Faith: Why it is important to have it

Faith is the substance of things hoped for; the conviction of things not yet seen – Hebrews 11:1.

Christianity has got everything to do about having faith. Believing that the world was created by God is faith. The fact that we have a book called the Bible which guides our belief is faith.  Trusting in God and His promises and the fact that He makes everything possible for His children is also faith.

There are so many theories in the world which has the ability to shake the very foundation of our faith that is why it is important to be grounded in the word. I shared a testimony about how my philosophy class at the University of Ghana made us argue only through the things that we felt. There were classes that I sat through that took us through how the world was created and according to my lectures, it can only be proven through our senses and an example is how scientists prove how the world came into being through the Big Bang Theory. These were confusing and if care not taken will sway you from the faith. No wonder people go to the universities and colleges, and come back without their faith.  If you are looking to prove the existence of God only through your senses then, my brother or sister, you are in the wrong faith.

Faith is very important for your prayers to be answered. The Bible says that with faith as a little as a mustard seed, we can tell a mountain to move into the sea. The question therefore is why we don’t have our prayers answered. Perhaps, our faith is too small; smaller that mustard seeds.  That explains why our prayers are not reaching anywhere.

Ability to speak in tongues requires you to have faith. A number of us have been Christians  for so long but we still do not speak in the language of the spirit just because we are doubtful. The Book of James records that anyone who is doubtful will not receive anything from God – James 1:7

What kind of thoughts are you entertaining? Do you always doubt God and His power yet you say you are a Christian? Why don’t you spend today praying to God to increase your faith?

The ‘Trotro’ Prophets and Evangelists

Sometimes they are the first people you meet when you board a “trotro” or bus but mostly they wait till the bus gets full and perch by the “mate” or the bus conductor. A number of them wait till the bus starts moving before starting the church service.

“Close your eyes and let’s pray.” That is how they start the service.  Some of them raise songs which they expect people on the bus to respond to. They then pick a verse in the Bible and start to preach. They shout “Amen” and expect everyone on the bus to respond “Amen”. Woe unto you if they discover you are not taking part in the service, or you have your ear phones stuck in your ear and looking through the window unconcerned. If you are fortunate they may let you go but you are likely to turn into the subject of their sermon.

“Some of you feel you are too big to respond to my sermon huh?” they will begin, “I remember I was ministering on a bus and there were a group of men who refused to respond when I screamed ‘Amen.’ Do you know what happened to them? The car had an accident, I didn’t die, those who responded ‘Amen’ didn’t die but the group of men who refused to respond died and were burnt to ashes, so if you ignore me, you are likely to suffer a similar fate.” They will conclude.

We know a number of them are genuine Christians who are responding to our core mandate and following the Scripture in Mark 16:15, He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.  Christian Blog Ghana therefore sampled a few opinions of Believers to ascertain how they felt about  bus evangelism –

“Personally, I don’t have any problem with it. There are televisions in some of these buses so why can’t we have preachers on them as well,” one of them responded.

“I really cannot stand them. I think they can preach when the bus is stationary but they can sometimes distract the driver. “

“Some of them really deceive the passengers. You do not even know where they get the sermons from.”

“I know genuine people who preach on buses. Such people are professionals in their uniforms. I remember a man working with the Forestry Commission who preached on a bus but some of them, I think they are doing it because of the coins they will get from the passengers.”

What are your views about these people who preach on buses?  Have you shared the word of God with other passengers on a bus? Is that something you will ever consider or are considering to do? We would love to know what your thoughts..

Why I Refuse to Join a Group in Church

At one point in every church, the pastor will advise members of the congregation to join groups or departments. Some of these groups include the choir, ushering, protocol, media and evangelism teams and the famous prayer warriors.

I have changed churches a number of times but whenever I hear the call that God does not like pew warmers, my heart skips a beat and I start thinking of which group to join in order to make a difference in the church.

I am a bit skeptical about joining groups at church for several reasons: One of them includes the fact that most church workers get so used to the work they do that they forget about God Himself. They get so busy that they do not pay attention to what God has for them during the service.

One other thing is that members of the groups get so used to each other too. They resolve to chat while the preacher has mounted the stage and do not even take away any message from the service.

