You may not have discovered all the values that you own as a child of God. You can be a good tree that bears good fruits, by virtue of the relationship that you keep. If you happen to achieve that purpose – The making of a good tree, you and everyone around you will have many benefits to enjoy.
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Storms, floods, and the drastic rise of temperature are blamed on global warming resulting from climate change. In addition to this, the world suffers from uncontrollable diseases, proving the humans have lost control of the planet earth.
Humans have since the dawn of industrial age explored the planet earth for natural resources such as minerals and oil for the sake of satisfying the appetite so-called “progress.”
The discoveries and developments derived from them have enhanced our lives in making our day-to-day experience more convenient (or rather pleasant in short terms). Meanwhile, the ground breakthroughs are not without some consequences. Earth explorations have left us with some deleterious long-term effects.
Man’s desires for sincere exploration for creativities are ethical, but sheer greed and the need to dominate competitors have spawned the wheel to an uncontrollable degree that shifted our dear planet out of balance.
Greenhouse emission and extreme heat generation from consistent temperature rise have set the globe on its path to impoverishment. Perhaps, the worse is yet to come!
Where has humanity failed its duties?
Humans didn’t just “lose it” in one day. Gradual unethical environmental practices have brought us here. Meanwhile, the situation was not like this before. The planet earth was not out of balance at the beginning. God, the Creator of the universe, didn’t handover a jungle planet as we have it today. God gave us a perfect creation, but humans mismanaged it.
In the beginning, God conceived a perfect creation; he designed it, and he created it and then handed it over to humans to oversee.
Man’s primary assignment was to care for the planet earth. Here is the history:
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth” (Genesis 1:26-28).
Humanity has failed its duty assigned, which is – To take care of the planet earth.
Man (and woman) failed from the inception and continues on the same path. Adam and Eve (The first man and woman) lost focus and mismanaged the earth. Here is what was written about that:
“So the LORD God banished him (Adam and his wife) from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken” (Genesis 3:23).
There is no problem without a solution; God has provided a solution, but until it actualizes, nature will moan in pain (Romans 8:19-22).
Humanity is growing in an increasing “pain!”
Is Man Helping God To Destroy The Earth?
Whether religion plays to the consequences that our planet suffers or not, we can’t deny the events and happening that the Bible warned they would materialize to signify the end has come.
Bible’s Second Peter Chapter Three, Verses Three through Seven (2 Peter 3:7-10) hints that the end of the world will be by fiery destruction.
Man-caused temperature increases are already having a significant effect on the planet earth. Rising temperature is happening at an alarming rate. In consequence, earth dwellers now suffer heatwaves, floods, and widespread forest fires. (Global pandemics such as Covid-19 may not relate to global warming but still, point to the signs of the end time).
Human activities are resulting in climate change, which, of course, is pushing the globe to conclusive earth incineration. This assertion is not far from the Bible declaration that God will judge the earth with fire and brimstone (Ezekiel 38:22; Revelations 19:20).
More often than before, human practices are validating the Bible texts about the end time.
Was Jesus A Scientist?
Some thousands of years back, Jesus, while he walks the earth declared “Watch out for the signs of end-time” Matthew 20.
Compare the word of Jesus to our current status
Droughts are occurring in places that were never affected, and the rate of widespread is alarming. You can imagine the worse is yet to come.
Wisdom should not be far-fetched in all these: Having stated the obvious factors – steady temperature rise, natural disaster, and pandemic. Humanity must prepare for the inevitable.
It shouldn’t be difficult to understand that God’s judgment of fire is engulfing the earth planet. The steps that we take on this matter of importance must be pragmatic!
You worth more than your thought. Never say, “I can’t!” – James Taiwo
“I can’t” sounds subtle but dangerous to your progress pathway. As discussed in this podcast, you must find a replacement for the negative word, “I can’t.”…And what’s the alternative? Listen to this podcast and get an answer.
This Trumpet Media podcast episode by James Taiwo teaches you how to rule out the negative clause “I can’t,” and how to begin exploring the suitable alternative. Never say, “I can’t” again!
“Word” and “Language” are interchangeably used for the sake of expression.
Let’s make this real: You can’t get the best of God without exercising your faith! Yep. No faith no victory. No faith no solution. No faith no salvation! Put your faith into practice! Continue reading What Is Faith? (Podcast)
Global warming is the result of a human-made introduction of greenhouse emission gases into the environment. The gases are rapidly increasing global temperatures, which in the absence of decisive remedial actions, it would be impossible to reverse the damage done.
The United Nations is stepping to the plate to save the planet, but in analyzing and comparing data, we certainly have a long way to go. Humans still have difficulty halting carbon emissions to the atmosphere; hence, the consistent temperature rise has indiscriminately set the earth on its path to extinction.
The impacts of global warming are apparent. Imagine you are out there in the space staring at the planet earth; you’re probably going to shake your head in pity as the breathable air level reaches its low 2.6 miles depth. You are likely to say, “There’s no much air left for those folks!”
