TRY TO LIVE TO BE A LEGEND WHEN YOU ARE GONE. ..

Sometimes i think out loud about my purpose in this life, and after the long walk of life what i shall be remembered for. Basically, by the time of your demise what Legacy will you have left in this world to be remembered for?

We have had many reknown personalities existing in this Earth since time immemorial, there were good people or people who were known for their brutal and inhumane way of doing things. These categories of people played a role in shaping the society into what it is today. These personalities played a role in either shaping the social, economic,political and cultural aspects of life. I will look at the life of one man, Abraham Lincoln.

Abraham Lincoln (1809 – 1865) US President during world war 1-This is one man who really shaped politics in his time and his story is so inspiring.

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Abraham lost his mother, and his father moved away to Indiana. Abraham had to do hard manual labour such as splitting logs. He had a thirst for knowledge and worked hard to excel in his studies too. He became a lawyer and worked in Illinois court. He gained respect and was nicknamed ‘Honest Abe.’ He often encouraged neighbours to mediate their own conflicts rather than legal litigation. He had a good sense of humour and had capacity to defuse tense and argumentative situations, that gave an optimistic view of human nature. He loved to tell stories to illustrate a serious point through the use of humour and parables.

He also developed a capacity for quick thinking and oratory. He stood for public office in 1847 and was elected to the House of Representatives for Illinois from 1847-49. During his period in Congress, Lincoln criticised President Folk’s handling of the American-Mexican War, arguing Polk used patriotism and military glory to defend the unjust action of taking Mexican territory. Unfortunately he was not re-elected.

The 1850s saw the slavery question re-emerge as a prominent divisive national issue. Lincoln abhorred slavery and from a political perspective wished to prevent slavery being extended and ultimately be phased out. He gave influential speeches, which drew on the Declaration of Independence to prove the Founding Fathers had intended to stop the spread of slavery.

“I have always thought that all men should be free; but if any should be slaves, it should be first those who desire it for themselves, and secondly, those who desire it for others. When I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.”

In 1858, Lincoln was nominated as Republican candidate for the Senate which he lost. He continued giving speeches against slavery. He was eventually chosen as Republican nominee for President in 1860. Despite the divide between the north and the south he won, but the nation was torn to a civil war in which the north which wanted abolition of slavery worn. He had a task of uniting a divided nation and his main agenda was to abolish slavery completely in which he succeeded.

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address November 19, 1863

Lincoln amazed many when he decided to include his political enemies in his cabinet. Five days after the surrender of Robert E. Lee and the Confederate Army, Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth while visiting Ford’s Theatre. Lincoln is widely regarded as of America’s most influential and important presidents. As well as saving the Union and promoting Republican values, Lincoln was viewed as embodying the ideals of honesty and integrity. His speeches and wise words are still used to this day. I pose a question to you, what have you done that has changed or impacted positively to society. Step up, Make yourself count in this era!

“Posterity will call you the great emancipator, a more enviable title than any crown could be, and greater than any merely mundane treasure.”

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Wake up and step up…….

It’s another perfect new day, with another perfected new play. Life is just a relay or marathon that you must live to replay and recall upon. We move different distances everyday, we drive different personalities in us that carry us away. We are who we are because we chose to be who we are, sometimes not true to our own selves just hiding wings and ability to do what we can. The future depends on the present, the teacher once was the the student too. Each day we have to make a step, let’s say we have to take a risk. That’s a game in business and commerce, thats the flame we must light to see that possible idea in the darkness.

Positive energy is the power booster, positive attitude is not for cowards. You dream about what you want to be, and you take a broom and sweep the streets clean so that one day someone will say indeed there lived a perfect street sweeper. What you can do, do to the fullest. Do not do it because you want to make someone happy, do it because you want to be happy too with what you do. History has its knowledge, there lived great people in this world who did greater things beyond human imagination, Sir Isaac Newton, Alexander Graham Bell, Abraham Lincoln, Carl Marx, Jeremy Bentham, Winston Churchill, Socrates, Pythagoras but to mention a few. Many of them shaped the future that we have present right now. These are men who dedicated all their time to do the extra ordinary in all aspects of life. Some came up with inventions that the world applies right now. They built ideas in many years not one day, and never lost hope of trying every another day. It’s many years down the line and we find them in books of history as heroes.