And the meeting times – some groups in the church keep having meetings from Sundays to Saturdays. No wonder people in such groups get so used to each other they forget they are working for God.

Working for God in whatever capacity that you choose is very important. Do you remember the parable of the talents in Matthew 23:14-30? Where the master took the talents away from the servant who refused to use it? But before you join any department in your church, just remember these-

  1. You are working for God and not for any man. God is the only one who can reward you, therefore do the work as if you are doing to Him.
  2. If you are joining a group that works during service, find a way of pausing your activities especially when the sermon is being delivered. If you try that and you still cannot hear the sermon, make sure you get a recording to listen to after the service.
  3. Take into account the things you do quite easily before joining any department. I know the Bible says in Philippians 2:13, ESV For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure but there is nothing more joyous than doing the things you love to do for God.
  4. Remember the meeting days. Will it favour you? Do not just jump into a group because you like their attire. Have the mindset that you are going to sacrifice your personal comfort to make the group more effective to the church and for God.

And to all church workers, May He equip you with all you need for doing his will. May he produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, every good thing that is pleasing to him. All glory to him forever and ever! Amen. Hebrews 13:21, NLT 

Women, Powerful Men of God and Miracles

There are so many churches springing up in the country especially in the Greater Accra and Ashanti Regions but amazingly, when you move further into the country their numbers reduce drastically.  In recent times too, many radio and television stations especially here in Accra are providing airtime to churches for soul winning and, to advertise their services and programmes.

It is also an open secret that when you watch these churches on television that women form the majority of the congregation and many people attribute this to the fact that women are the intercessors for their families. Even in the time of Jesus, He had numerous encounters with women and that makes them special in the house of God.

As it is a good thing to intercede for their families, women are also  the ones who easily fall prey to the “powerful” men of God and churches that are springing up these days. They jump from one miracle service to the other not because of the fellowship they receive but because they are searching for miracles that their pastors have not been able to provide yet.

It is possible to get a little confused these days while searching for a place to worship since there are so many of them and the good book in Hebrews 10:25  say “ …..not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another…” Also, let us be wary of the places we go for to pray and for “miracles” as the Bible has even prophesied in Mathew 24:11… and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people.

Seeing a pastor to share your problems and for miracles is not a bad practice in itself but as much as possible, let us learn the scripture for ourselves in order to be knowledgeable and discerning Christians. The Bible in 1 John 4:1 has ordered us to test all Spirits and one way of doing that is with our knowledge of the scripture. Are the pastors we are visiting going according to the word of God?

As much as possible, let us discover for ourselves what the Bible says about the kind of situation that we find ourselves in, look for scriptures to back the prayers and mix that with a little faith (mustard seed). That is the formula for getting a miracle.

In John 15:7 Jesus said, “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”  Are His words even in us? Let us not forget that God Himself has told us that nothing is impossible to them who believe. All He requires of us is faith which as little as a mustard seed – Matthew 17:20.

If you have any interesting perspective to share about the faith with us, you can send it to christianblogghana@gmail.com

The Miracle of a 100GHS Offering

I went to church that morning and there was a guest speaker from a neighbouring church delivering the sermon. This was about three years ago when I had completed College. I sat through the service and I remember his sermon was on the power of the Holy Spirit.

When he finished his sermon, he asked us to give an offering; something that we had not given to God before. Personally, I had never given any money to the church except the regular church offerings that I often put in the bowl. As the preacher started mentioning some amounts I sat and stared but immediately he mentioned a hundred cedis, I felt a thud in my heart; it was as if something was pulling me to stand.

I know you might be wondering why I am making a fuss over a 100GHS. This was because I had just completed college and I had no money in my account except that 100GHS that was given to me by a firm I was working for and the 100 GHS was their ex gratia. Apart from that I had nothing else in my account.

I could not sit down comfortably anymore because the prompting in my heart had increased. I joined the members of the congregation that had taken the bold step of faith. Before we made our pledges, we were asked to say a prayer and mine was that I needed a good place to offer my National Service and a better job afterwards.

At the time I stood at the altar, I had no idea of the scripture in 2 Samuel 24:24 where David replied King Aranuah saying, No, I insist on paying you for it. I will not sacrifice to the Lord my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing …..

