Faith Without Works is #Death ..’ – #In14Ways #Repost #MercyfulGrace

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YOU CANNOT GET BY PRAYER WHAT YOU SHOULD GET BY CHARACTER & OBEDIENCE

A man’s character is his fate. Heraclitus Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States (US), said: “Nothing can stop the man with the *right mental attitude* from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the *wrong mental attitude* .”

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As a clergyman, I have watched pitiably how people self-sabotage themselves by seeking spiritual solutions to character-deficit issues. They look around at everybody as suspects for their predicaments when their greatest demons lurks within them – their character.

What we often call our destiny is truly our character, and since that character can change, then destiny can be altered. *Character is destiny* .

Is prayer actually EVERYTHING? Many would begin to argue back and forth on this intriguing question, but my main purpose of writing this piece is not to get involved in arguments. _Arguments don’t improve the validity of a ‘truth;’ they only determine how long it would take before you realise it._

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Most people believe that we can pray ourselves to success and get away with virtually anything if we become a stickler to some prayer routines. There is no amount of spiritual penance that can substitute for character. Sometimes, you need character, not prayer.

Dutch Sheets said: *“Prayer is not a check request asking for things from God; it is a deposit slip- a way of depositing God’s character into our bankrupt souls.”*

British writer and politician, Thomas Macaulay (1800-1859), said: “ *The measure of a man’s character is what he would do if he knew he never would be found out.”* I have often said that what would ultimately destroy a man going to high places in life is not really the enemies that are waiting for him there, but the character that followed him there.

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I want to emphatically underline the fact that this write-up is not meant to trivialise prayers in any way. I have observed that many people take character for granted, while overzealously tuning on into their spiritual mode.

We have become so spiritually in tune through prayers that we neglect the place of character and our relationship with people. Many are actually ‘heavenly’ bound, but with no earthly relevance. You can speak with spiritual eloquence, pray in public and maintain a holy appearance, but it is your behavior and character that will actually trigger the manifestation of all that God has for you.

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*You must learn to treat people with courtesy* .
The Shunammite woman must have been praying for a child all through her life. By being hospitable to a man of God, she eventually got her much-awaited miracle. *It wasn’t prayer that opened the door for her; it was her character.* Assuming she wasn’t hospitable, she would have missed a critical miracle.

Many times, we pray, fast and bind demons that don’t exist when our real demons are just our greatly flawed character. _Many have insulted people that were divinely placed and orchestrated to help them fulfil their destiny._ Some people are keeping malice with their destiny helpers.

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Treat people with respect.
Treat strangers with courtesy.
Never look down on anybody. God can use anyone to change your story.

Abigail Van Buren said: “The best index to a person’s character is _how he treats people who can’t do him any good, and how he treats people who can’t fight back.”_

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You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him. The way we treat people we think can’t help or hurt us, like housekeepers, waiters, and secretaries, tells more about our character than how we treat people we think are important. _How do you treat people?_

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One of the most impressive architectural feats and the greatest military defence project in history is the Great Wall of China. In 1987, UNESCO designated the Great Wall a World Heritage site, and a popular controversial claim that emerged in the 20th century holds that it is the only man-made structure that is visible from space.

Originally conceived by Emperor Qin Shi Huang (c. 259-210 B.C.) in the 3rd Century B.C. as a means of preventing incursions from Mongolians and barbarian nomads into the Chinese Empire, the wall is one of the most extensive construction projects ever completed.

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History has it that when the ancient Chinese decided to live in peace, they made the Great Wall of China; they thought no one could climb it due to its height. During the first 100 years of its existence, the Chinese were invaded thrice and every time, the hordes of enemy infantry had no need of penetrating or climbing over the wall, because each time, they bribed the guards and came through the doors.

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The Chinese built the wall, but forgot the character – building of the wall-guards. Though the Great Wall has over the years become a powerful symbol of the country’s enduring strength and spirit, but it has actually been a good reminder to the Chinese of the superiority of human character.

The Chinese realised much later that the best defence against the enemy is not a fortified wall, but a fortified character. Thus, the building of human character comes before building of anything else.

Prayer is EVERYTHING! But it’s efficacy can be undermined by character or lack of it. That’s why its popularly said that, you’re the Holy Bible (or Quran) unbelievers read. Be a good one. Build relationships, and don’t ever forget that God will always use man. Be mindful of your words and how you speak to people. Work seriously on your character and attitude towards life.

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I want to say emphatically that *character is not optional;* it is sacrosanct to the future that God has planned for you. No matter where you place prayers, or how you worship your God, character matters. *The greatest fraud in life is religion without character.* A man without character is recklessly alive.

William Shakespeare captured it succinctly when he said: *“The fault is not in our stars, but in ourselves* .”

Peter Schutz, the former chief executive officer of Porsche said: “ *HIRE CHARACTER; TRAIN SKILLS* .”

Lastly, back in the days when Germany was divided, a huge wall separated East and West Berlin.