For a player to be smarter in moves and attacks in his play, it takes alot of practice, dedication and commitment. Wealth does not measure success, intelligence does. We all have a different graph when it comes to the intelligence quotient, but one thing is still constant, time being the important resource. It’s just a matter of time you realize your potential and build it in every way possible. If you try one way and something is not working, try another route to see if you shall get to a different destination. Not all that start a race win, but they all finish. Our abilities are different our energies are different too, but every goal is attainable. Just shoot up the sky maybe you will bring down the stars together with the moon before you go hunting for  the sun.

#Live up to your dream
#We wanna be awake
#They made it, who are we not to…
#they worked better we work best

We are created to Worship….

In the beginning God created the Universe, and a large fraction of the creation was done by word of mouth. See how Mighty He was that He spoke out with authority and a living thing came to existence. The words of the creator were so powerful that they were able to separate the firmament and the earth. Nothing holds the sky but never have we heard of it falling since time immemorial.

Of all the Creatures something special came last.  It was too special that it was the only creature with God’s own image and likeness. It further had an extra ingredient of God,  the breath of life. That was Adam our forefather. Adam was too given authority over all other creatures God had created. He was too given a job to give names to all the animals,  sea creatures,  birds and as well as plants that existed.

We are indeed a special type.  Still when God saw that Adam was lonely in the Garden of Eden He decided to create a companion for him from one of Adam’s ribs. Eve was created.  I can observe that maybe Adam was walking in the Garden and wondering why other animals were in pairs,  and maybe he longed for God to create another for them to be a pair too.

What makes us special is that God gave us priorities before any other creature. And having God’s image and likeness places us far beyond other creatures. We were given brains with intelligence higher than other creatures. Man has now been able to make milestones as far as inventions and innovations are concerned.  Each day,  and in each generation things have changed and due to technology the world is now a global village,  they say. It’s only one Supreme deity who can be given glory and praise,  the Creator: Our Father who art in Heaven.

After God was through with  creation, He set aside one day as a day of rest, which many of us have refused to honour.  Out of six days he just chose one,  but we have gone against his will.  We ought to be grateful if all He has done in our lives and you can just do that by worshipping Him.  We should all give thanks for the chance we are given.

As though that was not enough, Adam and Eve went against God’s command and instead of striking humanity with His wrath,  He decides to give His only Son Jesus Christ to come and die, the act that purified us from sin. We were made free because of that fatherly love God has for us. We were Redeemed by the blood of the innocent lamb,  and we are forever His children. We truly should give thanks for His mercy,  grace He has given to us. We should truly worship our God in Heaven.

Be blessed Brethren.

A society that has lost its glory.

Stories are told how the future was molded and how heroes saved the world. Every other story has a lesson, maybe a better one or indeed a bitter one. We are born and nurtured in a society that is divided into classes, where the rich and the poor are two distinct creatures and can never mingle in any way whatsoever.

Carl Marx and others truly tried to solve that problem by Ideologies but the capitalist form of life was under pressure to be installed in the people’s hearts during the Cold war. We were created in equal measure, but the way we treat our neighbours gives that doubt if indeed we are one from the same creator, God our Father. Individuality and self exaltation has taken the peak of the mountain of life. Indeed life is a journey, but I always wonder why we travel different lengths to attain such same success. In the current state of affairs we can argue that if then Jesus could die in this era, he was to redeem a particular fraction of the earth🌍 .

Greed has always buried the virtue of selflessness, loving our neighbours now comes with limits if not extreme conditions . Look at this scenario, One lives in a mansion, drives a classy car, earns a killing i.e they live a lifestyle full of wealth but they have never  thought about their needy next-door neighbours who just need to survive on one meal for three days. Christ never drew boundaries for the unfortunate. He welcomed all and showed love in equal measure.