In keeping it real about the status of our planet earth, one must admit that the depletion of oxygen rate is alarming. Earth does not have the luxury of excess air.
Our activities have steadily kept us on track to replacing the oxygen needed for surviving with carbon dioxide (which is primarily the end product of global warming).
Scientists have long recognized the impact of global warming, and have sounded an alarm. We are told the earth is “wobbling” about its orbit (The axis on which it spins in the solar system). Scientists explained the earth wobbling had left us with those factors that we consider as natural disasters – earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, extreme dryness, and extreme coldness.
Scientists are loud on this subject, but they are not the only voices raising a concern. The environmentalists, Christians, and other people of faith also weigh into discussing this subject. Christians, especially, are stating the situation of global warming is a sign of the end for our planet earth.
You may expect that science and the Bible would clash. Of course, they did, but both the theory and belief agree that this earth will go to extinction!
Bible does not buy into the scientists’ idea that humans will torch the earth into extinction, but they both point to the conclusion that this globe has come closer to its end.
What Are The Means To The End For Our Earth Planet?
Is man the means to the end, or God?
Science has its reason, but the Bible has since predicted the current and ongoing natural disasters as a sign of the end for the planet earth.
Someone might say, “That’s global warming leading us to extinction,” but wait before you celebrate, how have Christians interpreted that?
Bible – Christians’ holy book- emphasized that, just before the return of Jesus (second coming), the earth would experience alarming natural disasters such as earthquakes, outbreaks of diseases (like Covid-19 Pandemic), people would suffer from rare famine, and other horrors (Matthew 24:3).
Lovers of our planet earth- Christians, scientists, and environmentalists may have opposing views on global warming, but in most cases, they share a common interest in saving the earth planet.
Whether faith plays into this fact or not, it is evident that irresponsible human actions will speedily make the earth un-habitable and ultimately goes extinct unless some decisive actions are taken.
“And now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of them all is love’ (1Corinthians 13:13 KJV).
Just as the scripture says in Proverb 4:7 that, “wisdom is the principal thing,” we can also say of the above scripture that love is a principal thing.
Love is important, and everyone responds to it. It is not a mere feeling. It’s a verb, an action. It connotes giving. God demonstrated this when He sent His beloved son, Jesus Christ, to die for our sin.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16 KJV)
The scripture above told us of certain love- God’s love for humankind. But it wasn’t just that love. With that love comes a gift. He gave his only begotten son because he loves us, so that we may be saved.
The value of real love cannot be substituted for any other virtue. In fact, the scripture stated,
“Many waters cannot quench love, Nor will rivers overflow it; If a man were to give all the riches of his house for love, It would be utterly despised” (Song 8:7 NASB)
Lesson on the True Love of God
Love is paramount and important for all people. God is love and wants every Christian to have a real love for other people. Unfortunately, some people abuse love, and they mistakenly conclude that some personal gains must always be obtained from when it is practiced.
However, love is not selfish. Whatever a person considers as true love must not be self-centered. God gave a commandment in Mark 12:30-31,
“And thou shall love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. The second is like, namely this, thou shall love thy neighbor as thyself. There is none other commandments greater than these.” (Mark 12:30-31 KJV)
If you profess Christianity, or at least you honor the word of God, then you wouldn’t hurt your neighbor.
If we start acting according to the word of God and we build our lives around His commandment, then every form of backbiting, slandering, gossip, jealousy, hatred will be replaced with the fruits of the spirits, which are, joy, peace, patience, love, kindness, gentleness, fruitfulness, and self-control.
Having these fruits does not mean we won’t have differences, disagreement, or misunderstanding, but we will be able to deal with them in the most appropriate ways.
Love is not desperate and self-focus. It does not only consider things of its own. Love thinks about others and seeks their welfare. Of course, love does not mean that a person should ignore himself and be completely sold out to others. While he cares for himself, he must also be relevant to others. Loving your neighbor does not mean dying to self or denying yourself as if you need to destroy yourself.
As a matter of fact, you need to love yourself before you can love your neighbor, because the scripture says,
“love your neighbor as yourself.”This means you must love yourself first before you can love your neighbor.
There is a measurement in that scripture. The length to which you must love your neighbor is how much you love yourself.
You cannot give what you do not have. If you have no love in you, you can’t give it out to others. Jesus came to die for each and every one of us. He valued us enough to go through what he went through; therefore, we owe it to him value ourselves. To value what he values.
He loves us, and we need to love ourselves as well. But we must remember that when we love ourselves, we must not be self-centered about it.
In short, whoever claims to have true love must not be consumed in him or herself only.
Also, love does not equate to sexuality. Love is selfless, caring, impartial, and godly.
Therefore, everyone must evaluate whatever he or she regards as love.
If the result of the evaluation does not satisfy God’s criteria of righteousness, then it is not love!
Love is not desperate and self-focus. It does not only consider things of its own. Love thinks about others and seeks their welfare. Of course, love does not mean that a person should ignore himself and be completely sold out to others.
“Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not bear false witness,” “You shall not covet,” and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law” (Romans 13:8-10 NKJV)
Ask God today to flourish your heart with genuine love – real love – that will benefit other people and me. Also, ask that the demonstrations of your love result in the glorification of his name.
Ask for that love that is selfless, impartial, truthful, and fruitful!
One of the mysterious things about God is that he has never failed and will never fail. He’s not a man that lies or breaks promises.
People change, but our God does not change. He is the same today, tomorrow and forevermore.
Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth. (Psalms 119:90 KJV)
He is ever faithful. A man can make a promise today only to wake up tomorrow and change his mind. Our God isn’t like this.
Unlike man, God is consistent and one-faced. He’s always true to His words, no matter the circumstance. He is ever faithful; he keeps promises.
God will remain true to his words, and he will keep them under whatever circumstance so that all people can glorify his name.
Yea, there are times when it seems what God has said concerning you isn’t coming to pass, or you can’t see the manifestation of what He has promised. This only happens when you have failed to do your own part. Yea, there is a part you to play: you need to have faith in him.
The Reiteration of God’s Faithfulness
A direct reference to this topic can be read from the Bible when King David witnessed many goodnesses of God and recounted some of them in return appreciations (to the Creator).
King David, the man of God recounted Jehovah’s efforts that lead Israelites out of the land of Egypt and brought them to the Promised Land – A land flowing with “milk and honey.” David stated,
“When they went from one nation to another, And from one kingdom to another people, He permitted no man to do them wrong; Yes, He rebuked kings for their sakes, Saying, “Do not touch my anointed ones, and do my prophets no harm.”(1 Chronicles 16:20-22 NKJV).
God’s faithfulness can also be traced to his relationship with the Hebrews/ Jewish people.
Thousands of years ago, He made a covenant with Abraham and that still holds till today.
Let’s take a look at more examples of God’s faithfulness in the Bible.
To Noah – God made a covenant with Noah that he would protect him and his family when he wanted to destroy the earth. God said,
And behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die. But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shall come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons’ wives with thee. (Genesis 6: 17-18)
And Moses went up unto God, and the Lord called unto him out of the mountain, saying, thus shall thou say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel; ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles’ wings, and brought you unto myself. Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine. (Exodus 19: 3-5 KJV)
Remember: God is ever faithful and he keeps his promises under whatever circumstance.
God is far stronger and better than any human being.
Perhaps one out of many contrasts between a man and God is that man is fallible in nature, but God is not.
Man can make a promise today and change his mind tomorrow, but God does not change his mind! He keeps his promises always.
God’s has reiterated his faithfulness several times in the Bible. For example, He said,
Know therefore that the Lord thy God, he is God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations. (Deuteronomy 7:9 KJV)
Believers are encouraged to keep their faith in God and remain hopeful for the fulfillment of his promises.
Jehovah will fulfill his promises over us. He will do whatever he has promised!
God has promised his people his divine healing and protection during any period such as Coronavirus pandemic.
He will keep us safe and heal those who are sick. Truly the sky may look dull and dark as if a terrible situation will never cease, but the good news is that a tough time will not last for a child of God.
Jehovah will stand by his children like a mighty warrior to make his name glorified. He will help his children in the time of trouble, and he will honor them beyond any human comprehension.
God is ever faithful. Trust him, and his promises will stand sure on you.
Many people live their lives to please others. They are obsessed with what people think of them. They are very cautious about their way of life because they want everyone to praise them. Some even give up on their goal because they feel if they fail, there are a lot of people waiting to criticize them.
Let me put this straight to you – whether you fail or succeed, people will always see fault in you. It isn’t because of your flaws, but because that is the nature of man.
Sometimes, people will lash their tongues because they are jealous of you.
The real purpose of your living isn’t to please others. It’s just embracing that person you are and walking the path where your passion and desire lead!
If you live your life in such a way to avoid judgment and criticism, your journey will be full of aggravating moments. And this will lead to depression. When you start seeing these signs, it means you have put off those things that your soul yearns for.
You should always expect criticism because people don’t understand your journey. The real person who truly knows your life journey is you, and the real person who can be inspired to live it appropriately is you!
Sometimes, some criticisms are good for us. There are times when we need them in order not to forget who we are.
We can’t ignore people’s opinions every time just because we don’t live our lives for them. Criticism can sometimes help us gain valuable insight into our actions and help us see those things we are missing.
Use these 14 tips to confront and overcome criticism
Don’t take criticism personally
Focus on the road, not the wall
Don’t respond immediately
Assess criticism and the critic
Understand their point of view
Respond on your terms
Are they qualified to criticize you or your work?
Step back to see the big picture
Let go of your ego
Look for the nugget of truth
Shield yourself against unwanted negativity
Practice to ignore criticism
Leave, think, and return
Beat your critics with some proper actions. Get better and get stronger!
The last time you attempted to praise God, did you do it out of emotion, or you did it out of reasoning? You don’t have to respond loudly, but you were likely got caught up with emotion and based your praises on it. Continue reading Should Emotion Drive Your Praises?