The 100 cedis that I offered the church did cost me much. I did not feel the pain till I stood in front of the ATM to withdraw the money. When I put it in the envelope, I knew this was a very big sacrifice I was making because it was going to cost me even money for transportation.

Although, I felt the pain when I made my sacrifice I knew God was going to bless me and indeed,  He has. I had a great place right here in Accra to offer my National Service and I did not even complete it because I had another wonderful job offer. There have been several employments after that National Service and I know it was because if that sacrifice I made at the altar on that fateful day.

What have you given to God which cost you so but after a while you saw some amazing results? Let’s hear your story. Our email address is christianblogghana@gmail.com

How He has empowered me…

In the previous post, I mentioned how I received the Holy Spirit and how my language changed because I believe in what Acts 2:4 say, “And they were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.” In this post, I wish to share my experience on how I have been empowered by the Holy Spirit ever since I gave him that authority over my life.

Before I received the Holy Spirit a few years back even though I been a Christian for all these years, I was easily swayed away by people in the world. Whenever someone confused me a little with logic about the existence of God and His power I followed them and doubted my belief.  For instance, there were Sundays that I refused to go to church simply because someone convinced me that church service wasn’t that important but the Bible says in Hebrews 10: 25, “Do not forsake the assembly of saint.”  And I can say to the glory of the Lord that since then I haven’t doubted the power of God in my life and the assembly.

In the book of Acts 1:8 which also says, “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” I am a living testimony to that because previously, I was shy to let people know I was a Christian. I found it very hard to even stand before anyone to tell them about the goodness of the Lord but now, I can stand in front of a class and witness to them.

The Holy Spirit empowers and your prayer life becomes better. Romans 8:26 which says, “The Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for but the Spirit Himself speaks to God for us with deep feeling that words cannot explain.” This scripture comes alive when you start speaking in the language of the Spirit. There have been periods in my prayer times that I have only wept not because I am sad but because my spirit is overwhelmed.

There are a lot of testimonies that I can share with you but I also want to give you an opportunity to share your testimony with other believers. Send your stories to christianblogghana@gmail.com

When I received the Holy Spirit…

Whenever I heard these stories, I began questioning if I really had the spirit like the people of old. I had been in church for over 20 years but I was not certain if I had the Spirit dwelling in me but I was told by new “teacher –friend” was that one way of being certain that the Spiirit dwelt in you was by speaking in tongues but at that time I was not doing that (Mark 16:17).

I grew up in the Catholic Church and through a number of family members; I got exposed to the teachings of the Methodist Church too.

Until I went to the Senior High, I had never had any other teaching but the two that mentioned above. I met a friend who introduced me to the Charismatic church and their way of worshiping.

Now, where am I heading to with all of these? Fast forward to college days, I was attending the Charismatic Church my friend introduced me to back in Senior High.

In my third year at the university, I met a friend who kept telling me about the Holy Spirit and the kind of power he gave believers.

He referred to Peter and the other disciples who were able to stand before Kings to defend the gospel in Acts 4: 8.

Not forgetting Paul who was persecuting other believers of the gospel until he encountered the spirit in Acts 9.

When I heard these stories, I began questioning if I really had the spirit like the people in the bible.

I had been in church for over 20 years but I was not certain if I had the Spirit dwelling in me but I was told by my new ‘teacher–friend’ was that one way of being certain that the Spirit dwelt in you was by speaking in tongues and at that time I was not doing that (Mark 16:17).

I started yearning for the Holy Spirit because I wanted to be as fearless as the church in the book of Acts.

I wanted to proclaim God’s word like the disciples and not be shy of my faith so when school went on recess, I started fasting and praying for the ability to speak in an unknown tongue.

I was all by myself and listening to a preacher who was speaking about this subject on the radio. He started praying for people to speak in other tongues and all I realised was that I was speaking in the language of the Spirit.

It came out only as a few words but I knew that was it. I was really excited to know I had received something I was really yearning for and I couldn’t wait to tell people about it.

How did you receive the Holy Spirit? What is your experience? Share them with us.

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You can also send us an email (christianblogghana@gmail.com) and share how you received the Holy Spirit. 

Stay Blessed!

How I Overcome Doubt in My Heart

The Bible in 2 Samuel 22:3 says,

“The God of my strength, in Him I will trust, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge, my Saviour, You save me from Violence.” 