Everyone is determined to have a good life, but accepting Christ Jesus in their hearts is a story set aside for another day. Churches have now turned out to be dens of liars and prophets if doom, who just preach riches to their congregations and their lifestyles too is ‘preaching water💧 and drinking wine🍷’ . In the past our African ancestors nurtured morals in their children who never forgot the wisdom of their parents when they grew, but noways morals have been compromised to the extent of everyone defining his/her own morals. Taboos and abominations are committed and people walk Scort free. Indeed we have become animals instead of growing to be humane in our lives.

The responsibility of moulding and keeping the society on toes is of our parents, and some have failed. We ought to make all things right. We ought to retrieve back the Society’s lost glory. And only that can be done by me and you. We are the inventors of our future and we can mould it to be the manner we want it to be. But all in all Christ is the leader, with Him in our hearts we shall proper.

We are Redeemed…

Redemption is an essential concept in Christianity. It means to ‘repurchase’ or ‘buy back’. In Greek the word is apolutrosis which refers to the deliverance of Christians from sin.

To redeem means “to buy out.” The term was used specifically in reference to the purchase of a slave’s freedom. If we are “redeemed,” then our prior condition was one of slavery. God has purchased our freedom, and we are no longer in bondage to sin or to the Old Testament law.

Leon Morris says that “Paul uses the concept of redemption primarily to speak of the saving purpose of the death of Christ. In the New Testament, the redemption word is used to refer both to deliverance from sin and freedom from captivity. Therefore, there is a metaphorical sense in which the death of Jesus pays the price of a ransom, releasing Christians from bondage to sin and death.

Whenever a new story breaks about someone committing a heinous crime, we always wonder about the possibility of redemption and how he or she will achieve it. Many of us remain haunted by a past act and truly regret or feel permanently stained.

Everyone is in need of redemption. Our natural condition was characterized by guilt: “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Christ’s redemption has freed us from guilt, being “justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” (Romans 3:24). Jesus paid the price for our release from sin and its consequences (Matthew 20:28; 1 Timothy 2:6). His death was in exchange for our life. In fact, Scripture is quite clear that redemption is only possible “through His blood,” that is, by His death (Colossians 1:14).

The benefits of redemption include eternal life (Revelation 5:9-10), forgiveness of sins (Ephesians 1:7), righteousness (Romans 5:17), freedom from the law’s curse (Galatians 3:13), adoption into God’s family (Galatians 4:5), deliverance from sin’s bondage (Titus 2:14; 1 Peter 1:14-18), peace with God (Colossians 1:18-20), and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). To be redeemed, then, is to be forgiven, holy, justified, free, adopted, and reconciled. See also Psalm 130:7-8; Luke 2:38; and Acts 20:28.

The streets of heaven will be filled with former captives who, through no merit of their own, find themselves redeemed, forgiven, and free. Slaves to sin have become saints. No wonder we will sing a new song—a song of praise to the Redeemer who was slain (Revelation 5:9). We were slaves to sin, condemned to eternal separation from God. Jesus paid the price to redeem us, resulting in our freedom from slavery to sin and our rescue from the eternal consequences of that sin.

Bible stories of redemption 

Noah – Genesis 6-8

It is one of the greatest stories of redemption in the Old Testament. God warned of a coming judgment. This was going to be a world-wide punishment. Those who would repent of their sins and believe in the warnings of Noah were welcome to board the ark before the flood waters began to fall.

After 120 years of preaching the only people who stepped onto the ark were Noah and his family. Though there was room for many more people in the ark, only eight were saved.

Redemption was offered to all who were willing to repent and believe. However, few accepted the offer.

Abraham and Isaac – Genesis 22

God asked Abraham to sacrifice his only son Isaac. Throughout the whole process of going to the mountain to sacrifice, Isaac was obedient and Abraham was hopeful. Abraham fully expected to sacrifice his child on the altar, but he was also confident in the fact that God could raise his child from the dead.

