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This year, I returned to Elim Lands, Nigeria, to complete my medical missionary training course. On one of the vocational training days, I worked with a fellow student in the construction unit. We were to roof the new boy’s apartment and I worked from beneath, passing the roofing sheets to my colleague who worked on the top of the roof. I noticed that as we worked, he would with utmost care move around the rooftop, calculating every step, every move. He did not try to be overly smart; to take moves that would endanger his life. The same is truly applicable to us when we come to the “rooftop” of our Christian experience, that is when we come to a place of great responsibility as followers of Christ. We should try not to be overly smart, taking moves that might expose us to danger, whether regarding God’s word or our influence in the world, but we should rather be wise and move with holy fear for more than ever before, Satan is at hand to devour!

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Of the many profound lessons I have learned in my Christian experience, understanding, this month, that nothing is my God has been among the most life-changing for me for this understanding has brought many other blessings in its train. No challenge, no mistake, no task, no duty, no obstacle, no disappointment, no trial, no temptation, no blessing, no success, no failure, is my God, but my God is above all and hence, all these things must be subject to Him and my knowledge of His exceedingly great promises.

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Studying Joshua 1 proved a blessing this month. Moses’ shoes were too big to fill and Joshua apparently needed God’s reassurance. Not once, but three times did the Lord tell Joshua to be strong and of good courage. I realised there is power in repetition for God would not repeat the same notion three times for nothing. So it was with Peter when Christ asked him three times after His resurrection if Peter loved Him and three times Peter responded (John 21:1-17). The law was given two times at Mount Sinai (Exodus 32:19; 34:1) and the third time through the appearance of Christ Himself in Person, Him being the law of God embodied. Three times Peter stressed in 2 Peter 1:12-15 the importance of putting in remembrance the truths of God’s word. In the African tradition, when something important is to be discussed with a youth, the elderly person often commences the discourse by calling the name of the youth thrice and the youth immediately realizes the seriousness of the matter. Repetition has a profound effect on the human mind and in turn character which may not be sufficiently understood but is a tool of the Omniscient in dealing with us.

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Working on the farm at Elim Lands, Nigeria, this year, in clearing the land and making ridges did teach me a lesson about how small efforts do truly add up in time. A large uncultivated land space filled with thorns and bushes and grass soon became a beautiful scenery of cultivated land that was bearing different crops!

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In times past, God would often appear to humans and speak to them mouth to mouth or send His angels to them, and the lives of this blessed men proved extraordinary, living lives that amaze us even till today. Men like Moses, Daniel, Abraham, Jacob, Elijah, Joshua, Jeremiah, Isaiah, David and Solomon had this great privilege, and while needing to consecrate their lives fully to God at almost superhuman levels, they nonetheless derived great power and consolation from these unique encounters with God. In the New Dispensation, men like Peter, James, John, and others had even greater privilege of Christ Himself dwelling with them in human form and instructing them for three-and-a-half years, and later, Paul would have a supernatural encounter with Christ on his way to Damascus, and John would have Christ send His angel to him on the island of Patmos to reveal prophetic scenes of the future to him. Apparently, the lives of these men were truly transformed by these experiences and most of us, may be all of us today, hope that if only we could have a similar experience, then we would live up to these people’s lives and feats. Not so. More than ever before, God’s people are most privileged in terms of God’s relationship with them. The same God that spoke to the men of old is the same that speaks to us through the pages of the scriptures in the new dispensation. Amongst many other profound privileges, we have with us today God’s voice in our hands so that we could decide when we want God to speak to us by the turning of a page of Scripture—pages that altogether reveal His promises, the plan of salvation, and prophetic guidelines of the future—a privilege that the men of old did not have, having to wait for some particular time to converse with God, and how the results of our lives should far exceed theirs!

***”Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things” (Philippians 4:8).***

Friend, what were your Bible reflections this month? Kindly leave them in the comment section below.

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