I don’t force myself to do some things, especially attending prayer gatherings, I do attend a prayer/church programmes only when I have made up in my mind to do so. What is the essence of going to a programme in which my mind won’t concentrate on the events going on in the place? I don’t force myself to go to Church, I only remind myself of the need for me to be listening and reading God’s Words as often as possible. I don’t claim that I am a Christian, I aim to exhibits the behaviours of a true child of God. Below is a brief piece summarizing the reason why I, NDJP go to Church and attend religious gatherings.
Listen, I go to Church because I am a sinner seeking God’s clemency; yes I’m a sinner with a remorseful spirit; a sinner ready to change; a sinner who never let the words of Psalms 51:17 be effaced from his memory. I go to Church to hear the words of wisdom and courage from God, and not to please my guilty mind, neither is it for people to know and see me as a Child of God. I go to Church not because of the man of God who would be conducting the day’s service.
I care not about the person, Priests/Pastors presiding over the day’s Service. What I care about is the word of God, the positive impacts the words will make in my life: is it going to impart to me the sense, spirit, and ideas to help others, to better the lives of other people around me? Once I am preparing for Sunday Mass and I find out that I am already late to the extent that I could not meet up with the Sermon, I dare not still attend that Mass, I rather stay back than to go. Be truthful to yourself, do something because you truly desire to do so and not because you just want to please your mind or to make others think good of you. Who am I deceiving: the God Who is believed to see through the heart of man, the omniscient God?
Whenever I have fallen into one sin or the other, I don’t condemn myself entirely. Too much of blaming oneself after sinning demoralizes one, stop it, you are killing the being right within you. What I do is to caution myself so bitterly and seek for means to elude the temptations of committing the atrocity next time. I don’t just pray and say “God please forgive me for I have sinned against you”, no! I go to a calm place, most times I go to Chapel and have a rethink and deep reflection on the dangers of the evil acts I had done. I will then pray meditatively asking God to bring into my mind means [solutions] to overcome the longings of do the acts again. And even if I ended up doing that again, I don’t say because I have done again, then let me continue doing it: I still muster up, bear the shame, and ask God to pull me up again and place me on the right path.
Pastors or priests don’t take me to Church; it’s the desire I have to experience the presence of God that take me to the house of God. I have wisdom, the wisdom I have is from God [I believe], the wisdom is for me to know the best way to appease God after wronging Him, and not to be used to run away from the paths that leads to His Kingdom. Stop rushing to Church because others are going, worship God in the right manner. I better remain at home than to go very late to Church: it’s not appropriate!
God, why would I die young, why would you allow someone to tamper with my life? Do You give me all these inspirations through my Muse [the Holy Spirit] just to die with them? I know Your aim of giving me the wisdom I have is to touch lives, to make the world believe that You are in existence. I remember many occasions when my life would have been terminated, but you never let it be. Direct my path and those of both the members and supporters of #TEAM_TRENDSOFLEGENDS, Amen!
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