How to Use Social Media as a Christian

September is our Month of Empowerment. Let’s learn to do things right, starting with the proper way to use some social media tools like Whatsapp.

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This is the first in the series of posts aimed at empowering Christians, particularly those of us in Ghana. Articles, which will be posted this month, will be targeted towards improving our interactions as Christians and make us better people. Today’s post intends to take us through some protocols of using Whatsapp, a popular social media platform. Make sure you read and share with people who need this counsel. 

The Bible in Hosea 4:6 says,

my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge. “Because you have rejected knowledge. 

We, however, do not have any excuse to unlearn some old and unacceptable behaviours.

Here are some helpful tips on how to use Whatsapp as a Christian:

Don’t form a Group, YET

Whatsapp groups are common and very easy to form. It is very tempting to decide to form one immediately after every church meeting.

But before you decide to form a group, there should be a clear aim for setting up the page. Are you forming the group because of an upcoming event? If that is the reason, do not forget to close the group when the event has ended.

Also, let that group page be governed by some rules (Romans 13:1). It is easy for us Christians to keep bombarding ourselves with all sorts of forwarded messages. This is why as an administrator of the page, you should be as specific as possible on the purpose for the group page by clearly spelling out the rules for your members.

All Messages are not relevant; Don’t forward them

Unless some of us do not read the words, ‘forward this message and receive your miracle.’ That message will end up in all groups that we are a part of, which is sometimes annoying.

On the issue of ‘share this information and receive your miracle,’ like some principles in our faith, is not automatic. Miracles will happen in your life if only you believe. Do not share those messages and think you will automatically receive whatever you have been trusting God for. Christianity is not magic.

Let one discussion end before introducing a new topic

A typical phenomenon on some Christian WhatsApp platforms is when members of that group are discussing something pertinent and another member shares another thing totally unrelated to what is being discussed. For instance, members on a group page are discussing how best to promote an upcoming event and all of sudden, Kwame forwards a funny photo of something totally unrelated to what is being discussed.

Let’s be vigilant, in real life you may not interrupt people by introducing a new subject, why is it easy for us to do so on WhatsApp group pages?

Send personal messages before adding people to groups

One of the most embarrassing things that happened to me on a church WhatsApp group page was when I was added without being notified of what the page was about. I started criticising the very cause for which I was added to the group. The administrator immediately took me off the page, sent a personal message to introduce the group before adding me but, the harm had already been caused.

I just wondered why the administrator did not do this the first time but made me embarrass myself.

Let’s not put members of group pages in such embarrassing situations.

Introduce yourself when sending a message for the first time

When you are sending a message to someone for the first time, please introduce yourself. Why do we assume the person knows you and has your contact saved on their phones? Try to avoid the shameful situation of being asked to introduce yourself when sending a message for the first time.

There are a group of people who do not communicate with you at all. All they do is to forward devotionals and other messages to you. Please strike some acquaintance with your contacts before you forward messages to them!

Be empowered as a Christian! Remain blessed as you practise these etiquettes!

What are some of the situations you have noticed on Whatsapp but have not been captured in this post? Do share with us in the comment box.

 

Pray ‘Quality’ Prayers

It is quite easy to say we have great prayer lives because ‘to pray’ means ‘to communicate with God.’ It is simple to speak with God and whisper something to Him first thing in the morning before jumping to our duties. When we are almost late for work and need to rush to the roadside, we whisper something to Him which we describe as a form of communication. Some of us even have the special ability to shut out people mentally and start talking to God even in noisy places. We can pray to God at any place and time because the Bible has admonished us to pray without this ceasing (I Thessalonians 5: 17).

The above scenarios form the broad definition of communication or at least speaking with God but how about including ‘quality’ to that prayer time? There is nothing wrong with speaking to Him everywhere but it is even more fulfilling to have a quiet place to yourself, away from every form of distraction and tuning your whole being to the Spirit. Such times allow the Holy Spirit to minister to and with you in ways that your body cannot comprehend. How sweet it is to allow the Holy Ghost to take over your prayer time and direct you on how it should go (Romans 8:26). When you do not pray in your own understanding but with that of the Spirit.

There are so many worries in life – work issues, family, academics etc and they can easily overwhelm us into believing we can achieve success by our own strength and intelligence. Prayer times are hurried because we always have deadlines to meet or traffic to beat.

Quality prayer, steered by the Holy Spirit makes the journey through life enjoyable. Prayer meetings are good but having some personal, quality time with your Father is also very important.

The deadline which is preventing you from praying can easily be met when you spend some good time in God’s presence. As for that traffic, it is so basic. The situation you are trying to change, using your own capabilities, has the answer resting with God and it takes just quality prayer time to unlock it.