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One day, some people in East Berlin took a truck load of garbage and dumped it on the West Berlin side.

The people of West Berlin could have done the same thing, but they didn’t.

Instead they took a truck load of canned goods, bread, milk and other provisions, and neatly stacked it on the East Berlin side.

On top of this stack they placed the sign:

*“EACH GIVES WHAT HE HAS”*

How very true! You can only give what you have.

What do you have inside of you?
Is it *hate* or *love* ?
*Violence* or *peace* ?
*Death* or *life* ?
*Capacity to build* or *capacity to destroy* ?

What have you acquired over the years?
*Team spirit* or *pull down* architecture ?

*”EACH GIVES WHAT HE HAS”*

Think about it!
Please give out the good in you always.

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Parents pls be watchful !!!!

I received a long mail from an unknown elderly woman yesterday night and it was so touching. She requested I put it up here for everyone to read and learn from. Kindly read it below. 

Hello madam, 
I wake up in pain everyday and wish everyday and I pray the next time I open my eyes,  I should find myself in the world beyond and not here on earth. 
I came across your different posts yesterday and felt I could share my secret with you and may be if I did,  my story may help one or two parents who read your posts.

I got married at the age of 24years to my husband who was a medical practitioner just like I was.  We both focused on our carried and of course were both successful in all we did but not in our parenting our own flesh and blood. 
We had two children, Kunle the first and Tola the second. Kunle was a very inquisitive boy and asked questions on everything. He even had a nick name “the examiner”. 

His father and I got tired of his questions that we started locking up the door to our bedroom once we came back from work. How I wish I knew better, how I wish I read those posts of yours then. 
By the time Kunle was four years old, he was much more intelligent than his colleagues and he was so lively,  you would never have a dull moment with him.  He loved his sister so much and we were always proud of him. His father and I were so sure Kunle was also going to become a medical doctor just like we were. 

We loved our children so much and had plans to give then the best of everything although we were always busy and were not always at home because of the nature of our job.  This made us   hire a nanny and we also had one of my brothers in-law with us. 
On day,  I came back from work very tired  and my son ran into my room with me and asked,  
“why do you always close your door anytime you and daddy are in the room?”
“Do you like kissing my daddy?”
“why don’t you kiss me too?” 

I got so upset with him that I beat him severely and reported him to his teacher the next day.  We believed some of his friends were already exposed and may be watched bad movies at home.  By the end of that term, we withdrew Kunle and Tola from the school. 
We did not allow him and his sister watch the television at home and also stopped them from visiting their friends and neighbours.  We did all this to preserve our children’s sanity but hardly did we know what was happening right under our roof. 

Some two years later,  I got home unusually early to pick up a document. I noticed the door was not shut and everywhere was quiet.  I sneaked in to give my children a playful surprise when I realised that their uncle and nanny were in the sitting alongside with my children watching pornography. I hate remembering that day.  Not only were they watching pornography, but they were all naked,  practicing what they were watching. 

I drove out the nanny and my brother in-law but the seed was already planted. When I was crying,  my six year old son came to me and said, mummy why are you crying,  uncle and aunty are only teaching us how to be good mummy and daddy. I was shocked as I never even knew that this had been going on for over two years and my children had be indoctrinated into this messy life style at their tender ages. 

We never realized the impact  this had had on their lives until we caught both of them having sexual intercourse on uncountable occasions. Tola and Kunle did not only continue with this but became obsessed with each other.

Their father and I kept this as our “little secret” as we were well known in our carrier. We tried correcting them in love with tears streaming down our faces whenever we caught them in the act. They promised us they were going to change. We had had done two abortions for our daughter, since we could not face the stigma of incest.
On a fateful day, Tola walked up to her father and I and told us she was pregnant for Kunle again. Her father insisted on an abortion as usual but this time we lost our twenty year old daughter in the process. Kunle on learning Tola had died never spoke to neither his father nor I again. He eventually left home.  

Three months after he left home,  we received a call from an hospital telling us our son was in a terrible state in their ICU. When we got there,  Kunle was lying unconscious.  He had poisoned himself.
 Finally, he got conscious and we were so happy, he looked at us as we sat by he bedside and told us how much he hated us for killing his sister. We pleaded with him and apologized. 

We got to the hospital the next day to see his corpse,  he had suffocated himself by removing his oxygen mask.
I am now 74 years old and a widow, my husband could not forgive himself and died of depression three years ago. I regret my years of ignorance everyday. I wish I could start afresh. 

I have never opened up my family “little secret” up till today. I don’t know if my story can be of help to other parents, I am tired of carrying this burden without telling a soul. 

I am happy I finally surmounted the courage to open up to someone today. Oh, my life is a great mess. 
Kindly do me a favour of posting this on your Facebook page for parents to learn how expensive their actions today could be tomorrow. 

Thank you.

Source – Unknown

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MercyfulGrace Diaries with Stupidity – ‘Of A Waster’.