What Abraham did not expect was that God had a completely different plan in mind. Moments before Abraham thrust the knife into his child, God provided a sacrificial ram to take the place of Isaac. God redeemed Isaac with this ram. It is an example of how that God redeems us with the sacrifice of His Son

Ruth – Ruth 1-4

The book of Ruth teaches many lessons. But the overall story is one of redemption.

A Hebrew family moved to a foreign land. Ruth married into this family; but, tragically, all the men died. Ruth and her mother-in-law, Naomi, move back to the land of Israel. Ruth then became the foreigner in a strange land.

In an effort to provide for her mother-in-law, Ruth went to gather grain in the fields. She met the wealthy land owner where she had been working. This man, Boaz, happened to be a near kinsman to Naomi. But, there was another family member who was an even closer relative.

As a close relative, the second man had the responsibility to care for Naomi and Ruth. He even possessed the right to marry the beautiful young lady. But he neither wanted the responsibility nor the right. Boaz approached the closer kinsman with the willingness to assume the responsibility for the family and the right to marry Ruth. The man accepted and Ruth joined Boaz in marriage.

The Bible calls Boaz the kinsman redeemer. He bought the responsibility to care for the ladies and the right to marry Ruth. Even as a foreigner, this redemption into the family of Israel put Ruth into the lineage of King David and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Potter – Jeremiah 18:1-6

Jeremiah the prophet was instructed to go to a potter’s house. At the house he saw the potter make a pot that was not quite to his liking. The potter pushed the malleable pot into a ball of clay once again. Then he proceeded to remake the pot into something better.

God likened the pot to the people of Israel. He said that He was the potter. God told Jeremiah that as the maker and molder of the nation of Israel, God had the authority to shape the nation as He pleased.

God’s ownership over Israel means that He cares for them. Like the potter, God lovingly molds His people into a vessel that He is proud to display.

Lost Sheep – Luke 15:1-7

When the religious crowd of Jesus’ day complained that He was spending too much time with the sinners of society, Jesus told a few redemption stories. He started with the story of the lost sheep.

A man owned 100 sheep. But, one day while away from home, one of the sheep was lost. He secured the 99 sheep and went in search of the single lost sheep. He carried the lost sheep gently back to the 99.

Jesus said that the man went home and threw a feast in honor of the fact that his sheep was found—it was redeemed. Jesus’ application to the religious crowd was that lost sheep (sinners) need to be found. There is rejoicing in heaven over their salvation. The ones who are religious and see no need in repentance and salvation will not be celebrated in heaven because they have not received the redemption provided by Christ.

Prodigal Son – Luke 15:11-32

Jesus told this story shortly after telling the story of the lost sheep. A rich man had two sons. One day the younger son went to his father and asked for his inheritance. He was leaving home. It is apparent that the boy did not have a good relationship with his father. Though his father loved him, the young man felt like he would be better off without the constraints of the family.

After a time he ran out of money. He had spent it all on entertainment and frivolity. Because of a famine in the land he was in an even more desperate situation. He went to work for a farmer feeding pigs. Eventually he was even eating with the pigs. The young man decided that it would be better to return to the house of his father as a servant than to starve away from home.

When he neared his home he was met by his father. The older man had been watching and waiting for his son’s return. The father gladly welcomed him home, not as a servant, but as a son. A feast was made. A robe and a ring were given to the son to attest to his position in the family. Though he had gone away, his father accepted him back with no change in his status as a son.

Saul of Tarsus – Acts 9:1-22

On the road to Damascus, Saul of Tarsus encountered the Lord. Saul knew very well who Jesus Christ was. But up until that time Saul did not believe that Jesus was the Redeemer promised by God. That day, on his way to capture Christians and take them to prison, Saul saw Jesus for who He really was.

The man who had brought so much persecution to the early church was redeemed by the love of Christ. Saul was later known by the name Paul. This is the man who we call the Apostle Paul. He was responsible for spreading the true Gospel of Jesus throughout the known world in his time.

God Bless You…Brethren.