Let us stop looking everywhere but to God for answers to our lives’ issues. Quality prayer time steered by the Holy Spirit heals wounds, provides directions and answers and, makes the seemingly impossible situations with God possible.

Just give it a try and when your testimonies start to manifest, send an email to your first online Christian magazine in Ghana (christianblogghana@gmail.com) and we’ll celebrate with you.

You are blessed!

The Bible is not a STORY BOOK

There have been a lot of controversies regarding the operation of the Holy Spirit amongst Christians.

While some Christians (mostly Charismatic) believe in the Holy Spirit, there are a lot others who argue that the working of the Holy Spirit was only operational in the Old Testament and did not extend to the New Testament.

This has often led to very contradictory interpretations of the bible by the various denominations and sects.

The Bible, which is the word of God, was written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit (II Timothy 3:16). The written word is known in Greek as the Logos whereas Rhema is the revelational knowledge behind the Logos.

So in order for a Christian to understand the written word (Logos), he /she would have to get the Rhema which is the revelational knowledge which comes from the Holy Spirit. This means that without the revelational knowledge, one would read the bible and interpret it as though he were reading a story book.

This is the much reason why there are a lot of doctrines and religious sects, whose activities seem to be in sharp contrast to the word of God. Although they spend time searching through the scriptures, they are unable to come to an understanding of the deeper meaning behind the letters they read.

Permit me to make a legal allusion here:

In law, whenever a matter of contention arises regarding any constitutional provision, the Supreme Court as the highest court of the land is vested with powers to interpret the provision under contention so as to reveal the intended meaning of the drafters of the constitution.

In doing this, the Judges employ the purposive rule of interpretation to unravel the spirit behind the letters of the Constitution.

This means that that it will be difficult for a lay person in matters of law to read the Constitution at first hand and fully grasp the meaning behind the letters.

In the same vein, for a Christian to fully understand the things of God, he/she would need to have a personal relationship with God. By so doing, their spirit man becomes sharpened and more in tune with the prompting of the Holy Spirit. It is after your spirit has been rekindled that your spirit can become alert to hear from God through the Holy Spirit (Jude 1:20).

This is what will enable you to read the bible and understand what the words truly means.

I pray that from today, as you spend time to search through the scriptures, your spirit man would be rekindled so that the word you read would make meaning to you.

 

The author of this post is Ernest Nana Osei. Mr Osei is a journalist, real estate consultant, life coach, law student and very passionate about the things of God.

 

 

 

The New Life

This is the continuation of Unravelling the Mystery of Endless Prayer by Guest Blogger, Dr. Emmanuel Sogah. If you missed that interesting post, read it here.

Rev. Paul reminded Abu of the fall of man in the Garden of Eden and the state of man after the fall. 

But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.( Genesis 1:17)

And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. (Genesis 3:6)

Using these scriptures as references, the Reverend Minister stressed that Adam did not die a physical death when he ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil but rather died spiritually.

“To die spiritually means to be separated from God and have no means of communicating or fellowshipping with Him. Adam’s understanding darkened – he was alienated from the life of God (Ephesians 4:18),” Rev Paul said. “To die spiritually also means to see things differently (not from God’s perspective). Remember that Adam was naked from the day he was formed from the ground but suddenly became aware of his nakedness when he ate of the ‘forbidden’ tree (Genesis 3:7). His perspective changed – Adam began to relate with his environment from his senses.”

The first man, who expressed no sense of guilt in the presence of God, became timid and fled from the presence of God (Genesis 3:8). His ability to stand before God without the feeling of unworthiness was lost. 

“That is the state of every man who hasn’t experienced the rebirth,” said Rev. Paul.

Apostle Paul in the Bible reiterates this when he said in the book of Romans 7:24.

O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?  

“You’ve got to understand the depraved and helpless nature of a man without God. It’s such a sorry sight when you think about the end of such a fellow (Revelation 20:15),”  said Rev, Paul

Abu began sobbing. He expressed such profound pain towards the unsaved world. He was, however, stopped by the pastor.

“Cheer up! Jesus has overcome,” said Rev. Paul.

He looked at Abu and wondered the number of people who would be ‘moved’ to tears when they learn about the sorry state of unbelievers.

With the encouragement from Rev. Paul, Abu received strength and began to ponder over the words of the Minister. 

Reverend Paul continued,

For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost (Luke 19:10).

Jesus brought hope to the unsaved world. He was the answer to Apostle Paul’s question in Romans 7:24,

who shall deliver me from the body of this death?”

Abu noticed the change in the tone of Rev. Paul’s voice. He noticed the man was burning with passion as he spoke about the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus (1 Corinthians 15:3-4) and how he said ‘no man as yet has annulled this truth.’

By this act of sacrifice by Jesus, our fellowship with God has been restored and this has ushered us into the new life.