If we read the entire chapter, we will realise how David spoke about God and how He has delivered him from the hands of his enemy. It is so beautiful. No wonder David was known as the man after God’s own heart.

Most times, we become selective about the things we decide to trust God with. There are certain situations that we think that we can practically solve by ourselves. And there are others that we decide to give to God.

Meanwhile, the Bible says in Proverbs 3: 5 that we should trust the Lord with all our hearts (not some of it) and lean not on our own understanding and God will surely direct our paths.

Personally, I have had troubles trusting the Lord fully especially when things are not going as expected.

We find it hard to trust when the boat rocks a little.

What do we do when we realise our hearts are not trusting God as they should?

One way that I overcome this temptation is to be in the house of God. I am jostled back from my doubt when I see people worshipping God. This makes me realise God is working His miracles in the lives of other people and it will soon be my turn.

I also love to listen to the testimonies of others. Hearing what God has done for others reassures me.

And I have been praying to God to eliminate doubt completely from my heart because the book of James 1: 6 says, “if we doubt in our hearts when we ask for things from God, there is no way we shall receive anything from Lord..People who doubt are unstable in all their ways.

I don’t want to be known as an unstable person and I believe you also don’t want to be known as such.

Have there been instances that you have doubted the power of God in your life?

Share with us how you were able to overcome it.

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Tithing and the Faith

It has always been on mind to share this particular testimony with other believers but I have not been able to do so, therefore, I take this as an opportunity to share.

The word of God says in Malachi 3:10 that we should bring our tithes to the storehouse that there may be food in God’s house.

The word continues to say, “Prove me now in this,” says the Lord of Host, “If I will not open the windows of heaven and pour out for you such that there will not be room enough to receive it.”

Personally, I love the second part of this verse when I have to put God to the test. In life, intelligent and well-prepared people are those who like to take examinations and we know God is the all-powerful one in the Universe, therefore whenever I am presenting my tithe to Church, I tell God, “Now is the time for you to take the test and I know you have never failed in anything, at least not yet.” I then present my heart desires to Him and so far, He has been able to pass the entire test.

He has proven in several ways that He is more than able to provide and take care of His children.

One way that God has provided for me is in the area of my career; ever since I completed college, I have never been unemployed but rather, I have had the opportunity to work with several corporations with wonderful salaries.

Ghana is a country with a high number of graduate unemployment but thanks be to God in heaven, He has provided more than what I can even understand.

You need to put God to the test as well. Make sure you share the testimony with us when God proves he is faithful.

If you have any testimonies to share, why don’t you send an email, a Facebook message or a Tweet and we will be glad to share it with the rest of the world?

Winning Souls at the Drinking Bar

Who do you evangelize to? Are there specific people you should be targeting when evangelizing? Will you evangelize in a drinking bar or to prostitutes on the streets?

Who do you evangelize to? Are there specific people you should be targeting when evangelizing? Will you evangelize in a drinking bar or to prostitutes on the streets?

In the previous post, I mentioned how I broke my “evangelism silence” and ended up speaking to more people than I had ever imagined.  Today, I hope I get readers like you to help me answer the questions a number of questions which will clear certain doubts on the believers’ minds.

I was faced with these problems when a group of us went out last Sunday to evangelize. We passed in front of a drinking bar when we were suddenly approached by a group of men in the bar. They invited us into the bar and asked us to share the word of God with them. They provided us with a time limit of 5 minutes. We prayed and started sharing the word about the love of God based on John 3:16.

The men were silent and receptive until we concluded the message. They asked us if they could ask us questions and probably have a discussion with us based on the word we had shared with them. We told them they could ask us questions but whether we can sit down for the kind of discussion they want to have with us is something we would have to postpone till a later date. These innocent words got the men infuriated. They started using all sort of words to describe us, accusing us of choosing the easier aspect of Christianity.  We were not bothered by their words though because we knew they were under the influence of alcohol but my mind started to wander if as Christians we choose the “easier” route as these men described it.

We know Jesus Christ came for the lost sheep (Matthew 15: 24) so as Christians are we limiting ourselves when it comes to evangelism? Do you suggest specific times and venues go out and win souls? What are your experiences? Let us know your thoughts via Email, Facebook or Twitter.