M}  WHO DO YOU PLAY FOR?
1 Corinthians 6:19 : What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 1 Corinthians 6:20 :For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's. A certain time ago, the Holy Spirit opened my mind to understand that if only we obey God's commandments and do His will as He instructs us per time, all will be well with everyone one of us. After man fell by sinning against God in the beginning, the devil took charge over the lives of men because they were sinners and so, his disciples. Jesus died on the cross for our sins and His blood which was shed was the currency used to purchase everyone of us back to God. This is the costliest transaction ever done. After this purchase, man's loyalty was supposed to shift back to God whom they now belong to, but still, regardless, some have refused to turn to God their Savior.We don't belong to ourselves or the devil, we belong to God. In contemporary football, let's assume you're watching a match between Arsenal and Chelsea. I don't think you can ever see an Arsenal player switch club and suddenly begin to play for Chelsea while the match is going on. Why? Because his loyalty at that time is to Arsenal. The club bought him and so his payment will come from them. His act of switching to the other club while the match is going on, may cost him his job and at the end of the day, he'll be at loss because Chelsea club won't pay him because he isn't their official player, so he suffers. You can't claim to be an Arsenal player, yet while on the football pitch, you switch and begin to play for the opposition team and yet you expect Arsenal club to be responsible for your actions, No! They won't be. Infact, unless the act was unintentional, that's a good ground for termination of your contract with them. We'll continue tomorrow by God's grace but the question today is, while you're on the pitch of this world, who do you play for? God, yourself or the devil, because whoever you play for is who is responsible for you.The football example used was simply ideal because one of the various terms used in the football world is buying of players. They buy players from one club to another, and once you are bought by a particular club from another club, your loyalty to the previous club ends because you now belong to the club that bought you. The rules and regulations that used to apply in your previous club may not be applicable in your new club therefore, there is need for you to adjust and adapt to the rules of the new club. According to our text, God used the blood of Jesus to buy us from the club of the devil to the kingdom of God. Now ideally, when a footballer is purchased from a club to another, he isn't forcefully carried to the new club, he has to sign a contract agreeing to the transaction willingly, until he signs the contact and gives his consent to the transaction, the transaction remains invalid. The same applies to God's purchase of man. Until you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior, the purchase isn't effective upon your life. But once you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior, the transaction is finalized. Beloved born again Brothers and Sisters, you are not your own, you have been bought with a price, are you still playing for the devil in your dealings with your body, which ought now to be the temple of the Holy Ghost? Often times when you try to talk about Christian's dealings with their bodies, their defense is that it's their bodies so they can do whatever they like with it. Are you saved? Well your body belongs to God and not you. Sicknesses can't thrive in the temple of the Holy Ghost. Demons can't dwell in the temple of the Holy Ghost, light has no association whatsoever with darkness. Yield your body to God, begin to play for God your ideal and original club and your cleansing and purification will become His sole responsibility.

KNOWLEDGE IS LIGHT vs APPLIED KNOWLEDGE IS POWER:
Don't get it twisted.The saying still remains the same. I just want to clearify somethings from my own perspective. To start with, what is light? Light is a source of illumination. It is an appearance of brightness that paves way. Knowledge is the fact of knowing about something; awareness, familiarity. Takeda Shingen said; *knowledge is not power, it is only potential*. A knowledge that is not applied is a waste. Having the knowledge of something does not mean you will achieve that thing. If the knowledge you have is applied then twill be achieved. A lot of people have the idea of something but have refused to move an inch from having potentials to practicalizing the potentials.Potential exists in possibility not in actuality.Apply the knowledge you have and make it real. Stop assuming. Some assume they know it and can do it but have never tried it. With God by your side, you can make it real. People say no knowledge is lost; but I stand out to say that a knowledge that is not applied is/will be lost.

FEATURING PIECE : {F.P} LETTER TO NIGERIAN PARENTS:
Dear All- Let's be real.
I wish to start by adding the benefit of my time as a student and then resident in the UK. Living in Abuja now. The first thing that I discovered about UK-born, white, English undergraduates was that all of them did holiday or weekend job to support themselves – including the children of millionaires amongst them. It is the norm over there – regardless of how wealthy their parents are. And I soon discovered that virtually all other foreign students did the same – except status – conscious Nigerians.I also watched Richard Branson (owner of Virgin Airline) speaking on the Biography Channel. To my amazement, he said that his young children travel in the economy class – even when the parents (he and his wife) are in upper class. Richard Branson is a billionaire in Pound sterling. A quick survey would show you that only children from Nigeria fly business or upper class to commence their studies in the Uk. No other foreign students do this. There is no aircraft attached to the office of the Prime Minister in the UK. He travels on BA. And the same goes for the Royals. The Queen does not have an aircraft for her exclusive use. These practices simply become the culture which the next generation carries forward. Have you seen the car that Kate Middleton (the wife of Prince William) drives? VW Golf or something close to it. But there’s one core difference between them and us (generally speaking), they (even the billionaires among them) work for their money, most of us steal ours .If we want our children to bring about the desired change we have been praying for on behalf of our dear country, then please, please let’s begin now and teach them to work hard so they can stand alone and most importantly be content and not having to "steal” which seems to be the norm these days. We have Nigerian Children who have never worked for 5 minutes in their lives insisting on flying “only” first or business class and using the latest cars fully paid for by their “loving “ parents. I often get calls from anxious parents”my son graduated 2 years ago and is still looking for a job, can you please assist!” “Oh really! So where exactly is “THIS CHILD?” is my usual question. “Why are you the one making this call dad/mum? I am yet to get a satisfactory answer, but between you and me, chances are that the big boy is cruising around Abuja with a babe dresses to the nines, in his dad’s spanking new SUV with enough “pocket money” to put your salary to shame. It is not at all strange to hear a 28 year old who has NEVER worked for a day in his or her life in Nigeria but “earns” a six figure “salary” from parents for doing absolutely nothing I see them in my office once in a while, 26 years old with absolutely no skill to sell apart from a shiny CV, written by his dad’s secretary in the office. Of course, he has a driver at his beck and call and he is driven to the job interview. We have a fairly decent conversation and we get to the inevitable question- so, what salary are you looking to earn? Answer comes straight out – N250,000.00. I ask if that is per month or per annum. “Of course, it is per month” “Oh, why do you think you should be earning that much on your first job?” “Well, because my current pocket money is N200,000.00 and I feel any employer should be able to pay me more than my parents.”No wonder corruption continues to thrive. We have a society of young people who have been brought up to expect something for nothing, as if it were a birthright. Even though the examples I have given above are from parents of considerable affluence, similar patterns can be observed from Abeokuta to Adamawa.Wake up mum! Wake up dad! This syndrome – “my children will not suffer what I suffered is destroying your tomorrow. You are practically loving your child to death.I learnt the children of a former Nigeria Head of State with all the stolen(billions) monies in their custody, still go about with security escort as wrecks. They are on drugs, several time because of the drug, they collapse in public places. The escort will quickly pack them and off they go. What a life! No one wants to  marry them.Henry Ford said “hard work does not kill.” We are getting everything wrong in Nigeria now, including family setting. It is time to prepare your children for tomorrow, the way the world is going, only thosei that are rugged, hard working and smart working that will survive. How will your ward fare? Think.