Learn more about the new life in the next post.

This post was written by Dr. Emmanuel Sogah. Dr. Sogah is a medical doctor by profession, a budding minister of the gospel who is passionate about teaching. 


 

Be Encouraged! 

Whenever the enemy pursues us,
He thinks mischief but The Good Lord works it for our good.

The more speedily, he pursues us,

the more speedily our miracles are manifested because of our love for our Saviour Jesus Christ.

The Egyptians started killing the babies during Moses’ birth,

the quicker God grew him to become a deliverer of Israel through Christ.

The Egyptians pursued Israel speedily to the red sea,

the quicker their salvation. Egyptians sped quickly into self destruction.

The fear of The Lord is the epiphany of wisdom.

But Pharoah never knew the mystery of Our God.

Trust not in chariots and horses,

trust in the invisible, invincible God who created you, I and even the devil himself.

Every calamity is an opportunity for God to perform eternal miracles.

Joseph will not value kingdom rulership without his past.

He will not value liberty had he not been imprisoned.

He will not have valued his wife had he not encountered Potiphar’s wife.

But the good news is even at the most bottom of your life will give you a reminder of how you are going to value the topmost of your life.

Faith works with Love and Faith is tried through patience.

Patience is not giving up but action that meets the manifestation of our miracles.

You might be known now but your not being known is going to be the reason why others will be known.

Potiphar will never have appeared in The Bible had it not been for the unknown Joseph.

Just imagine even as a slave we knew his name as Joseph.

Can you please tell me the name of Potiphar’s wife.

There is no Potiphar without Joseph.

Trust in The Lord with all your heart.

You are greater than great.
Every calamity is calling for a testimony through Christ Jesus.

Amen.

This piece was written by KwabenaNyamebaBediako. Kwabena is a poet and author from Ghana who travels the world sharing the love of Christ through his poems and writings

Join Us Celebrate Fathers!

Why Fathers’ Day celebrations mostly quiet still remain a mystery. Even with the knowledge that there are some amazing fathers, stereotypical depictions of them are unloving, strong, masculine, unsympathetic among others. This must be one of the reasons for the low hype of this celebration.

To make the #fathersday2017 more prominent for the wonderful fathers this year, The Christian Blog Ghana is introducing the Fathers’ Day Write-Up Promotion. This competition is seeking to celebrate the amazing role played by fathers in Ghana. 

In 200 words or less, creatively tells us some of the GODLY values instilled in you by your dad. Include your name, age, phone number and email your entry to christianblogghana@gmail.com

The first prize is GHC 20.00 worth of airtime, a special feature done by us on your dad for our social media pages and your creative piece will be posted on the Christian Blog Ghana.

The second prize is GHC 15.00 worth of airtime and your creative piece will be published on the Christian Blog Ghana.
The third prize is GHC 5.00 worth of airtime.

The deadline for submission of entries is Thursday, June 15, 2017. 

We look forward to reading some creative pieces on the GODLY impact that our dad’s have instilled in us over the years!

Unravelling the Mystery of Ceaseless Prayers 

“Prayer must be very hard. I doubt I can ever pray like these people,”

These were thoughts of young Abu, a man who accepted Christ not too long ago, while he observed a group of believers praying in other tongues.

Abu was born into a typical African Traditional home and had heard tales of a particular faction of Christians – the Charismatics, who were aggressive when praying but this was his first time observing them. 
He never thought praying could be this vigorous and perspiring, however, Abu made a remarkable observation. 

These charismatic Christians prayed for several hours, more rigorously by the time, in a totally different language but they appeared refreshed throughout the process.

This scene kept playing in his mind while he sat in church the following Sunday. Mysteriously, his pastor’s sermon that dwelt  on praying endlessly.

“To pray without ceasing, according to 1 Thessalonians 5:17, means to pray uninterruptedly,” said  Reverend Paul to the joyous congregation who seem to understand what that meant.

“How can that be possible? I don’t think anyone can follow through with this,” Abu thought. 

He grew increasingly confused but nurtured a desire to learn more about this ‘endless’ prayer.

This desire pushed him to interview Reverend Paul after close of service.

“Prayer simply means communicating with God but there’s more to it,” says the Reverend. “Prayer helps you to be conscious of your ‘new’ life in God and grants you means of receiving from Him.”

Conscious of my new life? Abu interjected. 

Reverend Paul noticed it was a good time to dwell on the subject of the new life since that would allow Abu to grasp the subject of prayer better. 

He invites Abu into his office so they could have a detailed discussion on the subject.

Find out how the conversation between the Reverend and Abu transpired in the next part of this post. 

This post was written by Dr. Emmanuel Sogah. Dr. Sogah is a medical doctor by profession, a budding minister of the gospel who is passionate about teaching.