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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Same Jesus Who Found Me

0 comments Posted by Efoghor Joseph Ezie on 3/30/2010 09:34:00 AM

I was a young enthusiastic church-goer who participated virtually in all the activities of my church – I could read the bible very well, I sang in the choir, I was a youth department leader, but was living in secret sin: I still had girl friends, told lies and was stubborn. I was a typical example of one living in the church but without Jesus.

I thought that I was saved at least for participating in all church programmes and for the zeal I showed. I paid my tithes correctly, represented my youth department in debate and
Bible Quiz contests and was applauded for my brilliance, but deep inside me I felt incomplete, something was missing somewhere. To make matters worse the white garment church I attended at the time never did anything to dissuade us from leading immoral lives. At a point I began to hunger to know Jesus; I asked several questions, no satisfactory answers came, I consulted my bible with the desire to have an answer.

Then on the 14th of December, 1997 I finally melt Jesus. I had followed my elder brother to their church and while I was there everything they said from the scripture was real, I could feel the word of God preached unadulterated, the spirit of God was present in that church service. And towards the end of the service an altar call was for those who wanted to accept Jesus Christ as their personal saviour and Lord. For the first time I came out on my own to accept Jesus into my life (though I had earlier been baptized at a young age in the white garment church). I walked to the altar as a prodigal son, with my heart broken for the master. There I confessed my sins and asked Jesus to forgive me. Satisfied that he had forgiven me, I made up my mind never to go back into the sin of fornication (1 Cor.6:18-20; 2Tim.2:22), lies, stubbornness, etc.

Convinced that I had established a better relationship with the Lord and determined not to disappoint him anymore, on the 25th of Dec1997 (Christmas day) I went to my girlfriend and told her I was quitting the illicit affairs because I had found the saviour. She wept sore and thought I would be sympathetic and rescind my decision but my mind was already made up – It’s either Jesus or nothing else. Few months later my second girlfriend came back from school to visit me but she met a changes man. I told her I was now for Jesus – She wondered what had happened to me; nevertheless she respected my decision and withdrew from my life.

When I gave my life to Jesus my life never remained the same anymore. He gave me power over the spirit of lie, fornication, cheating, stubbornness, etc; he cleaned me up, gave me a new lease of life and empowered me. He put his loving arms around me and clothed me with his garment of love, and shined his light around me.

The same Jesus who found me can do the same for you if only you will make up your mind like I did to seek him (Isaiah 55:6-7) for he is ever ready to accept you (John 6:37). Jesus does not want anyone to perish in sin or rebellion because this could make one go to hell if one refuses to heed his clarion call.

If you want Jesus to come into your life and be the saviour and Lord of your life just repeat this prayer: Lord Jesus, I believe you died to set me free from sin. I am sorry for my sins and I ask that you have mercy upon my soul and forgive my sins. I accept you today as my Lord and personal saviour. I forsake my old ways and promise not to go back into my sins anymore. Thank you Jesus because I know you have forgiven my sins. Amen.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The Dangers Of Homosexuality

0 comments Posted by Efoghor Joseph Ezie on 3/24/2010 12:22:00 AM


Homosexuality is one of the known sexual deviations; it involves sexual relationship between a man and his fellow man. In other words, it is rebellion against god’s intention for the use of sex and the sex organs.

God created man and gave him the woman to be his wife and sex partner, implying that lovemaking should be heterosexual – between man and a woman. But today, man is working in aberration to God’s laid down norm for the marriage institution by openly preaching what is against the word of the creator.

What is Homosexuality?
Homosexuality is the practice whereby a man is sexually attracted to his fellow man instead of a woman. Sex in this case is usually through the anus as against the vagina. This practice has brought about so much debate amongst Christians and pagans that the peace of some countries is now being threatened. Some countries have even given legal backings to gays to wed themselves, and others are thinking of following suit.

In biblical time this sin was known as ‘Sodomy’. We saw that it was one of the reasons God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah (Gen 19:5). And God commanded that any man involved in this sin should be put to death (Exodus 23:17; Lev. 20:13). But today man has acted in defiance to God’s position by enacting laws to give backings to homosexuality. Some churches which are supposed to be the custodian of God’s laws are also supporting this evil.

What Are The Consequences?
Homosexuality is not without consequences. Some of the problems associated with it include:
  1. Sexually Transmitted Diseases: It is on record that the first HIV/AIDS case was discovered in 1981 amongst homosexual men in the United States of America and 29 years later, this disease still rages like wild fire spreading from country to country, sending people to their early graves and making so many children orphaned.
  2. Separation from God: Anyone who works in open rebellion against God is spiritually separated from god because God is both Holy and Righteous, and cannot work with unholy and unrighteous people (1 Pet.1:15-16; Lev 19:2; Isaiah 59:1-2).
  3. Guilt: The sin of homosexual practice also brings guilt feeling to those involved especially those who have been lured into it for financial or other reasons. So many young men are going through psychological, mental and emotional torture because of their involvement in this condemnable act and may live with this guilt for the rest of their lives.
  4. Marital Instability: Many homosexuals find it very difficult to adjust in their marriages when they eventually get married to the opposite sex.
  5. Behavioural change: Gays have also been known to suffer from some degree of behavioural change or defect. Some of them now assume feminine character, voice change, and change in gait.
Are  you gay? Do you need help? Come to Jesus Christ today, he has an answer to your problem. Ask him to forgive you and cleanse you from this sin and he will make you new again.

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Efoghor Joseph Ezie is a Registered Nurse with several years of practical nursing experience both in the industrial and hospital set ups. He believes in building the total man through making him well-informed.

 

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Efoghor Joseph is a Christian author, marriage counselor, youth leader and social organizer. He is a Nigerian, married to Mrs. Divine and blessed with a son. He is a Platinum expert author on Ezinearticles.com. He hails from Ekpon in Igueben LGA, Edo state, Nigeria

 

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