STRIKING MESSAGE { S.M} 10 LESSONS ON MARRIAGE
You are about to read ten lesson on marriage;
1. EVERYONE YOU MARRY HAS A WEAKNESS
Only God has no weakness. Every rose flower has its own thorn. If you focus too much on your spouse’s weakness, you can’t get the best out of his/her strength.
2. EVERYONE YOU MARRY HAS A DARK HISTORY
No one is an angel, therefore, avoid digging one’s past. What matters is the present life of your partner. Old things are passed away. Try to forgive and forget. The past can’t be changed. So focus on the present and the future!
3. EVERY MARRIAGE HAS IT’S OWN CHALLENGES
Marriage is not bed of roses. Every shining marriage has gone through its own test of hot and excruciating fire. True love is proved in time of challenge. Fight for your marriage! Make up your mind to stay with your spouse in time of needs. Remember this is the vow you made on your wedding day!
4. EVERY MARRIAGE HAS DIFFERENT LEVELS OF SUCCESS
Don’t compare your marriage with anyone! We can never be equal, some will be far in front and others far behind. To avoid marriage stresses, be patient, work hard and with time, your marriage dreams shall come true.
5. TO MARRY IS TO DECLARE A WAR
When you marry, you must declare a war against enemies of marriage. Some of the enemies of marriage are: Ignorance, Rumours,  Prayerlessness, Unforgiveness, Adultery, Third Party Influence, Stinginess, Stubbornness, Lack Of Love, Rudeness, Wife battery, Laziness, winning, nagging, PRIDE,  Divorce etc. Be ready to fight to maintain your marriage zone.
6. THERE IS NO PERFECT MARRIAGE
There is no ready made marriage anywhere. Marriage is hard work, volunteer yourself and perfect it daily. Marriage is like a MOTOR CAR with a gear oil, gear box, etc If these parts are not properly maintained, the car will break down somewhere along the road and expose the occupant to unhealthy circumstances. – Many of us are careless about our marriage… Are you? If you are, please pay attention to your marriage.
7. GOD CANNOT GIVE YOU THE COMPLETE PERSON YOU DESIRE
God gives you, her or him in form of raw materials in order for you to mold what you desire. You may desire a woman who can pray for 1 hour but your wife can only pray for 30 minutes. With your love, prayer and encouragement, she can improve.
8. TO MARRY IS TO TAKE A RISK
You cannot predict what will happen after marriage, as situation may change, so, leave a room for adjustment. Pregnancy may not come in the next 4 years. You may get married to her because she's slim but she becomes a little fat after a child. He may lose his beautiful job for years that you have to take the financial responsibility of the family until he gets a new job. But with God by your side, you will smile at long last.
9. MARRIAGE IS NOT A CONTRACT, IT IS PERMANENT
Marriage needs total commitment, love is the glue that makes a couple stick together. Divorce starts in the mind. Never think of divorce! Never threaten your spouse with divorce. Choose to remain married! God hates divorce, though it’s permitted only in extreme cases.
10. EVERY MARRIAGE HAS A PRICE TO PAY
Marriage is like a bank account. It is the money you deposit into your bank account that you can withdrawn. If you don’t deposit love, peace and care into your marriage, you are not a candidate of a blissful home. There is no free love in marriage, You cannot love without giving and sacrificing. May God grant us the grace and wisdom to succeed in it. Amen .

 CONCLUSION WORD { C.W }
I believe you have been blessed with this compilation volume . A question is begging for an answer here : Have you given your life to Jesus Christ . If no please pray this prayer : LORD JESUS I AM READY TO FOLLOW YOU,  PLEASE FATHER FORGIVE ME ALL MY SINS I AM READY FOR YOU NOW. THANK YOU LORD FOR THE SALVATION OF MY SOUL . IN JESUS NAME. AMEN. STAY BLESSED .

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