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Never waste your time with a fool. To un-consider the wisdom and beauty of the heavens will be a factor therefore to the numbness of its creator. Humble my heart once more. I cry. I try ..’ – Anthony Everest

*Stupidity 1* – A Bathing soap for 80k?? Will it wash away sins and sorrows?

*Stupidity 2* – One Eye glasses for 350k?? If I wear it, will I be able to see the future?

*Stupidity 3* – An Italian shoe for 150k?? Will I be able to walk on water?

*Stupidity 4* – A Plasma TV for 500k?? Will it show me the Judgement day on the last day live?

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*Stupidity 5* – A Gold plated mobile phone for 3 million naira. Chai!!! Will I use it to answer heaven’s call?

*Stupidity 6* – A Hand Bag for 1.3 Million naira?? Will I put my life inside it?

*Stupidity 7* – 2 million naira for a table in comedy show. Which kind laugh I never laugh before?

*Stupidity 8* – 3 Million naira per year at a university. After graduation, will they make me the president?

Sometimes, I wonder why some people spend like crazy, knowing full well that there are hungry children in the streets roaming about naked.

1. The smallest act of kindness you show, can change someone’s life.

2. Remember, money only brings happiness if you help people with it.

3. Let someone say to you, BECAUSE OF YOU I DIDN’T GIVE UP !!!

When God blesses you financially, don’t just raise your STANDARD OF LIVING, also raise your STANDARD OF GIVING.

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Religious – ‘Charlatans’ Pt 2

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The devil wants your peace. The devil wants your mentality. And that’s an actual eventuality, if you let it ..’ – Anthony Everest

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Religious hypocrisy is a serious epidemic worthy of prayers. How self righteous people, feel, vindicated, to condemn, and judge others in the name of God with salacious, hate and bigotry, is beyond me. Not even 'Jesus', was told, or taught, or sent, to do that. So, which God sent you, to do that? – Anthony Everest Photo Credit – Aremuorin Artiste – Irresistible / Anthony Everest #Irresistible #MercyfulGrace #Love #Forgiveness #MercyfulGraceDiaries #wednesday #confessions #critical #thinking #favour #Asakeoge #Aremuorin #AnthonyEverestMusic #girl #boy #lifestyle #pictureoftheday #nofilter #whitegirlskillingit #africa #Europe #realtalk #Africanboyskillingit #dipped #lgbt #loveyou #sweet #BlackLivesMatter #popstar #musicbusiness

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So…. homosexuality is an abomination according to Leviticus 18:22, and cannot be condoned under any circumstances as preached by many. The following was an open letter to your comment.

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Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God’s Law. I have learned a great deal from your show, and try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can.

When  someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind them that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination.

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End of debate. I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some other elements of God’s Laws and how to follow them.

1. Leviticus 25:44 states that I may possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can’t I own Canadians?

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2. I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?

3. I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual uncleanliness – Lev.15: 19-24. The problem is, how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.

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4. When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord – Lev.1:9. The problem is my neighbors. They claim the odour is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?

5. I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself, or should I ask the police to do it?

6. A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination, Lev. 11:10, it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don’t agree. Can you settle this? Are there ‘degrees’ of abomination?

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#Black and #Afro #Carribean #communities, need to understand; and appreciate the goodness in #western #values and #culture; if they want to thrive, in that #society. You can't impose #traditions that don't fit their #norms, and call it racial #prejudice – always. Some come up with the #agenda #ploy often. Why? I'm not naive – but – Dont get in a fit and #empty #rage needlessly, blaming it all on #slavery. Well – my agenda is the "#Love Agenda' – if there is, anything, such as an agenda. Each to their own agenda. I'm #down with #love any time 'T'. #MercyfulGrace #Aremuorin #AnthonyEverest

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7. Lev. 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle-room here?

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8. Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev. 19:27. How should they die?

9. I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?

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10. My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev.19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? Lev.24:10-16.

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Couldn’t we just burn them to death at a private family affair, like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev. 20:14)

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I know you have studied these things extensively and thus enjoy considerable expertise in such matters, so I’m confident you can help.

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Thank you again for reminding us that God’s word is eternal and unchanging.

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Great Point ..' #MercyfulGrace #MercyfulGraceDiaries #blackgirlskillingit #blackboyskillingit #Gender #Issues #Culture #Pride #Homophobia #Love #loveislove #hypocrisy #be #the #light

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P.S. (It would be a damn shame if we couldn’t own a Canadian).

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If you are born into a religion like Christianity that tells you to stone women on their wedding night if they are not virgins, where does that leave you with common sense? ..’ – #AnthonyEverest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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#Ignorant. #Who are you to #judge? #You are not #God. Nor #Jesus. #Nor the #Holy #Spirit. #Worry about #your own #sins ..' – #Aremuorin #MercyfulGrace #MercyfulGraceDiaries #Love #SelfRighteousness

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